Senior Program Officer

Results for Development
Washington DC
Deadline for Applications

Results for Development (R4D) is a global nonprofit organization working with partners in more than 55 countries to find new ways to help people escape poverty and reach their full potential. We apply fresh thinking and rigor to emerging and stubborn development challenges—particularly within the fields of health, education and governance—and we pioneer and advance creative, high-impact solutions. We do this by conducting analysis that helps to inform and influence decision-makers; building platforms and networks that connect people and ideas; by providing direct support to local change agents; and combining these approaches to deliver meaningful and lasting results.

Project/Practice Summary:

R4D’s Advancing Innovation portfolio aims to diffuse the scale up and adaptation of promising innovations for development in sectors such as health, education, water and sanitation with the goal of improving the lives of the poor around the world. Since 2010, we have worked with partners on the ground in more than 15 countries to identify solutions that improve access to essential services and connect innovators to the people and resources they need in order to scale, improve, and adapt these solutions.

Established in 2010, the Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) aims to accelerate innovative health initiatives around the world by informing and connecting program managers, funders, researchers, and policy makers who strive to create better health markets for the poor. CHMI’s long-term aspiration is to improve the access, quality, and affordability of health care for the poor.  CHMI is centrally managed by R4D and relies on a broad network of in-country institutions and other formal and informal partners that collect and disseminate information; conduct analytical work and form and maintain partnerships and networks. CHMI maintains a publicly accessible global knowledge platform (found online at with details on more than 1,500 innovative health enterprises, non-profits, policies, and public-private partnerships in low- and middle-income countries. CHMI is linked to R4D’s broader Innovation portfolio which includes other flagship initiatives such as the Center for Education Innovation (CEI), the WASH Impact Network, the Global Innovation Exchange (GIE), and the International Development Innovation Alliance (IDIA).


R4D is seeking a Senior Program Officer (SPO) to provide thought leadership and people, project, and relationship management for the Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI), aimed at accelerating innovative health initiatives worldwide and aspiring to improve access, quality, and affordability of health care for the poor. The SPO will play a key role in designing, managing, and implementing key aspects of CHMI’s work, and coordinate efforts related to the ongoing management of CHMI’s web platform and related research activities and partnerships.

In addition, the SPO will be expected to play a leadership role in designing and launching CHMI’s efforts to build linkages among program implementers, funders, policymakers, and researchers to promote the diffusion of promising health innovations. The SPO will foster and manage strategic relationships with a wide range of project partners with the goal of expanding CHMI’s reach and influence among global and in-country priority audiences.

The SPO will serve as the main liaison with other initiatives in R4D’s innovation and health portfolios, working alongside colleagues to develop linkages across projects where appropriate (e.g., data management across R4D innovation/data platforms, new research on developments in health markets), and will contribute to opportunities for collaboration around new joint-activities and project proposals. This position is based in Washington, D.C.


Other responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the implementation of the program’s information collection strategy, including oversight of partners and collaborators
  • Leading/managing the conceptualization and development of analytic products drawing on the CHMI database
  • Coordinating and managing day-to-day project operations and team priorities
  • Leading the development, implementation, and monitoring of project work plans, overseeing development of key work products and leading the completion of major project deliverables
  • Developing new analytic products and research concepts based on qualitative and quantitative analysis
  • Developing knowledge management and communications strategies to support the dissemination, translation, and use of knowledge products
  • Actively identifying, pursuing and managing strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships (e.g., donors and investors, data-sharing partners, affiliated communities of practice)
  • Monitoring and facilitating the execution of deliverables by collaborating partner institutions
  • Leading key meetings and technical events, including developing agendas and background materials, making presentations, and developing summary reports of the proceedings and agreed follow-up actions
  • Overseeing all internal operations related to grant management and budget tracking
  • Leading internal evaluation of projects work progression and overseeing M&E efforts
  • Managing funders’ reporting requirements and tracking all necessary inputs/outputs for formal reporting
  • Presenting R4D’s work to internal and external audiences and identifying ways to expand current work;
  • Identifying, assessing, and planning for implementation of various potential additional activities that meet CHMI’s and R4D’s strategic priorities

The ideal candidate will be an entrepreneurial leader and structured thinker with experience conceptualizing, planning, and executing complex initiatives. This position will require the candidate to be a strong task manager with excellent people and team management skills and has excellent verbal and written communication skills with previous experience preparing and delivering presentations to internal and external stakeholders.

Excellent analytical skills and experience analyzing data required.


  • MA, or other advanced degree, in public policy, business, economics, international public health
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience in a consulting firm, social enterprise, foundation, international development institution, applied research institution etc.
  • Analytical and experience analyzing data
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to prepare and deliver compelling presentations
  • Familiarity with global health issues (e.g., health systems, health economics/financing, disease-specific programming, innovative health solutions)
  • Knowledge of and experience in private sector health or other social sector activities; social entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries
  • Experience creating partnerships and leading teams with strong interpersonal skills, including demonstrated success managing numerous internal & external relationships in multi-cultural environments
  • Ability to handle ambiguity; seting priorities and handle competing time and resource demands
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, limited-structure environment
  • Willingness to travel internationally

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience living or working abroad, particularly in developing countries
  • Experience working in or with public or private sector organizations in developing countries

Additional Information

To apply, send your cover letter, resume, salary range requirements, availability, and 2 writing samples to Include “Sr. Program Officer – CHMI (# 126) and Your Name” in the Subject line of your email.
Deadline for Applications: 2016-09-16