[Ip-health] Vacancy - Policy and Advocacy Intern - MSF Access Campaign

Yuanqiong HU Yuanqiong.HU at geneva.msf.org
Fri Jul 21 06:49:55 PDT 2017

Title: Policy and Advocacy Intern (IP focus)

Contract: Internship, part-time (according to academic calendar)

Duration: 12 months

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Starting date: 1st September 2017

Deadline for applications: 4 August 2017


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.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF movement, and implements international projects and initiatives as requested.

Médecins Sans Frontières set up the MSF Access Campaign in 1999 to address systemic challenges and 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 and beyond. The priorities of the Access Campaign are guided by the medical challenges faced by MSF and its patients in its operational settings. The primary objectives of the Access Campaign include identifying, analysing and advocating for changes around the legal and regulatory systems and practices that hinder access to medical tools and innovation suitable for people in need especially in resource limited settings.


The Access Campaign is recruiting a part-time intern to assist the Policy team. The intern will be based in Geneva.


Responsibilities during the internship will vary depending on the intern’s skills and interests as well as the internship weekly working hours, but they can include:

1. Intellectual Property law and policy research

-        Review of literature and laws concerning legal and policy barriers to access to adequate medicines, vaccine and diagnostics

-        Maintaining and updating patent data of key products in priority countries under supervision and in liaison with national officers of the Access Campaign

-        Background research on legal and policy issues related to priority medical products

-        Monitoring and research international normative discussions on intellectual property, access to medicines and public health, under supervision
2. Shadowing and supporting for Policy and Medical Teams
- Writing up meeting notes
- Support with coordination, logistics, and developing discussion strategies for meetings and calls
- Supporting relevant conference preparation and necessary logistics
- Summarising key documents
- Preparing presentations/ editing and improving slide graphics
- Shadowing at conferences and meetings to gain experience and develop understanding of the Access Campaign’s work
- Other support as needed

IV. Qualifications
- A Bachelor’s degree in law, social and political science or other relevant disciplines. Additional background in biochemical or medical science is desirable but not essential.
- Good analytical and drafting skills with excellent English language skills
- A sincere commitment to removing obstacles to access to medicines and enabling health needs-driven innovation
- Dynamic, self-motivated and able to take initiative under instruction


In order to qualify for an internship position, the applicants should be prepared to provide documentary evidence that they are in one of the following situations:

1. Currently enrolled in a certifying training;

2. Between certifying trainings (eg. Bachelor and Master) with the condition that the utility of the internship is certified by the training institution organizing the second training.

3. Professional or social reinsertion according to federal or canton legal mechanisms.

Failure to do so will result in ineligibility for the position.

Deadline for applications: 4 August 2017

1. Please submit all applications only by email to:  IO-recruitment.gva at msf.org<mailto:IO-recruitment.gva at msf.org>     stating “Access Policy Intern” in the file

2. Please submit only ONE file in pdf containing:

- Your full CV (max. 2 pages)

- Your cover letter

- A copy of your school certificates – current enrollment

- If non Swiss, a copy of your student permit delivered by Swiss Authorities

All applications will be treated confidentially - only short-listed candidates will be contacted directly.

In order to qualify for an internship position, the applicants should be prepared to provide documentary evidence that they are in one of the situations presented in the TOR.

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