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 MPP is now expanding its activities to cover Essential Medicines, which requires engagement with many new stakeholders, including potential funders.
Communications is a vital discipline for the MPP, given the multi-stakeholder nature of its mission and the context in which its work must be executed. Communications should help to increase the effectiveness of the MPP’s work by improving understanding of the MPP among its key stakeholders – pharmaceutical companies, generic manufacturers, inter-governmental orgnaisations, NGOs, governments, and civil society. The ultimate aim is to facilitate the MPP’s core work increasing the number of targeted medicines reaching those in need in developing countries.
The Head of Communications is responsible for the overall management, development and leadership of the communications strategy for MPP, working closely with the Executive Director and other senior managers. This will mean having extensive senior-level experience with a range of communications tools, including the traditional media and public relations, as well as the latest communications’ techniques, particularly digital and social media, and the most appropriate use of events and other means to bring MPP closer to all its stakeholders.
The Head of Communications reports directly to the Executive Director and is a member of the Senior Management Team.
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The Head of Communications must have:
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The MPP respects all individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, HIV status or disability.
If you are interested by this opportunity, please send a cover letter and C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org including “Head of Communications” as reference in the subject line by May 26, 2019.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted