Biosecurity Program Officer

Full-time position at Effective Giving

Effective Giving is an ultra-high-net-worth philanthropic advisory and grantmaking organization based in London, Oxford and Amsterdam with new offices in Norway, Hong Kong and San Francisco. We take an academic approach to maximizing expected impact and are one of only a handful of organizations focused primarily on safeguarding future generations. 

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with experience

Location: London/Oxford/Amsterdam (remote possible)

 

The organization

Effective Giving aims to help solve the world’s most pressing problems. We collaborate with ambitious philanthropists and our extensive network of independent experts to identify bold projects that have the potential to create outsized impact and make them happen. 

Since 2018, Effective Giving has established proof of concept, a strong network across the global catastrophic risk community, grantee organizations and mission-aligned donors, and an international team that is now ready to scale in earnest.

Like all small, tight-knit organizations, we highly value our team culture and want to ensure everyone we bring on is a good fit. Everyone is here to maximize their impact and do as much as they can to safeguard the future of humanity. We work accordingly, with a flat structure and a highly collaborative work environment focused on finding the right answers to difficult challenges.

 

The role

The Effective Giving Biosecurity program was established early in 2021 and is now one of the largest funders of projects aiming to mitigate global catastrophic biological risks. We are now looking to increase the capacity of the team to take on increasingly ambitious projects in 2022.  On that basis, we are seeking to hire for Program Associate and Program Officer roles (the job description for the Program Associate role is here) to work alongside the Program Lead, James Wagstaff.

The Biosecurity program will work with the wider Effective Giving team to build and execute a scalable program strategy for directly influencing eight figure sums in yearly philanthropic capital. In addition to allocating funds to existing projects in the space, the program will play a central role in our activities as an active funder, seeding new initiatives. 

The Biosecurity program team will work closely together on projects. We envision that candidates better suited for the Program Officer role will be more experienced and bring a strong interest in maintaining and building a network within the broader health security field; candidates better suited for Program Associate roles will have a stronger interest in conducting and managing prioritization analysis and research. As the team develops, the balance of responsibilities between roles in the team will shift. Candidates for both roles will need a willingness to be flexible, and to contribute to development of the team’s operational processes. We encourage most applicants to consider applying for both roles.

 

Key responsibilities

Support the Program Lead to:

  • Identify and evaluate funding opportunities, including managing relationships with prospective and current grantees.
  • Leverage existing biosecurity expert network to identify potential grant opportunities and leads for further evaluation. 
  • Continue development of our biosecurity grantmaking and prioritization strategy.
  • Advise on the development and launch of GCBR-focused large-scale projects in which Effective Giving is an active funder. 
  • Execute or commission research and analysis, particularly in the biosecurity policy space.
  • Work with the Program Associate and Operations team to build out and optimize the grantmaking process
  • Present compelling written justifications for chosen initiatives to Effective Giving leadership and advisees.

Over time, Program Officers are likely to assume responsibility for several of these functions.

 

Who we’re looking for

Experience and skills

  • It is a plus, but not fully necessary, to have grantmaking experience. We care primarily about your abilities in reasoning and judgment, and the experience that supports those abilities.
  • Familiarity with the biosecurity landscape, and with the geopolitical landscape around the field. Asia-specific experience and expertise is especially desirable. 
  • Existing biosecurity network, ideally with a focus on policy implementations. 
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to explain your thoughts clearly and confidently including in public settings.
  • Strong written communication. A quick, clear writer who can translate complex academic findings into language that is understandable for non-academics and helps them to make decisions.

Personality

  • Finds variance exciting rather than stressful.
  • Excited to take responsibility for project management.
  • Analytical. Favors strong argument to narrative.
  • A positive, constructive approach to giving and receiving feedback. 
  • High integrity. Extremely aligned in focusing on impact (in expectation).
  • Willing to take a hits-based approach to grantmaking and project development, but hyper-focused on avoiding projects that could cause outsized harm.

 

Perks

  • Exposure to cutting edge projects and organizations, leaders in the field.
  • An opportunity to work with the Program Lead to shape a fast-growing grant-making and active funder.
  • Startup-style entrepreneurial culture with the ability to work on a diverse range of projects and broaden existing skillsets and professional networks. 
  • Highly flexible working environment and location – work from one of our existing offices or work remotely as suits your location needs.
  • We’ll make sure you have: 
    • Your ideal desk setup: ergonomic budget of up to £2,000.
    • Whatever you need to learn what you need to learn: professional development budget of up to £1,500 per year.
    • Whatever you need to grow: personal development of up to £1,500 per year. 
  • 30 days paid vacation, plus two-week annual office closure in December. 
  • Generous parental leave policy. 
  • Health insurance options. 
  • 5% pension match.

Effective Giving is looking for mission-aligned hires who want to safeguard future generations against biological risks. If you’re interested in this role but don’t fit the profile exactly, we still encourage you to apply, 

 

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