Thank you for your interest in joining Health Action International. We are currently recruiting for the following position:


Key Information
Reports to: Tim Reed, Executive Director
Line managed by: Renée Vasbinder, Assistant Director
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Hours: 36 hours/week
Period: 1 year (with possibility of extension)
Salary: €3,910/month (gross) based on 36-hour work week (scale 11/7)

Health Action International (HAI) is the only non-governmental organisation that is entirely dedicated to strengthening medicines policy to improve public health. Our staff and global network of independent experts in 70 countries share information and expertise to solve medicines access and use problems around the world. We want all people to receive the right medicine, in the right dose, for the right amount of time, at a price they can afford. We are non-profit, independent and based in Amsterdam with an office in Brussels.

Of all the previous Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), MDG5 (maternal health) shows the biggest gap between achievement and goal. Despite all efforts, 800 women a day worldwide die of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries and almost all could have been prevented by proper healthcare and services.

HAI is a member of the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership (HSA Partnership), together with Amref, the African Center for Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) and Wemos. This strategic partnership is funded by the Dutch Ministry for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. HSA will contribute to achieving sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) by creating space for a strong civil society to engage effectively with governments, the private sector and other stakeholders accountable for health systems, to deliver equitable, accessible and high-quality SRHR-services in Sub-Saharan Africa. HAI’s specific role in the partnership concerns the availability and affordability of SRH medicines and commodities (SRHC).

The Role

  • Manage HAI’s HSA research programme;
  • In-country research supervision on SRH commodities;
  • Input into, and general oversight of, research components across HAI’s projects;
  • Engagement in in-country multi-stakeholder dialogue;
  • In-country evidence-based policy intervention through multi-stakeholder dialogue;
  • Engagement with in-country coordinators in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and Tanzania;
  • Engagement with HSA partners.


  • Become familiar with the World Health Organization/HAI methodology to measure the price, availability, affordability and price components of medicines in the supply chain and the corresponding SRHC methodology;
  • Develop a data collection methodology to assess antimicrobial resistance, including the irrational use of antibiotics during pregnancy;
  • Data and policy analysis to inform national policy intervention;
  • Stimulate in-country policy dialogue that will inform health systems strengthening in target countries;
  • Engagement in relevant policy interventions at the World Health Assembly;
  • Any other activities that may arise at the discretion of the Executive Director.

Personal Attributes

  • Able to act in the interests of HSA and to respect HAI values and principles on SRHR;
  • Drive and enthusiasm to motivate others;
  • Able to work successfully both individually and as a team member;
  • Work cooperatively with HAI partners in the East African Region, HAI staff and HSA partners;
  • Able to communicate effectively with others (orally and in writing) at all levels, including with the media;
  • Master the general principles of effective management, such as prioritising in times of high demand, being pragmatic and realistic, and being politically sensitive.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant field;
  • Solid research background in a relevant area, including antibiotic resistance;
  • Knowledge of the current state of SRHR in the African region is highly desirable;
  • Track record in publishing and public speaking;
  • High standard of written and spoken English (Dutch is a plus);
  • Experience in pharmaceutical policy analysis is desirable.

Conditions of Employment

  • Full-time position (36 hours/week) for one year (with the possibility of extension) starting 1 January, 2018;
  • Salary: €3,910/ month (scale 11/7);
  • Duty station: Amsterdam, The Netherlands. National, regional and international travel will be required.

Email your letter of motivation and CV to HAI’s secretary, Raquel De Jesús-Wind (, by 31 October, 2017. A shortlist of applicants will be contacted by email and undergo two rounds of interviews.

Only applicants who are legally entitled to work in the European Union will be considered for this role. HAI is an equal opportunity employer.

Commercial inquiries or job postings for this position are not appreciated and will not be accepted.