NTD Head of Access

Geneva, Switzerland
[Closing date: 21 April


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 (www.dndi.org)

The DNDi NTD initiative is dedicated to the clinical development and access plans for the 5 following Neglected Tropical Disease areas: human African trypanosomiasis, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, filarial diseases, and mycetoma. The initiative is responsible for designing the strategy, conducting and reporting the research, as well as ensuring resources and managing budget from phase 1b/proof of concept up until policy change. The team is equally based in Geneva office as well as well as in our offices located in Africa, Asia, and South America.


Purpose of the position

This position is responsible for supporting the development of access plan strategies for the products developed by the NTD disease teams. Together with disease teams, the NTD Head of Access will coordinate the Access activities included in each disease area of the Action Plan. Across the NTD disease portfolios and regions this position will stream-line the Access approach and work with the teams to develop Access tools for a more systematic and comprehensive approach to Access across the organization. The position also aims at providing immediate/on-going coordination and leadership in relevant areas to ensure the success of Access for the NTD initiative.


Specific job responsibilities

  • Provide leadership on Access matters and facilitate creation and implementation of NTD Access strategy
  • Develop methodology and tools to define Access plan strategies, i.e forecast assessment, pharmaco-economics, social sciences
  • Support the development of an Access plan Strategy for each NTD (aligned with business plan)
  • Develop tools to measure impact of Access strategies
  • Contribute shaping organizational set up to connect the dots between various teams/components as related to Access
  • Coordinate the Access activities included in each disease area Action Plan
  • Provide guidance and support to the diseases teams to ensure effective delivery of specific objectives
  • Represent DNDi in Access-related matters discussions and forums as appropriate (internal & external)
  • Contribute to understand the treatments Access landscape & role of stakeholders to strengthen their collaboration with DNDi in encouraging the uptake by countries of affordable treatments
  • Contribute to enriching or developing an adequate environment for Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s) to join key policy discussions related to Access and other policy issues with governments
  • Monitor and built/share intelligence on policy developments and civil society discussions
  • Integrate Access issue related to the NTD drug development programmes, drug registration and treatment uptake, including working with industrial partners, national health, authorities and global health organization such as the WHO, and others to effect registration and procurement of treatment in collaboration with DNDi internal teams
  • In coordination with DNDi regional offices, identify areas for collaboration with regional stakeholders and Civil Society Organizations toward removing obstacles to NTD treatments
  • Lay the groundwork for innovative advocacy
  • Monitor the international NTD’s treatment Access landscape and keep members of the DNDi NTD team informed
  • Obtain insights into NTD’s issues in DNDi’s priority countries for treatment registration
  • Coordinate preparation of the NTDs Access plan to be presented twice a year to the DNDi Access review committee
  • Collaborate with other DNDi colleagues working on Access (HIV/HCV)


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • High ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Very clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates strong judgment and problem solving competencies
  • Excellent communication, and public speaking skills, ability to convince and represent DNDi at high level events
  • Knowledge of managing global multicultural teams
  • Highly organized and structured
  • High analytical skills
  • High ability to lead large strategic projects
  • High ability to manage large size projects with budget management
  • Very strong strategic thinking and leadership abilities
  • Excellent management, negotiation, and advocacy skills
  • High ability to exercise high degree of independence to ensure programme delivery and explore new areas of activities
  • High ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders
  • High ability to lead and motivate a team for optimum performance


  • Over 10 years in Senior Access role
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure
  • Experience of working in public and private sector is highly desirable
  • Expertise in understanding of the global landscape of PDPs; common Access barriers and solutions; programme implementation; supply chain mapping; drug quantification and tendering practices


  • Advanced post graduate degree or graduate degree with equivalent in experience to reach Master level

Other requirements

  • Fluency in English
  • Proficiency in local languages desirable
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Suite


Reporting line

  • S/he reports to the NTD Director


Other information

  • Status: full time – permanent role


To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 21 April 2019
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted