Infectious Disease Medical Advisor
The Access Campaign is opening positions for TWO medical advisors to work on parts of the portfolio of infectious diseases (focus on tuberculosis and Hepatitis C), emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases, infectious disease outbreak response (including Viral Haemorrhagic Fevers - VHF) and Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR).
I. MSF ACCESS CAMPAIGN
Created in 1999, the Access Campaign (AC) is an MSF advocacy entity guided by MSF’s charter, and dedicated to serve MSF’s social mission. Deeply rooted in MSF’s medical operations, the AC works to tackle barriers to people’s access to medical care, ensuring that quality products such as medicines, vaccines and diagnostics are available, affordable and adapted to people in MSF projects and beyond, now and for the future. To this end, the Access Campaign challenges external medical-political actors and aims to influence international policies relevant to improving access and stimulating innovation.
The priorities of the Access Campaign are guided by the medical challenges faced by MSF’s operations and formally set by the inter-sectional MedOps platform. The primary aim is to improve medical practice in resource-limited settings by accessing new tools (drugs, diagnostics and vaccines) that can change the organization’s medical practice and to influence international health policy and practice more widely through its work and advocacy.
The AC is hosted by MSF International, the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together.
II. PLACE IN THE ORGANISATION
The Infectious Diseases medical advisor(s) will report directly to the Medical Coordinator of the Access Campaign. The advisor(s) are the point of contact within MSF AC for the MSF movement and external actors on issues within their respective dossier; currently the thematics prioritised by MSF that will constitute the majority of the content focus are TB (DRTB specifically), Hepatitis C, ABR and Ebola Virus Disease. These priorities are not exhaustive and may change over time.
III. BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION
The MSF AC’s Infectious Diseases Medical Advisors work on the analysis and advocacy issues pertaining to access for treatment and development of new tools (vaccines, treatments and diagnostics) to address the main access constraints in each subject area confronted by MSF in the field.
As the Access Campaign’s multidisciplinary team addresses the underlying technical, legal and political barriers to developing the needed biomedical innovation and accessing existing products, the medical advisor positions in the AC require strategic and political understanding of the barriers and of the opportunities relevant to its medical priorities.
The ID medical advisors provide the clinical expertise on their disease areas of focus within the Access Campaign, working with a cross-disciplinary team of specialists; pharmacists, diagnostics, policy, advocacy and communications experts that are based in a number of countries around the world. The medical advisor also plays a role in strategy development, reporting/publications, pipeline analysis and representation.
The medical advisors must remain current with the clinical challenges faced by MSF in its programs and, linking that with an analysis of the upstream tool research and development landscape, health policy environment (normative, economic and donor), work with the wider team to develop targeted advocacy priorities and strategies to help address those challenges illustrated through our own MSF fields of operation.
There is a wider team of experts working on a range of other themes that may cross over and require transversal work and collaboration e.g. HIV, NCDs, Intellectual Property, regulatory and trade issues pertinent to Access to Medicines.
Priorities for the medical advisor(s) include:
• Follow and implement the new Access Campaign TB/HCV/AMR dossier objectives/projects and ensure continuity and communication with internal (TB
WG, HCV Contact Group, Laboratory Working Group and/or ABR Taskforce) and external contacts;
• Identify external and internal opportunities within the context of the action plan objectives to move forward on these medical dossiers;
• Represent MSF Access Campaign at specific external technical meetings or conferences where technical medical input is required;
• Assure medical technical/scientific accuracy of all AC public communications materials and reports;
• Remain fluent and update with medical literature in the assigned domains and upstream research and development prospects.
IV. PROFILE REQUIREMENTS:
The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:
• Medical doctor with Infectious Diseases qualification or significant experience working in resource-limited settings, ideally with MSF;
• Additional broader health-related professional experience an advantage (Public Health, Global Health, Health policy and/or economics);
• TB/HCV/VHF program experience at international or national level or AMR programmatic or policy experience an advantage;
• An understanding of access to medicines priorities in developing world settings and the political or policy constraints in MSF contexts;
• The ability to contribute to political analysis and good strategic thinking of opportunities for impactful advocacy;
• Excellent communication and team working skills;
• Strong technical/medical writing skills in English. Strong knowledge synthesis skills (including literature reviews). Other language skills are an advantage. Willingness to speak at public events when required on behalf of MSF;
• There will be some overseas travel in this posting most likely to international conferences, internal meetings and/or field trips depending on requests.
How to apply
Location: MSF Operational Center (Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam or Barcelona) or an MSF Access Campaign hub (New York, New Delhi, Johannesburg or Rio De Janeiro)
Contract: Permanent, 90 – 100%
Start: As soon as possible
Applications deadline: These posts will remain open until filled.