About the Role
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.
Gates Ventures is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.
Position title: Associate Director
Role: Topic Lead, Exemplars in Global Health
Team: Health & Life Sciences
Reports to: Managing Director or Director, Health & Life Sciences
Location: Greater Seattle Area
Term: 1-year, limited term employee. Must be authorized to work in the U.S.
Exemplars in Global Health (“EGH”) is a program that brings together experts, funders, and partners around the world with the mission of identifying positive global health outliers, analyzing what makes countries successful, and disseminating core lessons so they can be adapted in comparable settings. EGH aims to contribute evidence and support to help norm-setting bodies, donors, governments, and technical assistance providers make strategic decisions, allocate resources, and craft evidence-based policies. EGH is a consortium of global partners and is headquartered at Gates Ventures, the private office of Bill Gates, in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and a broader network of co-funders.
A successful candidate will own the end-to-end success of one existing portfolio within EGH, aligned with the candidate’s unique expertise. Potential topics include:
Health adaptation to climate change
Pandemic preparedness and COVID-19 response
The impact of structural discrimination and racism on public health
Women’s health and wellbeing, family planning and adolescent sexual health and rights
The successful candidate will lead all aspects of one of these topics, with the purpose of identifying Exemplars, understanding their success factors, and supporting the uptake of best practices elsewhere. Topic responsibilities include developing and maintaining partnerships, co-creating study design, overseeing research execution, shaping research outputs so they are accessible to a broad audience, proactively ensuring meaningful impact of the work, and scoping future directions.
Ultimately, we seek to create a compelling product that will enrich the global dialogue around each of these topic areas to address evidence gaps in the field. Given the above topics are in different stages of maturity (research has yet to begin in some topics but is nearing completion in others), there will be differences in focus between research design, execution, dissemination and future direction depending on topic.
This team member will be supported by dedicated topic analysts and managers who will drive project management and execute analysis for the overall program, as well as potential research fellows for additional research and content capacity.
Research and product
Co-create study design, to ensure that the right research questions are being answered
Drive methodology and analytical approach to each topic, to ensure rigorous answers to the core research questions
Lead the primary research process: in close collaboration with the academic researchers, analysts, writers, designers, product developers, and project managers who all play a role in shaping our Exemplars research and product
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, actionability and interpretability in our research and product, as measured through frequent user input and testing cycles on the Exemplars platform
Manage 2-3 topic analysts, managers and fellows 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 researchers, funders, implementers, policymakers, TA providers, and global health decision-makers who may contribute to the research, benefit from it, or both
Lead engagement with new external partnerships relevant to the topic
Identify, cultivate and execute on opportunities for impact of the work
Provide messaging and develop narratives for a variety of internal and external stakeholders, including EGH Communications and Platform team and external audiences of the research
Decision support services
Engage key decision-makers directly to offer new or existing knowledge and analytics based on the original topic research
Support design and development of new research products / outputs and services to ensure impact of our research
Build long-term plan to maximize impact of research on policy and funding decisions, in coordination with dissemination and advocacy partners
8-10+ years of experience in global health research, policy, or development-focused consulting at a leading organization, Masters or other advanced degree preferred
Deep subject-matter expertise in one of the above topic areas in low- and middle-income countries
Experience leading high-performing teams to hit aggressive goals
Track record of increasing responsibility in competitive environments
Experience managing multicultural teams and international partnerships
Experience managing projects in low-resource settings
French and or Spanish language skills would be a plus