Our Global Health program (GH) harnesses advances in science and technology to save lives in poor countries. We focus on the health problems that have a major impact in developing countries but get too little attention and funding. Where proven tools exist, we support sustainable ways to improve their delivery. Where they don't, we invest in research and development of new interventions, such as vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics. Our work in infectious diseases focuses on strategies to fight and prevent HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, neglected and other infectious diseases, enteric and diarrheal diseases and pneumonia. These strategies are supported by functional teams that focus on Discovery and Translational Sciences, Innovative Technology Solutions, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.
The Innovative Technology Solutions team focuses on investing in technology capabilities that offer new solutions to address global health challenges.
Position Summary & Responsibilities
The Innovative Technology Solutions team is looking for an experienced leader to build, drive and manage work in creating digital health technical capabilities for impact in the foundation’s priority areas. This will include generating new concepts and creating new tools that leverage trends in data science that integrate individual medical care with public health and epidemiology. A primary focus area includes ensuring diagnostic tools are integrated with mobile or point of care platforms. One active area of investigation is evaluating whether individual or private sector digital longitudinal health records will enable better health care. The role will require working with a diverse range of internal colleagues, technical and scientific partners in the public and private sector to leverage data science, mobile phone software and hardware solutions for digital health innovation. This position is accountable for developing and leading a strategy to create health microservices to enable a connected, objective, automated digital health system.
Key areas of work include but are not limited to:
Design and lead programs to leverage trends to create new capabilities for the foundation.
Scope, shape and manage a portfolio of investments to execute on strategy, initiatives, and achieve specific objectives and outcomes.
Collaborate with internal colleagues leading programs to develop new diagnostics tests.
Identify and accelerate developments in non-optical rapid diagnostic test read out to enable the design and manufacture of new rapid diagnostic tests capable of mobile read out.
Identify and leverage trends in biomedical data science, sensors, and mobile software and hardware for health applications.
Build & nurture relationships and partnerships with industry, scientific and technical community, grantees, and vendors.
Identify and cultivate partners in support of program work; manage partnerships and outcomes to achieve impact
Curate, Analyze and synthesize lessons and results to inform the Innovative Technology Solutions strategies.
A minimum of 20 years of experience in science and technology research and development, with exposure to a broad set of fields, such as biomedical data science, clinical medical practice, information technology, bioengineering, biochemistry, material science, and artificial intelligence and machine learning.
Proven ability to lead, organize and prioritize multiple programs & projects. Meet deadlines within a fast-paced environment with multiple and competing demands.
Strong track record of identifying science and technology trends with the potential to disrupt fields of knowledge.
Private sector and healthcare industry experience strongly preferred.
Agile leader with excellent capabilities in influence data-driven strategy planning and implementation.
Experience in key geographies (including Sub-Saharan Africa and India) preferred.
Innovative and collaborative problem solver.
Demonstrated ability to work and lead with efficiency, diplomacy, and flexibility particularly as part of a team effort to ensure collective success. Experience in working on teams with diverse cultural and professional backgrounds.
Demonstrated excellence in written and oral communication skills, and experience in advocating and communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
Ability to travel up to 30% domestically and internationally.
A sense of humor.
Demonstrated passion for the Foundation’s values with a commitment to deliver results against the Foundation’s mission.
Candidate will report to the Director of Innovative Technology Solutions and may manage staff.
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:
From poverty to health, to education, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation focuses on improving the lives of billions of people worldwide. There are four problem areas the organization focuses on; the Global Development Division, Global Health Division, United States Division, and Global Policy & Advocacy Division. In developing countries the foundation focuses on improving the health and wellness of people as well as helping children and families escape from extreme hunger and poverty. In the United States, the foundation focuses on low-income families and makes sure that everyone has opportunities to receive an education that will help them succeed. The foundation works with numerous organizations around the world to tackle critical problems and addresses challenging inequalities. The headquarters of this organization is based in Seattle, Washington, one of the most proactive global health and non-profit cities in the world.