[Ip-health] Call for application (MSF)

Yuanqiong Hu Yuanqiong.HU at geneva.msf.org
Mon Nov 28 10:02:45 PST 2016


Position: Consultant
Program: Policy and Analysis Team, Access Campaign, MSF
Report to: Director of Policy and Analysis
Assignment: Mapping national rules and practices that regulate the use of voluntary licenses

Background
As an international medical humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been working for the past 17 years to promote access to medicines through fostering generic competition and the development of adapted medical tools such as Fixed-dose-combinations, all requires the rigorous use of TRIPS flexibilities and alternative IP management practices that to facilitate rapid access to lower cost and quality assured generic medicines. To better influence and engage upon the use of voluntary licensing, the MSF Access Campaign is conducting background research on the issue.

Objectives and Research Questions


The objective of this consultancy is to conduct a mapping and analysis of selected national legislation, policies and practices that can or currently do regulate the use of voluntary licenses with respect to intellectual property (especially patents). The assignment is expected to address the following questions:

  1.  What are the main examples under existing national laws, polices and rules to guide, regulate and oversee the use of voluntary licensing?  (Preferred jurisdictions for such a mapping could include US, EU (for instance Germany, Italy, and UK), India, South Africa, Indonesia, Philippines, Brazil, and China).
  2.  Have these laws, policies and rules been used to regulate or shape voluntary licensing and under which circumstances?
  3.  What additional approaches could be employed by governments to regulate voluntary licensing activities - whether through the use of existing laws or policies or through new approaches?  This could include, for example, application of competition law, contract law, corporate law (mergers and acquisitions) or securities laws related to disclosure.
Methodology
The methodology of this consultancy includes a desk review of relevant literature, national legislation, policies and judicial cases. The consultant may also choose to conduct interviews with key informants to gather information. MSF will provide background materials to facilitate the desk review.
Qualifications

-          Legal background with expertise and professional experience related to the research questions.

-          Familiar with legal and policy advocacy around voluntary licensing and access to medicines is desirable.

-          Understanding of the MSF Access Campaign's mission
Duration
It is expected that the consultancy to start as soon as possible in January 2017 and should be completed within two months.  The number of days for the consultancy will be negotiated after the consultant and MSF agree on the final scope of work.
Application
To apply, please kindly send 1) a cover letter and CV with information of previous research experience related to the research questions, and 2) a quote of the consultant's rate, no later than the 15th of December, 2016 to Mai Do at mai.do at paris.msf.org<mailto:mai.do at paris.msf.org>



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