Access Consultant

Geneva, Switzerland – Office based
[Closing date: 12 November


Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is a collaborative, patients’ needs-driven, non-profit drug research and development (R&D) organization that is developing new treatments for Neglected Diseases (

The HIV & Hepatitis C Initiative aims to develop two solid first-line “4-in-1” fixed-dose combinations using the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended treatment regimen for HIV positive infants and young children. At the same time, DNDi and its partners in South Africa are also addressing the negative drug-drug interactions between WHO-recommended HIV treatments and the TB drug rifampicin through a process known as “super-boosting.” To address Hepatitis C patients’ needs, the team’s objective is to develop an affordable public health tool using direct-acting antivirals (DAAs).


Purpose of the position

The Access Consultant will play an important role in the access to new paediatric drugs and treatments for HIV. S/he will be involved in the support and coordination of access activities and work closely with the Geneva-based Access team, R&D team, and Access team in the East African region as well as external partners and stakeholders to support the scale up of LPV/r based paediatric formulations. S/he is accountable for supporting the implementation of the access plans under the guidance of the Senior Manager for Access and the Access Working Group on HIV.


Specific job responsibilities

  • Monitoring and evaluation of access activities by implementing partners to ensure that target milestones are met
  • Budget planning for access related activities and fund disbursements
  • Coordinate and collate activity reports from implementing partners to donors
  • Contribute to proposal writing for fundraising activities
  • Monitor the progress of access activities in West and Central African countries by implementing partner and providing support/assistance when problem arises
  • Organize yearly stakeholders meeting and other access event


Reporting line

  • S/he reports to the Senior Manager for Access
  • Close working relationship with the Nairobi-based “Africa HIV Medical & Access Leader” on West and Central Africa-based stakeholders
  • Close working relationship with other relevant members of the DNDi African regional office, Nairobi and DNDi South Africa Liaison office, Cape Town


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Ability to speak and write in French fluently
  • Very tactful in managing stakeholders, demonstrating strong judgement, and problem solving competencies
  • Knowledge in HIV/AIDS or have been working in HIV/AIDS programmes in West or Central Africa in particular
  • Strong organisational skills and able to multi task and project manage to meet key deliverables of the programme
  • Very strong ability to work in a multicultural team and in a matrix structure
  • Independent in organizing and carrying out work to meet required milestones
  • Lead and motivate a team for optimum performance, supervising junior staff


  • At least 6 years in managerial role and project management
  • Proven ability to work independently
  • Public health experience highly desirable


  • Graduate degree in science
  • Postgraduate degree in public health a plus

Other requirements

  • Fluency in English and French
  • Proficiency in local languages desirable
  • Very good knowledge of Microsoft Suite
  • Travel up to 30%


Other information

  • Status: 1 year – full time – assignment for Consultant or contract with external salary hosting company
  • Swiss nationality, B, C or G permit, EU citizen


To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 12 November 2019
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted 
  • Application submission for this position may close early if we have enough suitable applicants