SPO, Integrated Health

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Patrick Manhire
Role managed by
Patrick Manhire Senior Researcher

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was established in 2000 by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda.  It is the largest private foundation in the world with an endowment of US $42.3 billion as of 24th November 2014.  The foundation aims to improve the quality of life for billions of people worldwide, providing research and working with other organisations to tackle global problems and drive change. 

The goal of the Global Development program (GD) is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Their strategies focus on Agriculture Development; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; Financial Services for the Poor; and Family Health which includes Maternal, New-born and Child Health, Family Planning, and Nutrition. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Vaccine Delivery and Integrated Delivery. GD also has Special Initiatives that focus on Urban Poverty, Emergency Relief, Global Libraries and Value for the Money.

Based in Seattle, the foundation has a worldwide staff of 1,500 people and is led by CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. The foundation has offices in the United States, Europe, India, China and Africa.

Vision and Mission

Guided by the belief that all lives have equal value; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation pride themselves on being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity. Their vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life.  They have four missions to:

  • Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive;
  • Empower the poorest, especially women and girls, to transform their lives;
  • Combat infectious diseases that particularly affect the poorest; and
  • Inspire people to take action to change the world.

Key to enabling these missions is their commitment to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking. 

In Ethiopia, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) will concentrate its health portfolio on strengthening the national- and regional-level health institutions that oversee district level service delivery to help Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health achieve its ambitious Health Sector Transformation Plan (HSTP).

To align in a country-led approach, the Foundation’s Ethiopia Integrated Health and Nutrition Team (EIHT) will program investments to align resources and partners using a common approach:  by supporting strengthened health sector leadership, governance, and accountability at the national and regional levels, delivery of evidence-based, high impact health and nutrition services can be strengthened through Ethiopia’s health care system.

Role Profile

The Senior Program Officer, Integrated Health will be an integral part of the integrated team working to implement the Foundation’s systems strengthening focused country health plan, with an emphasis on innovative, high quality care across the Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition (RMNCAH-NUT) continuum. The candidate is expected to be self-sufficient, capable of identifying key issues and priorities and focusing on these to deliver required results with minimal direction.

Duties and Responsibilities

The selected candidate will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Manage investments that focus on RMNCAH.
  • Deliver analytical and technical assistance services to other donor partners and key stakeholders within Ethiopia’s Federal Ministry of Health to support the development and implementation of policies and programs based on best practices and innovations in RMNCAH.
  • Work with the EIHT Senior Program Officer for Monitoring, Learning & Evaluation and Data, and the Deputy Director to oversee regular project progress tracking for the RMNCAH investments and contribute to the preparation of quarterly and annual narratives tracking progress against targets articulated in the team’s country health plan.
  • Under the leadership of the Deputy Director, Ethiopia Health and Nutrition, work collaboratively with external partners and other stakeholders working in Ethiopia’s RMNCAH ecosystem to identify synergies and areas of leverage.
  • Keep abreast of developments in grant/program changes and progress in order to advise and recommend tools and strategies to increase investment performances and results against the agreed upon results framework and in alignment with the broader EIHP MLE plan.
  • Contribute to country health plan refresh and ongoing portfolio development.
  • Use specialized professional or technical concepts to implement the significant initiatives and organization unit strategies.
  • Work on complex problems; analysis of situation or data requiring in-depth evaluation of various factors.
  • Exercise judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Independently identify issues, formulate and design plans, and execute ideas for a major initiative or area.
  • Ensure that networks with stakeholders inside and outside the foundation are enabled.

Leadership and Culture

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.

Required Experience and Qualifications


The ideal candidate will hold an advanced degree in public health, epidemiology, social sciences, health care management, or related field.

Relevant Experience 

  • Minimum 8 years of experience in international public health with a focus on MNCH.
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in project management and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience in health care quality improvement and measurement processes.
  • Demonstrated experience working in various geographies; experience working in Ethiopia with a demonstrated understanding of the country context and public health sector preferred.
  • Strong management and supervisory skills.
  • Experience working with a range of government officials, donors, local NGOs, and academia.
  • Demonstrated success in working with a cross-cultural team.
  • Strong technical English communication skills writing, both oral and written.
  • Ability to present information, analysis and recommendations for strategy design in clear written and oral format.

Terms of Appointment

This is a full-time position. As part of the standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Key Steps in the Selection Process

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV and a cover letter in Microsoft Word format to [email protected] or upload your resume into this system. Thank you for your interest and we will reply to you as soon as feasible when have reviewed your application and it is found to be aligned with The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundations’ requirements.

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