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 foundation’s Donor Government Relations (DGR) team is seeking a Senior Program Manager (SPM) based in London who is a recognized expert in managing projects with a demonstrated record of success on highly complex and risky, business critical programs. In addition to driving strategy development, performance monitoring and portfolio management for our donor country engagement across the regions in which we operate (North America, Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific), the SPM is responsible for leading projects from initiation through closure to achieve the program’s strategic objectives, requiring seasoned business acumen. The SPM is expected to help align and shape organizational and strategic decisions at the senior management level that affect program goals, and must regularly coordinate and manage program activities with counterparts based in Seattle, the foundation’s headquarters. In addition to direct management of select projects, the SPM drives the development and institutionalization of advanced program management tools, techniques and best practices that mature the program management capabilities of the organization.The SPM’s core functions and responsibilities include the following, supporting DGR staff based in London and Washington DC:Strategy & Program Management:Leads strategic planning and ensures successful project management for complex initiatives. Works closely with DGR leaders and is responsible for end to end project success: from scoping, developing workplan, implementation, change management and performance measurement. Effectively engages with key stakeholders (internal and external) to ensure timely implementation of strategic priorities. Collaborates with DGR leadership and key stakeholders to facilitate annual planning including goal-setting, donor country planning, resource allocation and scorecard performance tracking. Manages contracts that support strategy and program development and implementation.Portfolio Management:Partners with the DGR Management Team and Program CFO’s office to support informed strategic investment decisions related to grants and contracts. Accountable for oversight and management of Program Coordination staff responsible for executing grant and contract agreements. Drives and monitors progress against milestones and key decisions, manages key stakeholder meetings and prepares analysis and data.Leadership and Partner Engagement:Acts as a thought partner and supports DDSPM / DGR leadership in ensuring progress against strategic priorities. Helps government relations and other function leads and their direct reports to define and monitor progress. Ensures successful operating model: e.g., effective prioritization and allocation of staff and investment resources. Prepares DGR Management for strategy reviews, learning sessions, briefings with the Co-chairs and foundation leadership.Defines and manages DGR’s Partner Engagement Plan including response to partner surveys in close collaboration with the DGR Management Team and Program Officers. Responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communication with grantees and other external partners.Project Management:Helps build organization project management muscle and mentors more junior resources. Helps develop the “muscle” of DGR (and ultimately GPA) in terms of strategic execution and implementation discipline, by rolling-out best practices and the “right amount” of process.Manages large and/or complex projects in support of strategy development, resource allocation (both financial and human), investment management, and business performance management.Establishes and executes workplans, monitoring progress against milestones and key decisions and managing stakeholder communications.Provides guidance to DGR staff on appropriate use and development of contracts in support of DGR’s programmatic work.Reports to: Deputy Director, Strategy Planning & Management.
10+ years of extensive work experience with increasing levels of complexity managing projects and programs in health/development-related field; familiarity with development issues in health and/or agriculture sectors highly desired. MBA or equivalent advanced degree in public health, business administration, public affairs or other relevant Master’s degree. Superior analytical skills and ability to define and engage in formulation of strategic initiatives and/or investment decisions and evaluations, including risk management and mitigation. Extensive experience with scorecards, performance management, and effective resource management. Superior skills in developing and representing complex financial data clearly and concisely to inform decision making; ability to plan and manage budgets. Proven, superior project management skills – ability to develop work plans that coordinate inputs from large number of people, to track progress against targets and to identify barriers to progress, to plan agendas and facilitate meetings, to organize data and information. Knowledge of and practice in monitoring and evaluation principles and approaches. Superior verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences, ability to interact with and influence senior leadership. Ability to work with diverse organizations and stakeholders, with strong spirit of diplomacy and collaboration. Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills demonstrating effective stakeholder management, including ability to work effectively and with sensitivity across barriers such as language, culture and distance. Results-driven, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude. Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and enthusiasm in a fast-paced environment, as a member of an integrated team. Passion for the mission and alignment with core values of the foundation.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.