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Deputy Director, Expand Method Choice, Global Development

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

This is a Full-time position in Seattle, WA posted March 9, 2021.

n n nDeputy Director, Expand Method Choice, Global Developmentn nn Seattle, WA nn nn Foundation Summary  nn nn Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pride ourselves on being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity.

Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life.

We have four missions, to:  nn nn Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive; nn nn Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives; nn nn Combat infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and nn nn Encourage people to take action to change the world.

nn nn Key to enabling these missions is our dedication to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking.

Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,600 people and is led by CEO Mark Suzman , under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

We have offices in the United States, Europe, India, China and Africa.  nn nn Division Summary  nn nn The goal of Global Development is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions.

Our strategies focus on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition, Family Planning, and Polio.

These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Delivery as well as country offices in India, Nigeria and Ethiopia.  nn nn Department Summary  nn nn The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Planning (FP) team is working to bring access to high-quality contraceptive information, services, and supplies to women and girls in the world’s poorest countries.

Family Planning is part of the FP, MNCH, Nutrition Cluster – three interrelated teams focused on the health and well-being of women, mothers, newborns, and children.

Our work spans the spectrum from upstream research on contraceptive methods (collaborating with multiple teams in the Global Health Division) to implementation research, to supporting scale (collaborating with Country Offices, Regional Offices, Innovation Introduction, Global Delivery Program, and Program Advocacy and Communications).  nn nn Position Summary & Responsibilities  nn nn This Deputy Director (DD) position sits within the FP team and is responsible for leading strategy, management, and execution of our initiative focused on Expand Method Choice.

Responsibilities include: nn nn Collaborating with and providing strategic direction and guidance to the foundation’s Contraceptive Technology Research and Development teams (CT R&D) in the Global Health division nn nn Leading efforts to adapt current contraceptive products to address method-related reasons for non-use and discontinuation nn nn Supporting efforts to expand availability of new and existing contraceptive products, in collaboration with multiple partners across the Gates Foundation.

nn nn This position is responsible for the leadership and management of the initiative, including being responsible for team members in the management of investments (grants and contracts), leading collaboration with partner colleagues across the foundation, and working with external partners to drive progress.

As part of this responsibility, this role will maintain relationships with grantees, contractors and key partners to achieve the foundation’s desired impact, provide project briefings and updates to foundation leadership, and represent the foundation in meetings with external partners, as well as at scientific conferences and workshops.

In addition, the role will lead ~ 2-4 pivotal investments.

This person will sit on the FP leadership team and report to the Director of the FP team.

nn nn Core Responsibilities nn nn Lead two focus areas within the Expand Method Choice initiative: ( i ) Discover and develop new methods, and (ii) Expand availability of new and existing products.

Includes responsibility for implementing our approved strategy, and iterative refinement and evolution of our approach.

nn nn Provide clinical technical mentorship and strategic thought partnership to the foundation’s Contraceptive Technology Research and Development teams (CT R&D) in Global Health – supporting the development and refinement of Target Product Profiles (TPPs) based on a comprehensive research program to generate user insights, advising R&D stage-gate decisions, and guiding portfolio management tradeoff decisions.

nn nn Represent the foundation’s work on CT R&D and Expanded Method Choice on working groups, advisory committees, etc.

with WHO and other relevant partners.

nn nn Represent foundation and FP team on negotiations with relevant private sector partners, particularly to advance partnership with the pharmaceutical industry.

nn nn Partner closely with the foundation’s Innovation Introduction and Global Delivery Program teams to ensure end-to-end coordination of efforts on market entry, commercialization, and market management for contraception.

nn nn Facilitate development and oversee implementation of annual investment plans and budgets for the Expand Method Choice initiative.

Develop, modify, and implement strategy under leadership of the Director.

Work with foundation leadership as requested to address cross-cutting issues and improve functions and performance.

nn nn Serve as a foundation global spokesperson on industry engagement priorities for contraceptive technology and related issues internally to foundation Co-Chairs and leadership and externally to industry and global development partners.

nn nn Partner closely with the foundation’s Maternal Newborn & Child Health and Nutrition teams, to identify and lead crosscutting areas for programmatic commonality and greater impact.

nn nn Partner closely with team leadership (including the Director and other Deputy Directors) to refine, implement, and communicate the overall Family Planning strategy.

nn nn Provide technical and strategic guidance in crafting grants and contracts that require sophisticated research or analytics.

nn nn Identify and assess key portfolio risks and develop and lead mitigation/contingency plans at the portfolio level.

nn nn Advise, mentor, and support team members within the foundation and their grantees in the design, enhancement, and execution of projects, initiatives and engagements.

Lead partnerships and grantee relationships to achieve impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key partners, and supervising and evaluating components of grants.

nn nn This role will lead people and may be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and organizational change, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.

nn nn Leadership and culture nn nn We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do extraordinary things.

nn nn Core knowledge and skills nn nn We are looking for people who enjoy working on sophisticated projects and collaboratively seeking solutions that have the potential to achieve ground-breaking change in the global family planning sector.

We are looking for individuals with: nn nn MD (and/or PhD) with 10+ years of experience working in one or more of the following areas: clinical research; product development; clinical family planning care (ideally delivered in low-and-middle-income countries (LMICs)); reproductive health physiology.

nn nn 8+ years of on-the-ground experience delivering / running family planning programs in one or more low / middle income country.

nn nn Demonstrated ability to lead data-driven strategy planning and implementation.

nn nn Demonstrated ability to lead people and teams to effectively achieve clear, yet complex goals and objectives.

nn nn Proven excellence in scientific writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.

nn nn Effective collaborator and experience working in a matrix environment.

nn nn Proven ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and passion in a fast-paced and complex internal and external environment.

nn nn Strong judgment with a proven ability to handle complex issues, multiple tasks, confidential information, and contending priorities with skill, discretion, and attention to detail.

nn nn Validated ability to lead and influence others.

Proven ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility, particularly as part of a team.

Experience working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

nn nn Ability to run multiple and contending demands and establish priorities.

nn nn Preferred Knowledge and Skill: nn nn Expertise in consumer engagement and/or market insights is a plus (e.g., to understand factors determining demand for contraceptive methods, and understand how to ensure women are able to make informed decisions about contraceptive use).

nn nn Experience with market shaping and management of health commodities is a plus (e.g., pooled procurement mechanisms, strategic demand forecasting, volume guarantees, etc.).

nn nn Expertise in pharmaceutical or medi

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