Job- Associate Program Officer – Global Health – Policy and Advocacy (Seattle, WA)

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    Tarryn Reddy

    Foundation Overview

    Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction

    of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

    Group Summary

    The mission of the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program (GHP) is to help ensure that lifesaving advances in health are created and shared with those who need them most. To date, we have committed nearly $10 billion in global health grants to organizations worldwide. The focus of our grants is to:

    • Discover new insights to fight serious diseases and other health problems affecting developing countries.
    • Develop effective and affordable vaccines, medicines, and other health tools.
    • Deliver proven health solutions in developing countries.
    • Advocate for more and better resources and policies to support the introduction and uptake of new and existing health technologies.


    The Associate Program Officer (APO), Global Health (GH), Policy and Advocacy, will be responsible for helping to support Program Officers and the Deputy Director on the Finance and Policy team and their work in health care financing, efficiency and economics across the Foundation as part of an overall team effort to ensure efficiency of resource use and attainment of Foundation GH goals. The APO will support the work of the team in several areas: data collection and analysis, assisting the team members manage and develop grant portfolios, facilitating PO representation on various Strategic Program Teams (SPTs) as well as representing the team in select SPTs.


    As part of a Foundation-wide effort to support improved development, introduction, scale-up, and sustained access to critical health innovations, the APO will:

    · Support the work of the Program Officers and Deputy Director in managing grants, developing strategies, representing the team on SPTs and managing other requests as they arise.

    · Carry out data collection and analysis to support effective strategy development and grantmaking as well as respond to leadership requests for information and evidence.

    · Play an important role in helping the Program Officers and Deputy Director manage grant making processes including review of Letters of Inquiry, liasing with grantees to develop proposals and refine proposals, writing Project Analysis and Recommendation (PARs) memos for Program officers to support grant making and assisting with grant start up and reporting.

    · Take part in country level efforts to develop and execute on strategies that will drive uptake and coverage of Foundation GH interventions.

    · Collaborate with team members to manage internal grant processes, portfolio progress and grant budget planning.

    This position will be based in Seattle, Washington.


    · Advanced degree in Health Economics, Public Health, Public Policy, Health Policy or related field – or equivalent combination of education and experience.

    · A minimum of 4 years experience in development finance and policy, ideally with a focus on health economics and experience in developing health care financing and efficiency policies at the country level.

    · History of involvement and knowledge of global health issues and institutions.

    · Management consultancy experience a plus.

    · Knowledge of and work experience in developing countries and language skills (French preferred) is a plus. Country experience in India, Nigeria and Ethiopia a plus.

    · Experience managing projects requiring internal and external collaboration and a strong track record of being able to organize and manage projects effectively.

    · Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency and diplomacy, particularly as part of a team effort. Commitment and dedication to improving the lives of those living in the developing world a strong requirement as is a sense of humor and ability to be flexible and adjust to changing circumstances.

    · Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.

    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 comprehensive background check.

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