[Ip-health] Open Position: DNDi Policy Manager

Rachel M. Cohen rachel.cohen72 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 31 08:19:27 PDT 2021

Dear colleagues,

DNDi is hiring a Policy Manager (see job announcement below). This is a global position that must be located in the global south, with a preference for countries in which DNDi has offices ((South Africa, Kenya, Brazil , India and Malaysia). Please circulate to your networks!



The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is an international non-profit organization that discovers, develops, and delivers safe, effective, and affordable treatments for the most neglected patients. 
We use the power of innovation, open science, partnerships, and advocacy to find solutions to a great injustice: the lack of medicines for life-threatening diseases that disproportionately impact poor and marginalized people.  As we develop new treatments, we foster inclusive and sustainable solutions with partners worldwide, and advocate for policy change to enable a more effective and equitable global biomedical R&D system.
DNDi’s teams are located across nine offices worldwide, Geneva (headquarters) Cape Town, Kinshasa, Kuala Lumpur, Nairobi, New Delhi, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo.

The work of the Policy Advocacy team centers on advocating for public leadership, sustainable financing, and sound public policies that will influence the biomedical R&D system, globally and regionally, to deliver both innovation and equitable access. The team leverages the lessons learned by DNDi and engages influential networks, opinion leaders, and ultimately, decisionmakers to act, including in policy making fora such as the WHO World Health Assembly, and other multilateral and regional policy fora. 

The Policy Advocacy team is part of the DNDi External Relations Department. The Policy Advocacy team also provides strategic support to the Global Antibiotic R&D Partnership (GARDP). https://gardp.org/

Purpose of the position
The Policy Advocacy Manager is accountable for developing and implementing specific advocacy strategies and contributing to the development of the global advocacy strategy development, undertaking research and analysis, developing policy advocacy content and tools, providing matrix support to colleagues undertaking policy advocacy in different regions, and providing strategic administrative support to the Director of Policy Advocacy. The incumbent is responsible to support DNDi’s efforts to document lessons learned, engage stakeholders, develop champions, and promote policy actions to advance the adoption of progressive R&D policies.

Specific job responsibilities
The incumbent will:
• Undertake research and analysis −including policy landscape analyses, stakeholders mapping, lessons learned by DNDi, etc. − and develop policy advocacy content and tools including white papers and policy briefs
• Contribute to technical analyses of policies and practices impacting innovation and access to medical tools, and propose/ prioritize specific actions where DNDi, GARDP, and partners could be influential
• Coordinate specific advocacy activities/ campaigns engaging various stakeholders and manage projects and events
• Provide matrix support to colleagues undertaking policy advocacy activities in various regions and other departments (e.g. ODA donors managed by External Relations teams)
• Collaborate with the Communications teams to help disseminate policy positions through opinion pieces, blogs, and other means
• Contribute, through internal communications, to developing internal knowledge and the ability of colleagues to represent policy positions
• Provide project management support to the Director and team

General duties
The Policy Manager will provide general support including:
• Coordinate policy advocacy team meetings
• Support documentation, tracking, and delivery of policy team deliverables and KPIs
The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive, and you may be required to undertake other responsibilities appropriate to your grade. This job description may be subject to review.

Reporting line
• Reports to the Director of Policy Advocacy

• Work with Communication and External Relation teams, Regional offices, and R&D teams at DNDi and GARDP
• Work extensively with external partners including civil society groups, thinktanks, government representatives, multilateral agencies’ experts, and policy leads in science, research, and public health institutions
• The position has a representational role through the promotion of programmes and maintain productive relationships by projecting the image of a credible partner

Job requirements

Skills and attributes
• Strong ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
• Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgment and problem-solving competencies
• Strong communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
• Strong ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team
• Well organized and structured
• Strong ability to provide high level support in project/programme delivery
• Strong ability to manage medium/ large projects with budget management
• Strategic thinking and leadership abilities
• Strong management, negotiation, and advocacy skills
• Has autonomy for taking actions and decisions
• Strong ability to interact with external stakeholders
• Lead and motivate a small team for optimum performance, supervising junior staff

Technical skills
• Commitment to a more inclusive and equitable R&D system
• Strong analytical skills, with the ability to critically analyze, summarize, and apply complex information from internal and external sources
• Excellent writing and communication skills, including the ability to produce and present advocacy materials to expert and general audiences
• Strong project management skills

• Minimum 6 years' relevant experience in which at least 4 years at Senior Officer level
• Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure
• Experience of working in public and private sector is highly desirable
• A track record of policy analysis preferably in global development and knowledge of global health or science policy
• Proven experience of developing and implementing successful advocacy strategies and campaigns, including awareness building initiatives with internal and external stakeholders
• Experience in low- and middle-income countries is highly desirable

• Advanced post graduate degree or graduate degree with equivalent in experience to reach Master level in relevant field, preferably with applied work in community or global advocacy

Other requirements
• Fluency in English
• Proficiency in local languages desirable, fluency in French would be an added advantage.
• Very good knowledge of Microsoft Suite

Global position to be located in the global south, ie. excluding Europe, North America, and Japan, with preference for the following countries with DNDi offices (South Africa, Kenya, Brazil , India and Malaysia)

Other information
• Status: Full time – permanent role

To apply
• Please submit your application using the https://dndi.secure.force.com/hrapp/positionapply?id=a0f0800000oQRkX&sf=off
• Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 15 April 2021
• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
• Application submission for this position may close early if we have enough suitable applicants

Rachel M. Cohen | Regional Executive Director (she/her/hers)
Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative – North America
40 Rector Street, 16th Floor | New York, NY 10006 | USA 
T: +1 646 215 7083 | M: +1 646 824 3064 | mailto:rcohen at dndi.org | skype: rachelmcohen
Best Science for the Most Neglected | http://www.dndi.org/

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