Reports to: Advocacy Manager

Job Purpose: To develop and implement political and policy advocacy initiatives in Europe

Term: One year (with possible extension)

Category: IAVI Europe

1. About IAVI

IAVI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to translate scientific discoveries into affordable, accessible public health solutions, including new vaccines for HIV, TB and emerging infectious diseases. IAVI works with more than 100 academic, industry, government, civil society, clinical, and community partners in more than 25 countries; working to address urgent unmet public health needs. The organization is supported by governments, private foundations, philanthropists and generous individuals around the world.

2. About IAVI Europe

IAVI’s Europe team conducts Resource Mobilization, Advocacy and Communications activities for the organization in the European region. Based in Amsterdam, a team of 8 staff manage national and Europe-wide programmes across around seven countries and key EU Institutions. The programme is supported by consultants and civil society partners and engages a broad spectrum of IAVI’s stakeholders including donors, political and scientific community, civil society, and the press.

3. Position Summary

The Advocacy Specialist will report to the Advocacy Manager, Europe and contribute to developing and implementing the advocacy programme. The aim of the advocacy programme is to build awareness of and political support for global health R&D generally, and HIV and TB vaccines specifically; with a view to ultimately securing increased funding to support R&D. This requires the development and implementation of policy shaping and political advocacy programmes for audiences including government agencies, scientific communities, parliamentarians, policy makers and civil society. The work of the specialist will focus on engaging stakeholders in key European countries and European Union institutions, as well as in Global Health organizations – including by building relationships with policymakers, organising events and briefings, collating political intelligence and preparing policy papers and consultation responses. Guidance and support for resource mobilization and communications work led by the European office will also be required.

4. Key Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Develop and execute political advocacy work in close collaboration with colleagues in Europe team and in-country partners or consultants
  • Collaborate with key partners, consultants and stakeholders, establish and deepen relationships and develop joint political and policy advocacy activities.
  • Identify and monitor ongoing and new political priorities and policy initiatives by relevant European governments, EU institutions and Global Health institutions that impact on IAVI’s work and mission
  • Organise events such as roundtable briefings, parliamentary breakfasts and conference appearances which help raise the profile of IAVI’s work with key policymaker audiences
  • Contribute to influencing public policies that support the development of HIV and TB vaccines; focusing on policy analysis and policy development impacting on commitments to addressing HIV/AIDS, TB, global health, and related topics
  • Build and maintain in relevant countries strong relationships with parliamentarians, policymakers and civil society, as well as scientific and medical institutions and researchers
  • Support the development of advocacy materials and messages required for a variety of European target audiences, in close collaboration with the fundraising and communication teams.
  • Support with political and policy advocacy programmes at the global level as needed, in close collaboration with advocacy and policy staff in IAVI’s New York Head Quarters and across regional offices

5. Schooling, Experience, and Skills

5.1 Schooling

  • Education at relevant University level (e.g. a BA or Masters in Public Health, Public Policy and / or International Affairs)

5.2 Experience

  • 5-10 years professional experience in managing or coordinating political and policy advocacy programmes in or across European countries and European Union institutions involving coalitions and partnerships, including with researchers, NGOs and governments.
  • Experience working internationally, in HIV/AIDS, TB, or related Global Health field would be an advantage.
  • A existing network with relevant policy and decision makers in Europe, at the EU level and within global health institutions would be an advantage

5.3 Skills

  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills with proven ability to develop strong relationships and work collaboratively with others from a range of disciplines and cultures
  • Confident and organised self-starter who can handle multiple tasks and responsibilities simultaneously, take initiative and is able to respond rapidly and effectively to new situations and opportunities
  • Deep understanding of policy development and political advocacy processes
  • Extensive familiarity with governmental structures, governmental decision-making and lobbying processes at country and EU level
  • Ability to work with complex biomedical information
  • Proven skills at working in teams and managing complex and diverse projects
  • Committed to and an affinity with IAVI’s aims and mission.
  • Fluent in English with excellent written and oral presentation skills. Fluency in another key European language would be a strong advantage.
  • Computer literate

6. Working conditions

The post will be based in Amsterdam but will involve some travel mainly in Europe, COVID restrictions allowing. The incumbent will need to possess the necessary permits for working in the Netherlands / the European Union. The position will initially be filled on a one-year contract but there is a strong possibility of extending this further.

7. Applications

To submit your application of interest, please send your CV and motivation letter to Ben Coates, advocacy manager, IAVI Europe at

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