Policy and Advocacy Intern

Geneva, Switzerland
[Closing date: 7 April
2019]

 

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). In addition to developing new treatments, as part of its mission and since its inception, DNDi has worked in partnership to enhance research capacity in endemic countries, and advocated for increased public responsibility and a more enabling environment for neglected disease R&D. The organization recently launched a new initiative with the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop urgently needed antibiotics to combat the global threat of antimicrobial resistance, the Global Antibiotic R&D Partnership (GARDP). The Policy Advocacy team is a shared team between DNDi and GARDP.

The work of the Policy and Advocacy team centers on advocating for enhanced political leadership, sustainable financing, and sound public policies that will encourage greater needs-driven R&D. The Policy and Advocacy Team sits within the External Affairs Department, which designs, implements, and evaluates Policy, Advocacy, Communications, and Fundraising strategies.

 

Purpose of the position

The Policy and Advocacy Intern will work in the policy advocacy team, within the External Affairs Department, under the direction and with the support of the Global Head of Policy Advocacy (HPA) and relevant team members.

S/he is accountable for supporting the Policy Advocacy team by undertaking specific research and content development analysis, tracking policy developments relevant to the Policy and Advocacy team’s work, and performing general administrative duties.

Immediate priorities will be to:

  • Conduct background analyses of, track, and contribute to technical analysis and planning to support DNDi policy work related to the WHO Global Action Plan on Healthy Lives and Well-being for All, and the relevant policy processes including the UN High Level meetings on Universal Health Coverage and AMR
  • Provide technical support to the Policy Advocacy team on relevant aspects of the G20 priorities in Global Health

 

Specific job responsibilities

In addition to the immediate priorities, the intern will provide the following support to the team:

Policy and advocacy

  • Contribute to technical analysis, background research, and content development related to the strategic advocacy of DNDi and GARDP
  • Provide research input to inform the DNDi disease initiatives and GARDP on specific topics to be agreed with the Head of Policy Advocacy
  • Assist with the identification, mapping, and monitoring of key R&D actors, relevant policy processes and platforms, and provide input on specific actions where DNDi and partners could be influential
  • Continually monitor and research the dynamic development of policies and practices impacting on innovation and access to medical tools, including multilateral, governmental, philanthropic, non-governmental and industrial policies, and to use such information to support the production of draft advocacy responses
  • Conduct background research on assigned policy issues of importance to DNDi/GARDP and summarize findings for draft responses

General duties

The intern will provide general support to the Policy and Advocacy team by shadowing and supporting the PA team as directed, and:

  • Take minutes of meetings
  • Support with coordination, logistics, and developing discussion strategies for meetings and calls
  • Supporting relevant conference preparation and necessary logistics
  • Summarize key documents
  • Prepare presentations and edit and improve slide decks
  • Shadow at conferences and meetings to gain experience and develop understanding of DNDi’s work
  • Provide other support as needed

 

Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Good communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments and good ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural and diverse team
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with and in support of the needs of neglected populations; familiarity with key issues in global health policy around innovation and access to medicines and other health technologies
  • Dynamic, self-motivated
  • Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgment and problem-solving competencies
  • Good analytical and drafting skills, with excellent English language skills

Experience

  • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure
  • Preferred: Experience of working with neglected populations

Education

  • Graduate in area relevant for global health or equivalent experience working in community or global policy advocacy

Other requirements

  • Proficiency in local languages
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Suite

 

Reporting line

  • S/he reports directly to the Policy Advocacy Manager, with a dotted line to the Global Head of Policy and Advocacy

Interactions

  • Works with Communication and External Relations (Fundraising) teams

 

Other information

  • Status: paid internship – 6 months

 

To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 7 April 2019
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted