Deputy Director, Strategic Partnerships & Regulatory Systems

Experience in digital systems and platforms, tools and their implementation in the public interest and malnutrition, such as blockchain, social media or digital…...

Team Summary

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Nutrition team is working to increase access to adequate micronutrient nutrition through a large-scale food fortification (LSFF) focused strategy. Food fortification—adding essential vitamins and minerals to everyday food staples such as salt, flour, and cooking oil—is one of the most scalable, sustainable, and cost-effective tools to reduce micronutrient deficiencies worldwide. Nutrition is part of the Family Planning, MNCH, Nutrition Cluster – three interrelated teams focused on the health and well-being of women, mothers, newborns, and children. The LSFF strategy will invest in game-changing solutions to produce actionable data; deliver high-quality technical assistance to millers and food producers; achieve innovations in micronutrients, food vehicles, and devices; increase industry self-monitoring and transparency; and promote the adoption of more and better standards for large-scale food fortification.


Position Summary

The Deputy Director (DD) position sits within the Nutrition team and is responsible for leading strategy, management, and execution of our initiatives focused on LSFF system and markets transformation. This includes re-engineering markets and partnerships, strengthening standards and regulation for LSFF, and establishing digital quality assurance / quality control (QA/QC) systems to ensure compliance.

This position will be responsible for the leadership and management of the initiative, including managing a small number of grants, guiding team members in the management of investments (grants and contracts), leading collaboration with colleagues across the foundation, and working with external partners to drive progress. As part of this responsibility, this role will manage internal relationships with the foundation’s country offices; and external relationships with grantees, contractors and key partners to achieve the foundation’s desired impact, provide briefings and updates to foundation leadership, and represent the foundation in meetings with external partners, as well as conferences and workshops. In addition, the role will lead ~ 2-4 pivotal investments. This person will sit on the Nutrition Leadership team, report to the Director of the Nutrition team and manage two Senior Program Officers

Core Responsibilities:

  • Lead strategy focus areas to execution, focusing on: (i) Technical Assistance Accelerator: a market-based approach to strengthen production and distribution capacities of fortified food producers in LMICs; (ii) Standard Setting Accelerator: frame markets for nutritional outcomes through supporting mandatory standards and other regulations for fortification and nutritional food systems; (iii) Digital QA/QC: an innovative digital approach to ensure the compliance of fortified foods with standards. Areas of responsibility include overseeing the implementation of digitized quality assurance systems at corporate and market level in lower / middle income countries (LMICs).

  • Oversee and strategize impactful partnerships and alliances and scale cost-effective supply-based multi-sectoral TA solutions to strengthen the LSFF value chain in LMICs, via on site and remote training tools and content.

  • Lead learning efforts and evidence generation to inform improvements to LSFF effectiveness through programmatic design for gender differences in nutritional needs, consumption patterns, tastes and preferences, and gender roles in LSFF value chain.

  • Partner closely with multiple foundation teams who contribute to the “whole of foundation” approach to nutrition including those focused on maternal and newborn health, food systems, and our country offices – ensuring a coordinated and collaborative effort towards achieving the foundation-wide nutrition sector north star of ‘reductions in morbidity, mortality, and neurodevelopment status’.

  • Represent the foundation’s work on Nutrition and LSFF on working groups, advisory committees and other relevant international fora together with relevant partners.

  • Facilitate development of annual investment plans and budgets. Develop, modify, and implement strategy under leadership of the Director. Work with foundation leadership as requested to address cross-cutting issues and improve functions and performance. Provides clear direction and accountabilities to the team to execute against the plans.

  • Serve as a foundation spokesperson on priorities for Nutrition and LSFF internally to foundation Co-Chairs and leadership and externally to industry and global development partners.

  • Partner closely with Cluster teams (Maternal Newborn & Child Health and Family Planning) to identify and lead crosscutting areas for programmatic alignment and greater impact.

  • Partner closely with team leadership (including the Director and other Deputy Directors) to refine, implement, and communicate the overall Nutrition strategy. Including cascading clear directions and decisions to the team, delegating work when appropriate.

  • Monitors progress by maintaining dialogue on work and results, including providing technical and strategic mentorship in crafting grants and contracts that require complex research or analytics.

  • Identify and assess key portfolio risks and develop and lead mitigation/contingency plans at the portfolio level.

  • Advise, mentor, and support team members within the foundation and their grantees in the design, improvement, and execution of projects, initiatives, and engagements.

  • Lead partnerships and grantee relationships to achieve impact, for example, by conducting site visits, convening meetings of key partners, and monitoring and evaluating components of grants.

  • This role will lead people and may be responsible for hiring the talent needed to achieve our goals. Including, developing others through coaching, feedback, exposure, and stretch assignments, aligning employee career development goals with organizational objectives, and encouraging people to accept developmental moves.


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

We are looking for people who enjoy working on complex projects and collaboratively seeking solutions that have the potential to achieve transformative change in the global LSFF sector. We are looking for individuals with:

  • Experience establishing and supporting high impact public-private partnerships in LSFF and alliances in the nutrition global architecture.

  • Experience in legal and regulatory facilitation of standard setting and implementation of LSFF in lower / middle income countries.

  • Experience in digital systems and platforms, tools and their implementation in the public interest and malnutrition, such as blockchain, social media or digital provision of training would be a strong asset.

  • Field experience living and/or working in countries with high burden of under-nutrition, with experience in one or more focus geographies highly desirable.

  • Strong appreciation for the complexities of implementing field-based programs and implementation research, translating research findings into effective programs, and using programmatic challenges to inform research.

  • Understanding of gender gaps and barriers in the LSFF value chain.

  • Proven ability to lead people and teams and direct work to effectively achieve clear, yet complex goals and objectives with an emphasis on developing others.

  • Demonstrated self-awareness through reflection, acceptance of feedback, transparency on mistakes, and clarity on own strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and limits.

  • Willingness to travel up to 30% of the time


Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree with 10+ years of experience required. PhD or other advanced degree preferred.

  • Experience in the design and implementation of field projects, qualitative and quantitative data analysis, or in the conception, design, and development of field-oriented programs, required.

  • Experience improving LSFF interventions, strategies and programs that reduce vitamin and mineral deficiencies, is required.

  • Remote B2B technical assistance and skills training and business process digitization experience is preferred.


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