[Ip-health] MSF vacancy in Kyrgyzstan

Yuanqiong.HU at geneva.msf.org Yuanqiong.HU at geneva.msf.org
Fri Aug 19 02:45:38 PDT 2016

CIS TB Advocacy Coordinator 
Based: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 

Purpose of position and main objectives 
Under the direct supervision of MSF Access Campaign HIV & TB Policy 
Advisor and the operational desk of the hosting Operational Centre, the TB 
Advocacy Coordinator (TAC) for Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) 
defines and implements effective advocacy in line with the TB plan of 
action and supporting MSF medical operations on TB in the region. 
The primary responsibilities of the TB Advocacy Coordinator include: 
- Acting as Access Campaign liaison to the field teams to bring attention 
to medical-political issues affecting access in the field and to support 
field teams in achieving access solutions 
- Advocating for MSF?s humanitarian and medical concerns and objectives 
and presenting MSF field experience 
- Making a tangible contribution to achieving MSF operations and Access 
Campaign goals by influencing CIS governments? and non-governmental 
actors? policies and practices in countries where we work 
- Developing and maintaining external environmental analyses and mapping 
for each context including national TB and Drug-Resistant TB (DR-TB) 
strategic plans, funding gaps, enabling policies, and problems and 
opportunities for optimizing DR-TB management as well as key actors. 
- Raising the TB and DR-TB profile at relevant regional platforms 
- Working closely with MSF Access Campaign, MSF operations in CIS 
countries, MSF International Operational (IO) TB pharmacist and IO 
regional pharmacist as well as the Operational Centre Amsterdam CIS 
advocacy officer 

Main duties and responsibilities 
- Lobbying governments and actors for adoption and rollout of optimal TB 
and DR-TB tools, operational strategies, and enabling policies 
- Monitoring progress towards MSF policy and practice objectives, 
including closing the diagnostic, treatment, and funding gaps for TB and 
- Generate a funding landscape to determine whether countries are at risk 
for funding transition from the GFATM 
- Provide a landscape of the health sector and health actors in MSF 
operational key CIS countries 
- Assess access constraints for TB care, including access to TB medicines 
and TB diagnostics of MSF operational key CIS countries 
- Develop an advocacy strategy for the region and supporting in-country 
advocacy to improve the TB policy environment and start to develop 
evidence of implementation gaps 
- Ensure region wide awareness of Global Fund withdrawal and ensure that 
there is adequate preparedness in-country to adequately fund existing TB 
services and plan for scaling up 
- Network with civil society groups to engage them in promotion of quality 
TB care 
- Develop a programme of work, campaign strategy, and action plans in 
collaboration with the HIV & TB Policy Advisor and generate quarterly 
- Provide technical support and contribute to negotiation strategies to 
improve access to medicines in the countries, such as issues related to 
registration processes, patent law, applying for special authorisations, 
differential pricing, drawing on expertise in the campaign team in Geneva 
- Maintain an open communication and process for review of work by 
- Participate in regular conference calls of the AC DR-TB team and attend 
the annual meeting 

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 experience. 
- Good knowledge of international affairs, and genuine interest and 
demonstrable understanding of and commitment to humanitarian issues 
- Proven and demonstrated analytical, political and diplomatic skills; 
excellent judgment and diplomacy; comfort with advocacy role. Experience 
coordinating 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 
- Availability to travel and work in programme locations, often at short 
- Computer literate 

Desirable Skills and Experience 
- Policy and/or advocacy experience in international on medical dossiers 
preferably on TB, HIV/AIDS or Hepatitis C Virus 
- MSF field experience or other developing country experience with an 
access-related component (e.g. HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria) strongly preferred 
- Previous work experience in CIS countries is an advantage 

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

- Fluent spoken and written Russian (mother tongue equivalent) 
- Fluent spoken and written English 
- Fluency in an addition language in the region a plus 

Deadline of application: 1st September 2016
CV and cover letter to send to: HTB-AccessIntern at newyork.msf.org 

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