Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Interim Program Officer (Global Development)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Job Description


This is an interim backfill role to cover for an employee who will be out on parental leave.  The duration of the assignment is targeted for 11 months starting in July. However, the start and end dates may change.

Role Title: Program Officer, Insights (LTE)

Foundation Summary

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation pride ourselves on being “impatient optimists” whose purpose is 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:

  • Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive;

  • Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives;

  • Combat Infectious Diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and

  • Inspire people to take action to change the world.

Key to enabling these missions is our commitment 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 1,500 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.

Team Summary:

The work of the foundation supports a range of impact goals that are reflected in Global Delivery Programs (GDP) which falls under the Global Development division. GDP’s work focuses on reducing under-five and maternal mortality, Disease Control and eradication (limiting spread of vaccine preventable disease), and global and subnational equity of selected health outcomes.

The Strategy and Insights team within GDP supports the other three GDP teams (Health Systems; Health Products, Programs, and Markets; and Health Funds and Partnerships), knitting the teams together strategically and operationally. The Strategy and Insights team is accountable for deeply understanding our consumers and bringing those insights together across all of GDP.

Role Summary:

This 11-month position will manage a portfolio of work focused on developing and translating insights related to the outcomes and impacts of health service delivery in LMICs.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead a portfolio of grants related to modeling the coverage and impact of Health Services in LMICs (with an emphasis on immunization and health system strengthening)

  • Input to a cross-foundation effort for modeling and measuring the impacts of Covid-19 on essential health services

  • Advance a strategy for improving the linkage between decision makers in LMICs and health impact/coverage modeling

  • Develop an evidence-base around equality as it relates to health outcomes and health systems; translate this evidence into actionable insights to guide the Global Delivery Programs strategy

  • Collaborate with key partners (eg – WHO, Gavi, Global Fund, UNCIEF, etc) on efforts to develop insights related to health impact, outcomes, and equality

  • Work with colleagues across the Insights Team, Global Delivery Programs, and Gates Foundation to translate data into insights that can be acted on, with an emphasis on marrying the quantitative and qualitative

Core Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong quantitative/analytical skillset

  • Robust understanding of disease and/or health systems modeling

  • Ability and innate interest in translating data into insights for action/decision making

  • Highly collaborative personality and strong communication skills

  • Knowledge and passion for international development and Global Health

  • Comfortable working in ambiguous and dynamic situations

Typical Education, Certification and Experience

  • Advanced degree in a quantitative/analytical field (eg: epidemiology, health services research, Health Policy, etc)

  • Background working in LMIC contexts

  • Experience communicating and translating analyses and results to decision making and strategy

  • Experience with key global health partners (WHO, Gavi, Global Fund, UNCIEF etc) a plus

The employee transfer policy applies to internal backfill positions. An employee may apply for an open position after at least 12 months in their current position. If you meet this requirement and wish to pursue a backfill opportunity, you are required to have a conversation with your manager to confirm their support before you apply. In rare cases, the requirement of a minimum of 12 months in a position may be waived if a transfer is critical to the foundation’s goals and is approved by the current manager and their HR Consultant (HR Business Partner or Generalist).

All backfill positions are posted as LTE roles. With current manager support, if selected for the role, FTEs will retain their FTE status during the backfill assignment. Managers will have the option of backfilling for the individual moving to the interim position for a similar duration via the same hiring channels and options as this position. However, current managers may be unwilling or unable to hold headcount for the duration of an interim assignment and may deny the employee’s request. In such cases, the employee may apply for the open LTE position, but if selected, would effectively be resigning as an FTE and would be hired as an LTE for the duration of the interim assignment. As an LTE, employment with the foundation is expected to end at the end of the assignment, and the employee would not be eligible for severance.


As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.


The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re 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—in race, gender, age, cultures and beliefs—and we support this diversity through all of our employment practices.

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