The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is looking for a new Board Member
Civil Society expert in access to medicines policy with a good understanding of intellectual property law
1. Background information
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 continues to be MPP’s main funder. MPP’s work on access to essential medicines is also funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
2. Governance Board collective responsibilities
The Governance Board is the supreme governing body of the Foundation and possess the highest and most extensive authority concerning decision-making and administration of the Foundation. In particular, the Governance Board:
- Appoints Governance Board members;
- Set policies and strategies for the Foundation and adopt and amend its By-laws, subject to prior approval of the Supervisory Board, and other internal guidelines and procedures necessary for the administration and management of the Foundation;
- Set operational guidelines, work plans as well as financial and business planning;
- Determine the employment terms, appoint and, if necessary, replace the Executive Director;
- Establish a framework for monitoring and periodic independent evaluation of performance and financial accountability of activities of the Foundation;
- Advocate for the Foundation and mobilise resources;
- Approve the annual accounts;
- Appoint the External Auditors;
- Appoint outside legal counsel;
- Enter into, execute and/or authorise the execution of agreements as required to carry out the purposes of the Foundation.
More on the roles and responsibilities of the Governance Board and its procedures are available in the Statutes and in the By-laws of MPP.
3. Required profile of skills and expertise
In addition to the skills associated with the core responsibilities to be performed by the Governance Board collectively, MPP is looking for a civil society expert in access to medicines policy with a good understanding of intellectual property law. The ideal candidate will be actively involved in the issues surrounding intellectual property rights and public health, have a strong network of personal contacts with leaders in the field and a good understanding of the MPP model to facilitate affordable access to medicines in low- and middle-income countries.
4. Additional information
Governance Board members serve in their personal capacity and appointments are made in accordance with article 7.2 of MPP’s Statutes. Board members have to abide by MPP’s general policies. More on MPP policies
5. Time commitment
Board members serve a two-year term renewable twice. The work of the Governance Board is supported by four sub-committees and Board members are generally asked to serve on two committees each. Committees usually meet twice a year ahead of Board meetings for approximately 1-2 hours. Face to face two-days Board meetings are normally convened twice a year (all expenses paid) and teleconferences may be organised in between as required.
6. Application process
To apply please send your CV and covering letter outlining your relevant experience, expertise and interest in joining the Board to email@example.com with the subject “Governance Board candidate nomination” by 14 December 2020. You may also suggest someone in writing to the same email address and using the same subject line.
A list of suitable candidates will be compiled by the MPP Management and reviewed by the Governance committee in the first instance. Interviews will take place before a Board decision can be made.
MPP is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity on its Board. Female and candidates from low- and middle-income countries are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.