Senior Program Officer/Program Officer, Malaria

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Location
    Beijing, China
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Feb 21

Position description

This position falls within the China Country Office (CCO). The goal of the China strategy is to assist China in becoming a more effective partner in global health and development through deep domestic partnerships and leveraging its rich development experience and innovation capacity.

The China Program has three long term strategic goals:

  • China-Africa: Partner with China in its transition to be a more effective partner in global health and development in Africa by drawing on its rich development experience gained from achieving the MDGs and influencing and activating Chinese policy, funding and resources;
  • Innovation: Leverage China’s government and private sector R&D resource and product innovation capacity to achieve the foundation’s goals in global health and development;
  • Domestic partnerships: Respond to acute needs, especially those with high political visibility, to develop and strengthen domestic partnership.

Core Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of foundation’s China malaria strategy with the long-term goal of China taking on a global leadership role in malaria control and elimination, and becoming a meaningful financial contributor filling a significant portion of the global funding gap;
  • Lead coordination within foundation stakeholders (China team, Seattle program teams, Africa offices) and external stakeholders (e.g. different branches of Chinese government, industry, international organizations) to further the long-term goals of our China malaria strategy;
  • Develop initial concept notes and work with partners on grant proposals that are aligned with the strategy;
  • Guide all ongoing grants related to China malaria strategy;
  • Provide regular updates to both China and Malaria Program leadership teams;
  • Support other team members in China program as needed;
  • Support the development of public health related strategies for the China-Africa platform (e.g. global health security).

Leadership and Culture

  • We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.


  • An understanding of the drug/diagnostic development and manufacturing process;
  • Excellent strategic/critical thinking AND program management/implementation skills;
  • Excellent relationship management skills and experience in working with a range of external partners, such as consultants, and leaders in industry, international organizations, government organizations, and academia;
  • Highly collaborative in working internally with a team of diverse background in a matrix team (non-vertical) environment;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, in positions requiring communication with a broad and diverse audience; Excellent public presentation skills, including ability to represent the Foundation at external events;
  • Fluency in both Chinese and English;
  • Applicants must hold a Chinese passport.

Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree (minimum masters, MD or PhD highly preferred) in medicine or public health;
  • A minimum of 7+ years experience working in malaria including front line field experience;
  • Reports to: Deputy Director, Health, Innovation and Partnership.

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