Hepatitis C PACT Secretariat Coordinator (Consultant) at Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)

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  • Company: Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)
  • Location: Kenya
  • State: Nairobi
  • Job type: Full-Time
  • Job category: Healthcare/Medical Jobs in Kenya
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Job Description
Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is an independent, not-for-profit drug development initiative established in 2003 by five publicly-funded research organizations – Malaysian Ministry of Health, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Indian Council of Medical Research, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Brazil, and the Institut Pasteur – as well as an international humanitarian organization, Médecins Sans Frontières. The UNICEF/UNDP/World Bank/WHO’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) is a permanent observer. With a robust portfolio, DNDi aims to develop new, improved, and field-relevant drugs for neglected diseases, including leishmaniasis, human African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness), Chagas disease, malaria, filarial diseases, paediatric HIV, mycetoma, and hepatitis C that afflict the poorest populations of the world.

Location:  Candidates from different locations are encouraged to apply, preference will be given for candidates based in Africa.

The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is an international, not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization that develops and delivers new treatments for neglected diseases that affect millions of the world’s poorest people.

Together with more than 200 public research and industry allies worldwide, we use the power of partnership, innovation, open science, and advocacy to find solutions to a great injustice: the lack of medicines for life-threatening diseases that disproportionately impact poor and marginalized people. Driven by collaboration, not competition, and by patients’ needs, not profits, we promote equitable access, foster inclusive and sustainable solutions, and advocate for a more effective global biomedical R&D system that meets the needs of neglected patients.

Since our inception, DNDi has delivered 12 new treatments for people with sleeping sickness, visceral leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, HIV, hepatitis C, and malaria that have saved millions of lives. We now aim to deliver an additional 15-18 new treatments by 2028 – addressing R&D gaps for neglected tropical diseases and viral infections, including new pandemic-prone diseases (such as Covid-19) and climate-sensitive diseases (such as dengue) with a focus on the needs of patients in low- and middle-income countries.

With 250 employees of 37 nationalities located in nine offices on four continents, DNDi is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential parts of our culture and key drivers of our success. We encourage candidates of diverse profiles and backgrounds to apply.

Purpose of the position

The Hepatitis C PACT partnership has been developed by DNDi, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Treatment Action Group (TAG), and FIND – the global alliance for diagnostics to help foster an enabling environment for improved availability of HCV diagnostics and treatments in low- and middle-income countries. The Hep C PACT is governed through two joint committees, the Partnership Steering Committee (PSC) and the Partnership Coordination Committee (PCC), coordinated by a secretariat hosted by the DNDi. DNDi oversees implementation of the Partnership’s Plans of Action, and the coordination of financial, operational, and programmatic relationships and responsibilities, and communications.

To ensure coordination of actions and adequate support to the PCC (in terms of programming, partner management, and communication), the secretariat is recruiting a Hepatitis C PACT secretariat coordinator. The secretariat coordinator is managed by and responds hierarchically to the DNDi PCC coordinator.

This position is responsible for both secretariat coordination and Hep C PACT communications.

Specific Job Responsibilities

Coordination (70% of role)

  1. Provide administrative and logistical support for the Hep C PACT PSC and PCC, including coordinating meetings and technical support from its members.
  2. Assist with PSC and PCC meeting co-facilitation, planning, agendas, content, and calendar invitations, and report back on actions items; support other aspects of PSC and PCC meetings as assigned.
  3. Assist with the coordination of the PSC and PCC and partnership representation at regional and national conferences.
  4. Conduct outreach for fact-finding and reporting and follow up with key stakeholders and partners for related projects, financial, donor, and policy related information required to advance PSC and PCC discussions.
  5. Provide logistical, technical, and follow-up support for PSC and PCC activities and for the working groups of advocacy and equitable access and HCV sustainable financing.
  6. Provide regular and timely updates on PSC and PCC activities to project leads.
  7. Maintain PSC and PCC and other related contact lists/participant lists/project records, and archives, and coordinate PSC and PCC resources including email group
  8. Provide administrative and logistical support for weekly Hep PACT meetings, monthly Advocacy meetings and in-country meetings with key stakeholders in Hep C PACT countries

Communications (30% of role)

  1. Support preparation and drafting of synthesis documents required for meetings, speeches, talking points, media interviews, and press releases related to the partnership’s PSC and PCC.
  2. Draft content for Hep C PACT communications products for advocacy, outreach, and engagement (brochures, fact sheets, viewpoints, issue briefs, announcements, PowerPoint presentations, social media, etc.).
  3. Facilitate the Hep C PACT communications working group and coordinate with partner communications focal points to develop production and dissemination plans for print and digital publications and social media.
  4. Support development, planning, and coordination of events (conference sessions, webinars, etc.).

Professional skills

  1. At least 3 years of professional experience in a coordination role working with teams across different organizations.
  2. Experience in a communications role, including demonstrated experience producing high-quality reports and presentations.
  3. Experience in budget management and funding strategies.
  4. Experience working in both the public and private sectors is highly desirable.
  5. Experience in hep C programmes with a strong access component is desirable.
  6. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Public Health, International Development, Communication, or related studies. Interest in advocating about hep C, access issues, and sustainable financing is desirable.
  7. Excellent command of English, (written, oral, comprehension) including excellent writing skills. Good Spanish or Portuguese, oral and comprehension, is highly desirable.
  8. Proficiency in French, Portuguese, or another language is desirable.
  9. Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office suite, including PowerPoint and strong word processing skills in Word; knowledge of SharePoint and Salesforce an advantage (or willingness to learn).

Skills and Attributes

  1. Very good interpersonal skills to work effectively in a multicultural and multi-lingual environment, across time zones.
  2. Excellent communication skills, including social media and multimedia skills.
  3. Excellent organizational, planning and IT skills. Structured and thorough approach to work to coordinate projects across various teams and to work effectively in a matrix structure.
  4. Excellent attention to detail, clear thinking, and ability to understand and connect elements of tasks and appropriately follow-up to ensure tasks are fully completed.
  5. Very good analytical skills and ability to contribute to the project delivery under minimum supervision.
  6. Ability to work effectively with international, national, and local official bodies and civil society organizations. Proven ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines.

Other information

Status: (Consultancy – Part-time 50% to 80% depending on the candidate location)

Method of Application
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