Would you like to join us as an Advocacy Support Officer?

 

Background
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.

Introduction
Of all the Millennium Development Goals, MDG5 (maternal health) shows the biggest gap between achievement and goal. Despite all efforts, every day, 800 women worldwide die of complications during pregnancy and childbirth. About 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 role focuses on the availability and affordability of SRH commodities in Kenya, Uganda, Zambia and, soon, Tanzania. HAI’s Amsterdam-based Research Manager has completed the initial phases of evidence generation and availability and affordability data is available for Uganda, with Kenya and Zambia within the next three months. In parallel, in-country advocacy is taking place, but no concise or organised strategy, either in-country or between countries is currently available.

The Role
The successful applicant will conduct a thorough assessment of in-country advocacy activities and make recommendations for strategic interventions that accelerate advocacy activity.

The position is expected to last six months, with extensive overseas travel. The long-term strategy is to have a permanent Advocacy Support Officer in Amsterdam to oversee influence and policy dialogue across the organisation.

General

  • Support the HAI HSA secretariat with the in-country administration
  • In-country advocacy assessment on SRH commodities
  • Engagement in in-country multi-stakeholder dialogue
  • Engagement with the coordinators of HSA countries (Kenya, Uganda, Zambia) and HAS partners at a global level

Specific Responsibilities

  • Develop an advocacy strategy on access to SRH commodities;
  • Situation analysis to inform national policy intervention;
  • Stimulate in-country partners’ policy dialogue that will inform health system strengthening in target countries;
  • Any other activities that from time-to-time may arise at the discretion of the Assistant Director.

Organisational Position

  • The Advocacy Support Officer will work in close collaboration with the HAI team in Amsterdam, the HSA-partners and in-country collaborators.
  • The Advocacy Support Officer will be line-managed by Renee Vasbinder (Assistant Director).
  • S/he will report to the HAI Executive Director.
  • The Advocacy Support Officer will be required to travel in Europe and Africa.

Personal Attributes

  • Able to act in the interests of HSA and to respect HAI values and principles on SRHR;
  • Able to motivate others, has drive and enthusiasm;
  • Able to work under supervision, 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 relevant levels including 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.

Other Requirements

  • Knowledge of the situation on SRHR in the African region is highly desirable;
  • Both written and spoken English must be of a high standard;
  • Experience of pharmaceutical policy analysis.

Conditions of Employment

  • The position is full-time (36 hours/week) and will last six month from the start of the contract;
  • The salary will be in scale 11 according to CAO Welzijn en Maatschappelijk Dienstverlening;
  • The duty station is in Amsterdam, national, regional and international travel will be required.

Application Procedure

Email your letter of motivation and CV to Raquel De Jesús-Wind (raquel@haiweb.org ) by 25 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.

 

We are looking for a new Communications Advisor!

 

Background
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.

Introduction
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.

Responsibilities

  • 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.

Qualifications

  • 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.

 

 

 

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