LTE Senior Program Officer, Vaccine Development & Surveillance
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Seattle, Washington
Type: Full Time
Required Education: MD
Advocacy / Non-Profit
Internal Number: 89631686
This is an limited term employment/interim role on the?Vaccine Development & Surveillance?team in Global Health . The duration of the assignment is targeted for 12 months starting as soon as possible. However, the start and end dates may change.
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, biologics, 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. Our work in maternal, neonatal and child health focuses on ensuring that women and newborns survive and remain healthy before, during and after childbirth, and ensuring optimal growth, neurodevelopment and resistance to disease, by identifying and addressing underlying biological vulnerabilities.?We also support innovative research in reproductive health.?These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery & Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development?& Surveillance, and Integrated Development.
The VD&S Team advances public goods for global health through technological innovation. We do this by accelerating the development and commercialization of novel vaccines and the sustainable manufacture of existing vaccines, defining the global disease burden through better primary data and world-class modeling, and reducing the threat of epidemics.
Leadership and 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.
Position Summary & Responsibilities The Vaccine Development & Surveillance Team?is?recruiting a?Senior Program Officer (SPO) for?our Genomics, Epidemiology and Modelling initiative?to support the?Deputy?Director and?initiative?team in achieving its impact goals by:
1. Providing subject matter expertise on pathogen genomic sequencing and bioinformatics to VD&S as well as other BMGF teams as needed, to support strategy and investment development to advance the use of sequencing for surveillance/public health in LMICs
2. Handling many of the Foundation’s existing investments?around genetic epidemiology, bioinformatics and data visualization,?including providing?the?GEM Initiative and VD&S Team?with regular updates on progress against our strategic goals.
3. Developing, in close collaboration with the?team?and our implementing partners,?new investments using?innovative, data-driven approaches to improve genomic surveillance to support strategic?public health decisions in Africa and South Asia
4. Advancing?open data and open science approaches?within the portfolio of investments?and building implementing partner capacity in these areas.
5. Supporting capacity building in?our Pathogen Genomics Initiative?programs and among our implementing partners to use innovative approaches for decision making, keeping countries, national programs, and affected communities at the center. Applying user-centered design for the development of tools, information products, and dashboards.
6. Running a robust network of partners to harness and guide the burgeoning passion in pathogen genomic surveillance that has been catalyzed by the COVID-19 pandemic.?
Specifically, the?SPO?will be?expected to:
· Run the data architecture, bioinformatics, training, and “wet lab” components of the?Pathogen Genomic Initiative?strategy and?associated investment portfolio, ensuring?that these are aligned with the team's overall strategy,?and negotiate, execute, and?handle sophisticated, performance-based investments.
· Advise with grantees and other partners to maximize the impact of projects and ensure optimal learning. This may include conducting site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key partners.
· Partner with grantees to develop projects, define key outcomes and landmarks; ensure?that appropriate monitoring and evaluation systems and processes are established to produce robust evaluation of outcomes?and?ensure long-term sustainability and impact.
· Review letters of inquiry, investment ideas, formal concept note submissions, and proposals; provide clear, concise and insightful verbal and written analyses and recommendations, including drafting, editing, and presenting investment summaries and progress reports for review by foundation leadership.
· Track grants against key strategic learning questions and ensure other staff/initiatives are kept advised in real time to ensure agile strategic decision-making.
· Lead – with Business Team support - internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, budgeting and reporting.
· ?Serve as a specialist and point of contact on portfolio-related issues for key internal and external impacted groups; conduct high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with partners in the field.
· Collaborate with?Foundation colleagues in related program areas to provide subject-matter expertise, take advantage of cross-sector grant making opportunities, and explore how VD&S can be supportive to advance genomic surveillance and use of NGS technologies to advance the team’s disease-specific programmatic areas of focus.
· Prepare and write briefs and synthesize existing literature for internal and external audiences. Provide written analysis of key topics for Foundation leadership.
· Represent the?Foundation with partners who may include public and private entities, partner organizations, other funders, universities, think tanks and government agencies. May serve on external boards and working groups.
Core Knowledge and?Experience
The?Foundation?is?seeking an internationally recognized?specialist with demonstrated leadership in ?pathogen?genetics/genomics and bioinformatics.
The?ideal candidate?should have:
· A?PhD,?or an MD with equivalent research experience in genomics, bioinformatics, data science, and related quantitative domains.
· A minimum of 10 years’ experience?working on?public health genomics, including quantitative analysis of pathogens, using either or both of genetic/genomic or surveillance data.?Experience working in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America or South Asia and/or?working with or for a national?disease?control program?is?a strong asset.
· Familiarity with principles of information visualization and the use of dashboards to communicate key indicators to public health decision makers.
· Experience working with global institutions?and global health organizations, such as the?World Health Organization (WHO),?US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),?or the Global Alliance for Vaccines Initiative (Gavi),?is an asset.
· Shown ability?to lead and influence?scientific and non-technical partners.
· Experience in tactical?planning?and?strategy?implementation.
· Excellent attention to detail?and a demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgement in developing methods, techniques and evaluating criteria for obtaining results.
· Demonstrated excellence?in scientific?writing and?data analysis,?superb?written?and?oral communication skills,?and experience advocating?and communicating?with broad and diverse?audiences.
· Demonstrated capacity to solve?sophisticated?problems with a positive attitude.?
· Experience in a role requiring collaboration (both internally and externally), prioritization and results-orientation in a fast-paced, organization.
· Demonstrated?ability?to?work?with?efficiency,?diplomacy,?and?flexibility,?particularly?as?part?of?a?team, and experience?working?on?teams?with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
*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.
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