The Development Policy & Finance team has an opening for an Associate Program Officer to support strategy development, relationship management, portfolio and grant management, research and analysis, measurement & evaluation, communications and advocacy across the team’s work.
The Development Policy & Finance team (DPAF) sits within the Global Policy & Advocacy team and works together Gates Foundation programs to ensure global resources are spent effectively to support the needs of the world’s poorest people. DPAF aims to be a hub for creative analysis and ideas to modernize aid and multilateral development banking, and to support developing countries to develop their own resources effectively to achieve their human development goals.
Plans, manages and implements a wide range of activities in support of strategic planning, external relationship management, and complex investment opportunities
Produce short analytical notes and commentary for foundation staff and external use, responding to data updates, new research and political / economic developments
Serve as a resource for relevant teams across the foundation – and across DPAF – to ensure coordination and alignment of our global, regional and country specific work.
Facilitate, coordinate and guide a range of projects and activities related to evaluating, developing, preparing, and monitoring specific grants, and/or other team activities.
Participate in meetings, coordinate programmatic input and write and review briefs to prepare foundation leadership for high-profile events.
This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.
This position is based in Washington, D.C.
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
Sophisticated consumer – and sometimes producer - of applied policy research and quantitative analysis on issues of global economics, aid and development, public finance in developing countries
Excellent research, critical thinking, writing and public presentation skills. Critical and creative thinker
Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to navigate across large institutions
Team player with the ability to be flexible and adjust to changing circumstances
Ability to work in a self-guided manner, manage multiple priorities and tight timelines
Ability to travel up to 25% domestically and internationally
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in economics, finance, public policy, development, or a related field required; Master’s degree in economics, finance, public policy, development, or a related field preferred.
3-5 years of experience in development policy, with relevant exposure to country/field work.
*Please note this is a 24-month limited term employment position.
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 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:
From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and wellness of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.