Senior Program Officer, FSP & WSH Advocacy Communications, Program Advocacy and Communications

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Location
    Seattle, Washington
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Sep 07

Position description

The Senior Program Officer (SPO), FSP & WSH Advocacy Communications will lead issue communications efforts and champion building investments for the FSP and WSH teams. The role will support the foundation’s global health and development objectives by identifying and cultivating opportunities to highlight and elevate the voice of the foundation and its partners. As a key advisor on strategy initiatives, the SPO will contribute to the continued development of the team’s advocacy and communications strategic vision and implementation plan.

What You’ll Do

  • Design, develop, and lead the implementation of communications strategies to complement advocacy goals to generate the attention, resources, and policy changes vital to achieving the foundation’s programmatic objectives;
  • Oversee agency and consultant support to help implement communications and champion building objectives;
  • Contribute to the development of new partnerships and advocacy and communications practices by formulating recommendations based on monitoring, analyzing trends relevant to global health and development and formulating recommendations for strategy approaches and message development;
  • Manage the development of creative storytelling surfacing impact stories from grantees and partners, including long-form pieces, event videos, social media content and op-eds; work with communications colleagues across all foundation offices to pitch potential content opportunities and be responsible for the creative process from start to finish with support from vendors;
  • Build and maintain relationships with key communications leads of grantees, donors, and civil society organizations - in coordination with the foundation’s Communications division. Proactively identify potential platforms to elevate messages that address priority development issues;
  • Lead a portfolio of grants and contracts to advance the advocacy communications outcomes in support of program strategies, including reviewing letters of inquiry and grant proposals and providing clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding. Counsel advocacy and PST colleagues on potential inclusion of communications elements into grant proposals;
  • Collaborate with grantees and other partners to improve the impact of projects and ensure communications grants are meeting strategy goals. This may include: site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key partners;
  • Collaborate with external partners to identify opportunities where foundation grantees can engage and represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies, as appropriate.

Your Experience

We are looking for a team member who brings deep experience in developing policy, advocacy and communications strategies, with an emphasis on strategic communications. Experience working on Global Health and/or Development issues and communications in a developing country context is a plus.

Specifically, the effective candidate will have:

  • Extensive experience leading the conception, design and management of communications strategies, creative content management, excellent writing and editing skills, ability to strategically assess opportunities, and a proven capacity to translate sophisticated health and development issues into compelling, persuasive writing;
  • Knowledge of global health and development issues as well as a deep dedication to the sector;
  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly and communicate effectively with different audiences;
  • Experience developing and using communications tools and working with partners to achieve advocacy goals and policy change at the global and/or country level;
  • Expertise in health and development policy issues and advocacy efforts across donor and lower-middle-income countries, working with civil society organizations, coalitions, governments, influencers and the media;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships;
  • Ability to present publicly in meetings, defend different strategies or approaches and keep various parties abreast of the work in play and the ultimate results/impact;
  • Ability to work with flexibility and entrepreneurship, individually and as part of a complex team effort;
  • High standards of personal integrity; and comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally-sensitive behavior with a diversity of people.

Other Attributes

  • Advanced degree required with 10yr+ experience or equivalent progressively senior experience;
  • Comprehensive experience working in the public, non-profit or private sectors, and linking communications with advocacy work, ideally in global health and development issues;
  • Willing to travel up to 20% of the time.

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