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Company Name :- Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Position Name :- Program Officer, Strengthening Institutional Capacity (ICO)
Company Location :- New Delhi, Delhi
Job Category :- Jobs in Delhi
Full Job Description :-
Last date for applications: 29th April 2022.
The Global Development Program includes a diverse range of program areas aimed at finding creative ways to ensure solutions and products get into the hands of people in low-income countries who need them most. We focus on areas with the potential for high-impact, sustainable solutions that can reach millions of people. Our program strategies include: Emergency Response; Family Planning; Maternal Newborn & Child Health; Nutrition; Polio Eradication. A common theme across these programs is focus on innovative delivery, including an emphasis on strengthening primary health care systems. The Global Development Program also encompasses our India Country Office and Africa Team, with physical offices in Johannesburg, Addis Ababa, and Abuja. Our Program Strategy Teams work in close partnership with these Country Office Teams to align the foundation’s health and development equity agenda with the government’s broader priorities.
Leadership and 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 intentionally and consistently embody our values of optimism, collaboration, rigor, innovation and inclusion.
Our efforts are aligned with India’s objectives of improving the lives of its people – working closely with India’s Central and State governments, we partner with community groups, nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, the private sector, and development organizations, to achieve our shared goals. Our strong networks and ability to convene intellectual resources from many every sectors and every regions of the globe allows us to address complex challenges as they emerge or evolve.
Our efforts in India focus on key issues that will affect the future of India’s most vulnerable communities: reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health and nutrition; urban sanitation; agricultural development; gender equality, and digital financial inclusion.
With a particular focus on Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, we work with partners to develop impactful and sustainable solutions to improve the quality and coverage of key services for the poor and vulnerable. We also work in the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, and Maharashtra to support programs in urban sanitation, agricultural development, gender equality, and digital financial inclusion.
The PO – Strengthening Institutional Capacity is primarily responsible for ensuring that local institutions (government, quasi-government, NGOs and academia) in the states of UP and Bihar are well-capacitated to provide ongoing advice and support in design and implementation of health programs. Programming in this area is aimed at sustaining and growing the impact of health programs in UP and Bihar, even after the foundation’s exit from these states.
Under the leadership of the Deputy Director- State HSS, this position will support and nurture relevant government engagement in UP.
Contribute to conceptualizing articulating and shaping priorities in the foundation’s Institution Building portfolio in UP and Bihar
Work with the broader UP and Bihar Investment Teams, Family Health Team and Seattle-based Program Strategy Teams in designing and implementing the Institution Building portfolio of investments in UP and Bihar;
Jointly accountable, with the Bihar/UP Investment Teams, for ensuring the foundation’s goals related to health are met in a time-bound and sustainable manner in both states
Manage the following workstreams in the state in close collaboration with the Bihar/UP Deal/Investment Team:
Strengthen local institutional structures in UP
Strengthen local institutional structures in Bihar
These workstreams would include identifying a set of local academic/research/management institutions in both states to build their internal capacities in select thematic areas within health, and building the capacity of government health system institutes (vision and mission development, organizational structures, HR capacities) to take on key functions traditionally supported by external agencies (SIHFW, SHSRC-like institutes for capacity building initiatives in the areas of RMNCHA and HSS , Medical Supplies corporation for procurement and budgeting etc etc ).
Contribute as a Team Member in additional streams/bodies of work pertaining to building implementation capacity of the state and strategic partnerships with Indian philanthropies, among others.
Define and implement all workstreams highlighted above in a creative, rigorous, data-centric, and analytical manner.
Monitor and track the latest literature in Institution Building. Adapt the UP and Bihar portfolios of Institution Building grants based on the latest and most innovative thinking in the field.
Develop and manage a portfolio of grants and contracts to meet strategic objectives in strengthening Institutional Capacities in consultation with the Bihar/UP Deal/Investment Teams:
Identify and select partner institutions and shape scope and strategy for Institution Building grants and contracts to meet strategic objectives.
Manage relationships with grantees, contractors and key partners to achieve the foundation’s desired impact, provide project briefings and updates to foundation leadership, and represent the foundation in meetings with external partners, as well as at scientific conferences and workshops.
Review grant proposals and write proposal summaries; review interim and final reports; write final evaluation.
Apply and evaluate milestone-based performance objectives to make go/no-go decisions about specific projects and product candidates.
Serve as an effective backup to SPOs – Health Systems Strengthening (HSS)
Partner with SPO – Health Systems Strengthening in UP and Bihar on a regular weekly cadence to keep abreast of the latest development in the Health Systems Strengthening portfolio
Ensure awareness of the quality of our external relationships in the HSS space
Be prepared to step in on short notice – should need arise – on HSS grants, either in case of SPO – Health Systems Strengthening absence or in case the team needs additional support on specific workstreams within HSS
Ensure adherence to a cadence of engagement with key external partners – government, grantees and other partners
Help ensure opportunities such as Program Coordination Committee meetings are efficiently used and are productive for the health of the Institution Building portfolio
Jointly accountable with the state Deal/Investment Teams for effective engagement with all relevant internal Program Strategy Teams
Identify and use emerging opportunities for increased external or internal engagement that could catalyze impact in UP and Bihar
Contribute to foundation knowledge capture, evaluation, learning, and dissemination:
Keep both the ICO and Seattle leadership informed of progress of both individual grants and sets of grants that aim to solve state team goals on institution building
Partner closely with MLE and other members of the State Deal/Investment Teams to implement a cross-state learning agenda
Synthesize and document lessons learned across all related grants and contracts; develop review
materials, summaries and informative reports for team, program and foundation leadership (e.g. President, Co-Chairs and other foundation leadership) that summarize key activities, progress and issues around priority programs
Partner with other foundation teams as required to share lessons learned and expertise
Represent the foundation and program to the external world related to position responsibilities:
Speak and participate in public events, forums and meetings.
Bring to bear opportunities to disseminate the knowledge and products developed by grantees in order to extend their impact
A non-exhaustive list of the most critical internal and external partners for this role is given below:
Core team: Deputy Director – State HSS, SPO – UP Health Systems Strengthening, SPO – Bihar Health Systems Strengthening, PO – Strengthening Service Delivery, DD – State Systems and Partnerships, SPO – Philanthropic Partnerships, SPO MLE
Other critical partners: Country Director, Director – Health, Deputy Director – Family Health, SPO – MNCH, SPO – Nutrition, SPO – Family Health, SPO – Family Planning Private Sector, other DD/SPOs/POs in MLE & Strategy Planning and Management, Infectious Diseases, Digital and Health Innovation, State Systems and Partnerships, Advocacy Communications and Behavioral Insights, Gender Equality, Agriculture, Financial Services for the Poor, Water Sanitation & Hygiene.
Heads/critical team members of the organizations in both UP and Bihar we develop institutional partnerships with
Reports to: Deputy Director – State HSS, India Country Office
Core Knowledge and Skills
We are looking for people who enjoy solving complex problems, using hypothesis- and data-driven approach and working through matrixed teaming to deliver break-through solutions.
Knowledge of nature of institutions required to support various aspects of health systems and systems
Skills of institutional landscaping and appraisals
Experience in coordinating processes for institutional strengthening including partnerships, and collaborations with clear and defined outcomes.
Ability to travel locally and internationally, up to 50% of the timPrior experience in program strategy, design, and implementation in public health
Demonstrated experience building and leading strategic partnerships with key partners from diverse sectors including NGOs, government, and the private sector.
Proven success using evidence and data to inform policy, programming, and management decisions
Strong ability to work with efficiency and diplomacy, particularly as part of a multi-disciplinary team effort. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse teams including scientists, business analysts, program implementers, and developing country partners, from various cultures, over multiple time zones. Experience working in a matrix environment preferred
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to lead teams through a complex and ambiguous task with energy and optimism; ability to influence people without formal authority
Demonstrated curiosity and comfort in areas beyond current areas of expertise with proven ability to rapidly acquire knowledge and exercise good judgment in a variety of scientific and political areas.
Ability to organize/prioritize work and meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple and competing demands.
Excellent oral, facilitation, and written communication skills.
Excellent software skills with Microsoft Office applications. Ability to quickly learn new software
Role model for foundation values of rigor, innovation, collaboration, optimism and inclusion
Commitment to the foundation’s core values, mission, and programs with an approach that is consistent with the foundation’s guiding principles and holding self to the highest ethical standards.
A sense of humor
Education and Experience
5+ years of professional experience in management/ strategy, public health program delivery in similar contexts to Bihar and UP
Masters degree is preferred. Specialization in management/ strategy/ Public Policy/ Public Administration/ Health required.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.
If you require assistance due to a disability in the application or recruitment process, please submit a request to [email protected]
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