Senior Program Officer, Country Engagement, Malaria
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZAF
6d ago

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.

    Position Summary & Responsibilities :

    The Africa Regional Office and the Malaria Program Strategy Team (PST) are recruiting a Senior Program Officer (SPO), for Strategic Partnerships and Country Engagement to support the Director and team in achieving its impact goals by :

    Leading a portfolio of foundation investments in West and Southern Africa and provide the malaria PST with regular updates on progress against our strategic goals.

    Identifying new opportunities and partner organizations for the foundation to invest in high burden areas in Africa to drive down morbidity and mortality.

    Defining and evaluating, in close collaboration with our implementing partners, operational research projects that address questions on technical, operational and financial feasibility of new implementation strategies and tools.

    Provide technical guidance for malaria investments in close collaboration with our country offices in Nigeria / Ethiopia / South Africa and the Malaria PST.

    This position will will report to the Deputy Director for Strategic Partnerships and Country Engagement of the malaria PST.

    Specifically, the SPO will be expected to :

    Develop, lead and implement malaria implementation strategies, and negotiate 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 optimize the impact of projects and ensure optimal learning. This may include conducting site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key partners.

    Represent the foundation with partners 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.

    Education & Experience

    A P h D, MD o r e q ui v a l e n t i n a r e l ated f i e l d i s preferred .

    Ideally, a minimum of 10 years’ experience working on malaria program implementation.

    Regional multi-country experience in Sub-Saharan Africa essential. Having working with or for a national malaria control program, will be a strong asset.

    Thorough and up-to-date technical knowledge of malaria epidemiology, WHO policies and implementation guidance.

    Experience working with global institutions including malaria donors like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the US Presidents Malaria Initiative.

    Demonstrated a bili t y t o l e ad a n d i n f l u e nce o t h e r s.

    E x p e r i e n ce in p l a n n i ng a n d s t r at e g y i m p l emen t a t i o n .

    High detail orientation and affinity for data, with the ability to artfully handle tactical execution while remaining objective when absorbing and presenting information.

    Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgement in developing methods, techniques and evaluating criteria for obtaining results.

    D emons t r ated e x ce ll e n ce i n sc i e n t i f i c w r i t i ng a n d d a t a a n a l y s i s, w r i t t en a n d or a l com m u n i cati o n s k ill s, a n d e x p e r i e n ce a d v oc a t i ng a n d com m u ni cati n g w i t h a broad a n d d i v erse a u d i e n ce.

    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, resourcefulness and resilience.

    D emons t r ated a bili t y t o w o r k w i t h e f f i c i e n c y , d i p l omac y , a n d f l e x i b i l i t y p a rt i cu l arly as p a r t o f a t e a m .

    E x p e r i e n ce w or k i ng on t e a m s w it h d i v erse cu l t ural a n d pr o f ess i o n a l b a ckgroun d s .

    A b ili t y t o t r a v el up t o 3 0 % d o m estic all y a n d i n t e r n a t i o n a ll y .

    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 background check.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally.

    We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

    All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to :

  • Pregnancy
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  • Gender Expression
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