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 April. However, the start and end dates may change.
Role Title: Interim Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, Family Planning / Maternal, Newborn and Child Health
Division: Global Policy & Advocacy
Group: Program Advocacy and Communications
Location: Seattle, Washington
The Program Advocacy and Communications team works in partnership with program teams and other teams in Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) to achieve their policy and finance goals by:
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.
The Senior Program Officer (SPO) for Program Advocacy and Communications will own the foundation’s communications efforts focused largely on Family Planning and Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (FP/MNCH). The role will work across FP/MNCH global, regional, and country priorities to develop targeted communications strategies to generate awareness, raise resources, form partnerships, elevate voices and spur policy changes – with a specific focus on supporting a woman’s right to bodily autonomy and increased ability to access a range of contraceptive options; galvanizing civil society in donor and developing nations to increase political dedication to health and development issues, specifically FP/MNCH/women’s health; shaping international financing channels for health and development issues and support the evidence-base to encourage sound decision-making; and influencing policymaker decision-making via external communications and media relations efforts.
The SPO will also lead on an integrated women’s health communications approach that will require coordination across relevant issues, including FP, MNCH, Nutrition, Primary Health Care (PHC), Gender Equality and more. This will involve executing on an integrated communications plan, which includes women’s health messaging, champion building efforts, engagement with senior leadership and more. Additional responsibilities may include supporting the rollout of the Foundation’s new Primary Health Care (PHC) strategy and associated communications activities.
Lastly, the SPO will also strategically develop and lead a portfolio of communications and champion building grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management skills, monitoring and evaluation. As a key advisor on strategy initiatives, the SPO will contribute to the continued development of the team’s advocacy and communications strategic vision, while collaborating closely with team leadership to set the overall strategy and goals for the team. The SPO will also act as an advisor to the FP/MNCH program teams on both incorporating critical communications elements into major programmatic grants and supporting grantees from a communications standpoint around critical moments.
Position Reports to: Deputy Director of FP/MNCH/PHC PAC
Core Knowledge and Skills
We are looking for a team member who has knowledge of and experience working on FP/MNCH/PHC issues. They will bring a depth of experience in developing policy, advocacy and communications strategies, with an emphasis on strategic communications. Experience working on FP/MNCH or GE issues and communications in a developing country context is a plus.
Specifically, the effective candidate will have:
Education and Experience
*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.
**The foundation requires a COVID-19 vaccination for in-person business in the United States. Therefore, all U.S. employees are required to present proof of vaccination status upon hire unless they qualify for a medical or religious exemption.
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:
* Sexual Orientation
* Gender Identity
* Gender Expression
* National Origin
* Genetic Information
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* Marital Status
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