Deputy Director, Infectious Diseases Advocacy, Program Advocacy & Communications

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career / Advanced
  • Posted
    May 03

Position description

At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation we believe that by creating an environment for our employees to thrive personally and professionally, we will have maximum impact toward our missions to achieve our vision.


Leadership and Culture

Our culture shapes our choices about what we do and how we do it. We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment can do extraordinary things. We expect foundation employees to intentionally and consistently embody our values of optimism, collaboration, rigor, innovation, and inclusion.


We expect foundation leadership to demonstrate our leadership principles and management expectations. As a people leader, you are responsible for:

  • Creating a culture for impact by shaping an environment where your team thrives, and their unique perspectives and identities are valued

  • Strategy development, refinement, and management to ensure your team goals align with overall foundation strategies

  • Nurturing people and building great teams by prioritizing collective success, team development, setting expectations and assessing performance



The mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) division is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the foundation's work, build support for its major program and policy objectives, and develop partnerships and alliances that can advance the foundation's objectives nationally and globally. Because the foundation's resources alone are not enough to solve the challenges ahead, GPA also supports advocacy efforts to engage diverse stakeholders and promote innovative solutions that advance our program goals. We work in close partnership with grantees, our colleagues in the Global Health, Global Development, Global Growth & Opportunity, U.S. and Gender Equality programs and Foundation Communications to build the environment in which all people have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.


The Program Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team works in partnership with program teams and other teams in GPA to achieve their policy and finance goals by:

  • Developing and coordinating the execution of advocacy and communications strategies.

  • Leveraging leadership and foundation voice to implement advocacy strategies.

  • Developing and managing a grant portfolio dedicated to achieving advocacy outcomes.

  • Directly advocating with sector leaders, influencers, media and government officials in order to achieve advocacy outcomes.

  • Leading issue-specific communications in service of advocacy goals.

  • Developing policy recommendations or proposals in partnership with programmatic and regional offices.


The Deputy Director, Infectious Diseases guides team members in the development and implementation of policy and advocacy strategies, the development and management of portfolios of foundation investments, and works with external partners to drive financing and policy objectives in support to programmatic objectives, specifically related to HIV, TB, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria. This role leads a team and relationships with grantees, contractors and key partners to achieve the foundation's desired impact.



  • Lead the development and implementation of policy and advocacy strategies to address policy and financing for Malaria, HIV, TB and NTDs, in partnership with the respective program teams.

  • Provide leadership on foundation engagement with the Global Fund, in partnership with other GPA teams and program teams.

  • Provide leadership on political advocacy efforts, via direct foundation engagement and partners, to support Malaria, HIV, TB and NTDs.

  • Facilitate development of annual investment plans and budgets and provide strategic guidance in crafting grants and contracts that require complex research or analytics.

  • Support advocacy engagement with product development partners and the Gates Medical Research Institute, as needed.

  • Partner with Program Officers to evaluate and strengthen the infectious diseases advocacy partner ecosystem, particularly for advocacy in high-burden countries.

  • Identify and assess key portfolio risks, and develop and manage mitigation/contingency plans at the portfolio level.

  • Advise, mentor, and support colleagues within team and their grantees in the design, enhancement, and execution of project, initiatives and engagements. Manage partnerships and grantee relationships to achieve impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key partners, monitoring and evaluating components of grants.

  • Serve as a foundation spokesperson on infectious diseases advocacy priorities internally to foundation leadership and externally to global health partners.

  • This role manages people and is responsible for hiring 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, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.



  • Advanced degree in public policy, international relations, public health or relevant field with 10+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.

  • Experience in the effective design and execution of resource mobilization and policy strategies with donor and country governments and multilateral partnerships, using a wide range of advocacy tools from communications campaigns to evidence-rich policy discussions and creative partnership building, resulting in measurable finance and/or policy successes.

  • Strong expertise in infectious diseases, knowledge of the research and development ecosystem for infectious diseases, and understanding of health systems.

  • Experience in health partnerships, at global, regional and/or country level.

  • Proven ability to lead and influence others. Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility as part of a team. Experience working on, and developing teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

  • Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.

  • Demonstrated excellence in writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.

  • Experience in a role requiring collaboration in a complex organization and working with external organizations.

  • Ability to establish and maintain a high integrity, collaborative culture, including the ability to manage conflicts and build consensus.


**The foundation requires all employees based in the United States to provide proof of full vaccination against COVID-19, subject to applicable laws.




Hiring Requirements

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.


Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.

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