Senior Program Officer, Global Health R&D

Tags: Global Health Covid-19 Environment
  • Added Date: Friday, 19 August 2022
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Application Deadline: 9th September, 2022

The Foundation

We are the largest nonprofit\u00a0fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: that people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. By building a global and cultural workplace that supports\u00a0greater diversity, equity, and inclusion \u2014 of voices, ideas, and approaches \u2014 together with our employees and partners, we can help all people improve their lives from poverty and health to education.

Team Summary
The mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) division is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the foundation's work, build support for its major program and policy objectives, and develop partnerships and alliances that can advance the foundation's objectives nationally and globally. Because the foundation's resources alone are not enough to solve the challenges ahead, GPA also supports advocacy efforts to engage diverse partners and promote innovative solutions that advance our program goals. We work in close partnership with grantees, our colleagues in the Global Health, Global Development, Global Growth & Opportunity, U.S. and Gender Equality programs and Foundation Communications to build the environment in which all people have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.

Group Summary

The EMEEA team is the \u201cambassadorial network\u201d of the foundation operating out of offices in London and Berlin. In addition to the two offices, the team\u2019s country representatives are embedded in political capitals of major government donors within the team\u2019s geographic footprint (London, Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Stockholm, Tokyo, etc). EMEEA pursues twin goals in collaboration with other foundation teams:

1. Resource mobilization: by driving more and higher quality official development assistance for foundation priorities.

2. Policy change and agenda setting: by shaping political agendas and policies in donor countries and global fora.

EMEEA acts as the bridge between foundation teams and donor markets by offering deep insights on the geo-political landscape, media and public attitudes, and the foundation\u2019s advocacy priorities. EMEEA works alongside a vast network of grantees and partners \u2013including media, civil society organizations, think-tanks and academic institutions\u2014 to support the foundation\u2019s overarching strategic goals.

Position Summary

The division\u2019s Global Health (GH) \u00a0R&D strategy focuses on cross-cutting policy and funding outcomes at select stages of the product lifecycle that \u201clift all boats\u201d. The Senior Program Officer role is responsible for enabling partnerships and supporting GPA\u2019s GH R&D strategy across our European, Middle East and East Asia markets. This full time position reports to EMEEA\u2019s Deputy Director of Partnerships and will focus on securing co-funding for key priorities and partnerships while also working with the Program Advocacy and Communications (PAC) GH R&D strategy team and others in GPA to remove policy barriers so that:

  • The GH R&D ecosystem is more accountable for prioritizing and developing products with highest impact, in line with Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) need and demand

  • Safe and quality products that LMICs need make it to market efficiently

  • Products are manufactured at the scale / speed they are needed and accessible to LMICs and trusted by vulnerable populations


    • Deliver on an ambitious GH R&D funding partnership agenda with a focus on priority donor markets (EC, Germany, UK, Japan, others).

    • Manage relationships and engage with key industry partners in these key markets to forge critical co-funding partnerships

    • Mobilize specific co-funding resources with key donor and other partners to improve efficiency and quality of the GH R&D regulatory environment.

    • Support PAC team leads to increase the impact, efficiency and equity of the GH R&D ecosystem \u2013 particularly for LMICs and vulnerable populations -- by improving how GH R&D funding and policy decisions are made, through greater cohesion and accountability.

    • Support PAC team leads to ensure global and national policy pathways for health product introduction are in place and that the foundation promotes effective business models to achieve equitable access.

    • Serve as a resource for relevant teams across the foundation to ensure coordination and alignment of our global, regional and country specific work. This will include representing EMEEA at relevant meetings, working groups and task teams, as well as ensuring that our work is relevant and used by other teams at the Foundation including our advocacy and country heads.

    • Support PAC and other EMEEA country leads in consulting with grantees to achieve desired impact of grants; conducting site visits, providing technical mentorship, convening meetings, and applying and evaluating milestone-based performance objectives.

    • Prepare and write briefs synthesizing current practice and knowledge and/or recommending course of action on key topics of relevance to foundation; continue to learn and maintain a comprehensive understanding of the trends and drivers of areas above.

    • Support the Europe Director on exploring potential points of entry for the foundation in the ESG space related to the life science sector, including identifying potential partners to work with on shaping this agenda.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0

    • Participate in meetings, coordinate programmatic input and write and review briefs to prepare Foundation Leadership for high-profile events.

    • This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.


      • Strong project management experience with excellent planning, execution and analytic skills

      • Track record of working in or with the private sector, preferably pharma/biotech/life sciences, preferably with experience in the key market geographies of interest to this role

      • Experience in project and transaction execution involving multiple partners from the public and private sectors

      • Experience in developing and managing strong partnerships and relationships with senior decision makers inside and outside of an organization, managing conflicts, and building consensus.

      • Deep knowledge and analytic/technical proficiency in the field of global health R&D.

      • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking, excellent writing, business analytics and public presentation skills \u2013 all on deeply technical topics.

      • Demonstrated ability in portfolio management to create optimal investment mix to drive to a set of outcomes.

      • Proven ability to successfully shepherd issues across large institutions, various levels of staff and different cultural contexts.

      • Proven ability as a great teammate defined as someone who shares ideas generously, adjusts flexibly to changes in context, and is motivated to act with some urgency.

      • Ability to travel up to 25-30% domestically and internationally.

        Education and Experience

        • Masters or PhD in business, science, health, government relations, or related field.

        • Extensive experience working with key players, both governments and private, in EMEEA markets.

        • R&D and product development experience in the life sciences arena and experience working in international development with low-middle-income countries (LMICs) preferred.

          *Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.


          Hiring Requirements

          As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

          Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.


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          Inclusion Statement

          We are dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We\u2019re 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\u2014in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs\u2014and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

          All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve our mission will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to race, color, age, religion, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and prior protected activity.

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