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Senior Program Officer, Country Support Team (Polio)
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
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Job Description

Group Summary

The Global Development Program (GD) includes a diverse range of program areas focused on finding creative ways to ensure solutions and products get into the hands of people in low-income countries. We focus on areas with the potential for high-impact, sustainable solutions that can reach millions of people. Our strategies include Emergency Response; Family Planning; Maternal Newborn & Child Health; Nutrition and Polio Eradication. A common theme across these programs is focus on innovative delivery, including an emphasis on strengthening primary health care systems. GD also encompasses our India Country Office and Africa Team. Our teams work in close partnership with these Country Office Teams to align the foundation’s health and development equity agenda with the government’s broader priorities.

Position Summary

The Program Officer will support the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s (GPEI) efforts to control and end outbreaks of circulating Vaccine Derived Polioviruses (cVDPV). You will collaborate with key GPEI partners – WHO, UNICEF and CDC – to design, implement and assess outbreak strategies in high-priority countries, with a focus on non-endemic countries (largely in the Eastern Mediterranean region of WHO). You will ensure county readiness for novel oral poliovirus vaccine (nOPV) introduction, including the management of grants and contracts to equip countries to meet enhanced surveillance and safety monitoring requirements, ensure community acceptance, and implement appropriate vaccine management protocols. You will also support foundation-funded activities to strengthen routine immunisation in select countries.


Core Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor and assess foundation-supported grants and contracts for polio outbreak response, with a focus on non-endemic countries (largely in the Eastern Mediterranean region of WHO). Specifically, work with grantees and consultants to support effective implementation of outbreak vaccination and surveillance activities in priority countries. This will include the development of informed and timely risk assessments, costed outbreak budget plans, effective field-based training of health and surveillance officers, and comprehensive vaccination strategies.

  • Work directly with foundation grantees to ensure rapid establishment of Emergency Operations Centers in select outbreak countries, and the deployment of sub-national field-based consultants supporting surveillance strengthening and planned vaccination campaigns.

  • Monitor polio surveillance and vaccination efforts in outbreak countries in coordination with other GPEI partners, providing feedback and technical advice on outbreak campaigns, intensified surveillance efforts and routine immunisation strengthening. Participate in GPEI-led outbreak review and assessments as required.

  • Support nOPV introduction in coordination with GPEI partners. Identify and source technical support contractors and grantees that can accelerate country readiness for nOPV introduction, including enhanced surveillance and safety monitoring requirements. Monitor field implementation of nOPV during outbreak response and provide feedback to sub-national and national immunisation program officers and national authorities on standard methodologies, challenges and areas for improvement.

  • Solicit and review letters of inquiry and grant proposals; provide clear, concise, and informational written analyses and recommendations for funding, including drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports for existing grants for review by foundation leadership.

Leadership and Culture

We believe that energised people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Ability to prioritize, focus and achieve results in a fast paced and complex environment.

  • Ability to assess and manage the risks inherent in complex bodies of work.

  • Passion for critical thinking and developing creative approaches to analyse and tackle problems that block progress.

  • Consistent track record of working with diverse partners and teams including elected officials, bureaucrats, public health specialists, business analysts, program implementers and developing country partners.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to connect with a broad and diverse audience.

  • Experience in developing partnerships and relationships inside and outside the organisation, handling conflicts, and building consensus.

  • Ability to travel up to 60% internationally, including potential long-term assignments.

Education and Experience

  • 7+ years of experience in polio eradication/or vaccine delivery/or public health programs, including strong experience working with Ministries of Health and international partners (e.g. WHO, Unicef) with an emphasis on emergency response (including outbreak response campaigns) and program operations.

  • Advanced degree in epidemiology and/or public health preferred

*Applicants for this role will only be considered if they are 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

* Genetic Information

* Veteran Status

* Marital Status

* Prior Protected Activity

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