The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP), an independent public health foundation based in Geneva, Switzerland, is currently looking for a policy and Advocacy officer.
The Policy and Advocacy Officer reports to, and supports the Head of Policy. He/she will ensure broad consultation with relevant stakeholders and gains feedback on the work of the MPP, develops partnerships with governments and other institutions to support the organization’s licensing, represents the organization at various meetings and identifies initiatives and/or policy processes for the MPP to engage with.
- Developing and maintaining relations with external stakeholders, including governments, inter-governmental organisations and civil society organizations;
- Establishing strategic/technical collaborations with key institutions, particularly in the fields of tuberculosis and/or hepatitis C;
- Monitoring and interacting with key policy processes that are relevant to the work of the MPP and preparing submissions, statements or other needed material;
- Working with governments and other stakeholders to support the in-licensing and out-licensing work of the MPP and the uptake of MPP licensed products on the ground;
- Organising consultations with civil society, community and patients groups and other interested stakeholders at international conferences or regional/national events;
- Preparing outreach/advocacy material and policy papers on the work of the MPP;
- Contributing to positioning the MPP in the broader public health field and exploring new opportunities for the MPP;
- Organizing public events and representing the MPP at various public events;
- Performing other duties as assigned by the Head of Policy to implement MPP’s Policy and Advocacy work.
The Policy and Advocacy Officer should have:
- Advanced university degree in a relevant field
- Strong background in public health;
- Good understanding of access to medicines issues in developing countries, particularly in relation to HIV, tuberculosis and/or hepatitis C;
- Good understanding of intellectual property rights and their interface with public health, innovation and access to medicines;
- An understanding of regulatory issues would be an asset;
- Extensive network of relevant contacts;
- Experience working in developing countries, particularly in Asia, Africa or Eastern Europe would be desirable
- Excellent advocacy and communication skills (oral and written);
- Excellent interpersonal skills;
- Ability to speak in public
- Fluency in English is required. Oral and written proficiency in other UN languages is strongly preferred.
- At least five years experience doing advocacy/policy work in the public health field, preferably in areas linked to the mandate of the Medicines Patent Pool (HIV, TB, Hepatitis C)
- Organised, autonomous and able to work with short timelines;
- Collaborative and supportive approach to teamwork;
- Sensitivity to different cultures and work styles;
- Demonstrable personal commitment to the goals of the Medicines Patent Pool
Please indicate if you currently have Swiss employment authorisation in your application.
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.