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CLOSED: Job: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - Vector Control Opportunities

October 17, 2013 - 09:34 -- MalariaWorld Jobs

Organisation: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Location: Seattle
Division: Global Health Program,
Malaria and Neglected Infectious Diseases

Foundation Overview:
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people's health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Group Summary:
Our Global Health Program (GH) 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 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.
Battling neglected infectious diseases and malaria are important priorities of the GH strategy. More than 1 billion people in developing countries suffer from infectious diseases that attract little donor funding, largely because those diseases are rare in wealthier countries. Until recently, investment in treatment and prevention methods has been lacking and access to existing interventions in areas where they are needed has been limited.
Our goal is to reduce the burden of these diseases on the world’s poorest people through targeted and effective control, elimination and eradication efforts. Our strategy reflects where we believe the foundation is best positioned—among a broad spectrum of actors—to help significantly reduce the incidence of neglected infectious diseases and ultimately, eradicate malaria.
To this end, we support efforts to accelerate progress through coordinated vaccines, mass drug administration against multiple diseases, public-health surveillance, and vector control.
Position Summary & Responsibilities:
Understanding that we have focused our priorities on multiple vector borne infectious diseases including Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL or Kala Azar), Dengue and Malaria, both the Neglected Infectious Diseases (NID) and Malaria program strategy teams are recruiting for the following roles:
  • Senior Program Officer, Vector Control (Malaria)
  • Program Officer, Vector Control (NID)
In both of these areas, the S/PO is required to develop and manage a portfolio of complex investments requiring high-level grant management skills, monitoring and evaluation. S/He will act as the respective initiative lead for vector control in their programmatic area while working closely together will oversee the management of product development and delivery as well as integration with other interventions.
Positions are Seattle based.
The S/PO will be expected to:
  • Act as the vector control expert resource for their respective programs (ie. Malaria or NID).
  • Review letters of inquiry, grant and contract proposals; provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for foundation including drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports for existing investments for review by foundation leadership.
  • Consult with grantees and other partners to maximize the impact of projects and ensure optimal learning. This may include conducting site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.
  • Represent the foundation with stakeholders who may include public and private entities, partner organizations, other funders, universities, think tanks and government agencies. May serve on external boards and working groups.
  • Collaborate with foundation colleagues in related program areas to take advantage of cross-sector grant making opportunities.
  • Conduct high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with partners in the field.
The foundation is looking for a global expert in vector borne infectious diseases with recognized medical, scientific, management and strategic planning skills. The ideal candidate will have lived and worked in developing countries for a period of time giving him/her an appreciation for the complexities of implementing and managing field-based programs.
The ideal candidates should have:
  • A PhD or other advanced degree in relevant field of study is required.
  • A minimum of six years of experience in medical entomology and vector borne diseases; preferable experience with mosquito transmission (malaria, dengue) and sand fly (Visceral Leishmaniasis) would be particularly relevant to priority programs.
  • Five or more years of experience in vector control product development, preferably working in industry or with a stringent regulatory authority.
  • Five or more years field experience managing vector borne disease control programs would be highly desirable.
  • Field experience in target geographies (Sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia) is preferred, together with a solid understanding of the realities and complexities of “in country” interventions.
  • Proven ability to lead and influence others.
  • Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.
  • Demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Ability to work with external organizations and work in a role requiring collaboration, prioritization and results-orientation in a fast-paced, complex organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility particularly as part of a team. Experience working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.
For specific position details and to apply online, please visit Bill&Melinda Gates Foundation Careers and submit your resume.
As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check.
We are an equal opportunity employer dedicated and focused on diversity.
The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills for this job.
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