The goal of the Global Development Program (GDP) is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Our strategies focus on Polio, Agriculture Development, Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Financial Services for the Poor, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning and Nutrition. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Vaccine Delivery and Integrated Delivery. GDP also has Special Initiatives that focus Urban Poverty, Emergency Relief, Global Libraries and Value for the Money.
India bears a large and disproportionate share of the global maternal, neonatal, infant and under 5 mortality and morbidity burden. Interventions under NHM have led to improved outcomes over the last decade, but many barriers remain, especially around quality of care issues. The intent of this position is to deepen the understanding of the problem, modify strategy based on lessons learnt and propose and execute a plan of action for the foundation and others to act upon to make decisive progress in this space. Key Responsibilities:• Lead efforts to modify the MNCH strategy theory of action for the India Country Office (ICO) of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.• Lead foundation efforts to reduce maternal, neonatal and under 5 mortalities in India, especially in Bihar and UP, in close collaboration with the MNCH, EDD and Pneumo PSTs and line with foundation priorities and strategy.• Scope, propose and shape MNCH investments (grants and/or contracts) to execute a portfolio of activities in support of programmatic goals of state and Seattle-based teams.• Collaborate closely with the Care of Newborn, Infant Sick Child (CoNIC) coordinator and team in the redesign and implementation of CoNIC, strengthening the integrated care of sick newborn and children• Participate as the MNCH representative to program teams in the Foundation as assigned.• Establish and nurture the external partnerships that will contribute to the success of our investments. • Support advocacy efforts to ensure appropriate policies and plans for MNCH in India. In collaboration with the Measurement, Learning and Evaluation (MLE) team, define and implement appropriate measures to track investment performance.• Support/co-manage a substantial portfolio of complex grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management skills, including applying and evaluating milestone-based performance objectives.• Serve as a partner and resource to grantees and foundation program teams to facilitate accomplishment of strategic objectives.• Synthesize and document results and lessons from grants and contracts including preparing briefings and portfolio reviews to leadership.• Contribute to writing background documents, briefs, and presentations, including carrying out relevant literature reviews, landscape analyses, and data analysis.• Plan and coordinate partner consultations and meetings, in collaboration with relevant PSTs, to advance understanding of key issues for the strategy.• Undertake and lead special projects, as requested
We are looking for people who enjoy solving complex problems using a hypothesis and data-driven approaches as well as have experience delivering innovative solutions in challenging environments. The qualified candidate should have the following experience:• Deep technical knowledge, advanced degree and 15 or more years of experience in MNCH, social sciences, or development, in the India context. • Leadership experience in a global health or development organization, either public or private, including responsibility for program strategy, design and implementation Demonstrated experience building and leading strategic partnerships with key stakeholders from diverse sectors including NGOs, government and the private sector. • Proven success using evidence and data to inform policy decisions at the national level as well as demonstrated ability to build strategic advocacy partnerships.• Experience working for global health / development organizations or for strategy consulting firms, either public or private, ideally in program design and/or implementation.• Demonstrated experience in partnership building and management in the context of Global Health or Development. • Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency and diplomacy, particularly as part of a team effort.• 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 scientific areas.• Ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast paced environment with multiple and competing demands.• Demonstrated ability to work with diverse teams including scientists, business analysts, program implementers and developing country stakeholders.• Experience working with public health, and strong understanding of public program implementation.• Experience working with the private sector is a plus.• Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency and diplomacy, particularly as part of a team effort.• Demonstrated experience with designing analyses.• Sense of humor and positive attitude required.• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.• Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to solve problems with energy.• Ability to travel locally and internationally, up to one-third time.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.