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 Health Systems Design team in the India Country Office (ICO) aims to conceptualize, design and oversee efforts to reimagine the health care system in India, drawing on best practices from within and outside India. Our goal is a health system with increased accountability and quality of care, with no catastrophic health expenditure. The Policy and Strategic Partnership team in India aims to work closely with national and state governments to provide support to their policy agenda. The Senior Program Officer (SPO), Health Systems will be part of the Health Systems Design in the ICO, with a focus on policy and strategic partnerships. S/he will serve as an internal expert on health systems design, as well as, establish and nurture external partnerships that contribute to the success of our investments. S/he will manage a discrete portfolio of investments (grants and contracts), as well as, support the process of grant-making, strategy development, donor coordination, communications and advocacy.Health policy design support: • Provide thought leadership around transformational health systems and their potential applicability to the Indian context; Engage with global and local experts on health systems design and policy needs for India• Support the agenda of state and national governments on health system design as well as enlist existing healthcare players to experiment in this space • Provide analytic support to the foundation’s policy dialogue at the national and state levels with various institutions such as the MOHFW, MOF, NIPFP, etc. Grants and Contract Management:• Develop/scope/shape/propose projects with clear, measurable outcomes and milestones towards achieving programmatic goals that clarify expectations up-front & enable nimble course-correction• Oversee the execution of projects as well as provide analysis, lessons and results to ensure constant learning. Manage related internal grant-making processes. Conduct site visits as necessary.• Nurture strong partnerships with grantees towards achieving mutual, ambitious goals. Serve as a thought partner through consistent, deliberate engagement• Contribute to other internal review processes, e.g. strategy and portfolio reviews, synthesizing grant progress, developing team’s own thinking; also coordinate with other ICO teams for joint planning. Help team ensure compliance to internal reporting and scorecard timelines.• In collaboration with the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) team, define and implement appropriate measures to track investment performanceManage key external relationships:• Represent the foundation with external stakeholders such as donors and governments or support maintenance of these relationships. Internally be a core part of the team on health systems policy related matters. • Develop effective working relationships with the wider PHC community active in India, including staff working in international and donor organizations but also policy researchers in academic and other institutions • Share academic literature, presentations and research findings with key stakeholders in the public, private and civil society sector, including organizing consultations and meetings where necessary• Help identify and develop potential partnerships and collaborators
The successful candidate will possess technical expertise in one or more skills related to primary health care and/or health systems improvement, i.e. financing, strategic purchasing, private or public sector service delivery, organization of services. They will also have experience in designing, managing, and implementing activities/projects to improve health system performance. They will have work experience with the health system in India either at national or state level. Additionally, we seek experience in use of evidence to support dialogue with policy makers. Knowledge of evaluation methodologies is a plus.• Demonstrated curiosity and comfort in areas beyond current areas of expertise with proven ability to rapidly acquire knowledge and execute good judgment in a variety of areas • Strong analytic capabilities including, research skills and ability to apply findings in the design and implementation of programs • Demonstrated program management/ implementation experience• Demonstrated ability to work with multiple stakeholders including, foundation staff, government, other donors, grantees as well as proven ability to identify, establish and maintain effective working relationships • Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to solve problems with energy and influence without authority. Track record of building trust-based relationships• Experience in a role requiring collaboration in complex internal and external organizations • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to convey messages to non-technical audiences in understandable terms• Demonstrated team spirit; willing to work with humor as part of a team effort • Ability to travel up to 35% domestically and internationally• MPH/MD/MBA/Master’s or equivalent advanced degree; PhD in health systems preferred, but not essential if experience compensates• 10+ years of experience on health systems design, including with national or state governments in India or multi-lateral/bi-lateral institutions • Familiarity with Indian health systemAs 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.