Deputy Director, Health and Nutrition - Ethiopia Country Office

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Sidney Moss
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Sidney Moss

About the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation 

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was established in 2000 by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda.  It is the largest private foundation in the world with an endowment of US $50.7 billion as of 31st December 2017.  The foundation aims to improve the quality of life for billions of people worldwide, providing research and working with other organizations 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 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 newly appointed CEO Mark Suzman along with 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 ourselves in being ‘impatient optimists’ whose purpose is to work to reduce inequity. Our vision is to ensure a world where every person has the opportunity to live a healthy, productive life. We 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 our commitment to science and innovation, collaboration and partnership, measurement and rigor, as well as optimism and risk taking. 


Leadership & Culture 

The foundation believes that energized people, working well together, fuelled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things. This includes contributing positively to team culture through collaboration and transparency, empowering others, developing and practicing leadership skills, trusting the good intention of others, effective communication, and participating in team building activities.  

The foundation has six pillars that underpin all of their interactions: 
•    Purpose: We put what is good for the long-term future of world first, above our own ambitions or preferences. We go big, seeking the transformational contribution our foundation can make toward improving health
•    Results: We are outcome-oriented, working against goals we aspire to achieve. We consistently reassess our efforts, capabilities, and investments to apply them toward the greatest impact
•    Learning: We approach our work with curiosity and a sense of adventure. We spark new ideas and explore alternatives, bringing an inventive, creative and open-minded approach to everything we do. We fail fast, learn without blame, and get back to work
•    Ownership: We each take ownership for the whole of our team. We own our individual experience at work, seeking clarity and help when we need it. We own our part in how our team works, providing clarity and offering feedback to build the strength of our colleagues and team
•    Humility & Openness: We are humble and open to influence, and give one another the benefit of the doubt. We seek genius and input from people at all levels in our team, our foundation, our partners, and the people we serve. We actively work to mitigate our unconscious biases and assumptions
•    Appreciation: We enjoy one another and remain grounded in how fortunate we are to be here doing this. We listen for brilliance, partnership, and wisdom among diverse voices and celebrate the richness of one another’s skills and experiences. We fluidly and frequently acknowledge contributions


Deputy Director, Health and Nutrition – Ethiopia Role Profile 

The primary purpose of the Deputy Director, Health and Nutrition, Ethiopia is to oversee a team to conceive, develop and manage a complex portfolio of grants at federal level and in regional states involving multiple foundation global health and linked global development and global growth and opportunity strategies in collaboration with Seattle-based teams to achieve results. The DD will manage the Ethiopian Integrated Health (and Nutrition) team (EIHT) and Plan (EIHP) portfolio while focusing of the foundation’s programmatic and health system development, testing and scale-up of high impact and cost-effective solutions in critical health and nutrition areas, to drive impact and influence scale across Ethiopia and potentially other similar contexts within the region and Africa. This role will brief the Investors’ group (IG) comprised of Seattle based PST directors that contribute to the EIHP fund, on a bi-annual cadence, on performance of the EIHP investments. This role reports to the Ethiopia Country Director.

Duties and Responsibilities

Core Responsibilities:
•    Facilitate development of annual investment plans and budgets, develop, modify and implement strategy under the leadership of the Director and in partnership with Program Strategy Teams (PSTs) and Global Policy and Advocacy (GPA).
•    Work with foundation leadership as requested to address cross-cutting issues and improve functions and performance.  
•    Develop strategies, programs investments, and an influencing agenda that will lead to improvements in key health and development indicators across RMNCH-N continuum and related development areas, in collaboration with foundation PST strategies in Ethiopia.
•     ln partnership with other Deputy Directors and relevant program officers in charge of country impact at the foundation, design and oversee the implementation of integrated strategies to accelerate the achievements of joint (foundation and others) health and nutrition goals in Ethiopia.  
•    Position the country office to inform the Seattle-based teams managing and implementing mixed health system (public, NGO, and private sector) primary care systems strengthening strategies. Identify, negotiate, execute and conduct and/or manage complex, performance-based contracts/grants to accelerate increase in RMNCH-N outcomes. This includes development and review of MoUs, letters of interest and grant proposals and summaries of progress. 
•    Represent the foundation to the National Health, Population and Nutrition (HPN) group on Health and Nutrition (the highest independent policy and SDGs pooled fund decision making body in the health sector in Ethiopia) and other key selected government health and nutrition related committees, platforms and working groups.  
•    Support and advise colleagues within the foundation and their grantees in the design, enhancement, and execution of project, initiatives and engagements to maximize impact in Ethiopia. 
•    Manage partnerships and grantee relationships to ensure learning and impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key stakeholders, monitoring and evaluating components of grants. 
•    Serve as a senior member of the Ethiopia Country Office, overseeing performance management, teamwork, internal communications and contribution towards foundation-wide priorities. 
•    Manage people and be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve foundation goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, providing coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned. 
•    Ensure high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with government officials, foundation staff, and leadership, grantees and partners, and through occasional media engagement. 

Leadership and Culture: We believe that energized people, working well together, fueled by great leadership in an inclusive environment in which they thrive, will do phenomenal things.

Education and Relevant Experience:  The ideal candidate will hold an advanced degree in medicine, public health, health economics, public policy or similar disciplines (e.g. MSPH, MHA, MPH, MD, PhD).  12+ years of proven experience in health and nutrition, health system strengthening, and/or disease eradication strategy. The candidate should also understand the global health and international development environment; and had experience working in and living in Ethiopia or a developing country on health and nutrition development related work.  In-depth experience in broader public health with a strong development orientation backed with excellent management and leadership capabilities. Experience of integration across disease areas and/or integrating health and “non-health” interventions. Experience in planning, marketing, soliciting funds from multiple financing streams, and managing complex delivery of health programs, with evidence of achievement of significant results whether directly or indirectly influenced.

Collaborates: Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared/joint objectives, both internally and externally. Ability to orchestrate effective decisions across a broad range of issues and stakeholders, assess progress, analyze gaps, and make necessary changes. Experience with effective interactions between country level and headquarter offices will be a plus. Experience working in multiple countries is preferred; Ethiopia experience as well as fluency in Amharic will be helpful.

Strategic Mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into strategies, concrete theories of change and actions. Ability to think/act like an investor and a creative and generative thinker. Innovative and open-minded approach; ability to question and challenge colleagues including managers and partners in a constructive manner. Manages complexity and ambiguity effectively: Making sense of complex, high quantity and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems – especially in managing relations. Demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, and diplomacy in a complex, fast-paced environment both in Ethiopia and in headquarter (Seattle).

Communicates effectively: Developing and delivering communications that convey complex situations in a clear and concise manner with a broad and diverse audience. Demonstrable experience with effective interactions between country level and headquarter offices is critical. Significant people management experience, specifically managing teams of high performing self-directed professionals and acting as a partner to team members managing specific portfolios.

Being resilient: Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations both internally and externally. Self-motivated and self-managing. Comfortable in a wide range of cultural, geographic and operational situations, demonstrating culturally sensitive behavior with a diverse range of people. Ability to travel up to 40% domestically and internationally.

Important Note:
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will collaborate with SRI Executive Search in the search for a stellar candidate to take up this exciting and challenging appointment.
Applications received through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Careers site will not be reviewed.  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


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. 

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this position, please forward a copy of your CV and a supporting letter in Microsoft Word format, along with any relevant documentation to Sidney Moss through the foundation’s Applicant Tracking System, Workday. Click here to submit your online application on or before 10 July 2020. All information will be in the strictest confidence as we pride ourselves on our professional service.  We will revert to you as soon as feasible when we have reviewed your application.

SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to undertake this assignment.

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