Vaccines and Special Project Pharmacist

Vaccines and Special Project Pharmacist MSF Access Campaign

I. Background

The Access Campaign was started in 1999 and is an international project of Médecins Sans Frontières. 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 are guided by the medical challenges faced by MSF’s operations. The aim is to improve medical practice in resource-limited settings by accessing new tools (drugs, diagnostics and vaccines) that can change the organisation’s medical practice.

Access Campaign Pharmacist

The Access Campaign Pharmacist supports the pharmaceutical activities of the Access Campaign on key vaccines and on special projects aims at investigating access barriers to targeted product categories. The main focus of the Pharmacist‘s work will be to manage data collection and analysis on key vaccines but will also include where the need arises other priority pharmaceutical products that form the basis for advocacy on sources, availability and prices. The Pharmacist plays a crucial role in solving access problems of specific pharmaceutical products and in maintaining contacts with pharmaceutical companies and identifying new manufacturers for priority products. The Pharmacist works in close collaboration with the different teams of the Access Campaign and the MSF international pharmacist network. The Access Campaign Pharmacist reports to the Access Campaign’s Pharmaceutical Coordinator, based in Geneva.

II. Description of Activities

1. Lead research and analysis on availability, prices, sources and access policies of pharmaceutical companies for key vaccines and other selected key medicines targeted by the MSF Access Campaign

a. Responsible for research, data collection and analysis on vaccine sources and prices.

b. Participate to MSF procurement analysis and needs, including price reduction negotiations for MSF field operations, access to specific presentation access

c. Conduct landscaping of manufacturers with existing WHO prequalified products and products under development (particularly in US, India, Japan & China)

d. Research manufacturing capacity for key vaccines facing supply shortages including for vaccine presentations preferred by developing countries

e. Critically monitor and influence access policies of pharmaceutical companies at a global level and their implementation in developing countries.

2. Monitor regulatory statuses that allow timely approval of new key vaccines and other pharmaceutical products targeted by the Access Campaign

a. Monitor and document the regulatory status of key vaccines products in WHO prequalification and subsequent approval and use in selected developing countries.

b. Maintain an overview of the prequalification status list for vaccines including products in the pipeline

c. Follow up on international schemes for other biologic drugs, immunoglobulins and liposomal formulations, as well on guidance provided by Stringent Regulatory Authorities

3. Participate and provide input into the strategy and advocacy work of the Access Campaign in relation to vaccines and pharmaceutical issues.

a. Respond to requests on price and other access barriers for individual products; analyse barriers, in collaboration with other Access Campaign team members propose strategies, and participate in the implementation of strategies

b. Prepare and give presentations for internal and external meetings, including international conferences related to access to medicine issues.

c. Prepare documentation for MSF and external use on relevant pharmaceutical products.

d. Provide technical input and review for the Access Campaign communications team and other members of the Access Campaign vaccines team needing support on publications, presentations and press releases.

e. Maintain an external and internal network of relevant stakeholders, including participation in the MSF Vaccines Working Group.

III. Skills and Experience

Essential

  • Degree in Pharmacy with at least 4 years post graduate experience, including significant working experience in developing countries
  • Proven experience of working independently under minimal supervision
  • Accuracy in managing data
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Demonstrable experience of working as part of a multi-cultural team
  • Fluency in written and oral English
  • Availability for travel

Desirable

  • Field experience with MSF or a similar medical NGO
  • Experience in Expanded Program of Immunization and/or immunization campaigns
  • Experience in other medical treatment projects
  • Knowledge on medicines, vaccines and biologics’ regulatory aspects
  • Advocacy experience
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish

Location: India (New Delhi) with a short (up to 2 months) induction period in key European locations

Duration: Fixed term 2 years – 100%

Starting date: July 2013

Deadline for application: 21 April 2013

Please submit all applications by email only to: IO-recruitment.gva@msf.org, indicating “Vaccines and Special Project Pharmacist” in the title.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted