Program Officer – Market Shaping

Results for Development Institute

Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too.

We have a unique and vibrant culture at R4D. Diversity, equity and inclusion are at the heart of our work environment and help advance our mission. Diversity—of ideas, identities, perspectives and backgrounds—is vital to who we are and what we do. We seek people who embrace these values and will help reinforce them. Our work culture is collaborative, creative and entrepreneurial. We operate based on trust and respect. Teams across the organization frequently collaborate on programmatic work and support each other in continuously building a better R4D.

Results for Development (R4D) is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic Program Officer to play a role in supporting the Market Shaping practice’s Washington, D.C.-based team. The Market Shaping Practice (MSP) is dedicated to transforming access to and improving appropriate use of essential and life-saving products in a holistic and sustainable manner. We develop, iterate on and support catalytic implementation of long-lasting solutions at the global and country levels to address challenges identified by country partners and backed by rigorous analyses. We’ve applied our expertise to achieve more than a billion dollars in savings in countries and supported improved access to high-quality products in health (spanning the HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, maternal, newborn and child health markets) as well as in nutrition and education.

MSP projects include:

· Transforming markets for maternal, newborn, and child health medicines and devices

· Identifying underlying market challenges and opportunities to address severe acute malnutrition

· Co-creating advocacy and market shaping roadmaps to scale up multiple micronutrient supplements (MMS) for improved maternal nutrition and reduced risks of adverse birth outcomes.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and will report to a Market Shaping Senior Program Officer.

As a Market Shaping Program Officer on this high-impact team, you will:

Provide day-to-day support to existing and new projects

· Lead significant components of large projects and/or lead small to medium-sized projects

· Develop and ensure timely execution of project work plans for self and other team members

· Support budget management to ensure sound fiscal management across project work

· Independently propose solutions when challenges arise

· Create new technical knowledge within project areas

· Identify creative ways to expand current work and support the development of relevant products

Lead analytical work and products

· Heavily support the structuring of analytical problems and the development of technical qualitative and quantitative analytical methodologies and products

· Conduct in-depth qualitative and quantitative research and analyses, including critical review of literature and interviews with experts, in support of the application of market shaping approaches to product introduction or scale up

· Draw insights from analyses and support development of high quality and actionable government, donor and partner-facing documents

· Lead the design of market shaping solutions via a hypothesis-driven approach to develop recommendations for stakeholders

Internal and external partner engagement

· Foster and engage extensively and effectively with diverse stakeholders, including government agencies, procurers, policymakers, manufacturers, and implementing partners

· Develop strong relationships with some key partners

· Coordinate efforts that contribute to overall R4D environment

· Effectively coach more junior team members, as appropriate

You’re a great fit if you are

  • Genuinely passionate about markets-based approaches to drive sustainable impact
  • A strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, able to vary one’s style based on the audience and distill complex concepts into clear messaging,
  • Energized by working on complex projects in global contexts, particularly in low- and middle-income countries
  • Highly analytical, and a structured and creative problem solver
  • Enthusiastic about working within a culturally diverse team
  • Collaborative, approachable, and invested in enabling a positive working environment
  • Willing to travel domestically and internationally, per project need
  • Participates fully as a member of R4D by contributing, assisting and participating in projects, activities, and initiatives as requested by management.

Your experience should include

  • Minimum three years of work experience with Master’s degree in public health, public/social policy, public administration, business/management or other related advanced degree; or Bachelor’s degree with five years of experience required. Preference is given to candidates with experience conducting market analysis, developing product introduction/scale-up strategies, and/or expanding access to healthcare, specifically in low- and middle-income countries
  • Experience in health and/or nutrition commodity supply, quantification, procurement, financing, or regulation preferred, but not required.
  • Demonstrated track record of independently driving analysis, synthesizing insights, and managing workstreams
  • Structured thinker with excellent qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
  • Significant experience developing high-quality deliverables, including presentations and written reports
  • Experience in successfully cultivating and managing external relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders in multicultural environments
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team, and deliver high-quality results within a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • High level of proficiency in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.

About the Market Shaping Practice

How do we increase access to a cheap drug that could save millions of children’s lives yet remains widely unavailable in certain markets? This is among the unique and powerful questions R4D’s Market Shapingpractice answers on a daily basis. Using practical and business-driven approaches — from increasing market transparency to increase manufacturers’ engagement, to improving demand forecasting to prevent stockouts, to increasing competition to lower prices, to developing purchasing and value chain strategies, and to crafting cost-effectiveness and financing gap analyses — our work ensures that millions of lives are saved and improved in a sustainable manner through more efficient markets essential health, nutrition and education products.

If our work ignites your imagination, we’d love to tell you more and explore how we can work together!

How to apply

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