Senior Program Officer – Tuberculosis (TB), South Africa

Senior Program Officer – Tuberculosis (TB), South Africa

Job title: Senior Program Officer – Tuberculosis (TB), South Africa

Company: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Job description: Summary

We seek an experienced professional to serve as a Senior Program Officer in South Africa. The Senior Program Officer, TB, is primarily responsible for the development and execution of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s (BMGF) South Africa TB strategy and will also provide support to BMGF’s regional TB work as it develops. Based on the current BMGF TB strategy, the Senior Program Officer will develop and manage a portfolio of complex grants and contracts requiring high-level grant management skills, monitoring, and evaluation. The Senior Program Officer partners with the TB and HIV teams in Global Health and the Africa team to ensure synergies with the strategies of these teams. Externally, the Senior Program Officer will engage directly with the National and Provincial Departments of Health in South Africa to ensure adoption of innovation and improvement in TB outcomes through program optimization. In addition, the incumbent will work with other key donors in country, including USAID, CDC, GIZ and the Global Fund. This role will be the primary contact for BMGF’s TB work in South Africa. The position will report to the Deputy Director Health, Africa within the Global Development Division and have a dotted line to the HIV/TB Program Strategy Team within the Global Health Division.

The Senior Program Officer will be the primary interface between the TB team and the Africa team and serve as the point of contact on portfolio-related issues for key stakeholders. The Senior Program Officer will represent the Foundation with external stakeholders that may include public and private entities, other funders, universities, think tanks, government agencies. The Senior Program Officer will collaborate with foundation colleagues in related program areas to take advantage of cross-sectorial grant-making, and may serve on external boards and working groups.

Core Responsibilities

Work with BMGF’s TB Program Strategy Team, key stakeholders, and partners in South Africa to identify the challenges and opportunities to control the country’s TB epidemic. Develop the strategy for BMGF’s work, including demonstration of innovations, introduction and implementation of new tools and approaches, and advocacy for government funding and scale-up.

Responsible for BMGF’s work with grantees and the South African government. Negotiate, execute and manage complex, performance-based contracts/grants. Monitor and evaluate the quality and progress on a portfolio of grants/contracts. Maintain high-quality interactions with grantees as part of collaboration with and oversight of the grantees as they execute their grant, providing course correction as needed.

Review letters of inquiry and grant proposals; provide clear, concise and insightful written analyses and recommendations for funding including drafting and editing proposal summaries and progress reports for existing grants for review by Foundation leadership.

Regularly update the BMGF TB strategy for South Africa, ensuring alignment with the broader BMGF TB delivery strategy as it evolves. Work collaboratively with BMGF colleagues working on HIV to ensure synergy between the TB and HIV programs. This includes the technical, policy, advocacy, and funding components of both programs.

Build and maintain strong relationships with government at national, provincial and local levels. In addition, maintain a strong advocacy portfolio in South Africa. Responsible for high-quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.

Oversee our support to the development of the National Strategic plan and TB Investment Plan, and our support to the TB Think Tank as they formulate the technical guidance for the National Department of Health (NDoH), including the evaluation and the introduction of new tools and delivery approaches.

Attend and give input to multiple TB meetings in South Africa arranged by academia, government and civil society, taking into account the impact of COVID-19 on TB.

Consult with grantees and other partners to maximize impact of projects and ensure optimal learning. This may include: site visits, providing operational guidance and convening meetings of key stakeholders.

In collaboration with the Deputy Director of Health in Africa, effectively communicate BMGF TB activities and strategies in South Africa to government representatives, partners, and grantees.

Serve as the main point of contact in Africa for the foundation’s TB and HIV Team on TB-related issues with key bi-lateral and multilateral organizations, including the US Government, UNAIDS, GIZ, and the World Bank as required to execute the country’s TB strategy.

Contribute to writing background documents, briefs, articles, and presentations, including relevant literature reviews, landscape analyses, and data analysis; organize and prepare for high-level foundation leadership trips.

Manage internal processes and work on cross-foundation activities important to our TB strategy in Africa, including the design of new strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure sustainability/impact.

Collaborate with the broader Africa Team and other foundation teams to support the development of multiple foundation country strategies for TB and other health-related issues as appropriate across the continent.

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.

Core Knowledge and Skills

Minimum 10 years directly related professional experience managing or implementing health programs in South Africa, with at least 5 of those years in TB.

Excellent written and oral communications skills and the ability to communicate with a broad and diverse audience.

Demonstrated experience working in cross-team, cross-unit collaboration programs and proven ability to adapt to the networking and coalition-building demands of a highly matrixed organization. Ability to influence without authority.

Significant experience working closely with partners to achieve health goals, including governments in developing countries, bilateral and multilateral donors; implementing agencies; non-governmental organizations; think tanks; academic institutions.

Recognized internally & externally by the global professional community as a valuable resource in TB and global health.

Ability to prioritize, focus and achieve results in a fast paced, complex and matrixed environment.

Knowledge and familiarity with the South African government, the national and local health system, TB/HIV interface and primary health care.

Ability to simultaneously solve problems at high strategic and detailed tactical levels, while understanding limitations relevant to Global Health markets.

Excellent oral, facilitation and written communication skills in English, able to effectively synthesize information to reach diverse audiences and build consensus.

Ability to be self-guided and work effectively and comfortably with sensitivity across barriers such as language, culture and distance and in a politically demanding environment.

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.

Flexibility to travel up to 30% of time.

Education and Experience

Health care professional preferred. Possession of a Master’s/MPH/ or Doctoral degree with 10+ years of experience, or equivalent is strongly desired.

Previous experience may include work in academia, government, management Consulting, other foundations, pharmaceutical or research institutions, with a preference for in-country experience.

*Must be able to legally work in the country where this position is located without visa sponsorship


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 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

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Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng

Job date: Fri, 18 Jun 2021 23:08:24 GMT

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