The Life Sciences Partnerships (LSP) team leads the foundation's life sciences industry engagement to achieve its Global Health (GH) mission by:
Developing and maintaining an industry engagement strategy based on deep industry expertise complemented by holistic understanding of companies’ strategies, capabilities, and portfolios,
Building of strong relationships through trust-based partnerships that have the highest potential for impact,
Being a thought leader in developing approaches and tools that foster stronger industry engagement in global health,
Ensuring capabilities and know-how are well understood and efficiently embedded into the foundation’s organizational and operational context, and
Ensuring contributions and impact towards the foundation’s mission are transparent and measurable.
Position Summary & Responsibilities
We seek a Program Officer (PO) to provide critical support as an integral team member to the management and execution of activities related to LSP’s industry leadership engagement; including to our signature imitative, Gates CEO Roundtable, and “Thinkubator” strategies.
Industry & Leadership Engagement:
Global health champions at the leadership level within companies are critical to secure and maintain the level and quality of engagement the foundation’s priorities require. Company leaders also play an important role as advocates for public private partnerships and new business models that advance our work. LSP is uniquely placed to systematically identify, cultivate, manage, and leverage relationships with key industry leaders to realize global impact.
LSP has three high level goals for leadership engagement:
Mobilize influential industry leaders,
Create visibility for global health champions and CEOs, and
Generate visibility around private sector’s contributions to global health.
Under the leadership of the foundation’s co-chairs and pharmaceutical industry CEOs, the goal of Gates CEO Roundtable is to develop and execute collaborative initiatives geared at helping to solve global health’s priority challenges. The PO will provide critical support in the execution of the Gates CEO Roundtable including activities related to:
Program Initiatives: provide support to Roundtable initiative leads in the development and execution of work plans, including:
Holds foundation and company initiative leads accountable to milestones and deliverables.
Lead the concept development for at least one new initiatives.
Provides content support as needed to ensure success.
Escalates challenging partnership issues to the roundtable steering committee.
Roundtable Partnership: provide support to the Senior Program Officer in the management of partnerships within the foundation and between companies, including:
Prepares and communicates progress updates to ensure transparency both internally and externally, including with the companies involved via their CEO Office’s delegate to the Roundtable.
Develops and executes the work plan to prepare foundation leadership and participating CEOs for teleconference and in-person meetings as well as any LSP team leadership updates including agenda, briefing materials.
Roundtable Resources: manage the Roundtable associated grants and contracts and is responsible for Roundtable partnership budget oversite.
Other Leadership Engagement Responsibilities:
Manage content generation and brief preparation for foundation leaders’ industry engagement at signature industry events such as JP Morgan Annual Health Care Conference, the World Economic Forum at DAVOS as well as in preparation for the LSP team’s meetings with the co-chairs.
Develop and execute unique executive engagement opportunities (e.g. Japan CEO Roundtable and International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations Vaccine Leader Roundtable).
Advise on market, communication, advocacy and stakeholder engagement strategies designed to support LSP priorities.
The objective of the LSP’s Thinkubator domain is to incubate and pilot novel interventions that may involve changes to policy, systems, markets, cost-structures, financing, and/or partnership models, each with the intent to facilitate industry’s engagement in global health. The PO would be responsible to:
Generate and work collaboratively with cross-functional program strategy teams (PSTs) and external stakeholders to drive one to three Thinkubator concepts and models forward to significantly impact the sustainability of industry engagement in global health (e.g. initiatives such as pandemic preparedness and managing grants related to Japan’s Global Health Innovation Technology Fund).
Facilitate brainstorming sessions and build processes to generate new Thinkubator concepts to fill the pipeline.
Manage the evaluation and prioritization process of the concept pipeline and determine resources needed for concept testing initiatives.
Work closely with and support the LSP director in the successful execution of Japan’s Global Health Innovation Technology Fund (GHIT) including but not limited to:
Manage GHIT grants working with GHIT counterpart, Chief Operating Officer, as necessary.
Build a coalition of involved stakeholders to align on the vision for GHIT going forward.
Brief preparation and staffing for GHIT Board and Council metings.
Act as LSP lead on Japanese company relationships.
Reports to: Senior Program Officer, “Thinkubator” & Leadership Engagement
Leadership and Culture
We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.
Core Knowledge & Skills
We are looking for people who enjoy the challenge of working on complex problems and collaboratively creating solutions that have the potential for transformational change in the lives of people around the world. The Program Officer must be a passionate and ambitious professional with an outstanding track record of leading initiatives. S/he must have a solid background and experience in managing complex multi-stakeholder coalitions and partnerships.
Additionally, s/he should have:
An understanding of the pharmaceutical industry, market dynamics, company organization, investment decision making and competitive strategies.
Demonstrated complex project management experience and a successful track record of managing and/or leading multiple projects at any given time and implementing work plans.
Demonstrated ability to achieve results and drive complex work to conclusion; including driving results through others.
Outstanding people skills and a demonstrated ability to influence a wide range of individuals from different backgrounds, cultures and levels. Must possess strong relationship management skills to build trusting and productive relationships with a wide range of colleagues, leaders, consultants and other partners. Specific experience engaging with peer level industry counterparts to drive partnerships on their company’s behalf critical.
Strong analytical skills.
Intellectual quickness, curiosity, discipline, resourcefulness and resilience.
Interest in and/or willingness to master the issues and priorities within global health. Experience working in emerging markets or developing countries, such as Africa, preferred.
Five plus years of pharmaceutical industry experience in a strategy or corporate function with experience presenting to leadership. Experience in top tier management/strategy consulting firms, with a pharmaceutical industry focus, will also be considered.
MBA or other advanced degree in Business, Economics, Engineering, Sciences, or Policy required.
Ability to travel up to 20% domestically and internationally.
Ability to bring positive energy and a healthy sense of humor.
Demonstrated passion for the foundation’s values with a commitment to deliver results against the foundation’s mission.
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.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a workplace where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We also believe our employees should reflect the rich diversity of the global populations we aim to serve—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.
All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:
From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and welln...ess of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.