Interim Program Officer (WASH)

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA, United States 🇺🇸

The Interim Program Officer, Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WSH) role includes shaping and managing grants and contracts to create an enabling environment for the roll-out of appropriate innovative sanitation services and business models and assist other Program Officers (PO) in the Urban Sanitation Markets (USM) team in developing various programmatic components in their grants. In addition, the PO will manage gender mainstreaming activities for the WSH team.

This position serves as a point of contact on issues for key stakeholders and provides support in external relationship management, keeps current of key developments in partner (grantee) institutions. Represent BMGF with broad stakeholders; grantees, universities, other funders. The PO will possess the ability to separate collaborator personalities/emotion from objective decisions as well as the ability to align Foundation goals with key stakeholder desires to develop mutually agreeable relationships.

Core responsibilities include:

  • The PO is expected to be a member of the USM initiative team and contribute to the development of new proposals to reach strategy-level goals. This includes work to identify potential grantees, guide development of proposal outcomes, review and provide feedback for proposals, budgets, and results frameworks.  Drafts and edits proposal assessment reports especially in relation to the “model” city wide sanitation.
  • Consult with grantees to achieve desired impact of grants; conduct site visits, provide technical guidance, convene meetings, and apply and evaluate milestone-based performance objectives.
  • Manage internal processes and portfolio progress while ensuring appropriate documentation, grant budgeting and reporting.
  • Represent the foundation to key external constituencies, including participation in conferences and meetings. Disseminate our emerging experience and approach to the WSH community.
  • Collaborate with the Gender Equity Team and the WSH Gender Core Team to plan, manage and execute a wide range of activities in support of mainstreaming gender within the WSH portfolio.
  • Prepare and write briefs and synthesize existing literature on urban sanitation. Provide written analysis of key topics for the WSH management.
  • This role is responsible for high quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners in the field.
  • Work on complex problems. Analysis of situation or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors.
  • Exercise judgment within broadly defined practices and policies in selecting methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining results.
  • Ability to objectively assess situations to determine if projects should be retained or terminated. Understanding of return on investment, from an impact point of view.


  • Bachelor Degree required with MBA or Master’s in relevant field highly preferred, (i.e. Engineering, Sciences) with typically 8+ years of experience, or equivalent experience.
  • Broad knowledge of the challenges and issues facing the urban sanitation markets will be an added advantage.
  • Strong analytical, written and verbal skills for communicating with a broad and diverse audience.
  • Effective as a collaborator in complex internal and external orgs.
  • Work with efficiency and diplomacy.
  • Ability to travel internationally.

This is a Limited Term Employee role to backfill someone who will be out on parental leave.  The role is targeted for 16 months starting in March 2017, however the start and end dates for this assignment may change.

For internal candidates, you are required to have a conversation with your manager to confirm their support before you apply to this position. Managers have the right to decline a request to apply for a backfill position, regardless of tenure in role.

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