EU Policy & Advocacy Advisor – Access Campaign

Location: Brussels, Belgium

Duration: 8 months temporary replacement / full time contract

Reporting to: Director of Policy and Analysis

Starting date: 17 July 2017

Application deadline:  26 April 2017


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF movement, and implements international projects and initiatives as requested.

Médecins Sans Frontières set up the MSF Access Campaign in 1999 to address systemic challenges and improve access to existing medical tools (medicines, diagnostics and vaccines) and to stimulate the development of urgently needed better tools for people in countries where MSF works and beyond. The priorities of the Access Campaign are guided by the medical challenges faced by MSF and its patients in its operational settings. The primary objectives of the Access Campaign include identifying, analysing and advocating for changes around the legal and regulatory systems and practices that hinder access to medical tools and innovation suitable for people in need especially in resource limited settings.


One of the important aspects of the Campaign’s work is to advocate in key policy fora. The European Union (Council of Member States, European Commission and European Parliament) is an important actor in relation to access  to  medicines  in  developing  countries  and  medical  R&D,  through  its  policies, legislation and its bilateral and regional free trade agreements. There is a crucial need to ensure that the EU adopts appropriate measures that will improve access to medicines in developing countries. There is also a need to advocate for EU policies that support needs-based innovation for resource-constrained settings.


The EU Policy & Advocacy Advisor reports directly to the Director of Policy and Analysis of the Access Campaign.


The role of the EU Policy & Advocacy Advisor is to advise and to lead at the EU level the implementation of advocacy and policy strategies across all the dossiers in the Campaign’s portfolio (currently AIDS, TB, Hepatitis C, neglected tropical diseases, vaccines, antimicrobial resistance, R&D, and innovation for neglected populations).

The main objectives of the position are:

  • To establish and maintain fruitful contacts with the European Institutions (the European Parliament, European Commission, the Council of the EU, the permanent representations of the Member States), the United Nations organisations EU representatives and the EU civil society, with the aim of influencing European policy developments relevant to access to medical tools in coordination with the MSF Representative to the EU.
  • To advocate at the EU level for policies that stimulate access to and innovation for affordable medical tools and diagnostics.
  • To analyze and advise on the impact of EU policies on access to essential medical tools and recommend appropriate strategies to mitigate negative effects.


  • Advise on and then implement actions and strategies to influence policies that may be detrimental for access to medicines and to promote positive measures to improve access and innovation for medical tools at the EU level.
  • Prepare background documents and briefing notes (for internal and external use) on the impact of EU policies on access to medicines; prepare regular updates for the AC team and MSF network on EU access issues.
  • Provide members of the EU institutions with the Campaign’s messages, and ensure an on-going relationship between the EU institutions and the Campaign, and in particular the European Parliamentary Working Group on innovation, access to medicines and poverty-related diseases.
  • Maintain an EU external network of like-minded groups; Liaise with other EU NGOs, academics etc. involved in advocacy on access to medicines and medical innovation at European level.
  • Identify  and  maintain  contacts  with  the  Brussels-based  press  corps  on  Access Campaign issues in cooperation with AC Press officer.
  • Provide support on request to MSF sections on EU advocacy issues, in coordination where required with the MSF Representative to the EU.
  • Provide support to the Campaign team and coordinate external and internal Campaign communication for specific advocacy or campaigning events involving the EU.
  • Organise, coordinate external and internal EU meetings to increase knowledge and awareness about access to essential medicines at EU level.
  • Present  MSF  Access  Campaign  positions  on  related  issues  for  both  external EU/Brussels conferences and internal MSF meetings at Operational Centre Brussels.


  • Masters in Politics / Law / Communication / Public relations with EU specificities
  • At least 2 years of experience with EU level advocacy
  • Interest in medical and humanitarian issues and in the work of MSF
  • Strong organizational and analysis skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work within a multicultural network and in a decentralised team
  • Flexibility and ability to function well under pressure and independently
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English required
  • Strong communication abilities (oral and written) requested
  • French is clear advantage

Starting date: Mid-July 2017

Contract: 8 months temporary replacement/Full time contract

Location: Brussels

Deadline for applications: 26 April 2017

Please submit all applications only by email to: stating "EU Policy & Advocacy Advisor" 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.