The Development Policy & Finance team (DPAF) sits within the Global Policy & Advocacy division and works together with Gates Foundation programs to ensure global resources are raised and 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 raise and spend their own resources effectively to achieve their human development goals. The team uses a combination of grant making, direct advocacy and partnership to achieve its goals.
The Development Policy & Finance team has an opening for two Senior Program Officers, our most senior technical roles. SPOs are responsible for leading work in a particular area of team strategy, by contributing deep subject matter expertise and designing then leading complex grants and partnerships to advance team goals. These are deeply substantive roles but their purpose is entirely applied, shaping the practice of the foundation and/or our partners. We are currently looking for SPOs with expertise, network and passion to advance practice in one and preferably more of the following areas:
Applied economic policy analysis supporting foundation sector work, especially connecting our micro work (in health, agricultural productivity, financial inclusion, sanitation) to macro policy and economic growth questions;
Country economics focused on Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, especially macro-fiscal issues including revenue prospects, debt, capital markets development, and other salient issues related to fiscal space and public finance;
International development finance, including policy issues arising from trends in aid and multilateral funding, and experience designing and executing effective financing structures particularly in sectors of interest to the foundation.
The SPO is responsible for advancing supportive policies and effective financing for foundation programs, by:
Designing, planning, and leading a portfolio of grants to advance knowledge, test policy solutions and implement new practice in the areas described above
Serving as the internal subject matter specialist on areas above, and collaborating with teams across the foundation on technical and operational intersections to advance program work
Cultivating a set of external relationships to identify partners and build technical, political or advocacy collaborations to advance the work;
Reviewing submitted (or soliciting) concept notes and grant proposals; providing clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding; assessing progress of existing grants for review by foundation leadership
Consulting with grantees to achieve desired impact of grants; conducting site visits, providing technical mentorship, convening meetings, and applying and evaluating milestone-based performance objectives
Preparing and writing briefs synthesizing current practice and knowledge and/or recommending course of action on key topics of relevance to foundation; continuing to learn and maintaining a comprehensive understanding of the trends and drivers of areas above
Representing the foundation externally on matters relevant to body of work
This position reports to the Deputy Director, Development Policy & Finance and is based in Washington, D.C. or Seattle.
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
Our ideal candidates will combine technical knowledge, political savvy, creativity, excellent project management and a good dose of self-motivation. They may have:
Demonstrated ability to think strategically and implement exceptionally, translating research and ideas to ‘fundable’ proposals, advocacy and action
Flexible mindset interested in connecting multiple disparate fields, adaptable to different contexts and audiences, and stimulated by that variety
Strong relationships with relevant authorities and policymakers around the world, including direct policy work with governments in Africa or South Asia
A sense of humor and a “campaign mentality” i.e. no job too big, small or hard
Demonstrated critical and creative thinking, and excellent writing and public presentation skills – all on complex and deeply technical topics
Proven ability to move significant issues successfully across large institutions, various levels of staff and different cultural contexts
Proven ability as team player defined as someone who shares ideas generously, adjusts flexibly to changes in context, and is motivated to act with some urgency
Ability to travel up to 1/3 time domestically and internationally
Relevant advanced degree plus minimum of seven years relevant experience
*Please note these roles are 36 month limited term employment positions.
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.
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