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Job ID : 180510.1
Job Title : Interim Senior Program Officer, Global Policy and Advocacy
Organization : Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Job Location : Washington, D.C.
Salary Range :
Job Description :

The Global Policy & Advocacy division leads the foundation's efforts to build strategic relationships with governments, private philanthropists, and other key partners to increase awareness, action, and resources devoted to global development and health. This includes the foundation's regional offices and strategic presence in Europe, Africa, China, and India, as well as a grant portfolio supporting cross-cutting policy research, advocacy, and select country-level delivery efforts.

Job Summary

Develop and manage one or more portfolio of grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management, monitoring and evaluation skills. This portfolio will include, but is not limited to, Agriculture and Nutrition. As a key advisor, you are responsible for the continued development of the team’s vision, while partnering closely with leadership to set the overall strategy and goals for the team.

Core Responsibilities

• Design, develop and implement strategies to effectively engage the federal government to meet foundation priorities related to foreign aid and global health and development funding, priorities related to Agriculture and Nutrition
• Build, foster and leverage long-lasting senior level relationships with key external stakeholders, including but not limited to US Government officials
• Gather and analyze political intelligence intel and disseminate regular updates across key internal stakeholders
• Manage internal stakeholders across multiple teams in a highly matrixed and collaborative fashion
• Prepare, support and staff leadership meetings with US government officials, including writing all political intelligence and briefing notes
• Partner with grantees to develop project objectives and define key outcomes and milestones, ensuring that appropriate monitoring and evaluations systems and processes are established to produce robust evaluation of outcomes
• Partner with other Government Relations colleagues to share information and collaborate on improving and enhancing foundation relationships with the US federal government
• 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 maximize impact of projects and ensure grants are meeting strategy goals. This may include: site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
• Develop, manage, resource, and implement a program that aligns with foundation strategy and is operationally integrated 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.
• This role may manage employees and may be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.


Leadership and Culture

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


Core Knowledge and Skills

• Proven expertise in policies and programs related to international Agriculture and Nutrition
• Detailed knowledge of and/or senior level work experience in the US government, including the roles most important to foundation priorities
• Deep knowledge of the political landscape in the United States
• Access to senior level government officials and ability to build on existing network
• Demonstrated record of success of working with advocacy partners in support of ODA funding
• Experience in the conception, design and management of strategies, initiatives and programs related to motivating an enhanced government response
• Knowledge of the legislative and administrative processes and structures in the US Federal Government pertinent to foundation prioritiess
• Proven 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
• Ability to work in a highly matrixed environment and proven ability to discern and leverage the internal tools and resources necessary to meet stated goals


Education and Experience

Advanced degree with 7+ years of experience on Capitol Hill, the Administration or in a senior government relations function

Reports to: Rob Nabors, Director, US Policy Advocacy Communications.


About Us:

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation pride ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity. Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. We have four missions to:

Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive;
Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives;
Combat infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and
Inspire people to take action to change the world.

Key to enabling these missions is our commitment to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking. Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,500 people and is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. We have offices in the United States, Europe, India, China and Africa.


This is a Limited Term Employee role associated with our parental leave program targeted for up to 18 months starting in June 2018. We’re accepting applications now through (put an end date and time)

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 and 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 serve­in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs­and 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

How to Apply :

Online: https://gatesfoundation.wd1.my... |

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