Campaign Adviser – Access Campaign, Paris, London or Geneva

Location: Paris, London or Geneva

Contract: Short Term 12 months - Full time position

Reporting to: Director, Policy & Analysis, Access Campaign

MSF experience: Prior MSF experience a significant asset

Application closing date: 30 March 2016

First round phone interviews: Week of 4 April 2016


The Access Campaign was started in 1999 and is a part of MSF International. It aims to improve access to, and stimulate the 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 and economic 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 are guided by the medical challenges faced by MSF’s operations.


In collaboration with the MSF movement, the Access Campaign is planning to launch a public-facing campaign on R&D.  The campaign will seek to build political and popular support to address the failures of our current system of R&D, and to advocate for solutions to overcome those failures.

The Campaign 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 Campaign 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 launch of the campaign and ongoing R&D advocacy work.


The Campaign Adviser will have responsibility within the team for supporting the development, planning and implementation of the public campaign strategy on R&D. They will do this in close collaboration with the Access Campaign team and wider MSF movement. The Campaign 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. The Campaign Adviser will also work with a broader coalition of civil society groups to amplify the messages of the campaign and support the continuation of a longer term campaigning effort beyond this time-limited public campaign.


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

  • Campaign strategy – lead the development of the campaign strategy including the consolidation of campaign ‘asks’, ensuring buy in from relevant internal and external experts and stakeholders; ensure appropriate advocacy strategies are developed.
  • Campaign delivery – ensure the strategy is implemented, regularly reviewed and adapted according to campaign developments; align internal resources to deliver the strategy and reach the agreed objectives
  • Content creation – support the communications team on 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 and amplify the messages of the campaign.
  • 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) Once identified, work with designated priority targets, 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 pharmaceutical research and development
  • 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, Spanish and/or another language will be a significant asset)
  • Experience in the fields of health, medicine, or the pharmaceutical industry
  • Ability to travel

Starting date: 1 May 2016

Contract: 12 months fixed-term contract, full time position

Location: Paris, London or Geneva

Deadline for applications: 30 March 2016

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

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

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.