Program Officer, Digital
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
New Delhi, India
6d ago

Position Summary & Responsibilities

The Program Officer (PO), Digital, is part of an experienced three-person team that partners with other program officers specializing in program verticals and functions to achieve concrete outcomes along both prongs of our Digital strategy.

You will bring expertise in business and application architecture frameworks, platform development and technology design as well as familiarity with cutting-edge technologies and innovative thinking on "new-age digital" such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), blockchain, etc.

You will help to landscape the partner ecosystem that will act as a source of innovation and drive adoption; both at the national level as well as within key states.

  • You will be expected to engage with key stakeholders in both the public and private sector building strong relationships and acting as an advisor to external partners to ensure coordination and collaboration for greater collective impact;
  • particularly government and government supporting institutions.

    You will collaborate across multiple vertical initiatives building a solid layperson’s understanding of our broader goals and strategies to bring thought leadership in how Digital / ICT can play a supporting role.

    This position reports to the Deputy Director Digital & Supply Chain.

    Key Responsibilities :

  • Develop, advise, and manage well-scoped, well-structured investments (grants and / or contracts) to execute against the bodies of work related to Digital;
  • aiming for innovative approaches that can be scaled in the public sector.

  • Collaborate across various vertical initiatives and cross-functional teams, offering input and review on investments which include Digital components.
  • Work closely with key Government partners (e.g. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Ministry of Women & Child Development, Ministry of Electronic & IT, National Institution for Transforming India (Niti Aayog), Ministry of Rural Development, National Informatics Centre (NIC), etc.
  • professional bodies and private sector players on key digital programs and priorities that impact national and state level outcomes.

  • Build and help grow the Digital partner ecosystem that enables the digital portfolio. Plan and organize convenings, learning sessions and workshops.
  • Use data and learning from foundation-supported investments and global evidence to consult with grantees and others to ensure continuous learning that shapes strategy, policy, and programs.
  • Conduct thorough analyses of grants and contracts, grantee progress reports; write high quality briefing documents that synthesize results and insights for leadership and the ICO Health Team.
  • Be a high energy, strong culture ambassador of the foundation (internally and externally) and have a sense of humor.
  • Leadership & Culture

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

    Core Knowledge & Skills

    We are looking for people who enjoy the opportunity of working on complex problems and collectively creating solutions that have the potential for transformative change in the lives of people around the world.

    You are a creative and curious leader who has an excellent track record of achievement and leadership in roles of increasing responsibility.

    You should be prepared to work across a diverse set of disciplines, bridging a wide range of expertise all the while being a teammate, with a demonstrated ability to work with flexibility, efficiency and diplomacy in an exciting, challenging environment.

    Additionally, we seek :

  • Extensive experience (as a thinker & a doer) in technology (ICT) design, architecture and digital innovation; a mix of public and private sector experience is desirable.
  • Passion for solving complex problems through digital innovation and demonstrated relevant experience; with an emphasis in Digital Health desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage / deliver complex digital projects / programs and risk mitigation, with clear milestones and outcomes.
  • Experience working in a developing country setting. Knowledge of India and prior, relevant work experience in-country is essential.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly matrixed and diverse work environment, with strong collaboration, consultative and diplomacy skills.
  • Excellent analytical thinking and communications skills, including writing and public speaking skills.
  • Results-driven and self-motivated with ability to inspire the pursuit of excellence.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of time domestically and internationally.
  • 10-15 years of relevant experience. Bachelor’s degree required (e.g. computer science or other related field); advanced degree, such as an MBA, desired
  • 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 :

  • Pregnancy
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Disability
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression
  • National Origin
  • Genetic Information
  • Veteran Status
  • Marital Status
  • Prior Protected Activity
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