[Ip-health] MSF Vacancy: MSF Access & Innovation Officer (South Africa)

Michelle.VILK at geneva.msf.org Michelle.VILK at geneva.msf.org
Wed Oct 13 05:33:24 PDT 2010

MSF South Africa - Access and Innovation Officer

Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is an independent
international medical humanitarian organization. MSF delivers medical aid
to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural or man-made
disasters, or exclusion from health care in more than 70 countries. Most of
the medical operations internationally are in Africa.

The Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines is an international MSF
project. The Access Campaign challenges external medical-political actors
in order to improve access and stimulate development of adapted medical
tools (medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and other health technologies) that
have or could have major impact on morbidity and mortality in places where
MSF works.  Current areas of focus include; vaccines, nutrition, TB and
HIV, anti counterfeiting legislation and other policy issues related to
access to medicines, vaccines, and diagnostics.

Details of the position

Ideal candidates will have extensive:

   ·	Experience and medical knowledge of HIV/AIDS and TB and
      drug-resistant TB and the development pipelines.
   ·	Networking and collaboration skills are essential.
   ·	He/she will have experience working with civil society and/or
      advocacy organizations
   ·	Must be at ease with academic and research institutions.
   ·	At least 5 years of experience in medical-oriented advocacy required
   ·	Proven track record in leading and supporting advocacy initiatives.
   ·	Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential and
      comfort with public speaking and representation will be an asset.
Preferred candidates will be South African residents or citizens.
Key responsibilities include:

1.	Developing an advocacy plan in collaboration with input from civil
   society groups and medical/research institutions in the region to
   include; outlining how to support current efforts to demonstrate the
   health and cost benefits of scaling up optimal HIV and TB care in
   collaboration with MSF’s international campaign “Close the Gaps”.
2.	Linking activists from Southern Africa to people in other countries that
   are working on issues such as pre- and post grant patent oppositions,
   free trade agreements and anti-counterfeiting legislation.
3.	Supporting the MSF South African Medical Unit (SAMU) especially in terms
   of identifying potential collaborations in HIV and MDR-TB research
   (diagnosis and monitoring will be priorities) as well as helping to
   negotiate access to new tools for MSF projects.

To apply, please submit a CV and a letter of motivation explaining, why you
are interested in this job, what experience you have had that is pertinent,
and finally how you would approach the key objectives of this job.
Applications should be sent to recruitment at joburg.msf.org before or on the
revised closing deadline 10 November 2010.  Please mark the application
‘Access and Innovation Officer’.

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