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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Senior Program Officer, Program Advocacy and Communications, HIV & TB

Global Health
Public Health
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Division Summary

The mission of the Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) division is to understand and shape the public policy debates affecting the foundation's work, build support for its major program and policy objectives, and develop partnerships and alliances that can advance the foundation's objectives nationally and globally. Because the foundation's resources alone are not enough to solve the challenges ahead, GPA also supports advocacy efforts to engage diverse stakeholders and promote innovative solutions that advance our program goals.  We work in close partnership with grantees, our colleagues in the Global Health, Global Development, Global Growth & Opportunity, U.S. and Gender Equality programs and Foundation Communications to build the environment in which all people have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.

Group Summary

The Program Advocacy and Communications (PAC) team works in partnership with program teams and other teams in Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA) to achieve their policy and finance goals by:

  • Developing and coordinating the execution of advocacy and communications strategies.
  • Leveraging leadership and foundation voice to implement advocacy strategies.
  • Developing and managing a grant portfolio dedicated to achieving advocacy outcomes.
  • Directly advocating with sector leaders, influencers, media and government officials in order to achieve advocacy outcomes.
  • Leading issue-specific communications in service of advocacy goals.
  • Developing policy recommendations or proposals in partnership with programmatic and regional offices.

Leadership & Culture

Our culture shapes our choices about what we do and how we do it. We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment can do extraordinary things. We expect foundation employees to embody our four agreements intentionally and consistently; show respect, offer trust, be transparent, and create energy.

Position Summary

The Senior Program Officer (SPO) will serve as the PAC strategy lead for both HIV and tuberculosis (TB). They will be responsible for leading efforts in partnership with the PAC TB & HIV team and with teams across the foundation to build, implement and evaluate advocacy and communications strategies that accelerate the decline in incidence for TB and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and other high burden countries globally. This work supports the foundation’s HIV ( and TB ( strategies which cover the spectrum from research and development to develop new tools to ensuring the equitable and sustainable delivery of tools and interventions that can drive down incidence in both epidemics. They will also be accountable for participating in both individual and group learning and work to increase the diversity, equity and inclusion of the foundation and of our work.

Core Responsibilities

  • Partner with the HIV & TB PAC team, programmatic leadership and teams, country and regional offices (particularly the Africa Regional Office), and the GPA division to update and implement HIV and TB advocacy and communications strategies that include market-specific approaches and assessments of political economies, ensure long-term sustainability and impact, and are synergistic to other strategies in the foundation.
  • Serve as the initiative lead for the HIV & TB GPA initiatives, including leading all internal relationships with matrixed partners.
  • Work with investment makers in PAC and GPA to develop, negotiate, and manage a portfolio of investments, including oversight of portfolio budget and all related grant making processes (e.g., investment reviews, strategic alignment, grantee engagement, etc.)
  • Conducts research and analysis to strengthen investment decisions.
  • Serves as a point of contact on portfolio-related issues for internal and external partners.
  • Provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding.
  • Forms partnerships with people and organizations – in both the public and private sector – to improve implementation of advocacy strategies and tactics.
  • Conceptualizing and leading high impact and complex partnerships, grants, coalitions, and advocacy campaigns.
  • Represents the foundation and our strategies to external constituencies. This could include formal and informal presentations such as making speeches, attending conferences, committee representation and other meetings. May serve on boards and working groups.
  • Writes and produces informative briefings, reports, email updates, and other materials on key HIV and TB and other relevant issues for foundation leadership.
  • Participate in cross PAC efforts to evolve our structure, strategies and culture to improve our impact.
  • Participate in and learn from the TB & HIV program strategy team, GPA and PAC Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) efforts to ensure that we are continuing to make progress towards realizing our commitments (
  • In the future, this role may manage employees and be responsible for hiring the team members needed to achieve our goals, ensuring effective employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, ensuring goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing mentorship, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned.

Position Reports to: Deputy Director—TB, HIV & Global Health Research & Development, Program Advocacy & Communications.  

Core Knowledge and Skills

  • Understanding of the role of advocacy and communications efforts to increase awareness of global health and development issues and shape political and financial support for health and development goals in the developing world with governmental and non-state organizations.
  • Experience working on advocacy in sub-Saharan Africa and middle-income countries with high TB and HIV burden.
  • Hands-on experience with advocacy on international development issues – this will include personal interaction with senior level policy makers, civil society organizations, coalitions, and governments.
  • Connection and networks within the global TB and HIV communities, desirable.
  • Understanding of the issues driving the TB and HIV epidemics (ideal) or broader global health and development areas.
  • Experience supporting resource mobilization strategies and initiatives.
  • Understanding of bilateral and multilateral finance institutions and mechanisms including how they make policy and fund development programs at national and regional level.
  • Proven ability to provide vision and influence others in a constructive, optimistic manner, while building and sustaining collaborative relationships.
  • Outstanding project and team leadership skills including proven ability to lead teams and organizations from strategy development through execution, develop shared goals and execution plans, facilitate meetings, manage budgets, developing partner consensus, and work both autonomously and collaboratively.
  • Experience managing a grants portfolio (ideal); either as a grantee - receiving and reporting on a grant or as a grant manager - with direct responsibility for grant making and management.
  • Experience driving processes to make tradeoffs and prioritize effort to improve impact.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.
  • Experience working in an environment with ambiguity while helping teams adapt to change.
  • Willingness to travel up to 20% of the time when COVID-19 protocols allow.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, international relations, public health, development or a related field with 7+ years progressive senior level experience leading advocacy initiatives in global health and development.

*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship.


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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