[Ip-health] Job posting: Consultancy on Trade and Health in the Office of the Secretary, HHS

Krista Cox krista.cox at keionline.org
Wed Sep 28 10:12:31 PDT 2011

Opportunity for Short-Term Consultancy on Trade and Health Issues
Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

The Office of Global Affairs (OGA) in the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services
(HHS) coordinates the efforts of the Department on all global health
engagement. OGA supports
the Secretary and HHS leadership by providing direction across the
Department’s three strategic
goals in global health: protecting and promoting the health of Americans;
providing leadership
and technical expertise; and advancing U.S. interests in diplomacy,
development and security.

OGA works closely with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on trade
policy issues that
intersect with public health. We currently face a number of issues in the
trade arena, particularly
in the areas of intellectual property and access to medicines. The USG is
negotiating a new trade
agreement with eight other countries, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We
expect to see new
proposals and approaches to IP and access, and need to fully analyze these
in the context of
public health implications in both developed and developing countries.

We are looking for individuals with interest and experience in the
intersection of trade policy and
public health. This does not necessarily require a legal background but the
individual should be
conversant in and very familiar with trade law, intellectual property
provisions in trade
agreements, and must be well-versed in the political issues and
sensitivities around issues of
access and innovation. Of particular importance would be knowledge of the
political context and
history of the negotiations of the Doha Declaration, the May 10 Agreement,
and other relevant
elements of the intersection of public health, innovation, and intellectual
property. The individual
would work closely with the Associate Director for OGA, in analyzing IP
proposals for the TPP,
evaluating their impact on various stakeholders and public health issues.
He/she would conduct
background research, meet with stakeholders to understand their perspectives
and issues, draft
memos, and brief senior staff.

The individual would become a consultant/contractor to OGA and would not be
an employee of
OGA/HHS. It is anticipated that this assignment would be for a period of
approximately three
months, with the possibility of extending depending on progress on the issue
and overall
performance. Ideally, the individual would be available to start working in
early October.

If interested, please send a cv and cover letter to John Spangler, Policy
Assistant, Office of
Global Affairs, at john.spangler at hhs.gov

Krista Cox
Staff Attorney
Knowledge Ecology International
(202) 332-2670

Krista Cox
Staff Attorney
Knowledge Ecology International
(202) 332-2670

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