8 maart 2023
Amsterdam/hybride, Nederland
Soort Dienstverband
Tijd per week
24-32 uur


VACANCY: SENIOR GLOBAL HEALTH ADVOCATE ON ACCESS TO MEDICINES (1 year maternity leave replacement: 24 – 36 hours a week)

March 2023


At Wemos we believe that structural changes are needed and possible to create a world in which everyone has an equal chance of a healthy life. We are looking for a senior global health advocate in our Access to Medicines team. In this role, you will contribute to building our evidence-base, participate in and enlarge our networks and engage (inter)national stakeholders in our policy recommendations. Your objective? To ensure that everyone, everywhere, has access to the medicines and other pharmaceutical products that meet their medical needs.


We are Wemos: nice to meet you! 

Wemos envisions a world where we can all live as healthy as possible. Our mission is to advocate structural change to realise global health justice. We work on the following themes: Access to Medicines, Finance for Health, Human Resources for Health, Global Health policies in the Netherlands, and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. As a lobby and advocacy organisation, Wemos aims to influence the political will and decisions of politicians, policy-makers, and other stakeholders, as well as adversaries to effectuate Dutch and international policy change.


Based on our knowledge and experience, we influence governments and international institutions, and we work with local organisations linking their national advocacy to the broader global changes and vice versa. Wemos has a track record of over 40 years on access to medicines in The Netherlands and at an international level.


Access to medicines

The current system of medicine innovation, production and distribution is not equipped to realise access for everybody. There are faults in all stages of the system of medicines development. These lead to scarcity, unnecessarily high prices of medicines and unmet medical needs, causing unacceptable global health inequities. This disproportionately impacts vulnerable people and leaves lower income countries behind.


We identify and advocate structural solutions to improve the system. For example, transparency of pricing and research & development costs, conditions for publicly funded innovations, pooling of intellectual property, know-how and technology, and boosting regional manufacturing capacity in low and middle-income countries.


We are looking for an analytical, politically engaged and highly motivated



(24-36 HOURS/WEEK): From April 2023 to April 2024




What you will be doing:

  • Implement the advocacy and lobby strategies of the Access to Medicines programme.
  • Contribute to evidence-building and position development through desktop research, fieldwork, analysis and writing.
  • Provide senior oversight of specific Wemos related research and case studies, for example on regional vaccine manufacturing capacity in African countries, including managing (political) sensitivities.
  • Build and maintain relations with policymakers, members of parliament and other stakeholders on relevant topics in the Netherlands, at EU level and globally.
  • Contribute to coalition building by attending and giving inputs at alliance meetings within the Netherlands, the EU and globally.
  • Identify new opportunities for lobby and advocacy as well as fundraising and communication.
  • Facilitate and assist in the development and revisions of Theories of Change (ToCs) for the team, including actor & power mapping, critical pathways and key indicators.
  • Contribute to the development of the annual work plan of the team and execute, monitor and adjust the work plan where needed.


Partnership development and resource mobilisation for the Access to Medicines team:

  • Contingent on grant approval, coordinate an international consortium in the field of access to medicines and intellectual property rights.
  • Coordinate and work together with consortium partners towards current donors (in the Netherlands and abroad) on pandemic preparedness and control as well as A2M.
  • Co-develop fundraising proposals on Access to Medicines with team members; maintain (potential) donor relations and coordinate different aspects of funding opportunities


Human resource management:

  • Act as direct supervisor of junior and medior colleague(s), including setting planning agreements, assessing work performance, and holding periodic check-in meetings.


Position in the organisation

You will be part of the Wemos’ Access to Medicines team consisting of three other global health advocates and a communication advisor.


What we offer
A versatile and varied position in a dynamic, informal, and international working environment; we work closely with partner organisations in Europe, Africa and North- and Latin America, regularly attend global events and make country visits.

  • A small, international team of highly committed and professional colleagues.
  • Good opportunities for development and training.
  • The opportunity to contribute to further alignment of internal processes and standards.
  • Hybrid working: partly working from home, and partly at our modern, easily accessible office in Amsterdam.
  • A one-year contract, which is due to a maternity leave. Note: a work permit for the Netherlands is required.
  • A competitive gross monthly salary depending on professional experience.
  • Good fringe benefits, including a sponsored lunch, a working from home allowance and the opportunity to attend different training courses every year.

What we ask: required knowledge and skills

  • Experience in the field of access to medicines within a global health context
  • Academic working and thinking level
  • 5+ years experience in a similar position in the non-profit sector
  • Fully fluent in English, written and spoken. Dutch is an asset.
  • Strong planning capacities and able to multitask.
  • Ability and flexibility to respond to change and ad-hoc situations
  • Willingness to travel occasionally
  • A work permit to work in the Netherlands


We consider it a big plus if you also

  • Have the ability to speak and work in the Dutch language and the Dutch political context
  • Have demonstrable knowledge of Dutch and international institutional funding
  • Have worked in low- and middle-income settings
  • Have a relevant network of organisations and stakeholders
  • Have knowledge of international policy-making institutions (WHO, EU)
  • Have knowledge of intellectual property rights


We believe that every person is unique and should have the chance to discover and develop talents based on equality and trust. Do you also share our vision? Then you’re warmly invited to apply. We welcome you just the way you are.

How to apply?

Submit your letter of motivation and curriculum vitae to jobs@wemos.nl  by 19 March 2023 at the latest. First interviews will be held in the weeks of 20 and 27 March 2023.


Would you like more information?

For further information, please contact Ella Weggen: ella.weggen@wemos.nl


Offers from recruitment/employment agencies will not be considered


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