[Ip-health] Job Opening: Pharmaceutical Coordinator, Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, Médecins Sans Frontières

Joanna Keenan joanna.l.keenan at gmail.com
Mon Jun 27 07:13:43 PDT 2011

Job Opening: Pharmaceutical Coordinator,
Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines,
Médecins Sans Frontières

The Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines was started in 1999 and is
part of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) International. It aims to improve
access and stimulate development of medical tools (drugs, diagnostics and
vaccines) that could have a major impact on morbidity and mortality in
contexts where MSF works.  The Access Campaign challenges external
medical-political actors in order to overcome barriers identified by
practitioners in MSF programmes and those practicing in similar
environments. To this end it aims to influence international policies
relevant to improving access and stimulating innovation.

The Pharmaceutical Coordinator of the Access Campaign
The Pharmaceutical Coordinator conducts problem analysis and advocacy to
overcome access barriers to health technologies, in particular related to
price, production, quality, availability in country and appropriateness of
formulations. She/he manages all pharmaceutical issues and feeds into the
Access Campaign’s strategies with a pharmaceutical perspective.  She/he
links the Access Campaigns’ activities with MSF’s pharmaceutical operations
through coordination with the MSF network of pharmacists. The Pharmaceutical
Coordinator reports to the Executive Director of the Access Campaign.

Management: Manages all pharmaceutical activities of the MSF Access Campaign

Main objectives:
1.    Stimulates generic competition
2.    Stimulates development and production of appropriate drug formulations
3.    Facilitates the use of key products and new formulations in MSF
4.    Promotes policies that ensure quality and reduce substandard medicines
5.    Promotes adapted regulatory strategies that allow timely approval of
new and adapted products

·    Degree in Pharmacy with at least seven years postgraduate
pharmaceutical experience including pharmaceutical policy and/or regulatory
·    At least three years work experience in developing countries
·    Excellent communication and team working skills
·    Management experience
·    Fluency in written and oral English; French and/or Spanish appreciated
·    Available for travel
·    Confident public speaker
·    Knowledge of MSF an advantage
·    Advocacy experience an advantage

Practical information:
Location:      Geneva
Contract:     full time, long-term contract
Start date:     as soon as possible

To apply, please send your CV and a covering letter by July 14, 2011 to
Michelle Vilk at michelle.vilk[at]geneva.msf.org

Detailed terms of reference for the position and further information about
the MSF Access Campaign can be found at www.msfaccess.org

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