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CLOSED: Job: Senior Program Officer, NID and Malaria

June 13, 2013 - 19:00 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Organisation: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Location: Seattle

Division: Global Health Program

Requisition number: 4089BR

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'shealth 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 Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
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 infectious diseases (NID), 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.
Battling NID and malaria is a priority of the GHP strategy. More than 1 billion people in developing countries suffer from infectious diseases and until recently, investment in treatment and prevention methods has been lacking and access to existing interventions in areas where they are needed has been limited. Our goal is to reduce the burden of these diseases through targeted and effective control, elimination and eradication efforts. Our strategy reflects where we believe the foundation is best positioned-among a broad spectrum of actors-to help significantly reduce the incidence of neglected infectious diseases and ultimately, eradicate malaria.
To this end, we support efforts to accelerate progress through coordinated vaccines, mass drug administration against multiple diseases, public-health surveillance, and vector control. Additionally, we have focused our priorities on multiple vector borne infectious diseases including Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL or Kala Azar), Dengue and Malaria.
  • VL is a major public health problem in the Indian subcontinent that affects 300,000 people per year. Bihar shares 85% of India's VL Burden and the disease is endemic in 33 out of 38 districts of the state.
Over the last year, the government of Bihar (GoB) has increased its focus on VL with the objective of elimination. The goal of the VL elimination program is to reduce the annual incidence to less than one per 10,000 at the district or sub district level by 2020.
  • Dengue is a mosquito-borne viral illness and its incidence has increased 30-fold worldwide since the 1960s. An estimated 50 million people are infected each year. There is no effective treatment, and current methods of controlling transmission are costly and often ineffective because they are used too late.
Dengue is a high-opportunity target because several potential vaccines are in development. We are supporting preparations to deploy a safe and affordable vaccine when it becomes available. Meanwhile, we are investing in the development of novel mosquito-control methods to prevent outbreaks. We are also funding work on new ways to detect or even predict dengue outbreaks early enough for transmission controls to succeed.
  • Our Malaria program 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 vaccines, vector-control tools, drugs, and diagnostics to prevent and interrupt transmission of the two major species infecting humans, P. falciparum and P. vivax.
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 to strategically develop and manage a portfolio of complex investments requiring high-level grant management skills, monitoring, and evaluation. H/She will act as the initiative lead for Neglected Infectious Disease (NID) and Malaria Vector Control and will oversee the management of product development and delivery as well as integration with other disease control interventions.
This position is Seattle based and will report directly to the Director, Malaria with a dotted line relationship to the Director, Neglected Infectious Disease.
The SPO will be expected to:
  • Act as the vector control expert resource for both the NID and Malaria programs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Manage people and hire the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.
The foundation is looking for a global expert in vector borne infectious diseases with recognized medical, scientific, management and strategic planning skills. The ideal candidate will have lived and worked in developing countries for a period of time giving him/her an appreciation for the complexities of implementing and managing field-based programs.
The ideal candidate should have:
  • A PhD,
  • A minimum of six years of experience in medical entomology and vector borne diseases; preferable experience with mosquito transmission (malaria, dengue) and sand fly (Visceral Leishmaniasis) would be particularly relevant to priority programs.
  • Five or more year's field experience managing vector borne disease control programs would be highly desirable.
  • Field experience in target geographies (Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia) is preferred, together with a solid understanding of the realities and complexities of “in country” interventions.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others.
  • Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.
  • Demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Ability to work with external organizations and work in a role requiring collaboration, prioritization and results-orientation in a fast-paced, complex organization.
  • 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.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check.

We are an equal opportunity employer dedicated and focused on diversity.
The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills for this job.
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