Family Planning Policy Country Lead

  • Executive-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 26 March 2018

Job Description

Group Summary

The goal of the Global Development (GD), Global Health (GH), Global Growth & Opportunity (GGO), and Global Policy & Advocacy (GPA) Programs is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of illness, hunger, and poverty, and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Our health strategies focus on Family Health [which includes Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH); Family Planning; and Nutrition] and Infectious Diseases [which include HIV, TB, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), Malaria, Enteric & Diarrheal Diseases (EDD), and Pneumonia]. These strategies are supported by functional teams that bring specialized focus on Vaccine Delivery, Integrated Delivery, Vaccine Development, Integrated Development, Discovery & Translational Sciences, and Policy & Advocacy.

The India Country Office (ICO) plays a leading role in advancing the foundation’s goals of reducing inequities in global health and development in India, supporting the Government of India. The ICO reports into the Global Development Program, but its initiatives encompass almost the entire range of strategies that reside in our Global Development, Global Health, Global Growth & Opportunity, and Global Policy & Advocacy Programs, spanning from R&D to delivery to strengthening systems and the enabling environment. Our New Delhi office oversees the foundation’s work in India, which includes partnerships with India’s central and state governments, nonprofit organizations, community groups, academic institutions, and the private sector. We began our work in India more than a decade ago with an initiative to curtail the spread of HIV. Since then, the scope of our work in India has expanded tremendously to include maternal, neonatal, and child health; health and nutrition services; vaccines and routine immunization; family planning; control and elimination of infectious diseases; agricultural development; sanitation; and financial services for the poor. Because our mission and India’s strategy for the future are closely aligned, we have formed fruitful partnerships with government devoted to our shared goals. Given our focus on improving conditions for the poorest populations, we make significant investments in two priority states – Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

Given our vantage point across programs, our technical experts look for holistic, integrated, or cross-cutting solutions that overcome system impediments effectively and efficiently. We encourage staff and partners to put the user at the center of our program solutions and to design integrated program models that break silos and best meet human needs. We look at every layer of the healthcare system – from community to front-line workers to public facilities to private sector – to identify delivery solutions and insights that help to change behaviors, to introduce and scale high impact interventions, and to generate higher level overall system performance. In support to the government of India, we bring evidence and expertise to bear on important public policy debates around issues affecting our work, building public support and partnerships to advance our shared objectives for health and livelihood. Our goals and operating model require leveraging the vast network of internal and external foundation partners.

Position Summary & Responsibilities

Located in New Delhi, India, the Country Lead, Family Planning Policy will report into India Country Lead – Policy and Strategic Partnerships

The focus of the India Family Planning (FP) strategy is to expand method choice for birth spacing with a focus on 15-24-year-old women through the public and private sectors aimed at accelerating progress towards the country’s FP2020 goals. The strategy supports the national government to introduce and scale up innovative approaches that increase supply and demand for spacing methods, with a focus on priority states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

The position of Country Lead, Family Planning Policy, India will have a significant role in developing strategy and setting direction for the foundation’s family planning policy goals in India. The primary objective will be to enhance the effectiveness of the foundation’s policy efforts its family planning goals by developing an integrated approach to engaging key actors in government and other stakeholders (private sector, developmental agencies), including the foundation’s policy and advocacy grantees in India, to advance the foundation’s support for the Government of India’s objectives towards family planning. The position will primarily focus at national level, with a specific focus in select states including UP and Bihar.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Identification of policy responses for improving access to quality family planning and reproductive health services for women and girls.
  • Understanding of financing and budgeting for family planning services, and engaging appropriate stakeholders to ensure adequate availability and utilization of financial resources.
  • Designing and implementing innovative and impactful approaches to the delivery of family planning/reproductive health services, through the public and private sectors.
  • Use of data and evidence to inform policy direction
  • Engaging government, private sector, civil society, academics and donors to develop and sustain strategic partnerships.
  • Development and management of grants to partners aimed at meeting family planning goals.
  • Tracking legislative and other policy initiatives and strategies regarding specific issues related to family planning/reproductive health.

Skills required:

  • Knowledge of the family planning context in India; and familiarity with related areas of health systems, policy and financing; gender and rights; and socio-economic determinants of health.
  • Strong, multi-disciplinary, multi-sectoral strategic planning and management skills.
  • Strong understanding of policy analysis, advocacy, and strategic communications for advancing programmatic goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly matrixed and diverse work environment, and also effectively engage diverse external stakeholders.


  • An advanced degree in public policy, development or a relevant field.
  • Good understanding of the public health space, and knowledge of the family planning ecosystem.
  • Good understanding of the intersection of gender and social determinants with women’s health
  • 15+ years of experience in relevant field.
  • Experience working in a matrix environment preferred

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.

NOTE: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

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