Call for applications – Policy and Advocacy Officer

Call for applications –

Policy and Advocacy Officer

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Working time: 100%

Contract: permanent

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 15 patent holders for 13 HIV antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, three hepatitis C direct-acting antivirals, a tuberculosis treatment, two long-acting technologies, two experimental oral antiviral treatments for COVID-19 and a COVID-19 serological antibody diagnostic test.

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). MPP’s activities in COVID-19 are undertaken with the financial support of the Japanese Government, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, and SDC.

Context

Working closely with Policy & Advocacy Managers under the leadership of the Head of Policy & Advocacy, the Policy & Advocacy Officer will provide support in MPP’s policy and advocacy work, including with the continued effective engagement of external stakeholders, including community, civil society, governmental, inter-governmental, and public health organisations. The initial scope of this position will be across all disease areas prioritised by MPP, in particular with regards to access to medicines for the treatment and prevention of infectious and non-communicable diseases. The position is an opportunity to gain a vast experience performing various tasks in the access to medicines field across a large variety of disease and technical areas.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:

Responsibilities include:

  • Providing support to the development and furtherance of constructive relations with external stakeholders, including community, civil society, governmental, inter-governmental, and public health organisations, in particular in the therapeutic areas in which MPP operates (or seeks to operate) in, including infectious diseases (e.g., COVID-19, HIV, HCV, TB) and non-communicable diseases (cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes).
  • Monitoring key policy processes, meetings and conferences that are relevant to the work of MPP, including drafting relevant background documents, statements and preparing presentations, as well as supporting MPP’s presence and assembling notes for internal circulation, as appropriate.
  • Supporting in organising consultations and outreach activities with relevant stakeholders and preparing relevant documents, pre-reads or other material, including during conferences or events
  • Collecting relevant data and undertaking research needed to support the development of presentations, documents (including Board documents), feasibility studies or other assessments
  • Landscaping existing product/disease specific access initiatives across MPP areas of focus
  • Implementing a tool for tracking interactions with stakeholders
  • Support in preparing reports to funders and keeping track of key Policy-related KPIs, targets and deliverables
  • Preparing notes on key internal and external meetings highlighting action points and tracking their implementation
  • Performing various other duties as assigned by Policy & Advocacy Managers and the Head of Policy & Advocacy in support of and connecting their priority areas.

Knowledge/Professional experience:

The Policy and Advocacy Officer must have:

  • Knowledge of access to medicines and public health issues in low- and middle-income countries
  • Good understanding of intellectual property rights and their interface with public health, innovation, and access to medicines
  • Excellent advocacy and communication skills
  • Well organised, with ability to synthesise information
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to speak in public.

 Professional background:

  • A minimum of 2 years of practicing advocacy / policy work on issues relating to access to medicines, preferably with a focus on low- and middle-income countries.

 Education and special training:

  • University degree in a relevant field.

Use of Languages:

  • Full fluency in professional English is required.
  • Fluency in other official UN languages (French, Spanish, Arabic, Russia, Chinese) is a strong asset.

Personal Qualities:

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, Generosity and Commitment.

Moreover, the Policy & Advocacy Officer will need to demonstrate the following qualities:

  • Demonstrable personal commitment to the public health objectives of the MPP.
  • Organisation, autonomy, and the ability to work under tight deadlines and in new areas.
  • Creativity and ability to think outside the box.
  • Energy and stamina to bring together a diverse range of stakeholders on new and challenging ideas.
  • Ability to work in a team but with little supervision.
  • Sensitivity to different cultures and ways of working.
  • Friendly personality.

MPP respects all individuals regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, HIV status or disability. All qualified applications are welcome.

If you recognise yourself in this description and wish to join our outstanding team, please send a cover letter and C.V. to recruitment@medicinespatentpool.org including “Policy & Advocacy Officer” as reference in the subject line by  13 May 2022.

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