(Senior) Strategy Officer, Novel Intervention Implementation Science, TB and HIV, Seattle, United States 106 views

Posting Close Date: 8/15/2021

Group Summary

Our Global Health Program 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. We invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics, based on a robust understanding of gaps in the care journey and the Global Health ecosystem. When new biomedical interventions become available, we support their effective use to maximize impact. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis (TB), neglected tropical diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases, pneumonia, and polio.

HIV remains a global epidemic that disproportionately impacts some of the most vulnerable populations. While ART scale-up led to decreased mortality and incidence, there remains a persistently high incidence. The HIV Program’s strategic vision is to accelerate the reduction in the incidence of HIV infection in high-burden geographies and populations, with a focus on developing new prevention interventions as well as care models to support their effective use.

TB remains the top infectious disease killer due to a single pathogen. In 2018, it caused 1.5 million deaths and an estimated 10 million new TB cases worldwide. The goal of the tuberculosis (TB) Program Strategy is to accelerate the reduction in TB incidence globally through discovery and development of new tools and innovative approaches.

Team Summary

The Novel Intervention Implementation Science team within the TB and HIV Program is responsible for setting strategy and leading a portfolio of investments to optimize care delivery models tailored to the specific interventions and their use in at-risk populations. These include efforts to simplify clinical guidelines for complex interventions through implementation studies, develop and assess innovative service models, design and test viable business models for private sector care delivery approaches, evaluate digital technologies for potential incorporation into the care pathway, and develop effective demand generation approaches that address the unique barriers facing our focus population, especially women and girls. This team is also responsible for developing market insights to advise product development and use decisions, including assessment of user and provider preferences, financing mechanisms, and policy environment for a new product.

This team works in close coordination with internal R&D and Delivery teams and bilateral donor and global organizations including PEPFAR, Global Fund and WHO to ensure these innovations reach impact at scale. Our grantees include health technology startups, pharmaceutical companies, leading implementation scientists at research organizations and implementing organizations.

The initial focus of this portfolio will be HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), which includes both existing PrEP intervention and a pipeline of PrEP products, multi-purpose technologies (contraceptive and PrEP combination intervention) in various stage of clinical evaluation, and other healthcare products that are of relevance to our focus populations.

Position Summary

The (Senior) Strategy Officer will contribute to the Novel Intervention Implementation Science portfolio, in partnership with the Deputy Director, Novel Intervention Implementation Science, by leading strategy development and accelerate innovative investment concepts.

This position will report to the Deputy Director, of Novel Intervention Implementation Science

Example projects will include:

Develop and evaluate business models for virtual care platforms that support effective use of new biomedical interventions, especially in care models that involve multiple point solutions and new healthcare worker cadre.

Landscape and evaluate relevant point digital health solutions. Assess their potential to support end-to-end care journey for the effective use of new biomedical interventions and compatibility with business models (if a private sector approach) or cost effectiveness (if a public sector approach)

Evaluate market potential for new biomedical interventions to advise R&D investment decisions

Evaluate biomedical products from adjacent disease areas that could fit into care package and add value to end user and the health system

Develop a collaborative network to influence and drive implementation of new products for Global Health

Key Responsibilities

Independently perform research and analytical work to advise quality decision making

Drive problem definition, articulation of options and tradeoffs, and facilitate alignment among internal and external partners around key decision points.

Assemble data, interview professionals and key opinion leaders, build quantitative models and qualitative frameworks, synthesize information and communicate recommendations to various levels of leadership

Stay abreast of emerging products in relevant intervention categories, including their development stage and characteristics as our portfolio evolves.

Understand current state of implementation of key interventions, including challenges facing users and providers and the policy environment, provide concise and insightful written analyses to advise product development and use decisions.

Thought partner with programmatic team members, provide strategic context and facilitate the development of execution plan

Core Knowledge & Skills

We are looking for a healthcare strategist who is passionate about new technologies and biomedical products and enjoys an entrepreneurial environment and the opportunity to collaboratively build solutions that have the potential for ground-breaking change.

This individual should have demonstrated excellence in the following skills and capabilities: Strategic problem solving

Define and narrow scope of ambiguous problems

Generate ideas and early hypotheses

Roadmap and structure analytical modules needed

Articulate options and identify key decisions and choices implicated

Rapidly work within short time periods and be resourceful around leveraging internal and external support

Quantitative and qualitative research and analysis

Seek out, assemble, and synthesize appropriate information

Construct and communicate quantitative and qualitative analytical frameworks

Generate novel insights

Translate insights to implications for decision-making and action

Collaboration and communication skills

Curiosity. A strong desire to understand the root cause, ask questions beyond the obvious, and willingness to pressure test assumptions.


biomedical engineering

business development


global health

health technology

infectious diseases


market potential

neglected tropical diseases

new products

new technologies

oral communication




product development

project management

public sector

qualitative research

tropical diseases

venture capital

vulnerable populations

women and girls

Optimally filter and calibrate information based on data strength and strategic relevance

Comfort in sharing interim results/preliminary thoughts, effectively engage input to iterate approaches, and effective listening skills through the course of solution development

Come to discussions prepared, effectively draw feedback, improve the return on investment of meeting time

Evolve ideas or even pivot completely when evidence emerges that warrants a course correction

Demonstrated outstanding written and oral communication skills that convey complex analyses with clarity

Establish rapport with diverse colleagues and partners. Understand the priorities of the audience through active listening

Navigate a matrixed organization and understand decision making processes

Project management of complex strategy projects

Map out workplans with clear foresight of outputs needed

Identify critical path activities

Flag need for timeline and resourcing adjustment

Manage internal and external collaborators against workplan

Effective execution

Ability to lead 1-2 projects simultaneously and adjust scope of work projects every 4-6 months

Strong bias for action

Education and Experience


Travel Requirements: 10 – 20% (after current travel restrictions are lifted)

MBA or other advanced degree in a relevant field (economics, public health) is required.

MD or PhD in Life Science, biomedical engineering, or other health field is preferred.

Expertise in healthcare industries (biopharma, payer and provider, health technology, medtech)

Minimum 5 years of professional experience for a Strategy Officer, 7 years for Senior Strategy Officer with organizations like:

o Top tier strategy consulting firms, working on cases in healthcare industry

o Health technology/Medtech/Biotech startups, working in Strategy and/or Business Development roles

o Multinational corporations in health industry (Biopharma, Medtech, Payer and Provider, Pharmacy): working in M&A, Business Development, Corporate Venture Capital roles

o Entrepreneurship (health related social enterprises, venture capital, new business development)


Experience with low- and middle-income countries is preferred

Experience with Global Health disease areas and knowledge of the global health landscape and policy framework is preferred.

Additional Skills and Experience:

Passion for the foundation’s values and a commitment to deliver results against the foundation’s mission.

Entrepreneurial and solution oriented. Ability to challenge the status quo, think outside of the box, create win-win solutions for multiple partners

Tenacity. Not easily deterred by skepticism yet willing to listen and gain strength from varied perspectives.

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


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