Diagnostics Advisor - Infectious Diseases
Location: Amsterdam, Geneva, Paris, Barcelona, Brussels or New York preferred or an MSF Access Campaign hub (New Delhi, Johannesburg or Rio De Janeiro)
Duration: Indefinite at 100%
Deadline for applications: 30th June 2019
Starting date: August 2019
Reporting to: Medical Coordinator – Access Campaign
I– ACCESS CAMPAIGN
Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a leading international, independent, medical, humanitarian organisation, dedicated to providing medical humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations at times of conflict or disaster. In over 60 countries worldwide, MSF provides both life-saving emergency relief and longer-term assistance to make basic healthcare services available to the most vulnerable or excluded communities.
The Access Campaign was established in 1999 to improve access to existing medical tools (medicines, diagnostics and vaccines) and to stimulate the development of urgently needed better tools for people in countries where MSF works.
II- POSITION BACKGROUND
The MSF Access Campaign requires an ID Diagnostics Advisor with a strong technical and access background to work on technical, access and advocacy issues pertaining to tuberculosis, HIV (including advanced HIV), hepatitis C, and other future infectious disease priorities that may arise. This ID diagnostics advisor will also work closely with the transversal and cross-referent diagnostics advisor and health policy advisor (see ToRs) as part of the larger diagnostics team and to incorporate and/or oversea overlapping projects.
III- POSITION WITHIN THE ORGANISATION
The Diagnostics Advisor reports Medical Coordinator of the MSF Access Campaign based in Geneva and refers functionally to the Senior Diagnostics Advisor. S/he is also expected to work in close collaboration with the medical and policy teams of the AC and with MSF more broadly (working groups, task forces, etc.).
IV- OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION
Across Infectious Disease portfolio:
Technical and AC lead for diagnostics, as part of the broader team, for TB (60%), HIV and advanced HIV disease (30%), and HCV and other ID work (10%), including:
- Tracking pipeline and novel products, in order to inform the LWG and other relevant groups within MSF; assisting with translation of these tools into useful products and ensuring access to them to address diagnostic gaps and needs within MSF and beyond;
- Tracking the newest innovations, research developments, policies, studies, publications, stakeholder and manufacturer updates to inform relevant people in MSF and working on next steps, where necessary, to ensure transparency, guide discussion, or effect change;
- Liaising with manufacturers to advocate for addressing needs and driving change with regard to relevant issues pertaining to suitability, use and implementation of new tools;
- Gathering feedback from MSF more broadly to contribute to target product profiles or other pre-market work within international diagnostics community;
- Attending and contributing to internal and external meetings where access issues will be covered; including engaging in global stakeholder meetings, events, or other diagnostic groups to keep connected with the dynamic changes, movements, activities and opportunities that arise from other entities and partners (keeping up with current events, so to speak);
- Extended group member of relevant working groups, working closely with disease ambassadors and lab referents. Specific reference noted on work with TB WG as this is a priority dossier for MSF and AC;
- Addressing access issues described under the transversal dossier for TB, HIV, HCV, or other future ID priorities (pricing and availability of products important to MSF and beyond);
- Project work implicating a change objective for specific subjects such as market-shaping, business/procurement models, expanded access, or integrated diagnostics etc. that will invoke alternative solutions or change for both MSF and the global community that will share the benefit of our actions;
- Addressing spontaneous requests from the LWG or other operational entities in MSF that may arise and require AC support. Technical diagnostics expertise for unanticipated relevant and important work as needed;
- Document preparation (issue briefs, reports, peer-reviewed publications) to document important work and make publicly available, including for advocacy purposes, and document review, where relevant, of influential publications produced by global diagnostics community (e.g. advocacy material for CSOs, RFPs, proposals, guidelines, landscapes, methodologies, opinion pieces, per-reviewed publications, decision-making reports, for example, by Unitaid as part of the board meetings).
V- PROFILE REQUIREMENTS
- Strong technical background and experience in managing laboratory programs, ideally in developing countries, with a good understanding of the infrastructure related to the various healthcare level;
- Ideally a clinical microbiologist, or with a PhD or MSc. in biomedical sciences, laboratory medicine or similar field;
- Strong skills in writing technical documents and/or scientific publication;
- General understanding of the IVD market sector and main actors involved;
- Project leadership, strategic thinking, ability to work independently and planning ability are strong pre-requisites;
- Confident public speaker;
- Demonstrable technical leadership in a diverse and highly changing environment of actors;
- Flexibility and creativity in overcoming internal and external barriers; Excellent communication and team working skills; Capacity to develop and maintain good working relationships in a complex international, cross cultural environment;
- Excellent skills in oral and written English language.
- Experience in the field of diagnostics R&D;
- Work experience with MSF is an asset;
- Ability to read and speak French a considerable asset;
- Experience with working in a multidisciplinary international team is an advantage.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
MSF is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply