Job# 6138 - Program Officer - Crosscutting Biosurveillance Initiative Job (Seattle, WA)
Posted: March 19, 2013
Closes: April 19, 2013
Division: Global Health Program
Department: Vaccine Development
Foundation Overview: 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 Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Group Summary: Our Global Health Program (GHP) 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, Vaccine Development, and Integrated Development.
Responsibilities: The Global Health Vaccine Development team is hiring a Program Officer (PO) to support its Crosscutting Biosurveillance Initiative. In partnership with software, technology, governmental, nonprofit, academic, and private partner collaborators, the Crosscutting Biosurveillance Initiative is identifying and linking a set of tools and technologies capable of integrating traditional epidemiologic, molecular/genomic, social media, and other contextual Big Data sets. Once developed, the toolkit will be openly available to external partners. The initiative will address end-to-end data access, management, integration, alignment, analysis, model creation, data visualization, and decision support. Data will be openly contributed by existing surveillance networks, systems, and partners. User interface solutions will ensure that the integrated data is accessible to and useful for partners.
Roles and Responsibilities
The PO will be responsible for one main area of work:
The Program Officer will work closely with the malaria and polio program strategy teams and cross-cutting functional teams to ensure that the platform being developed meets their needs.
The Program Officer will report directly to the Director of Vaccine Development, with technical supervision from a Senior Program Officer in Epidemiology and Surveillance. The position will be a two year professional engagement based in Seattle. There is a high likelihood of extended periods of international and domestic travel in which the individual would work closely with external partners.
Other desired qualifications include:
This is a Limited Term Employee (LTE) position with an assignment length of 24 months
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.
Requisition Number: 3859BR
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