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.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include:

  • Main focal point for the MPP’s marketing procurement processes and all elements of the production process for marketing materials, including organising copy, commissioning design and print, organising quotes and requests for proposals for key MPP materials including brochures, banners, one-pagers, the annual report;
  • Writing, editing and distribution of communications including, but not limited to, press releases and statements, web copy and newsletter content;
  • Support the MPP’s outreach to traditional media and maintain the MPP’s social media feeds; organising analytics; targeting appropriate influencers;
  • First point of contact for publishing content and maintaining the MPP’s website and responsible for developing the media/stakeholder database;
  • Support the MPP’s presence at key events;
  • Develop new videos, develop and maintain picture library,
  • Manage the translation of materials (Spanish, French and Russian);
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Communications to implement MPP’s communications strategy;


The Communications Officer should have:

  • A track record of outstanding performance in professional and academic settings;
  • Excellent copy writing and presentation skills;
  • Superb attention to detail;
  • Strong digital communications skills, with experience of writing for online audiences; development and maintenance of social media feeds; website and social media analytics
  • Strong background in web technologies including a deep understanding of how a modern web application works end-to-end (i.e. WordPress, JavaScript, HTML, CSS);
  • Experience in Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Illustrator. Strong proficiency with InDesign to design small projects in-house preferred;
  • Experience in iMovie and editing videos;
  • Experience liaising with senior management;
  • Experience in basic maintenance of Macintosh and Windows operating systems;
  • Knowledge of HIV, Hepatitis, intellectual property and/or the pharmaceutical industry a plus.

Personal Qualities

  • Organised, autonomous and able to work within short timelines;
  • 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 the MPP.

Education and special training:

University degree.

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.

MPPs Values:

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: recruitment@medicinespatentpool.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.

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