[Ip-health] Position available: Program officer at the OSF Access to Essential Medicins Initiative in NY

Els Torreele etorreele at sorosny.org
Mon Mar 14 09:19:20 PDT 2011

Public Health Program: Access to Essential Medicines Initiative
Program Officer
March 2011

The Open Society Foundations work to build vibrant and tolerant democracies whose governments are accountable to their citizens. To achieve this mission, the Foundations seek to shape public policies that assure greater fairness in political, legal, and economic systems and safeguard fundamental rights. On a local level, the Open Society Foundations implement a range of initiatives to advance justice, education, public health, and independent media. At the same time, we build alliances across borders and continents on issues such as corruption and freedom of information. The Foundations place a high priority on protecting and improving the lives of people in marginalized communities.

Investor and philanthropist George Soros established the Open Society Foundations, starting in 1984, to help countries make the transition from communism.  Our activities have grown to encompass the United States and more than 70 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.  Each Foundation relies on the expertise of boards composed of eminent citizens who determine individual agendas based on local priorities.

The Open Society Foundations' Public Health Program (PHP) aims to build societies committed to inclusion, human rights, and justice, in which health-related laws, policies, and practices are evidence-based and reflect these values. PHP works to advance the health and human rights of marginalized people by building the capacity of civil society leaders and organizations, and by advocating for greater accountability and transparency in health policy and practice. PHP engages in five core strategies to advance its mission and goals: grant making, capacity building, advocacy, strategic convening, and mobilizing and leveraging funding. For further information on the Public Health Program, visit our website: http://www.soros.org/health

The Open Society Foundations seek a full-time Program Officer in its New York office to work with the Public Health Program's Access to Essential Medicines Initiative.
The overall goal of the Access to Essential Medicines Initiative (AEMI) is to promote increased access to essential medicines in developing countries and countries in post-socialist transition, especially for poor and marginalized populations. AEMI pursues this goal by developing civil society capacity for advocacy and leadership on access to medicines at national, regional, and international level, with a specific focus on global South/Eastern European advocates. AEMI will support these civil society groups to implement policy-advocacy for access to medicines, and also directly engage in advocacy activities to the same effect. AEMI concentrates its efforts on three fronts: availability of existing medicines, transparency and accountability, and needs-driven innovation. For more information on AEMI and its work, please see http://www.soros.org/initiatives/health/focus/access.


The Program Officer, who will report to AEMI's Director, will be responsible for:

 *   Grant making:  The program officer will develop and oversee a portfolio of grants to further AEMI's strategic objectives. This will include identifying civil society groups with experience or interest to work in the field of access to medicines, soliciting and evaluating proposals, preparing documentation, corresponding with and making site visits to grantees, overseeing grant monitoring and evaluation, coordinating technical assistance to grantees, including identification of relevant resource people external consultants as needed, and managing budgets for this work.
 *   Policy - Advocacy:  In close collaboration with AEMI's team and other PHP staff, the program officer will work with grantees, partners and other donors in the public health community at the national, regional and international levels to raise awareness of, and address barriers to, access to medicines. This will include support developing advocacy strategies and actions, including strategic litigation and other legal strategies, to promote access to medicines. The program officer will, as appropriate, organize and convene meetings and seminars at the national, regional and/or international level that advance AEMI's efforts in these areas.
 *   Documentation - dissemination: Organize, in coordination with partners and/or grantees, the development and publication of documentation of the negative impacts on access to medicines of the global intellectual property regime, successful experiences and strategies in promoting access to medicines in developing countries, as well as other relevant communication and advocacy materials. Assist grantees and partners in presenting the results of their work, and disseminate information on best practices and success stories at national, regional and international levels. Together with AEMI colleagues, develop and update the AEMI webpage to publicize AEMI's work and use other tools for internal and external communication, promoting access to medicines issues on global and national agendas. This also includes the identification of relevant experts or resource people to support these activities, develop their terms of reference and contract proposals, and oversee their work.
 *   General AEMI Program Administration:  The program officer will contribute to the development of the AEMI program strategy, annual activity plan and budget, internal and external communication; prepare background papers, update reports and activity briefs as needed; help organize and participate actively in meetings, events and conferences related to AEMI and overall OSI Public Health Program strategic objectives.

The geographic focus of this work will be East and Southern Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and selected countries in Asia and Latin America.

The program officer will be expected to work collaboratively with other PHP projects in the development of his/her grant making portfolio and policy-advocacy work. He/she will also help determine country-level AEMI priorities, strategies and activities in partnership with National and regional OSF Public Health coordinators.

*         Masters degree in public health, life or health sciences, pharmacy, law, medicine
*         A minimum of 5 years international work experience in issues related to access to medicines for people in developing countries, in particular the role of intellectual property rights in health innovation and access to medicines, medicines availability and pricing, medicines procurement and supply management and related policy making, and/or pharmaceutical research to address global health needs.
*         Demonstrated advocacy skills in any of the above fields, and experience working in an NGO environment essential.
*         Experience in grant making and/or capacity building of civil society organizations/individuals in advocacy or technical issues related to access to medicines.
*         Experience working in a relevant field in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia
*         Experience in the use of legal strategies to advance Access to Medicines goals desirable.
*         Excellent oral and written English, including the necessary writing skills to develop content and communication materials. Other languages relevant to the geographical focus of the work an advantage.
*         Excellent analytical and organizational skills.
*         Ability to work as a team member and independently, with high level of self-motivation.
*         Ability to listen and communicate clearly and effectively with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
*         Ability to effectively manage several projects simultaneously in a fast-paced working environment.
*         Willingness to travel internationally on a frequent basis.

Start Date: Spring 2011

Compensation:  Commensurate with experience, excellent benefits package.

To Apply:
Please email resume and cover letter with salary requirements to: humanresources at sorosny.org<mailto:humanresources at sorosny.org> Include job code in subject line: PO-AEMI
Application Deadline: April 8, 2011

Open Society Foundations
Human Resources - Code PO-AEMI
400 West 59th Street
New York, New York 10019

FAX: 212.548.4675

No phone calls, please. The Open Society Foundations is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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