Our Global Health Program (GHP) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where proven tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don’t, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected and other infectious diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases and pneumonia. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.Working closely with other global programs, the Discovery & Translational Sciences program aims to create and improve preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic interventions for infectious diseases as well as other conditions that affect mothers, infants, and children. We do this by identifying and filling gaps in scientific knowledge, creating or implementing new technology platforms that can accelerate research in support of our goals, and investing in potentially transformative ideas. This may include: seeking ways to channel resources into scientific discovery to create more practical versions of existing solutions and develop new solutions where needed, as well as to speed the translation of scientific discovery into implementable solutions, seeking better ways to evaluate and refine potential interventions before they enter costly and time-consuming late-stage clinical trials.Our areas of focus include vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, maternal and child health, and control of disease-transmitting mosquitoes.
We are currently recruiting a Senior Program Officer (SPO) to join the Therapeutics team. The SPO will work closely with the Deputy Director and other team members to shape and execute the foundation’s discovery program aimed at identifying and evaluating new therapeutics that address global health needs. We are looking for an individual with particular expertise in Experimental Medicine and Exploratory Clinical Studies to establish a program of early clinical evaluation of new products and product concepts. S/he will help to create a productive and collaborative culture of innovation in and translation of basic research into practical health solutions and be passionate about solving problems and addressing questions relevant to our mission. Specifically, the SPO will be responsible for the following activities: Conceptualize, articulate and shape priorities in specific drug development areas:• Monitor and track science and technology trends relevant to drug development. Provide analysis of opportunities based on the latest and most innovative thinking in the field.• Collaborate with Deputy Director and Program Strategy teams in strategic planning and initiation of projects/programs. Provide technical expertise for the program area.• Advise the MNCHD (Maternal. Neonatal, Child Health and Development) team on translational strategies.Develop and manage grants and contracts portfolio to meet strategic objectives:• Identify and select partner institutions and shape scope and strategy for selected grants and contracts to meet selected strategic objectives. • Develop strategies and contribute to review of grant proposals and write proposal summaries.• Apply and evaluate milestone-based performance objectives and help to make go/no-go decisions about specific projects and product candidates.• Review interim and final reports; write final evaluation.• Work with product development partnerships and other key external partners to enhance implementation of program strategy and tactics.• Serve as a partner and resource to grantees to facilitate accomplishment of objectives. Contribute to foundation knowledge capture, evaluation, learning, and dissemination:• Keep Deputy Director informed of progress of both individual grants and sets of grants that may constitute solution sets for specific global health problems.• Synthesize and document learnings across related grants and contracts.• Develop reviews, summaries and informative reports for team, program and foundation leadership (e.g. President, Co-Chairs and other foundation leadership) that summarize key activities, progress and issues, around priority strategies for Therapeutics and associated grant portfolios.• Partner with various Global Health programs to share learnings and expertise.• Support monitoring and evaluation activities as defined within Therapeutics, the Global Health division and the Foundation.Represent the foundation and program to the external world related to position responsibilities:• Speak and participate in public events, forums and meetings.• Serve on boards and working groups.• Leverage opportunities to disseminate the knowledge and products developed by grantees in order to extend their impact.• Represent foundation interests in building networks for the program.Reports to: Deputy Director, Discovery Therapeutics
The SPO will have depth and breadth of experience and knowledge in the field of drug discovery and development:• MD or MD/PhD with deep knowledge and experience in experimental medicine and working knowledge across biomedicine.• An understanding of regulatory requirements necessary for the various phases of drug development and experience interacting with regulators.• Minimum 10+ years of experience working in relevant field, preferably gained in the pharmaceutical or biotech industry. • Experience in infectious diseases preferred with secondary consideration given to disorders affecting pregnancy or benefitting from neuroprotection.• Experience in project monitoring and evaluation, including development ofconceptual frameworks, management of monitoring systems, implementation and supervision of evaluations and reporting of evaluation findings.• Strong research, analytical, critical thinking skills as well as the ability to organize and synthesize information are required. Proactive and flexible nature with reliable follow-through and great attention to detail.• Demonstrated outstanding written and oral communication skills in positions requiring communications in a broad and diverse audience on a range of complex technical issues.• Experience in a role requiring collaboration as well as a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy both individually and as part of a complex team effort; ability to work in a cooperative and collegial fashion.• Demonstrated ability to successfully assemble, coordinate, and manage complex inter-group collaborations and partnerships, guiding such programs to meet programmatic and strategic goals.• Experience in the execution, conduct and/or management of performance based contracts or cooperative agreements.• Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to solve problems with energy and positive attitude.• Ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast paced environment with multiple and competing demands.• Demonstrated ability to lead and build relationships to gain the respect and trust of others.• Solid understanding of the realities and complexities of matrix based organizations.• Ability and willingness to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.• A sense of humor.• Demonstrated passion for the foundation’s values with a commitment to deliver results against the foundation’s mission.• Scope of work will require primary residency in the Seattle, WA area.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.