VACANCY: SENIOR GLOBAL HEALTH ADVOCATE ON ACCESS TO MEDICINES

As global health advocate at Wemos you will be part of the Access to Medicines team to realise the operational and policy aims of our Access to Medicines programme. You will build and strengthen coalitions on Access to Medicines, gather relevant knowledge and work to implement an effective advocacy strategy towards (inter)national stakeholders. Your objective? To advocate that everyone, everywhere, has access to high-quality, affordable medicines and other medical products that meet their medical needs.

The system of medicines development and pricing is increasingly leading to unequal access to affordable medicines and other products, such as vaccines. Covid-19 has clearly shown the problems that arise when pharmaceutical companies use their monopoly position, which gives them control over pricing, production, and distribution of medicines and vaccines. Health is a human right and commodities like vaccines should be considered a global public good, especially considering the high amount of public money invested in the R&D of the vaccines. We are concerned about the lack of 1) transparency of pricing and R&D costs, 2) conditions for public funding, 3) fair regulations, and 4) cooperation between countries.

Wemos has been leading an international consortium (COVID-19 Innovations for all – CIFA) consisting of Medicines Law & Policy, Health Action International, Knowledge Ecology International, Pharmaceutical Accountability Foundation (PAF), and Corporación Innovarte. Together we mobilise support and political will for the creation of coordinated access initiatives through the sharing of relevant Covid-19 technology and know-how such as the Covid-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP). Thanks to our complementing expertise and networks, we contributed to ongoing dialogue and engagement with private and public sector actors in the Netherlands, EU, USA, Latin-America, and at the WHO. Also, we increased public awareness and understanding of access initiatives through intense media work, and contributed to new public health policy measures.

About Wemos
As an independent civil society organisation, we aim to improve health worldwide. Based on our knowledge and experience in the field, we influence governments and international institutions, and we support local organisations in their advocacy towards national governments. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a big impact on the content of our work, and will continue to be an important focus.

We are looking for a

SENIOR GLOBAL HEALTH ADVOCATE on ACCESS TO MEDICINES (24-36 HOURS/WEEK)

Responsibilities:
Coordinate the Access to Medicines Team

  • Together with the senior Global Health Advocate of the team, organise and chair the weekly team meetings.
  • Steer the continuous development and refining of the strategy and critical pathways.

Coordinate the COVID-19 Innovations for all (CIFA) programme

  • Co-manage the coordination of the work of the consortium.
  • Maintain an overview of the direction and vision of the CIFA-programme.
  • Contribute to the Wemos’ deliverables within the programme.
  • Gather programme outcomes of consortium members.
  • Quarterly report on the programme to the donor in collaboration with Wemos’ PME officer.

Lobby and advocacy

  • Collect and analyse information and data on key Access to Medicines issues.
  • Support the development of lobby positions and policy solutions to address these issues
  • (Co)develop factsheets, infographics and other lobby tools with clear policy asks.
  • Implement the (joint) lobby strategy at national, EU and global forums and in meetings with relevant lobby targets.
  • With programme colleagues, organise and prepare webinars/debates on key issues to engage policymakers and civil society organisations on Dutch, EU and global levels
  • Actively promote key messages through Twitter, blogs, articles, opinions, editorials, etc.

Fundraising

  • Actively contribute to identification of funding opportunities, including follow-up actions and (co)development of proposals.
  • Actively engage with existing donors to maintain relationships and secure continued funding.

Position in the organisation
You will be part of the Wemos’ Access to Medicines team and report to the Head of Programmes.

What we offer

  • Working from Wemos’ office, located in Amsterdam (if Covid-19 measures allow). For this position it is possible to work remotely from a European location.
  • A dedicated team of advocates, policy researchers, communication specialists and organisational support.
  • A 24-36 hours working week.
  • A contract for nine to twelve months or possibly on consultancy basis .
  • Salary or consultancy fee based on experience and background.

What we ask: required knowledge and skills

  • An advanced university degree (masters or equivalent) in public health, law, political science, or a related field.
  • 5-8 years of demonstrated experience in public health, access to medicines or related areas.
  • Knowledge of and vision on health and policy, especially on Access to Medicines.
  • Capacity to lead an international consortium of organisations.
  • Professional command of English, written and spoken, knowledge of Dutch a plus.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Orderly administration and organisational skills.
  • Good writing and presentation skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel within the European Union (if Covid-19 circumstances allow)

What we ask: preferred knowledge and skills

  • Knowledge of and experience working in relevant policy areas in the Netherlands or EU.
  • Knowledge of the international access to medicines field, including intellectual property rights.
  • Knowledge of international policy-making institutions (WHO, EU).
  • Experience in lobby and advocacy on Dutch and EU level, and preferably the global level.
  • Ability to (think of ways to) approach potential donors.
  • Affinity with figures to be able to interpret budgets and make budget proposals.
  • Ability to independently draw up substantive applications and reports in English.
  • Project management skills, including planning, monitoring and evaluation of projects.

How to apply?
Submit your letter of motivation and curriculum vitae to info@wemos.nl. Ongoing recruitment; interviews will be held as suitable candidates present themselves.

Wemos strives for diversity in its workforce and is committed to an inclusive work environment, with a rich diversity of colleagues in terms of gender, sexual orientation, religious and/or cultural background and/or disability.

Would you like more information?
For further information, please contact Karen Kramer at karen.kramer@wemos.nl or Ella Weggen at ella.weggen@wemos.nl.

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Offers from recruitment/employment agencies will not be considered
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