We are the largest nonprofit fighting poverty, disease, and inequity around the world. Founded on a simple premise: that people everywhere, regardless of identity or circumstances, should have the chance to live healthy, productive lives. By building a global and cultural workplace that supports greater diversity, equity, and inclusion - of voices, ideas, and approaches - together with our employees and partners, we can help all people improve their lives from poverty and health to education. As an organization we offer full healthcare premiums coverage, generous paid time off, contribution to your retirement fund, several employee communities, and a commitment to embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into everything we do.
The Gender Equality Division's mission it to ensure women and girls in Africa and South Asia can enjoy good health, make their own choices, earn their own money, and be leaders in their societies. When women and girls have an equal chance to thrive and lead, everyone benefits. We know that women and girls are not a monolith. A woman's experience and the barriers she faces are different depending on factors like where she lives, how old she is, and how much money her family has-alongside other factors including her race, caste, and education level. We seek to address these compounding barriers through deep partnership with our grantees. As a philanthropy, our role is to listen to and learn from these experts. We take risks in new areas, prove concepts, and bring these ideas to governments, partner organizations, and private sector companies to scale. The Gender Equality Division builds off our existing strengths as a foundation in areas like global health and data, partnering closely with all of our global divisions.
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 seeks 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 professionals in neurodevelopment, nutrition research, engineering, global health, and strategy development. We emphasize in-country partnership to integrate the local context into research and development.
As a Program Officer (PO), you will work with the team in the development and execution of strategy and a portfolio of investments at the nexus of the gut microbiome, nutrition, host-microbiome interactions with a primary focus on impacting maternal health, transmission of dysbiosis and infant growth and neurodevelopment. MNCH D&T's funded work to date has led to an improved understanding of biomarkers, research tools and candidate interventions. The PO is encouraged to build upon this work to date in addition to the literature, scientific data, and relationships to devise the next expanded phase of research and product development efforts in tandem with academic, LMIC and biotechnology partners. The PO is encouraged to use their experience to support identification and alignment of academic and biotech partners to, for example, establish candidate screening and prioritization platforms to identify food or microbe interventions that can be tested in experimental medicine trials, allowing for rapid determination of mechanism and identification of potential product candidates with application to the mother/infant dyad in LMIC contexts. This next phase of investments is encouraged to set precedents in identification of novel and existing bioactive foods and microbial therapeutics in global health. The PO is also encouraged to collaborate across diverse teams and functions of BMGF in advancing the work.
What You'll Do
Identify areas and investment opportunities for advancing gut microbiome, nutrition and microbiome-host interaction in collaboration with internal and external partners.
Lead and implement a portfolio of grants and/or contracts aligned to strategical goals.
Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals and provide clear, concise, and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding aligned toward strategic goals.
Collaborate with stakeholders, grantees, and other partners to improve impact of projects and ensure grants are strategically aligned. This may include site visits, providing input and thought partnership, and convening meetings.
Provide content expertise and participate on the team to ensure integration of the gut microbiome, nutrition, and inflammation into the overarching MNCH D&T strategy.
Represent the foundation to program-related, external constituencies, including making presentations, attending conferences, serving on committees, and attending other meetings.
Expertise in analysis of data and scientific literature, and the ability to distill these into recommendations for specific projects, partners, and overall strategy.
Broad solid understanding of bacterial genetics, methods for bacterial growth and fermentation, phenotypic and molecular methods for bacterial strain identification and regulatory pathways for development of bacterial therapeutics. pre/probiotics and food supplements.
Experience in a role requiring collaboration as well as a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and tact both individually and as part of a complex team effort; ability to work in a cooperative and collegial fashion.
Validated outstanding written and oral communication skills in positions requiring communications in a broad and diverse audience on a range of complex technical issues.
Excellent interpersonal and negotiation skills with the ability to solve problems with energy and positive attitude.
Ability and willingness to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally (note that nonessential work travel is currently suspended due to COVID and is likely to be substantially less than the above during the remainder of the pandemic).
Demonstrated passion for the foundation's values with a dedication to deliveresults against the foundation's mission.
PhD, MD, or other advanced degree with technical knowledge in fields related to gut microbiota including but not limited to Microbiology, Immunology, or Pathology.
Familiarity with LMIC contexts desirable and understanding overlap of gut health and nutrition critical.
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 will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
Depending upon your work location, we may require proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 and any recommended booster doses. All employees based in the United States are to provide proof of full vaccination upon hire and any recommended boosters, subject to applicable laws.
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We are 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 our mission 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, and prior protected activity.