[Ip-health] Job opening: MSF Access to Medicines Policy Advisor (Japan)

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Tue Mar 8 08:58:43 PST 2011

Job vacancy


Access to Medicines Policy Advisor

Department: 	Communications Department
Reporting to:	Head of International Communications
Supervising:	Press Officer/CAME (30%)
Contract:	Full-time / Permanent

1.	Description of Department

·	Promotes MSF and its humanitarian and medical activities within
Japanese and international society.
·	Advocates on MSF’s humanitarian and medical concerns and presents
testimonials to call for improvements.
·	Demonstrates accountability for MSF and its humanitarian and medical

2.	Purpose of Position

·	Make a tangible contribution to achieving Access Campaign goals by
influencing Japanese government’s and non-governmental actors’  
·	Act as campaign liaison for the field teams to increase their
awareness on medical-political issues affecting access in the field  
and to
support them in achieving access solutions.
·	Is a member of MSF Japan, closely linked to the MSF Access to
Essential Medicines Campaign in Geneva.

3.     Main Duties and Responsibilities

3-1.1	Campaign in Japan

·	Maintain and expand network with policy makers, NGO’s, academics
(participate in meetings, panel discussions, briefings of policy makers
·	Monitor campaign-relevant Japanese Government positions and influence
Japanese Government to increase its contribution to fight infectious
diseases and ensure that Japanese Government position at international
forum is reflecting MSF positions
·	Maintain media contacts and pro-actively identify and participate in
communication initiatives (in cooperation with the campaign- 
responsible in
the communication department)
·	Organise negotiations and campaigns to lower prices and/or secure
production of diagnostics, drugs and vaccines by Japanese companies
Neglected diseases:
·	Raise awareness about access problems and the innovation crisis for
neglected diseases, particularly TB, and the failure of market based
Research & Development mechanisms. Increase support for alternative  
·	Lobby for a greater portion of Japanese research funding to be
directed towards neglected diseases. Work so that Japan strengthens such
positions at ASEAN, G8 level
·	Establish contacts with relevant research groups based in Japan and
facilitate cooperation with field projects when appropriate
Generics and Intellectual property
·	Lobby for the implementation and use of use of flexibilities
enshrined in international trade rules and implementation of the Doha
·	Promote the advantages of generic competition to relevant
stakeholders and counter misinformation frequently disseminated by  
·	Provide information to Japanese stakeholders and wotk with them on IP
·	Liase with stakeholders and advocate for a financial transaction tax

The campaigner develops a campaign strategy, annual action plans and 4
monthly reports in coordination with her/his supervisors and the Geneva

3-2 	Field Support for the Desk Tokyo

1. Ensure that the projects managed from Tokyo benefit from the  
advances of
the Campaign
·	Provide regular up-to-date information on access issues as well as
relevant external developments and initiatives such as the Global Fund,
WHO, WTO and others.
·	Advise field teams on how to set up local civil society networks and
campaign strategy to increase access to treatment and to act as catalyst
for change at country level
·	Advise field staff on practical steps related to issues such as
registration processes, patent law, applying for special authorisations,
differential pricing, drawing on expertise in the campaign team in  

2. Work with field teams to identify needs and transmit these to the
·	Work with field teams to identify access gaps for medicines,
diagnostics and vaccines and to precisely define needs (e.g. for making
existing tools available, for production, for R&D)

4.	Requirements

Essential Skills and Experience

·	Genuine interest in and commitment to the humanitarian principles of
·	Min. 3-5 years directly related professional experience, plus
relevant Masters degree; or equivalent combination of education and
·	Good knowledge of international affairs, and genuine interest and
demonstrable understanding of and commitment to humanitarian issues
·	Proven and demonstrated analytical and political skills; excellent
judgment and diplomacy; comfort with advocacy role. Experience  
civil society advocacy campaigns.
·	Ability to research, analyse, and synthesise complex medical topics
so as to write reports and high-level business correspondence, and
effectively present information to internal and external audiences
including senior government, NGO and UN officials.
·	Ability to work independently, move projects from conceptual stages
to launch, and handle multiple and often competing deadlines
·	Excellent verbal and written communications skills including ability
to adapt style to suit a wide range of audiences
·	Analytical and strategic thinking skills
·	Proven ability to work under tight deadlines and to manage multiple
·	Ability to work independently to general guidelines; capacity to take
initiatives and seize opportunities
·	Strong interpersonal skills including accessible and friendly
telephone manner
·	Availability to travel and work in programme locations, often at
short notice
·	Computer literate

MSF or other medical/humanitarian NGO experience
·	Experience in a similar role desirable

·	Fluent spoken and written English (mother tongue equivalent)
·	Ability to read Japanese and /or French an asset; spoken Japanese
and /or French desirable


If you are interested in this position, please send your motivation  
and CV to:
Ms Makiko Nagai at m.nagai at tokyo.msf.org

Application Deadline: March 15, 2011
Interviews: Video or telephone interview are possible.
Starting Date: To be discussed


Kind regards,

Michelle Vilk

Coordination and Communications Assistant
Médecins Sans Frontières
Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines
Rue de Lausanne 78
1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Tel: + 41(0) 22 849 89 02
Fax: + 41 (0) 22 849 84 04
michelle.vilk at geneva.msf.org

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