Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Program Officer, Global Health Advocacy Communications

The Program Advocacy and Communications team works in partnership with program teams and other teams in Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) to achieve their policy and finance goals by:

  • Developing and coordinating the execution of advocacy and communications strategies.

  • Leveraging leadership and foundation voice to implement advocacy strategies.

  • Developing and managing a grant portfolio dedicated to achieving advocacy outcomes.

  • Directly advocating with sector leaders, influencers, media and government officials in order to achieve advocacy outcomes.

  • Leading issue-specific communications in service of advocacy goals.

  • Developing policy recommendations or proposals in partnership with programmatic and regional offices.

Position Summary

Responsible for leading a discrete grant portfolio and/or providing research and analysis work in support of grant-making, strategy development, coordination, and advocacy communications. Focus on cross-cutting global health communications as part of a cluster working to support a portfolio of the foundation’s function and program teams. Potential to flex across other program communications efforts, as needed.

Core Responsibilities

  • Work in coordination with Program Strategy Teams, functional teams and PAC colleagues to translate programmatic goals into effective communications plans.

  • Develop communications strategies and materials in support of portfolio, including fact sheets, statements, Q&As, speeches and submitted articles.

  • Connect the story of the foundation’s work in scientific inquiry and upstream research to impact on key foundation objectives in global health.

  • Collaborate with foundation’s Communications Division teams to lead communications for a discrete program portfolio.

  • Plan, run and execute a wide range of activities in support of strategic planning, prospect and develop investment opportunities, grant management and external relationship management.

  • Review inquiries and grant proposals; provide clear, concise and informative written analyses and recommendations for funding, including drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports for existing grants for review by foundation leadership.

  • Collaborate with grantees to achieve desired impact of grants; conduct site visits when appropriate, provide guidance, convene meetings and apply and evaluate milestone-based performance objectives.

  • Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting.  Improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Prepare and write briefs and synthesize literature.  Provide written analysis of key topics for foundation management.  Fulfill data requests from leadership.

  • Collaborate with grantees to build capacity and advance common objectives.

Position Reports to: Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications

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