Senior/Program Officer, Digital Health Innovation

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • SW Canada Dr, Seattle, WA 98136, USA
  • Nov 09, 2020
[Information Technology]

Job Description

Team SummaryThe Innovative Technology Solutions (ITS) team focuses on investing in capabilities to generate new scientific, digital and technology-based solutions to address global health challenges. Their Digital Health strategy enables frontline healthcare workers to make better-informed decisions at the point-of-care, aggregating data for public health, using an interoperable mobile platform. The Digital Health Team is recruiting an exceptional Program or Senior Program Officer.The position is a limited term engagement for 24 months and will report to the Deputy Director for Digital Health Innovation. The role is based out of Seattle, WAPosition Summary & ResponsibilitiesYou will be responsible for developing a portfolio of digital health investments focused on global impact. Through work with grantees, both for-profit and not-for-profit, and with experts within the foundation, you will develop investment thesis, develop grant proposals with grantees, and manage a portfolio of work that will integrate into products to impact healthcare at the frontlines.You will be joining a dynamic group of program and business professionals who catalyze connected software and hardware to build new health delivery systems. With a focus on how innovation can bring equity to access, we believe that smartphones with the right software can bring about significantly better health outcomes for everybody. We are looking for an enthusiastic professional to bring their passion & energy to the foundation to drive this work forward.The current digital health portfolio includes development of AI services for frontline care, development of interoperable software platforms, development of hardware to enable digital measurements, evaluation of digital tools with field partners, and development of partnerships with major technology companies. Example projects include development of open source software to enable mobile phone readability of lateral flow rapid diagnostic tests such as those used for malaria and Covid-19 and building reinforcement-learning approaches to nudging individual behavior.Your projects will focus on the online-to-offline transition for digital health to drive better diagnosis of disease in the lowest resource settings. You will be responsible for the management of a portfolio of investments, including grants and contracts with the aim of improving diagnosis and triage. A community of grantees, multilateral global organizations, and other funders will work together to build this vision of the future of health.Core Responsibilities* Conceptualize, articulate and shape priorities for digital health innovation in a subset of areas focused on integrating diagnostics into mobile platforms* Closely follow global trends in digital tools and provide perspective and monitor trends relevant for digital health strategy and driving desired health outcomes* Work closely with Deputy Director and digital health innovation team to establish and execute on initiative strategy and monitor performance against strategic goals.* Ensure coordination and collaboration with other internal and external stakeholders where required and timely communication of grantee progress and results.* Develop and manage grants and contracts portfolio with measurable outcomes, milestones and plans for exit and integration toward the goals* Contribute to identifying areas for new research or investment and technologies with high potential for impact to initiative strategy* Contribute to the integration of strategies and implementation plans across ITS and other foundation teams.* Serve as a partner and resource to grantees to ensure accomplishment of strategic objectives* Lead high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field* Support the development of key relationships with technology companies and other partners to enable establishment of partnerships that advance strategic goalsLeadership and CultureWe 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 SkillsWe are looking for people who enjoy the opportunity of working on complex problems and collaboratively creating solutions that have the potential for transformational change in the lives of people around the world. You must be prepared to work across a diverse set of disciplines, bridging a wide range of expertise all the while being an excellent team player, with a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in an exhilarating, challenging environment.Education and ExperienceYou have a minimum of 5-7 years of work experience coupled with a PhD or ScD in Computer Science, Applied Mathematics, Statistics / Modeling or in an engineering field. Candidates with more experience will be reviewed & assessed at the Senior Program Officer level.Additionally, you should have:* Project, program, or product management experience* Ability to contribute to data-driven strategy planning and implementation.* Excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated excellence in scientific writing and data analysis.* An ability to exert influence and direct experience in a role requiring collaboration with multiple internal and external stakeholders.* An excellent understanding of the realities and complexities of effectively managing projects within a matrixed environment.* Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm and sensitivity in a fast-paced environment, across barriers such as language, culture and distance, for the effective implementation of work streams that require internal and external engagement across multiple teams.* A self-starter with intellectual curiosity, discipline, resourcefulness and resilience.* A sense of humor.* Demonstrated passion for the Foundation's values with a commitment to deliver results against the Foundation's mission.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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