[Ip-health] Job Opening: UAEM Advocacy and Campaigns Officer

Daniel Hougendobler dah93 at georgetown.edu
Fri Dec 18 11:51:56 PST 2015

Dear all,

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is hiring an Advocacy
and Campaigns Officer to be based out of our DC offices. We would greatly
appreciate your help in circulating the announcement below to your networks.

Many thanks,

Daniel Hougendobler
Board of Directors
UAEM North America


Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM), a U.S. 501(c)(3)
organization, is seeking an Advocacy and Campaigns Officer to work
full-time in its Washington, DC offices. UAEM is a citizen sector
organization rooted in a global movement of university students working to
increase access to and affordability of life-saving medicines. Its origins
stem from Yale University where students demanded lower-priced HIV/AIDS
medication, resulting in a 95% price drop for key medicines, impacting
hundreds of thousands of lives. Today, pharmaceutical companies continue to
post record-breaking profits, while many people around the world cannot pay
their arbitrarily high prices. We believe that medicines are a right, not a
privilege, and should be created for people and not profit. Work with us to
help change the system.

UAEM aims to:

Promote access to medicines and medical innovations by changing norms and
practices around academic patenting and licensing, supported by our own
independent research, ensure that university medical research meets the
needs of people worldwide and empower students to respond to the access and
innovation crisis.
UAEM is growing rapidly and our advocacy and campaigns work lies at the
heart of this change. With an anchor in campus-based activism, UAEM members
tackle projects ranging from evidence-based advocacy to flash mobs to
policy-level campaigning. The Advocacy and Campaigns Officer provides a key
link between students collaborating across North America, while, a portion
of time is dedicated to globally-focused strategy and campaigns taking
place in chapters around the world. Working at the intersection of
academia, civil society and policy, the objective of the Advocacy and
Campaigns Officer is to cultivate impact-oriented, strategic, student-led
advocacy and campaigns on access to medicines issues.

Position in the Organization:

Reports to the Executive Director for North America.

Collaborates with European counterparts in the development and leadership
of student activities and campaigns, in particular for global campaigns.

Guides student leaders, interns and/or volunteers as appropriate and

Key duties and responsibilities of the position include:

Outreach and Representation

Engage with key stakeholders including students, university faculty
members, researchers, politicians, civil society leaders, NGO allies and

Play a key role in planning and coordinating major UAEM conferences,
leadership meetings, and student training.

Liaise regularly with European counterparts for strategic long-term
objectives, organizational strengthening and specific global campaigns or

Advocacy & Campus Campaigns

Design and implement effective advocacy strategy, campaigns, tactics and
actions, cultivating student understanding and ownership for UAEM
student-driven campaigns.

Assess and facilitate opportunities for student advocacy, lobbying and
campaign actions regionally and internationally, through stakeholder
mapping and issue scanning.

Develop training and coaching of UAEM chapters engaged in campaigns,
assessing needs for campaign strategy and tactics development, with a focus
on mobilizing action.

Work closely with student leadership to coordinate strategic focus,
workflow, and management of campaigns to ensure that best practices are
followed and agreed goals are met on an annual basis.

Organize, guide and participate in student actions, rallies and
demonstrations on and off campus.


Inspire, engage and guide UAEM's student leadership, particularly its North
American Coordinating Committee, through weekly evening conference calls
and ongoing engagement.

Provide full-time guidance and support for UAEM students working on a
variety of global health advocacy campaigns.

Coordinate UAEM chapter participation in campaign activities and actions,
contributing to the development of leaders for national campaigns and
advocacy activities by analyzing and supporting the changes needed to
achieve campaign goals at the national level.


Manage advocacy and campaign-related external communications and engagement
on social media platforms.

Contribute to creating campaign materials (e.g. blog posts, press releases,
newsletters, web content, social media), and disseminate internal and
external campaign materials to chapters.

Assist in responding to media requests and speaking to media; assist in
coordinating press conferences and media opportunities where appropriate.

Support the coordination of internal communications and knowledge sharing
among chapters through regular updates, web meetings, email lists, social
media, etc.

Profile Requirements:

Genuine interest in and commitment to UAEM's core objectives and
student-based approach, familiarity with intellectual property, patents and
medical R&D (research and development) models an asset.

Undergraduate degree in relevant field required, graduate degree welcomed
but not required.

4+ years practical and relevant experience in policy or social change
campaigns (preferably national or global in nature and reach), organizing
and/or advocacy.

Outstanding proven time management and organizational skills with a keen
attention to detail and the ability to remain calm under pressure in an
unpredictable schedule.

Strong work ethic with the ability to work both independently as well as
part of a team.

Proven leadership experience, with the demonstrable skills to recruit,
train, mentor and motivate students with a high-energy, creative approach.

Able to handle a large volume of work, track multiple projects and support
multiple groups or activities at one time, project management experience an

Excellent judgment and diplomacy, with a high level of intercultural
awareness, political sensitivity, and patience, communications and/or media
relations experience an asset.

Demonstrable skills in presentation, relationship building, persuasion and

Able to synthesize complex material with written and verbal skills in
English; additional languages (in particular Spanish or Portuguese) an

Travel: Up to 30% (primarily within North America, with occasional
international travel).

How to apply:
Please send a résumé, a writing sample, and three professional references
to: hiring at essentialmedicine.org. Please include Advocacy and Campaigns
Officer in the subject line of the email.

Daniel Hougendobler, J.D., M.P.H., LL.M.
Institute Associate
O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law
Georgetown University Law Center
(202) 662-9466 | (202) 662-4045 fax
dah93 at law.georgetown.edu
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