Senior Program Officer, Device Development, Global Health, Seattle, United States 36 views

Division Summary

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

Team Summary

The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Discovery & Tools (MNCH D&T) leads upstream research and product development to improve the lives of mothers and infants in low-resource settings. Our approach targets underlying biological vulnerability and aims to intervene as early as possible in the life course. We fund development on a core set of products that range in type (including drugs, foods, microbes, risk algorithms and devices), technical risk (from novel concepts to product substitutions) and development phase (from early discovery to late-stage efficacy testing). These products target pregnancy risk, maternal undernutrition, prematurity, neonatal encephalopathy, child wasting, child neurodevelopment and maternal morbidity. Our team is multidisciplinary and includes physician scientists with backgrounds in obstetrics and pediatrics, perinatal epidemiologists, and experts in neurodevelopment, nutrition research, engineering, global health, and strategy development. We emphasize in-country partnership to integrate the local context into research and development.

Position Summary

As a Senior Program Officer (SPO), you will collaborate closely across the team and lead execution of strategy and a portfolio of investments intended to develop and commercialize medical device technologies to improve maternal and newborn outcomes in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Priorities include wearables, ultrasound imaging, and point-of-care diagnostics which are coordinated with digital health and artificial intelligence/machine learning approaches. Contexts for target use cases include both high-level and lower-level care facilities and/or community-based care; experience with remote monitoring approaches is desired. You are a specialist in user-centered medical device development and have experience with clinical research, commercialization, and regulatory engagement. You have experience working closely with clinicians to design protocols for filings and experience in developing pathways for product introduction. Preference will be given to individuals with tangible experience bringing medical devices to regulatory approval.

Core Responsibilities

Identify areas for advancing device development and achieve overall program goals. Engage internal and external expertise to drive these objectives. Responsible for high-quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners.

Lead and execute portfolio of grants and/or performance-based contracts aimed toward fulfillment of defined goals. Use product development experience to advise device development pathways across the portfolio and evaluate new grantees.

Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals and provide clear, concise, and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding.

Collaborate with stakeholders, grantees, and other partners to improve impact of projects and ensure grants are meeting goals. This may include site visits, providing input and thought partnership, and convening meetings.

Craft new strategies, collaborations, and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact. Provide content expertise and participate on the team to ensure seamless integration of the devices into the overarching MNCH D&T strategy.

Develop outreach plans for listening to partners and beneficiaries, sharing the foundation’s strategies. Represent the foundation to program-related constituencies, including making presentations, attending conferences, serving on committees, and attending other meetings.

Collaborate with partners across the foundation, offering input and review on investments that include device components.

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

Ability to draw on relevant professional networks to support team’s product development goals across the device development value chain with particular emphasis on late-stage development challenges.


artificial intelligence

child health

cost effectiveness

global health


medical devices



product development

research and development

subject matter expert



Solid understanding of biomedical and physiology of disease factors, algorithm development, hardware, software, sensors, and other devices.

Consistent track record to lead and influence others in a constructive manner and to build collaborative relationships across a multi-disciplinary, highly matrixed work environment.

Experience as a technical resource to teams and leadership on impact, cost effectiveness and decision analyses. Ability to communicate complex technological concepts to broad audiences.

Excellent verbal/presentation and written communication skills and strong quantitative analytic ability, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.

Passion for solving problems through digital innovation and demonstrated proven experience of the same.

Lead/deliver projects/programs, including risk mitigation and budget management in a fast-paced environment, with clear achievements and outcomes.

Results-driven and self-motivated with ability to encourage the pursuit of excellence.

Ability to travel up to 30% of time domestically and internationally.

Education and Experience

Advanced degree and minimum of 10 years of experience developing and commercializing medical devices and leading product development programs.

Work effectively across traditional disciplinary areas and with senior leadership, subject matter experts, clinicians, regulatory officials, and policy makers in a highly collaborative and nonhierarchical manner.

Experience and evidence of innovation in the conception, design, review and management of strategies, initiatives, and programs. Global health experience is highly desired. Experience specific to maternal, newborn, and child health is ideal.

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.

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


More Information

Share this job

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Organisation Information
Connect with us
Contact Us

All the world’s best Global Health opportunities. Register now.