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Interim Research Program Manager, Institute for Disease Modeling (IDM)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
Grade: Unspecified
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Added 2 months ago
Job Description

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 9 months starting in June/July. However, the start and end dates may change.

As part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), the Institute for Disease Modeling’s (IDM) mission is to support global efforts to eradicate infectious diseases and achieve permanent improvements in health by developing, using, and sharing computational modeling tools and promoting quantitative decision-making. The IDM team is composed of research scientists and software developers who create advanced models of disease transmission, develop computational tools to inform global disease eradication policy, conduct statistical analyses of epidemiological and primary health care related data to provide insights for programs and policy decisions, and identify and address critical knowledge gaps. IDM is a highly dynamic organization with a work environment that is defined by innovation and collaboration. As part of our work, we routinely collaborate with groups at the World Health Organization, UNAIDS, the Centers for Disease Control, PATH, ministries of health in low and middle income countries, as well as universities and research institutes across the globe.

We seek a limited-term (9 month) Senior Research Manager to support and manage IDM’s research cluster focused on family planning (FP), maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and nutrition.  The manager will support scientists and research managers in achieving success in their project portfolio as well as help evaluate new project proposals against existing projects and strategic goals.  The manager is expected to have experience with managing a team where quantitative analysis was a key deliverable to achieve project and program success.  The candidate is also expected to help scientists and teams prioritize their work with a focus toward achieving strategic success with a strong emphasis on impact.   We are also looking for a candidate with significant experience in the FP, MNCH, and nutrition community.


Joining our group provides unique opportunities to interact with global-health policymakers, to collaborate with world-class researchers and non-profit organizations, and to contribute to more effective burden reduction and primary health strengthening strategies.


  • Work closely with researchers and managers to understand individual and project level goals and support research efforts toward project milestones
  • Work closely with internal and external stakeholders for projects to understand the current policy and program questions
  • Evaluate new project proposals according to IDM project selection guidance and alignment with strategic direction
  • Create visibility for project progress and milestones through regular documentation and internal communication.


  • Ph.D., M.D., and/or MPH preferred.
  • 5+ years experience of practical experience solving complex business problems with science (e.g. Statistics, Machine Learning, Econometrics)
  • 3+ years experience managing scientists
  • Project management experience for working on cross-functional projects in a face-paced and evolving environment
  • Demonstrated ability to operate both strategically and tactically in a high-energy, fast-paced environment
  • High degree of organization and ability to manage multiple, competing priorities.
  • A broad knowledge of related public health challenges such as FP, MNCH, and nutrition in developing world settings preferred.
  • Proven achievements of developing and managing a long-term research vision and portfolio of research initiatives, with algorithms and models that have been successfully integrated in production systems
  • Ability to clearly communicate project and program results to diverse audiences
  • Proficiency in quantitative analysis and modeling with an emphasis on computational workflows
  • Attention to detail and high standard for quality of work product.
  • Must be highly self-motivated and results-oriented. 

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

The employee transfer policy applies to internal backfill positions. An employee may apply for an open position after at least 12 months in their current position. If you meet this requirement and wish to pursue a backfill opportunity, you are required to have a conversation with your manager to confirm their support before you apply. In rare cases, the requirement of a minimum of 12 months in a position may be waived if a transfer is critical to the foundation’s goals and is approved by the current manager and their HR Consultant (HR Business Partner or Generalist).

All backfill positions are posted as LTE roles. With current manager support, if selected for the role, FTEs will retain their FTE status during the backfill assignment. Managers will have the option of backfilling for the individual moving to the interim position for a similar duration via the same hiring channels and options as this position. However, current managers may be unwilling or unable to hold headcount for the duration of an interim assignment and may deny the employee’s request. In such cases, the employee may apply for the open LTE position, but if selected, would effectively be resigning as an FTE and would be hired as an LTE for the duration of the interim assignment. As an LTE, employment with the foundation is expected to end at the end of the assignment, and the employee would not be eligible for severance.


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

* Genetic Information

* Veteran Status

* Marital Status

* Prior Protected Activity

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