Vaccines and Special Project Pharmacist (VSPP)

Location: One of MSF’s 5 operational centres, preferably Paris or Geneva
Contract: 2 years - working time 100%
Reporting to: Access Campaign’s Pharmaceutical Coordinator
Starting date: October 2014


Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is a leading international, independent, medical, humanitarian organisation, dedicated to providing medical humanitarian assistance to vulnerable populations at times of conflict or disaster. In over 60 countries worldwide, MSF provides both life-saving emergency relief and longer-term assistance to make basic healthcare services available to the most vulnerable or excluded communities.

The MSF Access Campaign was established in 1999 to improve access to existing medical tools (medicines, diagnostics, vaccines) and to stimulate the development of urgently needed better tools for people in countries where MSF works.

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 existing and new tools (drugs, diagnostics and vaccines) that can change the organisation’s medical practice. In 2014-6, the work of the Access Campaign will cover vaccines, tuberculosis, HIV, neglected tropical diseases, viral hepatitis, as well as broader ‘transversal issues’ on medical innovation, intellectual property and access to medical products.

More information about the MSF Access Campaign can be found on


The Vaccines and Special Project Pharmacist (VSPP) reports to the Access Campaign Pharmaceutical Coordinator, currently based in Paris.

The VSPP works in close collaboration with the different teams of the Access Campaign and the MSF international pharmacist network and in particular with the pharmacist(s) of the European Supply Center (ESC) focusing on vaccines, and with the Vaccination Working Group (WG).


The VSPP supports the pharmaceutical activities of the Access Campaign on key vaccines[1] and on special projects[2] aimed at investigating access barriers to targeted product categories. The main focus of the VSPP’s work will be research, analysis and data collection relating to key vaccines. The VSPP plays a crucial role in solving access problems and in maintaining contacts with pharmaceutical companies and identifying new manufacturers for key products. The VSPP will especially look at regulatory barriers for market entry for vaccines and products in line with the special projects.


1.       Lead research and analysis on availability, prices, sources and access policies of pharmaceutical companies for key vaccines

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

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

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

d.      Investigate manufacturing capacity for specific vaccines and immunoglobulines facing supply shortages, including for vaccine presentations preferred by developing countries (list to be established with the Vaccine WG and the ESC vaccine pharmacist)

e.      Contribute to build up MSF understanding on technical parameters which trigger know how and tech transfer between manufacturers

f.        Influence manufacturers to provide temperature and stability data to allow for   Controlled Temperature Chain (CTC) implementation for new and older vaccines

g.      Liaise with MSF representatives to the WHO working group on CTC and the Vaccine Presentation and Packaging Advisory Group to influence in a first step standard settings, then the manufacturer offer

h.      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 biologic products targeted by the Access Campaign

a. Maintain an overview of the priority list of vaccines in the WHO prequalification expression of interest, the prequalification status for new key vaccines as well as their regulatory status and country approval, specifically for products in the pipeline, and provide necessary updateto the ESC vaccine pharmacist

b. Follow up on international schemes for prequalification and/or validation of 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, other key products and regulatory pharmaceutical issues.

a.      Respond to requests on price and other access barriers for individual products, such as vaccines, other biologic products, etc…; analyse regulatory barriers, early access mechanisms set at key national medicines regulatory agencies; in collaboration with other Access Campaign team members propose strategies to overcome those access barriers, and participate in their implementation

b.      Prepare and give presentations for internal and external meetings, including international conferences related to access to medicine/vaccine 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 on invitation for specific topics.



  • Genuine interest in and commitment to the humanitarian principles and challenges of MSF
  • Degree in Pharmacy with at least 4 years post graduate experience, including significant work experience in developing countries
  • Knowledge on medicines, vaccines and biologics’ regulatory aspects
  • Proven experience of working independently under minimal supervision
  • Self-motivated and enthusiastic
  • 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


  • 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
  • Advocacy experience
  • Knowledge of French or Spanish



Deadline for applications: 31 August 2014

Please submit all applications only by email to: stating “VSPP” in the title. Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your last name.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted


[1]Mainly newly introduced vaccines according to a list of products to be established with the Vaccine WG and the ESC vaccine pharmacist

[2] Defined with AC’s Pharmaceutical coordinator according to MSF procurement challenges