Interim Program Officer / Senior Program Officer, Global Education
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Grade: Unspecified
Occupations: Educations, Programme and Project Management
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This is an interim backfill role to cover for an employee who will be out on parental leave.  The duration of the assignment is targeted for 11 months starting in March.  However, the start and end dates may change.

Role Title: Interim Program Officer / Senior Program Officer, Global Education Learning Initiative

Division: Foundation Strategy Office

Group: Global Education

Location: Seattle or Washington D.C.

Reports To: Director, Global Education

Duration:  11 months starting in March 2021

Travel: TBD

Team Summary

The Global Education Learning Initiative is an effort to support the improvement of learning outcomes in Sub-Saharan Africa / South Asia in primary schools.

Role Summary

The Program Officer / Senior Program Officer  (PO / SPO) will drive the team’s grantmaking and critical thinking on data, accountability system research and our Africa Work. This will include maintaining relationship with our institutional engagements with the World Bank, UNESCO, GPE and UNICEF.

Core Responsibilities

1. Own the team strategy on (a) our country investment in SSA, including local data; (b) our investments in global comparable data; (c) our investment around ‘global’ and ‘regional’ accountability; (d)investments in system and policy research This will include leading existing grants and relationships and may include the development of new grants.

2. Participate into strategic discussions and leadership engagement within the GELI team

3. Interact and communicate clearly and consistently with grantees and partners in the field.

Core Knowledge and Skills


1. Strong understanding (or ability to learning about) aid architecture and key international development institutions

2. Good understanding of research methods, a degree in economics or a quantitative social science is helpful

3. Proven experience working with partners at the highest level in institutional organization

4. Familiarity with foundation processes

5. Confirmed consulting skills and initiative to tackle sophisticated problems with little oversight, creativity, high energy, and a positive attitude.

6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with strong ability to efficiently synthesize information.

7. Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven track record to build and sustain collaborative relationships

8. Demonstrated flexibility and resilience in dealing with ambiguity


9. Experience in the education sector is helpful (ideally internationally)

10. Some experience/ prior exposure working with education data is preferred

11. Experience working in SSA or developing countries context is a plus

Education and Experience

1. Bachelor’s or other advanced degree with 5 years of experience, or equivalent

2. Preference for internal candidate

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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