[Ip-health] MSF Access Campaign Vacancy : Legal & Policy Advisor

Mai DO Mai.DO at paris.msf.org
Wed Jul 24 03:12:21 PDT 2013

Legal & Policy Advisor 
Médecins Sans Frontières - Access Campaign
Terms of reference

Title:  Legal & Policy Advisor
Based:  Geneva
Duration:                       Permanent ? 100%
Starting date:                    November 2013 


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical 
humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected 
by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. 
MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of 
race, religion, gender or political affiliation. 

Médecins Sans Frontières set up the MSF Access Campaign in 1999 to improve 
access to existing medical tools (medicines, diagnostics and vaccines) and 
to stimulate the development of urgently needed better tools for people in 
countries where MSF works.
The priorities of the Access Campaign are guided by the medical challenges 
faced by MSF?s operations. MSF has also set international medical 
priorities, such as vaccination, tuberculosis and HIV and AIDS, as a means 
of focusing its operational and advocacy work. The aim is to improve 
medical practice in resource-limited settings by accessing existing and 
new tools (drugs, diagnostics and vaccines) that can change the 
organisation?s medical practice.
Building on the Access Campaign?s experience in identifying and seeking to 
overcome intellectual property and other barriers to access to medical 
technologies, the Access Campaign has worked both to oppose policies, 
especially IP barriers that would limit access to medicines and a broader 
range of medical technologies such as vaccines and diagnostics, and to 
promote approaches to overcome such barriers. Procurement strategies which 
can also improve access to affordable commodities may provide an 
unexploited opportunity for advancing the Access Campaign?s objectives.
There is also a need to address the flaws in the current system of 
research and development which relies primarily with huge detrimental 
consequences, on companies recouping their R&D investments through 
charging high prices, and protecting that price through patent monopolies. 
 Not only does this mean that some drugs, diagnostics and vaccines remain 
completely out of reach for many patients, it also means that diseases 

TB or paediatric HIV that mostly affect the poor don?t get anywhere near 
the attention and investment into research as diseases that have bigger, 
more lucrative markets. Alternative financing mechanisms for research and 
development (R&D) that reward R&D, but do not rely on charging high 
prices, and that stimulate more innovation and at the same time ensure 
affordable access to the product, are needed. 
The Legal and Policy Advisor will work as part of a multidisciplinary team 
comprising clinicians, pharmacists, and policy and advocacy, and 
communications specialists. The advisor will report to the Access Campaign 
Director of Policy and Analysis.
MSF is seeking an experienced professional that will bring their own 
thinking and experience to bear on the Access Campaign?s legal work with a 
focus on intellectual property law and access, while also providing 
critical policy and advocacy support to key medical dossiers.  The latter 
may occupy up to 40% of the post, with an initial focus on vaccines.

·       Provide analysis and strategic advice on policy developments 
relevant to access to essential health technologies (medicines, vaccines 
and diagnostics)
·       Analyze the impact of intellectual property (IP) agreements and 
policies on access to medical technologies, and recommend appropriate 
strategies to mitigate negative effects
·       Support strategy development and advocacy to oppose measures 
harmful to access to medical technologies and for measures to improve 
access to medical technologies
·       Contribute to the writing of  briefing documents related to IP and 
·       Present MSF?s position at different international policy fora and 
to different norm setting and public health bodies, and advocate for 
policies to stimulate access to essential medical technologies
·       Foster and maintain a network of policy makers, NGOs, umbrella 
groups and academics working in the international health field on access 
to medical technologies
·       Contribute to the evolution of MSF policy and practice through 
facilitating exchange between policy debates within MSF and those 
happening in international policy fora
·       Stimulate public debate around IP and access to essential medical 
technologies (articles, meetings, media work)
·       Provide key policy and advocacy support to other key medical 
priorities for the Access Campaign, and in particular towards advancing 
the campaign?s goals of improving innovation and access to vaccines


·       Law degree

Work Experience
·       At least 3 years experience of providing legal advice on IP and 
access to essential medicines
·       At least 3 years experience of advocacy on IP and public 
health/trade issues
·       Knowledge/experience of current issues relating to international 
health and access to medicines
·       Experience in engagement of global health organisations
·       Experience of working with the media.

Specific Skills
·       Proven representation, communication and negotiation skills 
combined with a willingness to act as a spokesperson
·       Fluency in English
·       Ability to work independently; capacity to take initiatives and 
seize opportunities
·       Availability to travel to other MSF offices, field projects and 
relevant meetings
·       Computer literate (Word, Excel, Internet)
·       Fluency in one or more additional languages especially French, 
Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese or Hindi
·       Knowledge of current policy debates surrounding innovation and 
access to vaccines

Deadline for applications: 31 July 2013 

Please submit all applications only by email to: 
IO-recruitment.gva at msf.org stating 
?Legal & Policy Advisor? in the title.

Please submit only one file containing your CV and cover letter and name 
the file with your family name.

- Only short-listed candidates will be contacted -

Mai DO
Médecins Sans Frontières - Access Campaign
Tel:  33 1 4021 2825
Fax: 33 1 5830 6270
E-mail: mai.do at paris.msf.org

More information about the Ip-health mailing list