The mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) program is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the foundation’s work, build support for its major program and policy objectives, and develop partnerships and alliances that can advance the foundation’s policy objectives nationally and globally. Because the foundation’s resources alone are not enough to solve the challenges ahead, GPA also supports advocacy efforts to engage diverse stakeholders and promote innovative solutions that advance our program goals. GPA is composed of our Regional Offices in India, China and Africa; our Donor Government Relations (DGR) teams, one for Europe and the Middle East, based in London, and another for the United States, Canada and Asia-Pacific region, based in Washington, DC; a Program Advocacy & Communications team; a Development Policy & Finance team; and our Philanthropic Partnerships team. We work in close partnership with grantees, our colleagues in the Global Health and Global Development Programs, the Executive office, and foundation Communications to build the environment in which all people have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.
The Associate Program Officer will work on GPA’s Family Planning (FP), Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (MNCH), and Gender Equality portfolios. Family Planning is one of the foundation’s priority strategies. Reporting to the Director of Program Advocacy & Communications for RMNCAH, and working closely with the other members of the team, specific responsibilities include:• Conduct research and analysis in support of Program Advocacy program officers and leadership• Monitor internal and external environment for trends related to advocacy strategies; advise on strategy updates based on this intelligence• Prepare regular reports and presentations for a variety of purposes and audiences, summarizing facts, developments and recommendations for program issues• Serve as liaison to one or more program strategy teams• Assist in the design and implementation of advocacy strategies in support of program goals• Assist with preparation for foundation leadership participation in events and meetings with policymakers, partners and other stakeholders; preparation to include participation in planning meetings and drafting briefing memos• Manage a small portfolio of project grants• Represent team and foundation views to grantees and other external partners/stakeholders
– A minimum of 3 years professional experience and undergraduate degree preferred or equivalent work experience and; specific study in policy, global health, global development or international affairs desired • Experience working with public health issues relevant to the developing world with a strong preference of knowledge of policy/advocacy field and technical knowledge (or ability to quickly get up to speed) of global Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health, Family Planning, and Gender Equality.• Experience with public policy, advocacy or politics preferred.• Experience with qualitative and quantitative research and analyses – including creation of analytical models/tools – to inform sound strategic and tactical decisions and plans of action.• Two or more years of experience in project management; demonstrated experience in developing and driving the successful implementation of work plans• Demonstrated proficiency using MS Office products or related software• Ability to work efficiently and effectively on a fast paced, high-demand and high-profile portfolio• Able to work independently, but also collaborate with members of immediate team and across the foundation• Excellent written and oral communication skills; comfort in positions requiring communication with a broad and diverse audience on a range of complex and technical issues• Produce products of consistent and high quality; attention to detail• Innovative, proactive/solutions-oriented approach• Commitment to foundation’s core values, mission and programs core values• Ability and willingness to travel domestically and internationallyApplications should be submitted by October 14.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.