Interim Senior Program Officer, HIV Testing and Prevention, Seattle, United States 93 views

Global Health Division

Our Global Health Program (GHP) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where validated tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they do not, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected and other infectious diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases, and pneumonia. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.

Role Summary

The Interim Senior Program Officer, HIV Testing and Prevention, is a member of the HIV Global and Country Partner Programs team within the broader TB and HIV Team in Global Health. This position will be directly responsible for supervising the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) as well as the HIV Testing (HTS) portfolio. The position will also support areas of global engagement and serve as the team’s country focal person for Zimbabwe. Finally, the Interim SPO will be responsible for leading investments across Eastern and Southern Africa as well as engagement with global normative agencies such as the WHO, funders such as PEPFAR, and other partners as relevant.

The Interim SPO will be responsible for continued operationalizing both the VMMC sustainability strategy as well as the HTS strategy, combining traditional health systems strengthening approaches with more innovative behavioral science, market research, human-centered design, organizational development and change management, and systems mapping methods often used in private sector. The role will be responsible for an integrated portfolio of multiple investments and will ensure these investments and partners are well-coordinated and aligned with the shared portfolio strategic goal. In addition, the work should advise the broader set of activities in primary HIV prevention, testing, and treatment more broadly.

Finally, the interim SPO is expected to manage relationships and represent the foundation with global partners including PEPFAR, CDC/USAID, WHO, UNAIDS, GFATM, and others.

The position will report to the Deputy Director for HIV Global and Country Partner Programs, based in Seattle, WA.

Interim SPO Responsibilities

HIV Prevention (VMMC portfolio and global prevention)

Responsibilities include execution of the foundation’s HIV strategy in sub-Saharan countries with a specific focus on VMMC and HIV prevention. Focus countries include South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe along with some regional support.

Directly manage and lead the VMMC sustainability portfolio where the foundation is focused on designing and implementing approaches leading to greater programmatic resilience in the long term.

Directly manage investments with UNAIDS and GFATM supporting global prevention advocacy, policy development, and assistance to country-level execution across HIV prevention.

HIV Testing and Linkage

Directly manage and lead HIV Testing Strategy and relevant investments primarily within South Africa but also including Kenya, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Uganda

Collect and synthesize preliminary information to inform investment scoping for potential new investments aligned with HTS strategy – including interventions for those re-diagnosing and network testing including linkages to treatment and prevention services.

Support partner convening and other convening where relevant.

Grants Management and Team Engagement

Closely manage investments with a wide variety of partners across several subject areas bringing together traditional public health approaches with innovative methods in behavioral science, market research, and human-centered design.

Write background documents, briefs, and presentations, including relevant literature reviews, landscape analyses, and data analysis based on internal needs for portfolio/grant progress reporting and/or new grant development.

Participate in initiative and other meetings as a contributing member of the team across various bodies of work providing lessons and insights. Support other bodies of work as a collaborator where needed.

Routinely engage with HIV delivery team and leadership on portfolio progress, grant and goal updates, and key events or activities.

Represent the foundation on donor coordinating meetings or other committees, task teams, as they relate to the VMMC, HIV prevention, and / or HIV testing bodies of work.

Supervise consultants that support country-level operations.

Zimbabwe HIV Country Coordinator

Serve as the HIV country coordinator for all HIV investments in Zimbabwe. Primary responsibilities will be direct oversight and engagement on VMMC/HTS investments, but the role will also be the main point of contact for the foundation’s TB and HIV Team on HIV-related issues with the Zimbabwean government, local PEPFAR team, and other local partners such as implementers and normative agencies. This includes advising on investments across HIV initiatives and partners, providing input to investment development and management outside of VMMC/HTS, and ensuring facilitation and engagement to socialize investments with government as needed.


behavior change

change management



data analysis

global health

health systems

health systems strengthening

hiv prevention

infectious diseases


market research

organizational change

organizational development


project management

research and development

south africa

southern africa

sub saharan africa


vaccine development

Serve as a partner and resource to members of the TB and HIV Team to facilitate accomplishment of goals and objectives, and on the development and management of grants in Zimbabwe.

Education and Experience


Successfully worked in developing countries for a significant period; gaining an appreciation for the complexities of implementing and leading field-based programs. Preference for experience in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Experience working with governments (e.g. African governments), Ministries of Health, NGOs and Academic Institutions, as well as with regional, multi-country institutions such as WHO.

Proven track record to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build and sustain collaborative relationships.

Program and/or project management skills/experience; from work plan concept development to implementation with strong organizational and prioritization skills.

Comfortable taking care of ambiguity, and with turning ambiguity into clarity and impact.

Demonstrated ability to work with humility and respect with a wide variety of partners (e.g. government, development, etc.) from a diverse range of geographies, cultures, across sectors and expertise.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences, build consensus and be the voice/represent the foundation, including in internal and external meetings

Advanced degree with 8+ years of experience; or equivalent experience.

Ability to travel up to 30% (mainly sub-Saharan Africa) based on internal / external policies related to COVID-19.


Knowledge and/or experience of the Gates Foundation grant-making and engagement approach within HIV delivery is a strong benefit in this role.

Experience in health systems strengthening, integration of vertical programs, and/or transition to sustainability highly desirable. Particular focus on sustainable government capacity building and/or organizational change a plus.

Understanding and/or experience in behavioral sciences, social marketing, behavior change, market research, and/or human-centered design.

In depth knowledge of HIV treatment and prevention.

Competence working within a diverse network of grantees and partners that have complementary projects or scopes of work to achieve an outcome.

Experience in strategic planning and strategy implementation.

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

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