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, the 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 genetic manufacture and the development of new formulations. To date, the MPP has signed agreements with nine patent holders for thirteen HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, three hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals and a tuberculosis treatment. The MPP was founded by Unitaid, which serves as sole funder for the MPP’s activities in HIV, hepatitis C and tuberculosis.
The Communications Officer supports the Head of Communications and Communications Manager in the smooth running of the MPP’s communications’ function and also in the foundation’s strategic priorities, including raising awareness of the crucial work undertaken by the MPP and its impact.
S/he is responsible for writing communications materials and maintaining the MPP’s online presence, with specific attention to social media engagement and the day-to-day management of the MPP website. The Communications Officer also coordinates the department’s procurement of marketing materials, working with graphic designers and other consultants/agencies/firms as appropriate, to design and print MPP materials, as well as create new media tools.
The Communications Officer reports to the Head of Communications.
The Communications Officer should have:
Education and special training:
Experience (length and nature):
At least two years of full-time work experience in a related field.
Experience and knowledge in pharmaceuticals and/or public health with issues related to access to medicines and/or intellectual property is desirable.
Use of Languages:
Full fluency in English is required, good standard level of French, written and spoken.
The MPP respects all individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, HIV status or disability.
Suitable candidates are requested to send a C.V. along with a cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org indicating “Communications Officer Position” as reference in the subject line.
Deadline for applying is 24 February 2019.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.