Tuesday, August 07, 2012
EMPLOYMENT: Program Officer - Ag Policies & Statistics, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has a vacancy in the Global Development Program (GDP):
The Agricultural Development Department focuses on a key outcome – sustainable productivity growth for smallholder farmers – that is essential to achieving the impact that we seek: poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Productivity growth for smallholders depends upon improved seeds and other technologies, incentives to adopt these improvements through functioning input and output markets, and an improved policy environment.
The Program Officer (PO) will be a leader and a team player in the implementation of these goals, with a specific focus on work of the Agricultural Development Team notably around Agriculture-Environment Interactions, and the natural environment's intersection with our Agriculture strategy. The PO will work closely with the full Agricultural Development team to develop and execute an advocacy strategy, forge new partnerships, and develop grants.
The PO will play a critical role in managing high impact and complex grants and partnerships around Agriculture-Environment interactions. She or he will provide research and analysis in support of grant making, strategy development, donor coordination and communication and advocacy. Furthermore, she or he will support the Agricultural Development Team in a cross-cutting function by providing tools and resources to the team to foster the environmental sustainability of the Team's grant-making. He or she will also be a spokesperson and public advocate for our grants, portfolio and strategy.
The PO will bring a depth and breadth of experience in and knowledge of donor and developing country governments' development activities and mechanisms, and technical expertise in evidence based, results oriented advocacy.