Senior Program Officer – Malaria Research and Service Delivery at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - 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 Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Senior Program Officer - Malaria Research and Service DeliveryRef No: B013176Loaction: Abuja, NigeriaJob Type: Full timeJob SummaryThe primary purpose of the Senior Program Officer (SPO) – Malaria Research & Service Delivery, is to conceive, develop and manage a complex portfolio of grants and technical assistance at federal level and in selected states to improve child health and broader health outcomes in Nigeria.This will be done specifically through supporting interventions to accelerate the reduction of malaria burden through improved data-driven decisions to kickstart endgame systems building progress; and support the “Resiliency through Azithromycin for Children” (REACH) program. The SPO will work closely with government, private sector, and civil society partners to catalyze these efforts.The focus of the foundation’s work will involve development, testing and scale-up of high impact and cost-effective solutions in selected areas to drive results and influence scale across Nigeria and potentially other similar contexts within the region and Africa.  This role reports to the Deputy Director, Health, Nutrition, and Eradication.Duties and Responsibilities The selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:Identify, negotiate, execute and monitor complex, performance-based contracts/grants to accelerate increase in child health outcomes. Specifically, this position will identify activities to support adoption of new innovations/interventions into clinical practice. This includes identifying appropriate partners, undertaking operational research, training in workflow, malaria surveillance and monitor overall execution of investments.Manage partnerships and grantee relationships to ensure learning and impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key stakeholders, monitoring and evaluating components of grants.For the Resiliency through Azithromycin for Children (REACH):Work closely with the Nigerian federal and state governments and implementing agencies to develop operational research and implementation frameworks for new and emerging interventions for child survival, such as periodic azithromycin distribution to reduce child mortality in high mortality settings.Manage grants and stakeholder relationships at the country level to support early rollout of such strategies including the development of a local evidence base for appropriate policy development and scale-up.Serve as a senior technical resource on new and emerging interventions for child survival, connecting international research and scientific expertise with national child survival and mortality reduction policy and priorities.Liaise with Seattle-based research and product development teams to ensure research and product development strategies within Nigeria are tailored to the local context.Engage a broad range of stakeholders and decision-makers working on delivery of clinical services for child survival, either in primary health clinical care settings or through mass delivery platforms such as neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), supplementary immunization activities (SIAs), Child Health Weeks, etc. Within this coalition, work collectively to identify opportunities to optimize clinical services at the “last mile”, with an emphasis on making such services more accessible, effective, cost-effective, of higher quality, and client-centered. Support testing and evaluation of such opportunities through grants, contracts and technical collaboration.For the support efforts to accelerate Malaria burden decline by improving systems to optimize intervention location, timing, and mix:Work with National/State Malaria Programs and the RBM partners under the High Burden to High Impact initiative to translate the National and/or State Level Strategic Plans for Malaria into costed operational plans based on a rigorous assessment of the local epidemiology and an evidence-driven financial prioritization to maximize the available resources through data- driven, sub-nationally tailored implementation.Work with the Nigeria country office health team to bring an integrated view and approach across primary health areas to:Provide innovative solutions to malaria control in designing a strategy to support optimization of private sector engagement to expand access to affordable ACTs, or other areas where the private sector may play a catalytic/ or accelerator role.Investigate potential opportunities in supply chain strengthening, performance management toward improved malaria interventions in Nigeria. Any other duties aligned with the foundation malaria strategy in NigeriaIn addition:Represent the foundation to key selected government health leaders, platforms, and working groups on malaria at state and federal levels – this would include delving into issues from the policy level to the facility and community (i.e. demand generation) levels. Potentially taking responsibility for coordinating all foundation health and development activities in one or more states.Play a liaison and advisory role with different Seattle-based Global Health and Global Development teams (NTD, Malaria) and the Nigeria County Office on investments aimed to optimize equitable coverage, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness for specific clinical services and tools.Act as the Nigeria focal point for key global mechanisms supporting global health strategies (Global Fund, END Fund, WHO, PMI, ect).Collaborate with foundation colleagues in related program areas to take advantage of cross-sector grant making opportunities.Implement other duties as assignedLeadership 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.

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