Senior Program Officer, Family Planning


Organisation:  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Apply By:  20 Feb . 2018

Location:  New Delhi(Delhi)

Senior Program Officer, Family Planning
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Foundation Summary

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation 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.

Position Summary & Responsibilities

The focus of the India Family Planning (FP) strategy is to expand method choice for birth spacing with a focus on 15-24 years old women through the public and private sectors aimed at accelerating progress towards the country’s FP2020 goals. The strategy supports the national government to introduce and scale up innovative approaches that increase supply and demand for spacing methods, with a focus on priority states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The SPO will provide overall leadership to further develop and execute the India FP Strategy. S/he will develop and manage investments that support innovative approaches to improve access, especially among 15-24-year-old women; to improve method mix by introducing new contraceptive methods; and to strengthen quality of care through availability of counseling task shifting in family planning service delivery, and performance monitoring. S/he will also lead on investments that aim to change social norms, especially gender norms that impact decisions related to early marriage and child bearing, and use of newer contraceptives. The SPO will develop investments that support total market approaches for family planning, leveraging the private sector and partnerships with the government. This role also entails building institutional capability in government and other institutions to ensure sustainability of foundation-supported initiatives and continuous innovation in the delivery of family planning. S/he will also manage relationships with senior technical officers of national and state governments, donors, and implementing partners to ensure coordination and collaboration for greater collective impact

Qualification

  • Master’s/MPH, MBA, PhD or MD with 15 + years of experience in family planning & reproductive health in diverse contexts including substantive experience in India. Additional, relevant experience in strategic planning, investment, and/or policy and advocacy is preferred.
  • Experience in a Global Firm/Multinational company
  • As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a comprehensive background check.
 

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