Location: Geneva, Switzerland
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed public health organisation working to increase access to, and facilitate the development of, life-saving medicines for low- and middle-income countries. Through its innovative business model, MPP partners with civil society, governments, international organisations, industry, patient groups and other stakeholders, to prioritise and license needed medicines and pool intellectual property to encourage generic manufacture and the development of new formulations. To date, MPP has signed agreements with ten patent holders for thirteen HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, three hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals and a tuberculosis treatment. MPP was founded by Unitaid, which serves as sole funder for MPP’s activities in HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis.
MPP is now expanding its activities to cover Essential Medicines, which requires engagement with many new stakeholders, including potential funders.
The Communications Manager supports the Head of Communications.
She/He is responsible for writing communications materials and managing MPP’s online presence, with specific attention to social media engagement and the management of the MPP website, and will manage other key communications projects as required.
The Communications Manager reports to the Head of Communications and will particularly support her, during the assignment, on MPP’s website revamp, impact stories and ten-year anniversary.
- Write and edit communications materials including, but not limited to, press releases and statements, web copy and newsletter content;
- Support MPP’s outreach to media and manage social media engagement;
- Support the organisation of MPP’s ten-year anniversary to happen in May 2020, including preparation of side-event at the World Health Assembly, and production of a special report;
- Under the supervision of the Head of Communications, manage the development of MPP’s impact stories following field trips to India and Ukraine. This includes working closely with videographers to develop powerful impact videos and develop additional content such as written stories, photo stories etc. Kick off process for organising next field trip to South Africa to happen in the fall 2020 (October/November).
- Under the supervision of the Head of Communications and in close collaboration with other departments, manage the preparation of key events such as AIDS2020, including materials, agenda and planning;
- Manage MPP’s website revamp project with the support of MPP’s Communications Officer and external website/design suppliers. This includes the development of an interactive map and other technical features;
- Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Communications to implement MPP’s communications strategy.
- A track record of outstanding performance in professional and academic settings;
- Excellent writing skills;
- Computer savvy, with successful experience managing multiple social media platforms and genuine interest for new technologies and innovative communications tools;
- Strong background in project management with the ability to work under pressure on multiple technical projects, liaising with external providers and internal departments;
- Superb attention to detail;
- Experience of working across teams to deliver results;
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, WordPress and Mailchimp required;
- Experience in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign a plus.
MPP’s richness lies in its staff: a small dynamic and multicultural team!
To flourish in our team, you must recognise yourself in our values: Respect, Courage, Teamwork and Commitment.
Moreover, the Communications Manager will need to demonstrate:
- Organisation skills, autonomy and ability to work within short timelines;
- Proactive approach;
- Ability to work analytically, creatively and proactively in a problem-solving environment;
- Collaborative and supportive approach to teamwork;
- Sensitivity to different cultures and work styles;
- Strong commitment to professional development;
- Demonstrable personal commitment to the public health goals of MPP.
Education and special training:
Experience (length and nature):
Five to ten years of full-time work experience in a related field.
Experience of communications in public health setting required, knowledge of issues related to access to medicines and intellectual property a plus.
Use of Languages:
- Full fluency in English is required.
- Proficiency to fluency in French a plus.
MPP respects all individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, HIV status or disability.
If you recognise yourself in this description, please send a cover letter and C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org including “Communications Manager 2020” as reference in the subject line. This position will be closed as soon as the right candidate is found.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.