Strategy Officer

Organisation:  Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Apply By:  24 Feb . 2018

Location:  New Delhi(Delhi)

Strategy Officer
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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-Hellman and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.

Position Summary & Responsibilities

Located in New Delhi, India, the Strategy Officer (SO) will lead high-impact projects in collaboration with program leadership. Potential projects span strategy development and execution planning for current initiative areas; portfolio strategy development and the facilitation of associated prioritization and tradeoff discussions; identification of thematic challenges and strategic options; strategic partnership support; and the strategic application of innovation to our work. The SO will provide leadership, strategic thought partnership, project management, and analytical support to key strategy projects. This role will report to the Deputy Director, Strategy Planning & Management.  Note that on a project by project basis, this role will occasionally report (in an indirect capacity) to other Team members who lead key program areas (Director, Deputy Director, Senior Program Officers).


  • A minimum of seven + years of professional experience with three years of experience in strategic planning functions preferably at a top tier strategy consulting firm.
  • MBA or other advanced degree in a relevant field such as Business, Engineering, or Sciences preferred.
  • Broad understanding of global health/development issues and some global health/development experience is preferable.
  • Experience with strategy execution, measurement, review and adjustment is preferable
  • Excellent oral, facilitation, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to function successfully in a politically demanding environment
  • Excellent quantitative/financial knowledge, including experience creating complex models, with a demonstrated ability to extract appropriate data to convey complex information using supporting tables, graphs and other visual representations.
  • Excellent organizational skills, demonstrated ability to lead teams through a complex and ambiguous task
  • Ability to be independent and work effectively and with sensitivity across barriers such as language, culture and distance
  • Excellent software skills with Microsoft Office applications. Ability to quickly learn new software modules
  • 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.
  • Experience working in a matrix environment preferred
  • A sense of humor.

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