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CLOSED: Job: Senior Program Officer Epidemiology, Malaria Job

October 16, 2014 - 19:32 -- MalariaWorld Jobs
Organisation: The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Seattle, WA, US
Division: Global Health Program
Foundation Overview
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Group Summary
Our Global Health Program (GHP) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where proven tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don't, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected and other infectious diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases and pneumonia. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.
The Foundation's Malaria Program Strategy Team aims to improve existing tools and discover and develop new ones to reduce and prevent malaria transmission, and in the long term, eradicate malaria worldwide. Our strategy is based on our assumption that the preventive and curative tools that are currently available are not sufficient to achieve eradication everywhere, especially in areas of high transmission, and that emerging resistance to drugs and insecticides present additional challenges. With eradication as the aim, our strategy focuses both on improving current approaches and on intensive research and development toward the creation of new drugs, vaccines, vector-control tools, and diagnostics to prevent and interrupt transmission of the two major species infecting humans - P. falciparum and P. vivax. The foundation works with bilateral and multilateral partners to drive the discovery, development and delivery of improved and new tools; demonstrate and document impact, especially of integrated interventions; and improve surveillance, monitoring, and evaluation needed to achieve and document eradication. We also engage in modeling to better understand the potential impact of new tools and the optimal combination of such tools to achieve eradication in different settings. Underlying these efforts is our ongoing analysis of financial needs and advocacy for sustained commitment, funding and supportive policies that are needed in the long-term fight against malaria.

The Malaria Program Strategy Team (PST) is recruiting a Senior Program Officer (SPO), Epidemiology to support the Director and team in achieving its impact goals by:
  • Developing a surveillance strategy for malaria elimination and eradication. The strategy will guide the foundation's investments to design new approaches and tools for data collection, standardize and streamline data analysis and help design a user friendly interface to ensure the results are used to guide elimination programs.
  • Defining and evaluating, in close collaboration with our implementing partners, operational research projects that address questions on technical, operational and financial feasibility of new elimination implementation strategies and tools.
  • Guiding the malaria team's product development efforts by assessing (modeling) the potential impact of new interventions and tools at a population level to inform the target product profiles (TPPs).
Specifically, the SPO will be expected to:
  • Solely, or in directly, lead a team to develop, manage and implement project strategies, and negotiate, execute and conduct and manage complex, performance-based investments.
  • Review letters of inquiry, grant and contract proposals; provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for foundation including drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports for existing investments for review by foundation leadership.
  • Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, budgeting and reporting.
  • Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
  • Collaborate with foundation colleagues in related program areas to take advantage of cross-sector grant making opportunities.
  • Conduct high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with partners in the field.
  • Consult with grantees and other partners to maximize the impact of projects and ensure optimal learning. This may include conducting site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
  • Represent the foundation with stakeholders who may include public and private entities, partner organizations, other funders, universities, think tanks and government agencies. May serve on external boards and working groups.
The foundation is seeking a global expert specializing in epidemiology and/or surveillance of infectious diseases; with a strong preference for malaria. The ideal candidate will be a respected member of the surveillance and epidemiology communities.
The ideal candidate should have:
  • A PhD, MD or equivalent in a related field is required.
  • A minimum of seven years' experience working on malaria epidemiology, surveillance and/or disease modeling. Experience in Sub-Saharan Africa, Meso-America and/or Southeast Asia would be a strong asset.
  • Thorough and up-to-date technical knowledge of epidemiology and biostatistics methods.
  • Record of high quality publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others.
  • Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.
  • High detail orientation and affinity for data, with the ability to artfully manage tactical execution while remaining objective when absorbing and presenting information.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment in developing methods, techniques and evaluating criteria for obtaining results.
  • Demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Demonstrated capacity and initiative to solve problems with energy and a positive attitude.
  • Experience in a role requiring collaboration (both internally and externally), prioritization and results-orientation in a fast-paced, complex organization.
  • Intellectual quickness, curiosity, discipline, resourcefulness and resilience.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility particularly as part of a team. Experience working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.
This position is Seattle, WA based and will report to the Deputy Director, Delivery Malaria.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Requisition Number 4935BR
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