[Ip-health] Two DNDi communications positions open

Rachel M. Cohen rachel.cohen72 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 22 01:44:55 PDT 2011


Dear colleagues,

 

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) has just opened two new
communications positions – a Regional Communications Manager based in New
York, and a Scientific Communications Manager based in Geneva. For further
information, please see the text below and/or follow this link: 

 

http://www.dndi.org/job-opportunities.html 

 

In summary:

 

The Regional Communications Manager (based in New York) contributes to
DNDi’s global communication strategy and coordinates and manages
communication activities in North America aimed at (a) informing North
American audiences, primarily in the US, but also Canada and Mexico, about
DNDi; (b) increasing awareness about neglected diseases and related patient
needs, particularly the urgent need for R&D; and (c) fostering greater
public understanding of DNDi’s principles and advocacy messages via the
media, print and digital publications, scientific publications, conferences,
public education and advocacy campaigns, etc. 

 

To apply for the New York-based position, please send a cover letter and
CV/resume by April 15, 2011 to:

 

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, North America

Attn: Sarah de Tournemire, Administration & Development Manager
(sdetournemire at dndi.org)

40 Wall Street, 24th Floor

New York, NY 10005

The Scientific Communications Manager (based in Geneva) contributes to
DNDi’s global communication strategy and coordinates and manages all
scientific communication activities. S/he contributes to augmenting the
presence of DNDi in scientific media and events by strategic scientific
messaging as well as by facilitating and writing of scientific articles and
presentations. Furthermore, the Scientific Communications Manager
contributes to raising the profile of DNDi by producing precise, accessible
scientific messaging in non-scientific publications and communications. 

To apply for the Geneva-based position, please send a cover letter and
CV/resume via email by April 15, 2011 to:

 

Beatrice Mouton (bmouton at dndi.org)

 

Regards,

Rachel

--

 

DNDi North America

Regional Communications Manager

Based in New York

 

I.                   Background

 

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a patient-needs
driven, not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization   that
develops safe, effective, and affordable medicines for deadly neglected
diseases that afflict millions of the world’s poorest people. DNDi focuses
on developing new treatments for the most neglected patients suffering from
diseases such as sleeping sickness (or human African trypanosomiasis),
leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, and malaria and recently announced an
expansion of its portfolio to include specific Helminth infections and
pediatric HIV. The initiative’s primary objective is to deliver six to eight
new treatments by 2014 and to establish a strong R&D portfolio for these
diseases. 

 

DNDi accomplishes its work through collaborative partnerships with public
sector research institutions, particularly in disease-endemic countries,
pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academia, non-governmental
organizations, and governments worldwide. It also works to strengthen
research capacity in disease-endemic countries and to advocate for increased
public responsibility for neglected disease R&D. 

 

DNDi was established in 2003 by the Indian Council for Medical Research
(ICMR), Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), the Kenya Medical
Research Institute (KEMRI), the Ministry of Health of Malaysia, the Pasteur
Institute in France, and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
(MSF), with the World Health Organization’s special program on tropical
disease research as a permanent observer. Since 2007, DNDi has delivered
four treatments including two fixed-dose anti-malarials, ASAQ and ASMQ, the
combination treatment NECT (nifurtimox-eflornithine combination therapy) for
late stage sleeping sickness, and combination treatment in Africa to treat
visceral leishmaniasis. 

 

DNDi North America (DNDi NA), an affiliate of DNDi, is a registered
501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States. DNDi NA supports
DNDi’s global efforts to develop new treatments for neglected patients by
facilitating strategic relationships with policy-makers, academic and
research institutions, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, philanthropic
organizations, and civil society organizations; advocating for increased
public sector funding for R&D for neglected diseases and adoption of sound
policies that will enable greater needs-driven R&D; raising awareness about
neglected diseases and the need for R&D among policy-makers, the media, and
the general public; and raising funds to support DNDi’s R&D projects. 

 

II.                Objective of the Position 

 

The Regional Communications Manager contributes to DNDi’s global
communication strategy and coordinates and manages communication activities
in North America aimed at (a) informing North American audiences, primarily
in the US, but also Canada and Mexico, about DNDi; (b) increasing awareness
about neglected diseases and related patient needs, particularly the urgent
need for R&D; and (c) fostering greater public understanding of DNDi’s
principles and advocacy messages via the media, print and digital
publications, scientific publications, conferences, public education and
advocacy campaigns, etc. 

 

III.             Organizational Relationships

 

The Regional Communication Manager reports to the Regional Executive
Director. As a member of the global DNDi communications network, s/he will
also have strong functional ties to the Head of Communication and Advocacy
based in Geneva in order to ensure that activities in North America support
and reinforce DNDi’s global communications and advocacy priorities and
messages. The candidate will also work closely with the following members of
DNDi and ensure successful implementation of DNDi’s communication strategy
in North America: 

 

*	DNDi NA team, including  a Policy & Development Director and
Administration & Development Manager, to ensure coherent communications,
advocacy, fundraising, and policy messages in the region 
*	Senior Communication Manager, Press Officer, and other members of
the communications team in Geneva to collaborate on general messages and
specific projects 
*	R&D  team,  including  R&D Director, Medical Director, and
Pre-Clinical Director, and Heads of Programs,   to coordinate the issuance
of scientific communication
*	Head of Fundraising in Geneva to support fundraising activities and
related communication
*	Communications staff in regional support offices to ensure coherent
global communication 

 

IV.              Specific Job Responsibilities 

 

Strategy and Planning

 

*	Contributes to defining DNDi’s  global strategic objectives for
communications as part of DNDi’s international communications network
*	Leads the development and implementation of the DNDi NA-specific
communications plans, including all efforts to increase awareness in North
America of DNDi’s activities, accomplishments, concerns, expertise, and
values through the media, print and digital publications, scientific
publications, conferences, public education and advocacy campaigns, etc. 
*	Works in close partnership with the DNDi NA team as well as relevant
departments of DNDi in Geneva, regional support offices, and partners
worldwide to ensure a comprehensive and coherent communication strategy for
DNDi in North America
*	Monitors and analyzes progress towards established goals as
articulated in the strategy and annual action plan

 

Communications

 

Media

 

*	Develops and implements all media activities that target North
American audiences and media outlets, with a special focus on the US market
*	Works closely with DNDi’s international network of communication
professionals to develop and maintain good working relationships with key
journalists and editors, including scientific media
*	Generates features and hard news angles to raise the profile of DNDi
and highlight DNDi’s R&D projects
*	Fields, directs and selects responses to media-related inquiries and
researches and pitches stories to media on DNDi personnel and projects
*	Assists and coaches DNDi NA staff and Board members with preparation
for media interviews, public speaking engagements, presentations, and
preparation of articles and/or Op Eds for publication
*	Writes and distributes press releases in conjunction with DNDi’s
international communications network

 

Conferences and Events

 

*	Coordinates and organizes  DNDi presence at key scientific
conferences and public speaking events taking place in North America and
ensures a strong scientific profile at such events, in close coordination
with the Communication & Advocacy department  in Geneva

 

Publications 

 

*	Leads the development of certain general and scientific publications
for DNDi, according to defined priorities, and contributes to development of
other publications
*	Reviews and selects materials produced by DNDi globally for
adaptation and use in the US and elsewhere in North America
*	Selects and prepares editorial content and material for print and
electronic publications of DNDi NA
*	Develops and implements content, architecture, visual design, and
functionality of “dndina.org” website
*	Reviews quality of final print or electronic materials, including
advocacy, policy, and development/fundraising materials, before release

 

Public Education and Advocacy

 

*	Develops ideas and opportunities for feature articles, interviews,
presentations, and other public relations activities that promote awareness
of DNDi, its R&D projects, and its advocacy efforts
*	Participates in formulation of advocacy messages related to
neglected disease R&D
*	Maintains database of public relations contacts

 

V.                 Qualifications

 

*	Minimum of seven years’ professional experience (journalism, medical
writing, media relations, etc.) with a strong scientific and/or public
health background
*	Excellent written and verbal communications skills and ability to
work effectively as part of an international, multi-cultural team
*	Excellent organizational skills and proven ability to produce high
quality results under tight deadlines, while simultaneously managing
multiple projects and assignments
*	Deep understanding of and commitment to poverty-related global
health, scientific research, medical innovation, and access to medicines
issues in developing countries
*	Independence, initiative, good judgment, strong interpersonal skills
*	Experience working internationally, preferably with a
non-governmental organization

·         Education: Master's degree (M. A.) or equivalent 

·         Language: Fluent written and spoken English required, Spanish
desired

·         Excellent computer skills, including proficiency with publishing,
database, and web editing software

 

VI.              Other

 

*	Start date: Spring 2011
*	Full time, based in New York City
*	Excellent salary, commensurate with experience, and benefits package
*	Some travel required (within the US, to Europe, and occasionally to
field projects)
*	Deadline for application: April 15, 2011

 

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV/resume by April 15, 2011 to:

 

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative, North America

Attn: Sarah de Tournemire, Administration & Development Manager
(sdetournemire at dndi.org)

40 Wall Street, 24th Floor

New York, NY 1000

 

DNDi

Scientific Communications Manager
based in Geneva, Switzerland

The Scientific Communications Manager contributes to DNDi’s global
communication strategy and coordinates and manages all scientific
communication activities. S/he contributes to augmenting the presence of
DNDi in scientific media and events by strategic scientific messaging as
well as by facilitating and writing of scientific articles and
presentations. Furthermore, the Scientific Communications Manager
contributes to raising the profile of DNDi by producing precise, accessible
scientific messaging in non-scientific publications and communications. 

I.    Background

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a patient-needs
driven, not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization   that
develops safe, effective, and affordable medicines for neglected diseases
that afflict millions of the world’s poorest people. DNDi focuses on
developing new treatments for the most neglected patients suffering from
diseases such as sleeping sickness (or human African trypanosomiasis),
leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, and malaria and recently announced an
expansion of its portfolio to include specific Helminth infections and
paediatric HIV. The initiative’s primary objective is to deliver six to
eight new treatments by 2014 and to establish a strong R&D portfolio for
these diseases. 

DNDi accomplishes its work through collaborative partnerships with public
sector research institutions, particularly in disease-endemic countries,
pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, academia, non-governmental
organizations, and governments worldwide. It also works to strengthen
research capacity in disease-endemic countries and to advocate for increased
public responsibility for neglected disease R&D. 

DNDi was established in 2003 by the Indian Council for Medical Research
(ICMR), Brazil’s Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), the Kenya Medical
Research Institute (KEMRI), the Ministry of Health of Malaysia, the Pasteur
Institute in France, and Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders
(MSF), with the World Health Organization’s special programme on tropical
disease research (TDR) as a permanent observer. Since 2007, DNDi has
delivered four treatments including two fixed-dose anti-malarials, ASAQ and
ASMQ, the combination treatment NECT (nifurtimox-eflornithine combination
therapy) for late stage sleeping sickness, and combination treatment in
Africa to treat visceral leishmaniasis. 
 
II.    Objective of the Position 

The Scientific Communications Manager contributes to DNDi’s global
communication strategy and coordinates and manages all scientific
communication activities. S/he contributes to augmenting the presence of
DNDi in scientific media and events by strategic scientific messaging as
well as by facilitating and writing of scientific articles and
presentations. Furthermore, the Scientific Communications Manager
contributes to raising the profile of DNDi by producing precise, accessible
scientific messaging in non-scientific publications and communications. 


III.    Organizational Relationships

The Scientific Communications Manager will report to the Head of
Communication and Advocacy. As a member of the global DNDi communications
network, s/he will work closely with other communications team members in
Geneva and in regional support and affiliate offices. The candidate will
also work closely with the following members of DNDi to ensure successful
implementation of the scientific communication strategy:  

- the Director of Advocacy and Fundraising and the Executive Director to
clarify and adapt DNDi scientific messaging across targeted audiences;
- The Head of Communication and Advocacy  to develop and implement the
strategy and action plan and ensure that these reinforce the overall
communications and advocacy strategy;
- The R&D Director and R&D team to coordinate the issuance of scientific
communication;
- The Fundraising team to support scientific aspects of fundraising
strategy;
- Regional support and affiliate offices to ensure coherent and coordinated
scientific communication.

IV.    Specific Job Responsibilities 

- Work in close partnership with the Executive Director, R&D Director,
Advocacy and Fundraising Director, and Head of Communication and Advocacy to
develop a comprehensive scientific communication strategy;
- Develop and implement the annual scientific communication action plan and
ensure timely implementation;
- Monitor and analyse progress towards the goals of the strategy and action
plan.
- Understand and seize important publication opportunities within the DNDi
research projects and translate these into scientific publications; 
- Produce and place publications for R&D and neglected diseases in
scientific and more mainstream media.
- Propose and coordinate a DNDi scientific publication strategy according to
the DNDi R&D priorities;
- Manage a pool of medical writers to support the development of scientific
publications managed by scientific project managers;
- Ensure a strong scientific profile in scientific congresses and events in
which DNDi is committed by coordinating scientific presentations with the
Project Managers, helping scientists to prepare their messaging and
powerpoint presentations;
- Develop and maintain good working relationships with key scientific
journalists and editors;
- Work closely with the Communication team in Geneva to ensure scientific
accuracy of corporate communications 
- Generate features and hard news angles in scientific & medical journals to
raise the profile of DNDi and highlight DNDi’s R&D achievements    

V.    Qualifications

- Experience: at least 7 years work experience (medical writing, scientific
journalism, or similar field) with a strong scientific and/or public health
background
- Education: Master’s degree (M.A.) or equivalent in science or public
health, or equivalent work experience   
- Ability to work in multi-cultural team and to develop good working
relationships, even under pressure of meeting deadlines 
- Initiative, good judgment, and excellent written communication skills are
essential
- Understanding of poverty related health issues in developing countries
- Experience working internationally and preferably with a non-governmental
organization 
- English mother tongue, French desirable, other languages a plus
- Excellent computer skills, including end-note, databases, and PowerPoint

VI.    Other

- Start date: Spring 2011
- Full time, based in Geneva, Switzerland
- Some travel required.
- Deadline for applications: 15 April 2011

Please send via email a cover letter and CV/resume to Ms. Beatrice Mouton,
bmouton at dndi.org 

 

--

Rachel M. Cohen

Regional Executive Director

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), North America

40 Wall Street, 24th Floor, New York, NY 10005

Mob: +1.646.824.3064

Office: +1.646.616.8683

Email: rcohen at dndi.org

Web: www.dndi.org <http://www.dndi.org/> 

Best Science for the Most Neglected

 

 



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