Deadline: July 17, 2016

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Terms of reference:

Title: Policy Advocacy Manager
Based: Geneva
Duration: Long term contract – Full time position
Reporting to: Head of Policy Advocacy
Starting date: September 2016

Background:

Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that seeks to improve the quality of life and the health of people suffering from neglected diseases by using an alternative model to develop drugs for these diseases and by ensuring equitable access to new and field-relevant health tools. To date DNDi has successfully developed 6 new treatments.

As part of its mission, DNDi advocates for increased public responsibility and a more enabling environment for neglected disease R&D at a global, regional and national level.

DNDi is also currently developing a campaign to ensure greater mobilization by governments and health stakeholders to secure the political, normative and financial commitments required to address public health R&D priorities in a sustainable way, and to ensure both innovation and access to the new health tools produced. In order to support its advocacy work, DNDi seeks to recruit a Policy Advocacy Manager (PAM) to  coordinate   both the development and  dissemination of  advocacy and campaign strategies with key external partners and through the seven DNDi’s offices in the region. The PAM will also have a specific role in advising and leading at the European level (The European Union and key European countries) on the implementation of advocacy and campaign strategies as well managing relevant contacts in Geneva.

The position of PAM will be based in Geneva. The PAM will work in a decentralized team, within the External Affairs Department, under the direction and with the support of the Head of Policy Advocacy, who is based in DNDi’s Latin America Office, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

General objectives:

Coordination

  • To coordinate all policy advocacy activities with internal and external partners
  • To support and coordinate advocacy campaigns to be conducted by DNDi and partners to influence global health R&D environment for neglected diseases
  • To advocate at the EU level for policies to stimulate access to and innovation for medical tools
  • To analyze and advise on the impact of relevant EU policies on research and development of medical tools, identifying key opportunities and recommending appropriate strategies to mitigate negative effects
  • To establish and maintain fruitful contacts with the European Institutions (the European Parliament, European Commission, the Council of the EU, the permanent representations of the member states), key European countries, Geneva based country representatives and EU based civil society, with the objective to influence European policy developments relevant to Research and development of medical tools, in coordination with the relevant departments at DNDi

Main tasks

  • To contribute to technical analysis, background research and content development related to innovation and access issues within the strategic Advocacy planning of DNDi
  • To organize and coordinate meetings/events/working groups and follow up with internal DNDi’s policy affairs team, other DNDidepartment and offices and external experts
  • To Develop advocacy and campaigning tools (drafting and editing policy papers, reports, articles, briefings documents) in coordination with Head of Policy Advocacy, other departments in DNDi & external consultants
  • To prepare regular updates on key advocacy activities for the advocacy team and DNDi offices
  • To provide support on request to DNDi regional offices on advocacy issues
  • To Assist with the identification, mapping and monitoring of key R&D actors relevant policy processes and platforms and propose/prioritize specific actions where DNDi and partners could be influential,
  • To Coordinate external and internal communications for specific advocacy or campaigning events with the communications team
  • To follow up DNDi’s demonstration project with WHO with support of External Affairs department
  • To coordinate Policy Advocacy activities in Europe with all relevant partners (EU Institutions and Key countries, PDP’s coalition, ONGs, UN bodies in Geneva, and all other relevant partners)
  • To maintain an EU external network of like-minded groups; Liaise with other EU PDP’s NGOs, academics etc. involved in advocacy on innovation and access at European level
  • Advise and implement actions and strategies to influence policies that may be detrimental for innovation and access and to promote positive measures to improve access and innovation for medical tools at the EU level
  • To present DNDi positions at key EU fora and /or accompany key DNDi spokespeople to such fora

Qualifications:

  • Relevant Degree in Public health /Law / Public relations/ biotechnology
  • At least 5/7 years of experience with advocacy. Specific knowledge of the current debates on  new innovation models & access for medical R&D
  • Strong background in public health with at least 3/5 years’ experience of evidence based campaigning to influence policy change
  • Strong organizational and analysis skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work within a multicultural network and in a decentralized team, and the capacity to set and meet goals, prioritize and make timely decisions
  • Flexibility and ability to function well under pressure and independently
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English required. Demonstrated ability to present (oral and written) complex ideas, clearly and persuasively (shortlisted candidates will be required to provide writing samples)
  • French and Spanish languages a clear advantage
  • Ability to research and write a diverse range of documents, including issue briefs, reports, articles, memos and summaries
  • Willingness and ability to travel

To apply:

  • To apply please use the online application form.
  • For additional information about DNDi please visit our website at www.dndi.org.
  • Accepting applications until 17th July 2016.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
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