Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    Apr 04

Position description

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will focus on leading/supporting the execution of  components of the foundation Malaria strategy, specifically focused on the global advocacy and financing work of the Mobilize Initiative. This advocacy initiative aims to increase financial resources for regional elimination efforts and maintain a global policy environment that supports the deployment of new interventions and approaches. In this regard, the SPO will partner with the other Senior Program Officer (SPO) Malaria Advocacy; Deputy Director - Program Advocacy & Communications for Malaria, TB, HIV, Global Fund; and the Malaria Program Strategy Team.

Specific responsibilities of the SPO include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • Partners with the other SPO for Malaria Advocacy and other GPA/PAC colleagues in refining and driving the Mobilize Initiative to achieve ambitious programmatic goals.
  • Plays a critical role in conceptualizing and managing high impact and complex partnerships, grants, and coalitions related to bilateral support, in particular US and UK government engagement, multilateral initiatives, such as the Global Fund and the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, and major senior-level global leadership opportunities.
  • Develops and drives advocacy tactics, in close collaboration with product development leads and existing Product Development Partnerships (PDPs), to ensure appropriate funding levels are maintained and prioritized for specific Research & Development goals.
  • Provides analysis and strategic thinking on financing options for malaria, in close collaboration with other teams in Global Policy and Advocacy, in particular the Development Policy and Financing team.
  • Partners with the SPO Malaria Advocacy and the Deputy Director (GFATM, Malaria, TB & HIV) with global and regional governance mechanism reform and related investment strategies.
  • Works closely with Monitoring & Evaluation teams to ensure appropriate alignment of performance tracking systems.
  • Provides recommendations for funding related to advocacy for R&D, bilateral and multilateral engagement, including drafting and editing proposal summaries for submission to Directors, the President, the Chief Executive Officer, and Co-Chairs.
  • With the other SPO, partners on the design and facilitation of meetings of key stakeholders to improve inter-agency coordination and collaboration.
  • Writes and produces informative briefings, reports, email updates, and other materials on key malaria and other issues related to program advocacy and resource mobilization for foundation leadership.
  • Collaborates with Mobilize Initiative team members to manage and present portfolio progress and grant budget information.
  • Serves as a point of contact on advocacy-related issues for key internal and external stakeholders, working within a complex matrix style organization across Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA), Global Health (GH), and Global Development (GD) in support of the malaria strategy and its Mobilize Initiative.
  • Represents the foundation to key program-related external constituencies. This could include both formal and informal presentations such as making speeches, attending conferences, committee representation and other meetings as necessary. May serve on boards & working groups.


  • Advanced degree and minimum 10-15 years of experience in public policy (or equivalent work experience) in international relations, development or a related field (preferably with a mix of service in either the public or non-profit sectors).
  • Five or more years of experience working on Malaria issues is a plus, but not required.
  • Thorough awareness and experience in advocacy and resource mobilization efforts globally and in developing countries, working with CSOs, coalitions, governments, and the media. Focus in Malaria advocacy preferred.
  • Deep experience in the conception, design and management of strategies, initiatives and programs.
  • Experience working with policymakers and advocates for global and country level policy and advocacy, with preference for working knowledge of global malaria policy institutions/partnerships and malaria endemic and eliminating countries.
  • Experience developing, managing, and implementing projects, including partnering with grantees on the definition of objectives and deliverables and monitoring and evaluation of results.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of health/ development issues and build political/financial support for health and development goals in the developing world with governmental and non-state organizations.
  • Demonstrated success in leadership roles developing and managing policy and advocacy organizations, programs or initiatives requiring a combination of strong analytical, writing and management skills.
  • Proven track record of building trust based relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience creating and executing strategies that persuade key stakeholders to take action that will advance shared interests and business goals.
  • Ability and experience crafting a strategy or strategies after considering field and financial data, available resources, and goals while also anticipating and responding to shifts within the field, technology and the policy environment.
  • Aptitude to work with flexibility, creative thinking, non-traditional approaches, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort.
  • Working knowledge of either French or Spanish desired but not essential.

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.

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