Our Global Health program harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in resource-poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where proven tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don’t, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, biologics, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases and pneumonia. Our work in maternal, neonatal and child health focuses on ensuring that women and newborns survive and remain healthy before, during and after childbirth, and ensuring optimal growth, neurodevelopment and resistance to disease, by identifying and addressing underlying biological vulnerabilities. We also support innovative research in reproductive health. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery & Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development & Surveillance, and Integrated Development.
The mission of Discovery &Translational Sciences (D&TS) is to catalyze innovation for the discovery and translation of transformative solutions to global health and development inequity. As such, the primary role of D&TS is to enable the foundation to achieve its ambitious goals as articulated in the objectives of the program strategies in Global Health, Global Development and Global Growth & Opportunities. For this, we exploit a unique advantage of the foundation in general and D&TS in particular: the ability to invest in high-risk and/or long-timeline initiatives with potential for truly disruptive change. We channel resources into creating more practical (affordable, scalable, deliverable) versions of existing tools, develop transformative new tools where none exist, and speed the translation of scientific discovery into implementable solutions, seeking better ways to evaluate and refine potential interventions before they enter costly and time-consuming late-stage clinical trials. Key functions in support of this mission include identifying and filling gaps in scientific knowledge, creating or implementing new technology platforms that can accelerate research in support of our goals, investing in potentially transformative ideas, continuous surveying of an ever-changing scientific and technological innovation space, and the fostering of an effective ecosystem of global health innovation, funding and partnership to advance the foundation’s mission. Our areas of focus include vaccines, drugs, biologics, microbiome interventions, maternal & child health, reproductive and sexual health, and control of disease-transmitting vectors.
The foundation’s move to put women and girls at the center of development has underscored the critical need for transformational innovation in reproductive health technologies in order for the foundation to achieve its equity goals. Improved reproductive health is closely linked to other critical global health equity outcomes and is a bedrock for gender equality and women’s empowerment.
We are currently recruiting a Senior Program Officer (SPO) to join a new team within D&TS focused on Reproductive Health Technologies. The team will accelerate and broaden existing initiatives including vaginal microbiome interventions for the prevention of HIV acquisition and adverse birth outcomes, and the discovery of novel non-hormonal contraceptives (the latter, in support of the Drug Discovery team leading this initiative). The broader portfolio of the team is currently undergoing strategic definition, matching key burden and equity needs with the competitive advantages and overall goals of the foundation. Areas likely to be pursued include: (a) HPV/cervical cancer; (b) syphilis; (c) STI diagnostics; and (d) menstrual health products. In addition to playing a role in strategy development, you will be responsible for driving the development of a portfolio of innovative product candidates across the breadth of the (non-contraceptive portions of the) portfolio. You will help to create a productive and collaborative culture of innovation in and translation of basic research into practical health solutions and be passionate about solving problems and addressing questions relevant to our mission. You will report to the Deputy Director, Reproductive Health Technologies, Discovery & Translational Sciences. The job requires primary residency out of Seattle, Washington.
Collaborate in defining the Reproductive Health Technologies strategy in a creative, rigorous, data-driven, analytical manner. Conceptualize, articulate and shape priorities in reproductive and sexual health:
Develop and manage grants and contracts portfolio to meet strategic objectives:
Contribute to foundation knowledge capture, evaluation, learning, and dissemination:
Represent the foundation and program to the external world related to position responsibilities:
Core Knowledge and Skills
Education and Experience
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
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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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is an American private foundation founded by Bill and Melinda Gates. The primary goals of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and, in the U.S., to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology.
The foundation works with partners worldwide to tackle critical problems in five program areas.