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Interim Senior/Program Officer, Integrated Portfolio Management
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)
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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 ~January 2022. However, the start and end dates may change.

Job Title: Interim Senior Program Officer, Integrated Portfolio Management

Division: Global Health Program

Department: Strategy, Planning & Management

Group Summary

Our Global Health Program (GHP) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in 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, 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. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development, Integrated Development, Innovative Technology Solutions and Strategy, Planning &Management (SPM).

Position Summary & Responsibilities

The SPM group is looking to hire an interim Senior Program Officer (SPO) for its Integrated Portfolio Management efforts. The SPO will ensure that the foundation has ongoing transparency on the status and performance of its global health product pipeline.  You will be a thought partner with Program Strategy Teams, Functional Teams and Global Health Leadership to frame key strategic questions in order to support investment decisions, identify and generate the vital data to address issues related to impact, cost effectiveness and risk, assist with the prioritization of product development and other interventions.


By executing health impact and cost effectiveness analyses, this role enables Program Strategy Teams, Functional Teams, and Global Health Leadership to have the right information at the right time to make decisions about individual product investments, a portfolio of investments, as well as tradeoffs within and across portfolios. In addition to improving the way that the foundation makes prioritization and performance management decisions, this role will drive adoption of improved portfolio management practices. This role will collaborate with PSTs, Functions, and external researchers to gather and continuously improve critical data and inputs needed to execute health impact and cost effectiveness modeling of interventions.

 Additional responsibilities include:

  • Apply knowledge of health impact and cost effectiveness modeling principles to set up and execute a product valuation using the foundation’s software modeling tool.
  • Work closely with foundation vendors to translate model methodology improvements into modeling software requirements and ensure successful implementation of modeling software improvements.
  • Chip in to the evolution of the foundation’s portfolio management approaches and tools.
  • Carry out research on relevant academic papers and global health studies to advise assumptions needed to implement health intervention models.
  • Utilize data analysis techniques to identify patterns in relevant data sets, and clearly articulate technical findings to non-technical partners.
  • Drive the discussion with foundation subject matter specialists to resolve methodology enhancements that can be made to existing health impact models.
  • Develop presentation materials and be able to optimally communicate key subject matter to internal and external impacted groups.
  • Identify and evaluate opportunities for continuous improvement of team, division and broader foundation strategy and operational processes.

Education & Qualifications

  • Ph.D., Masters or MBA with 6-10+ years of experience including 5 years of experience designing epidemiological and/or health economic models.
  • Demonstrated quantitative and analytical skills including experience assembling, organizing and analyzing information, extracting insights and presenting findings.
  • Competency with modelling in R/Python. - Develop spreadsheet modeling, simulation, data analysis, statistics/econometrics and other quantitative skills. -Capability to quickly learn new software programs and new analytical methods.
  • Knowledge of infectious diseases, epidemiology and biostatistics techniques used in global health.
  • Proven strategic problem-solving skills to structure the analysis needed to address a sophisticated and ambiguous question, within the resources and time constraints provided.
  • Excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills to effectively calibrate input and synthesize information to connect with multifaceted and diverse audiences.
  • Broad understanding of global health & development issues and some global health & development experience.
  • Experience with strategy development, execution, measurement, review and adjustment processes.
  • Ability to inspire change across a sophisticated organization. Experience in developing and managing strong partnerships and relationships with internal and external impacted groups.
  • Candidates with less experience will be considered as an Interim Program Officer

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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