We are looking for a new Communications Advisor!


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.

Our current work encompasses four areas:

  • Health Systems Advocacy (HSA) Partnership. HAI is working to improve access to medicines and devices for sexual and reproductive rights (SRHR) in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia as part of the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership. We are also embarking on major research into the relationship between SRHR and antibiotic resistance, especially in the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
  • European projects. HAI has a strong European network of academics, civil society and patient organisations, and individuals working on European medicines policy issues. Together, we advocate for transparent and democratic policies that increase access to needed medicines and improve the rational use of medicines.
  • Addressing the Challenge and Constraints of Insulin Sources and Supply (ACCISS) Study. HAI and our partners are working on a three-year study to identify the causes of poor availability and high insulin prices, particularly in under-served regions of the world. This will aid in developing policies and interventions to bring equity in insulin access to low- and middle-income countries.
  • Improving snakebite prevention and treatment. Snakebite is an unrecognised global health crisis that, every year, kills approximately 125,000 people and leaves many more with permanent physical and psychological disability. In addition to providing the secretariat for the Global Snakebite Initiative, HAI has begun a two-year programme to scale up advocacy and education for the prevention and treatment of snakebite in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia.

The Role
The Communications Advisor will work closely with the Communications Manager to provide strategic, creative and operational communications support across Health Action International’s work streams. A proven track record in communication planning and implementation and media relations is required. The successful candidate will also possess the ability to translate complex pharmaceutical policy language into clear and engaging written and visual content for a wide range of audiences, as well as technical skills for designing graphics and maintaining websites, social media channels and other tools.
The Communications Advisor will be line-managed by the Communications Manager and report to the Executive Director. S/he will work in close collaboration with HAI staff located primarily in Amsterdam, as well as in Brussels.


  • Collaborate with communications and policy staff to develop and implement strategic communications plans to support HAI’s advocacy and research initiatives.
  • Draft and distribute press releases, statements, opinion-editorials and other media relations materials, and liaise and build relationships with health/pharmaceutical journalists.
  • Write and/or edit a wide range of communications and policy materials (such as website content, blog posts, newsletter articles, fact sheets and policy reports and briefs).
  • Contribute to the development of HAI’s social media strategy and regularly develop content for, and maintain, HAI’s social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn).
  • Provide ongoing maintenance of HAI’s websites and look for opportunities to improve them.
  • Monitor and analyse media coverage.
  • General administrative duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in communications, marketing, journalism, or related field, along with five years of communications experience.
  • Expertise in developing and executing communications strategies for diverse global audiences, particularly within the health, pharmaceutical, development and/or government sectors.
  • Demonstrated success coordinating proactive and reactive media relations activities.
  • Ability to speak and write fluently in English. Dutch is a plus.
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, including strong attention to detail and excellent grammar and spelling.
  • Strong graphic design skills with experience using PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign, Publisher or other relevant programmes.
  • Experience maintaining WordPress websites. Knowledge of PHP, other content management systems and Google Analytics a plus.
  • Previous experience working in the health/medicines field (particularly on pharmaceutical policy analysis) and in a non-profit organisation, an asset.
  • Knowledge of Health Policies.
  • Hard-working, collaborative, passionate about making a difference, and committed to HAI’s values.
  • Must be legally entitled to work in the European Union.

Conditions of employment

  • The position is full-time (36 hours/week) for one year (with the possibility of extension).
  • The salary will be according the CAO Welzijn and Maatschappelijke Dienstverlening.
  • The salary will be €3,147/month based on a 36-hour work week.
  • The position will be based in Amsterdam with the potential for some regional, national and international travel.

Application procedure
Email your letter of motivation and CV to Raquel De Jesús-Wind (raquel@haiweb.org) by 10 September, 2017. A shortlist of applicants will be contacted by email and undergo two rounds of interviews.
Please note that we can only consider applicants who are legally entitled to work in the European Union 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.