Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Senior Program Manager (Nutrition Cluster)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Job Description


The estimated duration of this Limited Term Employee (LTE) assignment is targeted at 12 months. However, the end date may change.

Group Summary

The FP, MNCH, Nutrition cluster consists of three PSTs, focused on the health of women, mothers, newborns, and children. Collectively, we lead a portfolio with a payout of about $500M per year. Our work spans the spectrum from upstream research (collaborating with multiple teams in GH) to implementation research, to supporting scale (collaborating with Country Offices, Global Delivery Program, and PAC).

Role summary

We have an opening for a cluster Senior Program Manager position. This role will lead development, roll-out, and iterative improvement of harmonized operational processes for the FP, MNCH, and Nutrition teams. The role will lead cross-cutting portfolio, investment, and partner analyses – identifying areas for greater collaboration, partnership, and co-investment, to strengthen the impact of our work. The role will also serve as a champion for culture across the three teams – supporting transparent communications and Change Management efforts. The role may take on additional discrete operational and business projects, as capacity allows.

The cluster Senior Program Manager position will report to the cluster Director" id="link" class="link">Deputy Director for Strategy, Planning, and Management.

Core responsibilities

Provide operational and process leadership for the cluster. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Partnering with programmatic staff and business teams to identify, develop, and implement areas for operational harmonization between FP, MNCH, and Nutrition

  • Defining, developing, and refining harmonized processes for investment approvals, and investment making processes in consultation with Cluster PCs

  • Conducting cross-cutting Analysis of the three teams’ annual rhythm of the business, and identifying areas for greater harmonization

  • Partnering with FP&A and the senior SPM officers for FP, MNCH and Nutrition to develop and roll-out coordinated processes for Financial Reporting and pipeline management – ensuring that assumptions are consistent, and data are comparable between the three teams

  • Leading development of harmonized processes for Talent Management – including recruitment, onboarding, performance management, 4Cs, and high impact bonuses

  • Partnering to support development of harmonized knowledge management processes

  • Leading transparent cross-cluster communications

  • Supporting development of a harmonized approach to bodies of work

  • Supporting the cluster PC community of practice, and operationalization of harmonized PA agreement

  • Providing operational support to portfolio reviews and annual planning

  • Leading change-management, roll-out, and iterative refinement of harmonized operational processes

  • Ongoing leadership to improve the impact of our work – by promoting efficiency and productivity in process development and improvement, conducting discrete analyses and developing recommendations on how we can achieve operational excellence, and supporting our internal partnership processes.

Leadership and Culture

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

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Strong portfolio management skills.

  • Demonstrated sophisticated project management skills and a successful track record of leading or managing multiple projects simultaneously.

  • Program Management of complex strategy development, execution planning and business process redesign projects.

  • Ability to convene the right parties to plan, sequence, and manage change.

  • Ability to establish trust and rapport across a broad range of roles, functions, and geographies

  • Masterful interpersonal and collaboration skills; ability to build and maintain diverse, mutually productive working relationships across the Cluster teams.

  • A preference for rigor, purpose driven measurement and cost effective use of resources.

  • Ability to act independently to determine methods and procedures on assignments.

  • Ability to build structures and develop frameworks to increase clarity and transparency of decisions, trade-offs and impact on financial and organizational resources.

  • Ability to effectively alternate between thinking strategically and executing at high quality.

  • Build trust and influence with leaders and peers, and is an impactful change agent and communicator.

  • Action and solution oriented; ability to plan and execute, even when limited information is available; comfortable taking charge of a situation

  • Financial acumen plus budget development, Financial Analysis and operational management skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a multicultural environment

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s or other advanced degree with 7+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.

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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