Associate Director, Access & Product Management

Geneva, Switzerland | Access and Product Management | Full-time


Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) is a leading product development partnership (PDP) in the field of antimalarial drug research and development. Its mission is to reduce the burden of malaria in disease-endemic countries by discovering, developing and delivering new, effective and affordable antimalarial drugs. 

Over the past 20 years, MMV has worked with an extensive network of donors, private and public sector partners, experts and clinical centres in endemic countries to develop an outstanding portfolio of antimalarial projects. Our portfolio is financed through funding support coming from government agencies, private and corporate foundations, international organizations, corporations and private individuals.

We are currently seeking an Associate Director to join our Access and Product Management (APM) team, for a 3 year period.

The Associate Director will lead several multidisciplinary and cross-organizational projects with a primary focus on P. vivax malaria in Latin America, the horn of Africa and Asia. Reporting to the Director, Access & Product Management, the successful candidate will work closely with external partners (PATH, GSK and regional and in-country partners) to manage the development and implementation of project deliverables.

The Associate Director will:

 1.    Support the generation of evidence to inform national policy adoption processes (~60%)

  • Collaborate with national counterparts on the development of study protocols to answer Minister of Health (MOH) questions related to the implementation of safe radical cure products in 8 countries (currently targeted: Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Thailand)
  • Facilitate discussions at country level with National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) and local investigators on the study design
  • Shepherd study designs and research protocol submissions through national review processes (e.g. national ethics committee)
  • Provide technical oversight during all phases of the implementation of the studies and liaise with operational support team members in MMV and local institutions to ensure smooth study execution
  • Support national adoption and scale-up by collaborating on the development of training materials, pharmacovigilance activities and pharmaco-economics data, and sharing of relevant data.

 2.    Provide technical oversight and support of in-country activities (~25%) 

  • Provide technical support to MMV regional advisors as required
  • Support engagement with the MOH / NMCP, and regional stakeholders
  • Contribute to the development of a roadmap for policy adoption, mobilizing funding, and an appropriate supply chain to ensure co-availability of radical cure products
  • Support the development of advocacy materials in collaboration with MMV staff

3.    Reporting and knowledge sharing  (~10%)

  • Submit regular progress reports to MMV director of access
  • Support the global and regional/country project teams (finance, external relations and access) in developing bi-annual reports to the donor, including progress against logframe targets.
  • Proactively share information across countries and regions
  • Support the consolidation and publication of the evidence base on radical cure

4.    Representation (~5%)

  • Represent MMV at conferences, international / regional / national meetings

Education and experience:

  • 5-7 years of relevant experience in the public health field 
  • Proven experience working in running disease control programmes, building relationships with high-level governments stakeholders and ministries of health,
  • Experience in setting up and running operational research or implementation/feasibility studies in LMICs
  • Malaria experience a plus

Technical skills required:

  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written is a must; Spanish/Portuguese helpful
  • Strong report-writing skills, particularly with regards to donor reporting requirements
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills
  • Familiarity with global health issues
  • Excellent analytical skills

Behavioural skills required: 

  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Ability to engage effectively with high-level government stakeholders
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • Willingness to travel internationally (20-30%)
  • Flexible, adapting easily to changes

Start date: Immediately 

Interested applicants should send their CV and a cover letter giving reasons for their interest in the position before 30 April 2020.