Gates Ventures

Lead, Child Health Team Health & Life Sciences

Gates Ventures is the private office of Mr. Bill Gates. Our mission is to catalyze innovations that solve global problems and improve the lives of the world’s poorest people. We do this by incubating products, advocating for important causes, engaging with global organizations, and managing venture investments.

Exemplars in Global Health (“EGH”) is one of these new initiatives under incubation in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We aim to adapt successful global health solutions to new contexts by conducting research and analysis to improve funding and policy decisions, both internally and externally. After three years of incubation, the program is slated for expansion and scale-up. Our goals are to produce high quality research and to use that research to drive improvements in how policymakers and funders deal with the most pressing global health challenges.

A successful candidate will own the end-to-end success of our work on child health. This person will oversee efforts to understand how country policies have addressed these challenges in the past and adapt these lessons to our partners at funding organizations, NGOs, and governments.

This role will involve (1) shaping the primary research we are undertaking with several teams of academic researchers, (2) leading the translation of this research so it is accessible to a broader audience, with the help of journalists, product designers, and web developers, and (3) driving engagement with external stakeholders (e.g., health ministries, multilaterals, funders, technical advisors) to bridge the know-do gap from research to policy impact.

This team member will be supported by a topic analyst in each topic area who will drive project management and execute analysis for the overall program.

Ultimately, we seek to create a compelling product that will enrich the global dialogue around child health and nutrition and move the field in the right direction.

Research and product
• Lead the primary research process: guide the academic researchers, analysts, journalists, designers, product developers, and project managers who all play a role in shaping our stunting research and product
• Drive methodology and analytical approach to each topic, to ensure rigorous answers to the core research questions
• Play point on external requests for research and analytics on these topics, including designing and leading shorter analytical projects to respond to internal and external requests • Ensure the highest standards for quality, rigor, and actionability in our research and product, as measured through frequent user input and testing cycles • Drive user testing processes with pilot content, leading an iterative design approach to content development • Manage topic analysts to ensure a high standard in project management and execution • Build systems to improve quality, efficiency, speed, and scalability of the research process

Partnerships and dissemination
• Develop strong relationships with academic research partners, major nutrition and child health decision-makers, and other key stakeholders in the child health and nutrition communities
• Lead engagement with new potential partners and users
• Build long-term plan to maximize impact of research on policy and funding decisions, in coordination with dissemination and advocacy partners

• 10+ years of experience in global health research, policy, or development-focused consulting at a leading organization
• Background in research or advocacy related to child health or nutrition in low- and middle income countries
• Experience leading high-performing teams to hit aggressive goals
• Track record of increasing responsibility in competitive environments

For questions or to apply, email with an updated CV, the names and email addresses for two references, and the role(s) you are applying for. In the subject line, please use the following format: [First Name] [Last Name] – [Role Title]. Deadline to apply April 1, 2020.