[Ip-health] Job Opening: Policy Advisor Neglected Tropical Diseases - Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines, MSF

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Wed Feb 23 04:50:05 PST 2011

Job Opening:

Policy Advisor Neglected Tropical Diseases

Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines
Médecins Sans Frontières
Job location: Geneva, Switzerland (preferably)

Contract: Full time

The Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines

The Access Campaign is an international MSF project launched in 1999.  
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 priorities of the Access Campaign are guided by the medical  
challenges faced by MSF’s operations. The aim is to improve medical  
practice in resource-limited settings by accessing new tools (drugs,  
diagnostics and vaccines) that can change the organisation’s medical  

The Position

MSF provides medical support to patients affected by neglected  
tropical diseases (NTDs) around the world. The overall objective of  
the position is to move policy and projects forward in a targeted way  
in order to accelerate the availability of key drugs and diagnostics  
for field staff, and continue to ensure high awareness of the enduring  
neglect of tropical diseases among policy makers. Focus will be on  
sleeping sickness, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease and Buruli ulcer  
given MSF’s significant field programmes for these diseases.

The NTD policy advisor will co-ordinate and drive the advocacy  
activities of MSF on NTDs.  He/she will work closely with medical  
advisors and field staff within MSF in promoting the need for more  
research and development for neglected tropical diseases, and on  
improving access to diagnosis and treatment. The position will be  
responsible for ensuring that a focused and coherent MSF-wide advocacy  
strategy is developed and implemented, taking into account MSF’s  
operational and technical priorities and advocacy plans by individual  
MSF sections.  To this end, the NTD policy advisor will work in close  
co-operation with technical experts and other policy advisors covering  
neglected tropical diseases within MSF. He/she will work with and  
further develop a large network of external partners.

The position reports to the Director of Policy Advocacy of the MSF  
Access Campaign.

Requirements of the post

The ideal candidate will posses the following skills and experience:
Degree in health sciences or international politics with experience in  
a health field
Experience of advocacy on global health issues, ideally neglected  
topical diseases
Proven and demonstrated advocacy skills
Experience of public facing campaigning tools preferred
Knowledge and understanding of tropical diseases preferred
Appreciation of the challenges for drug and diagnostic development for  
neglected diseases
Experience working in resource-limited settings
Strong co-ordination and networking skills
Excellent communication and team working skills
Ability to research, analyze, and synthesize complex medical topics so  
as to write reports and high-level correspondence, and effectively  
present to high-level audiences
Willingness to frequently travel within Europe and the US as well as  
occasional trips to MSF programmes
Knowledge of key actors in the field of neglected diseases a plus
Languages - Fluent in English; knowledge of French or other languages  
a plus

To apply, please send your CV with cover letter by end of day March  
15, 2011 to:

Mai Do at mai.do at paris.msf.org at the MSF Access Campaign.

More information about the Access Campaign can be found at www.msfaccess.org

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted


Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
thiru at keionline.org

Tel: +41 22 791 6727
Mobile: +41 76 508 0997

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