Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, Malaria
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
London (United Kingdom)
Grade: Unspecified
Occupations: Communication and Advocacy, General Support, Healthcare, Programme and Project Management
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Job Description

Application Deadline: February 28

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Division Summary

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.

Group Summary

The Program Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team works in partnership with program teams and other teams in Global Policy and Advocacy (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.

Leadership & 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 four agreements; show respect, offer trust, be transparent, and create energy.

Position Summary

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will focus on the execution of advocacy components of the foundation Malaria strategy, specifically engaged on the country, regional and global advocacy and financing work of the Global Advocacy and Policy Initiative for the malaria program team. This advocacy initiative seeks to increase financial resources for malaria burden reduction and elimination efforts and maintain a global (all levels) policy environment that supports the deployment of more effective interventions and approaches. In this regard, the SPO will partner with the other SPO Malaria Advocacy; Deputy Director-Global Fund Strategy Team and Malaria & NTD Advocacy; and the Malaria Program Strategy Team. They will strategically develop and lead a diverse portfolio of grants and contracts that require high-level grant management skills and appropriate monitoring and evaluation.  As a key advisor on strategy initiatives, they will contribute to the continued development of the team’s strategic vision and execution. In addition, and in collaboration with other PAC and donor government relations (DGR) teams, the SPO will also provide support to European based advocacy for AIDS, TB and broader health.

Core Responsibilities

  • Partners with the other SPO for Malaria Advocacy and other GPA/PAC colleagues in refining and driving the malaria Global Advocacy and Policy Initiative to achieve ambitious programmatic goals.

  • Plays a meaningful role in conceptualizing and managing high impact and complex malaria and other health partnerships, grants, and coalitions at the global, regional and country levels.

  • Provides strategic analysis and direct collaboration for the foundation’s engagement strategies related to bilateral support, multilateral initiatives, such as the Global Fund and the RBM Partnership to End Malaria, and major global and regional leadership opportunities.

  • Engages with an emerging portfolio of in-country advocacy partners on the African continent and/or in Asia-Pacific to accelerate program goals.

  • Provides analysis and strategic thinking on financing and policy options for malaria at the country, regional and global levels, in close collaboration with other teams in Global Policy and Advocacy, in particular the Development Policy and Financing and DGR teams.

  • Partners with the SPO Malaria Advocacy and the Deputy Director on global and regional governance mechanisms and related investment strategies.

  • Negotiate, execute, and manage complex portfolio of grants or performance-based contracts. Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals and provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding.

  • Consult with grantees and other partners to improve impact of projects and ensure grants are meeting strategy goals. Provide support and guidance to grantee partners to adjust timelines, deliverables, budgets and if necessary, outcomes as circumstances dictate in order to ensure impact. This may include: site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key partners.

  • Develop, manage, resource, and implement a program that aligns with foundation strategy and is operationally coordinated with other foundation programs. Contribute to the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact.

  • Represent the foundation to key program-related external constituencies, as appropriate, on committees related to area of expertise and responsibilities of the position.

Position Reports to: Deputy-Director, Malaria and NTD Advocacy and Global Fund Strategy Team

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Deep understanding and experience in advocacy and resource mobilization for health and/or development issues, globally and in affected countries, working with CSOs, private sector and faith-based coalitions, and governments. Focus on Malaria advocacy preferred.

  • Recognized by the global professional health and/or malaria community as a specialist within a particular specialized field such as health financing, policy, data use, private sector engagement, innovation introduction, program delivery monitoring, etc.

  • Deep experience in the conception, design and management of advocacy strategies, initiatives, programs, and/or grants.

  • Experience working with policymakers and advocates for global and country level policy and advocacy, with preference for working knowledge of malaria policy. institutions/partnerships and malaria endemic and eliminating countries.

  • Experience developing, managing, implementing projects and/or grants, and monitoring and evaluation of results.

  • Experience cultivating new grantees and crafting effective and risk-mitigated grants to support programmatic goals.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of health/ development issues and strengthen political/financial support for health and development goals in the low- and middle-income countries with governmental and non-state organizations.

  • Demonstrated results in leadership roles developing and managing policy and advocacy organizations, programs or initiatives requiring a combination of excellent critical thinking, writing, general management skills, and multi-cultural management skills.

  • Demonstrated experience in shaping trust-based relationships with internal and external partners.

  • Experience crafting and executing strategies that persuade key partners to take action that will advance shared interests and goals.

  • Ability and experience crafting a strategy or strategies after considering field and financial data, available resources, and goals while also anticipating and responding to shifts within the field, technology and the policy environment.

  • Aptitude to work with flexibility, creative thinking, non-traditional approaches, entrepreneurship, and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort.

  • Shown ability to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus among an international and diverse group of stakeholders (both internal and external).

  • Knowledge of impact evaluation, operational research, and modeling.

  • Some proficiency of French desired but not essential.  .

Education and Experience

  • Advanced degree with significant years of experience, or equivalent experience in public policy, international relations, development or a related field (preferably with a mix of service in either the public or non-profit sectors).

  • Demonstrated progressive experience working on Malaria issues preferred.

  • Experience working in multiple affected countries, either in program and/or advocacy/policy, is essential.

**Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.


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 background check.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:

* Race

* Color

* Age

* Religion

* Pregnancy

* Sex

* Sexual Orientation

* Disability

* Gender Identity

* Gender Expression

* National Origin

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