Advocacy Adviser – Vaccines Campaign

Location: Paris, London or Geneva

Contract: Short Term 9 months - Full time position

Reporting to: Director, Policy & Analysis, Access Campaign

MSF experience: Prior MSF experience a significant asset

Application closing date: 3 October 2015



The Access Campaign was started in 1999 and is a part of MSF International. It aims to improve access to, and stimulate development of, medicines, diagnostics and vaccines that could have a major impact on morbidity and mortality in contexts where MSF works. The Access Campaign challenges external medical-political actors in order to overcome barriers identified by practitioners in MSF programmes and those practicing in similar environments. To this end, the Campaign aims to influence international policies relevant to improving access and stimulating innovation.

The priorities of the Access Campaign (AC) are guided by the medical challenges faced by MSF’s operations. Immunization is an international medical priority of MSF, thereby the AC has set vaccination as one of its priority dossiers. Between 2012 and 2013, MSF had a 60% increase in the number of vaccine doses administered in its projects. Within its vaccines dossier, the AC works on improving vaccine products and policies, including increasing the affordability of vaccines.


In collaboration with the MSF movement, the Access Campaign has launched a public-facing vaccines campaign to reduce the price of pneumococcal conjugate vaccines.  Development of the campaign concept and strategy was initiated between the AC, MSF France and MSF USA in 2014, and launched in April 2015.

The campaign team includes new positions and existing resources and expertise within the AC structure. The Advocacy Adviser will be a core member of the campaign team, helping to support key advocacy elements through direct advocacy with stakeholders and engagement of the MSF movement to further the campaign’s objectives.


The Advocacy Adviser will report to the AC Director of Policy & Analysis.

This position will work with the Access Campaign and the broader MSF movement to support the on-going campaign and advocacy work relating to MSF’s public vaccines campaign.


The Advocacy Adviser will have responsibility with the team for supporting the planning and implementing of advocacy strategies for the public campaign targets and supporting the MSF movement in the development and implementation of those strategies. The Advocacy Adviser will oversee implementation of advocacy strategies by supporting MSF partners in their advocacy activities with campaign targets, ensuring that key campaign advocacy milestones are met, and contributing to the team’s dynamic response to developments prompted by the campaign. S/he will be responsible for helping to support the advocacy elements in coordination with the core and extended campaign team, and overseeing the broader advocacy work within the MSF movement.


In collaboration with the rest of the campaign team, the Advocacy Adviser will support a range of advocacy and communications activities including:

  • Advocacy strategy – in line with the campaign strategy, ensure that appropriate advocacy strategies are developed, implemented, regularly reviewed and adapted according to campaign developments.
  • Content creation – with other team members feed into content creation and development of key messages in line with policy and advocacy objectives, and with MSF field experience.
  • Build relationships/network – foster relationships with potential allies (civil society, government, NGOs, humanitarian actors, etc) to advance the campaign goals.
  • Advocacy support – a) support MSF movement partners in designing and implementing their advocacy strategies with key targets through participation in meetings, providing back-up support, answering technical campaign questions, etc.; b) work with designated priority targets, in particular priority countries, NGOs, and civil society stakeholders, to advance campaign objectives through advocacy implementation.
  • Monitoring/reporting – help monitor campaign advocacy progress against targets and campaign phases, and report to campaign team at agreed-upon schedule.


  • Genuine interest in, understanding of, and commitment to the humanitarian principles and challenges of MSF
  • A track record of building and managing successful relationships/awareness-raising initiatives with internal and external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the vaccines field
  • Experience liaising with members of governments, pharmaceutical companies, NGOs, and/or multi-lateral organizations
  • Demonstrated track record of analytic problem-solving/seeking solutions to challenges
  • Strong project management skills and ability to participate as part of an international team
  • Experience with MSF’s operational mandate and structure is highly desirable
  • Excellent presentation and communications skills
  • Flexibility, with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously and work independently
  • Proficiency in English to mother-tongue standard (French and/or Spanish will be a significant asset)
  • Experience in the fields of health, medicine, or the pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to travel

Deadline for applications: 3 October  2015

Please submit all applications only by email to: stating “Advocacy Adviser - Vaccines Campaign” in the title.

Please submit only ONE FILE containing your CV and cover letter and name the file with your last name only.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted .