Project Officer (Consultant)

Geneva, Switzerland
[Closing date: 3 May


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 External Relations Departments aims to design, implement, and evaluate Policy, Advocacy, Communications, and Fundraising strategies.

The Communications team ensures wide, timely, and strategic dissemination of information on DNDi and research in the field of neglected diseases. Target audiences include national and international political leaders; the scientific community; the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; donor countries and organizations; civil society organisations; and the media.

To influence the R&D landscape for neglected diseases being part of DNDi’s mandate, the Policy and Advocacy team seeks to advocate for enhanced political leadership, sustainable financing, and sound public policies that will encourage greater needs-driven R&D.

The Fundraising team seeks to develop and implementation the global fundraising strategy, by secure funding from private and public sources. The worldwide funding goal for DNDi is to secure €730 million by 2023. To date, DNDi secured €537 million.


Purpose of the position

Programme management of DNDi Berlin high-level event.


Specific job responsibilities

Germany continues to be a key partner and target for DNDi, a role which is of increasing significance as Germany repositions itself as a leader in global health. DNDi would like to better understand the German landscape, maintain and extend strong working relationships with the key actors in global health in Germany, including the political establishment, the emerging networks and partnerships (research, academia, civil society), and the German offices of other global health actors.

DNDi will use the occasion of its 15th Anniversary as an opportunity to reinforce its presence in Germany and to contribute to German policy on global health through the organization of a high-level event in Berlin.

To do that we are seeking a dynamic, confident person, to lead the management of the high-level event and to leverage the opportunity to extend our network and presence in Germany. This person, a fluent German speaker, will, in close, constructive consultation with DNDi:

  • Oversee and manage event preparations and logistics
  • Contribute to steering committee consultations including input on content, participant selection, dynamic management of agenda
  • Participate to the management of the event budget
  • Contact, track, and coordinate invitation of high-level actors in global health, paying due attention to discretion, protocol, cross-cultural considerations
  • Coordinate with DNDi Travel Office for travel and visa management, where necessary
  • Track all participant invitations and RSVP
  • Provide seamless backstopping for duration of event
  • Manage post-event finalization

 The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive, and any other responsibilities/tasks necessary to guarantee a smooth and successful event may be required at any given time.


Job requirements

Skills and attributes

  • Ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates good judgment and problem solving competencies
  • Very good communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team
  • Well organized and structured
  • Very good analytical skills
  • Ability to contribute to the project delivery under minimum supervision
  • Ability to manage small projects if delegated by upper levels with supervision
  • Ability to supervise an Intern or Apprentice


  • Minimum of 3 years’ experience with graduate degree, at least one year with post graduate degree


  • Graduate or post graduate degree

Other requirements

  • Fluency in German and English
  • Proficiency in local languages desirable
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Suite


Reporting line

  • S/he reports to the External Affairs Director


Other information

  • Status: 7 months – full time – May 2nd to November 30th


To apply

  • Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 3 May 2019
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted