Deputy Director, Optimize FP Interventions, Global Development, Seattle, United States 380 views

Foundation Summary

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pride ourselves on being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work 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 1,600 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.

Division Summary

The goal of Global Development is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Our strategies focus on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Nutrition, Family Planning, and Polio. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Delivery as well as country offices in India, Nigeria and Ethiopia.

Department Summary

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Family Planning (FP) team is working to bring access to high-quality contraceptive information, services, and supplies to women and girls in the world’s poorest countries. Family Planning is part of the FP, MNCH, Nutrition Cluster – three interrelated teams focused on the health and well-being of women, mothers, newborns, and children. Our work spans the spectrum from upstream research on contraceptive methods (collaborating with the Global Health Division) to implementation research, to supporting scale (collaborating with Country Offices, Regional Offices, Global Delivery Program, and Program Advocacy and Communications).

Position Summary & Responsibilities

This Deputy Director (DD) position sits within the FP team and is responsible for leading strategy, management, and execution of our initiative focused on Optimizing FP Interventions. Responsibilities include discovering, adapting, and demonstrating real-world effectiveness of high-impact demand- and supply-side interventions, and demonstrating their ability to scale. The focus of this initiative includes (but is not limited to) expanding method mix in private sector pharmacies and drug shops, testing innovations in direct to consumer channels and digital counselling, and exploring solutions to address demand-side barriers.

This position will be responsible for the leadership and management of the initiative, including supervising team members in the management of investments (grants and contracts), leading collaboration with colleagues across the foundation, and working with external partners to drive progress. As part of this responsibility, this role will manage relationships with grantees, contractors and key partners to achieve the foundation’s desired impact, provide briefings and updates to foundation leadership, and represent the foundation in meetings with external partners, as well as at scientific conferences and workshops. In addition, the role will lead ~ 2-4 pivotal investments. This person will sit on the FP leadership team and report to the Director of the FP team.

Core Responsibilities

Lead three focus areas within the Optimize FP Interventions aimed at creating an evidence base for innovative, effective, and scalable supply and demand side interventions, including: (i) digital innovations in primary health care generally and family planning / reproductive health specifically; (ii) provision of family planning services through private sector channels, including pharmacies and drug shops; and (iii) interventions to address individual and community barriers that impede women’s and girls’ ability to make and act on family planning decisions. Includes implementing the approved strategy and bodies of work, and iterative refinement and evolution of our approach.

Identify, adapt, and assess feasibility, cost-effectiveness and potential impact of innovations in the three focus areas in lower / middle income countries (LMICs), via implementation research and real world demonstrations (e.g., market tests).

Partner closely with multiple foundation teams – including those focused on digital innovation, primary health care, and our country offices – to ensure that FP innovations are not developed or scaled in siloes.

Represent the foundation’s work on FP innovation and implementation research on working groups, advisory committees, etc. with WHO and other relevant partners.

Facilitate development and lead all aspects of implementation of annual investment plans and budgets for the Optimize FP Interventions initiative. Develop, modify, and implement strategy under leadership of the Director. Work with foundation leadership as requested to address cross-cutting issues and improve functions and performance.

Serve as a foundation spokesperson on priorities for FP innovation and implementation research internally to foundation Co-Chairs and leadership and externally to industry and global development partners.

Partner closely with the foundation’s Maternal Newborn & Child Health and Nutrition teams to identify and lead crosscutting areas for programmatic synergy and greater impact.

Partner closely with team leadership (including the Director and other Deputy Directors) to refine, implement, and communicate the overall Family Planning strategy.

Provide technical and strategic mentorship in crafting grants and contracts that require complex research or analytics.


change management

data analysis

family planning

global health

health systems

infectious diseases


oral communication


primary health care

reproductive health

supply and demand

women and girls

Identify and assess key portfolio risks and develop and lead mitigation/contingency plans at the portfolio level.

Advise, mentor, and support team members within the foundation and their grantees in the design, improvement, and execution of projects, initiatives and engagements. Lead partnerships and grantee relationships to achieve impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key partners, and monitoring and evaluating components of grants.

This role will lead people and may be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.

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

We are looking for people who enjoy working on complex projects and collaboratively seeking solutions that have the potential to achieve transformative change in the global family planning sector. We are looking for individuals with:

Master’s in Business Administration, Master’s degree or equivalent with 10+ years of experience leading early stage discovery and assessment of health innovations (including product innovations, supply-side service innovations, and demand-side innovations); 5+ years doing this work in one or more low / middle income countries.

Experience funding and/or leading research in FP innovation and implementation research – including understanding women’s decision-making processes, and the socio-cultural context in which they make family planning decisions.

Experience in digital health systems and platforms.

Understanding how to implement and institutionalize FP programs in both public and private sectors.

Demonstrated ability to lead data-driven strategy planning and implementation.

Demonstrated ability to lead people and teams to effectively achieve clear, yet complex goals and objectives.

Demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and data analysis, written and oral communication skills, and experience advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.

Effective collaborator and experience working in a matrix environment.

Demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and enthusiasm in a fast-paced and complex internal and external environment.

Excellent judgment with a demonstrated ability to handle complex issues, multiple tasks, confidential information, and competing priorities with skill, discretion, and attention to detail.

Proven track record to lead and influence others. Demonstrated ability to work with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility, particularly as part of a team. Experience working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.

Ability to manage multiple and competing demands and establish priorities.

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.


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.

All applicants and employees who are drawn to serve the mission of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will enjoy equality of opportunity and fair treatment without regard to:

* Race

* Color

* Age

* Religion

* Pregnancy

* Sex

* Sexual Orientation

* Disability

* Gender Identity

* Gender Expression

* National Origin

* Genetic Information

* Veteran Status

* Marital Status

* Prior Protected Activity


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