Vaccine Policy Advisor

  • Access Campaign

Vaccine Policy Advisor

Job description

Location: New York, Paris, Geneva
Duration: 10 months temporary replacement,  at 100%

Starting date:Beginning of July 2018
Deadline for applications: June 28th, 2018




MSF Access Campaign
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.
Created in 1999, the Access Campaign (AC) is an MSF advocacy entity guided by MSF’s charter, and dedicated to serve MSF’s social mission. Deeply rooted in MSF’s medical operations, the AC works to tackle barriers to people’s access to medical care, ensuring that quality products such as medicines, vaccines and diagnostics are available, affordable and adapted to people in MSF projects and beyond, now and for the future. The AC is hosted by MSF International, 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.
Department The Access Campaign (AC) is an international MSF project launched in 1999. It aims to improve access and stimulate development of medical tools (drugs, diagnostics, vaccines) that could have a major impact on morbidity and mortality in contexts 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 that can change the organisation’s medical practice. During the current strategic planning period the work of the Access Campaign covers vaccines, tuberculosis, HIV, neglected tropical diseases, viral hepatitis, as well as broader ‘transversal issues’ on medical innovation, intellectual property and access to medical products.


Vaccines are a priority area for MSF and the AC. Much of the focus in recent years has been MSF’s role in epidemic response, improving routine immunization, access to new vaccines, and adaptability of vaccines to the contexts in which MSF works. The AC supports MSF operations and people beyond MSF operations through advocacy and policy work around improving access to vaccination. Learning from the experience of MSF’s work to reach people with vaccination, the Access Campaign engages with global institutions that focus on vaccine access and affordability, vaccine product adaptation and policies that influence how vaccines are accessed and delivered. Much of this work coincides with the objectives of the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP), the vaccination community’s global architecture for improving vaccination coverage worldwide.

The Vaccines Policy Advisor works as part of a multidisciplinary AC team comprising clinicians, pharmacists, policy and advocacy and communications specialists to respond to MSF operations’ needs and work towards policy change to improve access to vaccination. The Vaccines Policy Advisor manages the vaccines dossier and is responsible for developing the annual Plan of Action and ensuring its implementation. Outside of the AC team, s/he works closely with key individuals within MSF International, MSF headquarters and operations, Epicentre (an MSF research centre) and external experts. The Vaccines Policy Advisor reports to the Access Campaign Medical Coordinator.


1.    Supports the development and management of the Access Campaign (AC) Vaccines Dossier

a.    Develops the annual Vaccines Dossier Plan of Action (PoA) in coordination with relevant AC team members and helps to set annual strategic priorities.

b.    Manages the implementation of the Vaccines Dossier PoA.
c.   Regularly updates the AC Management Team (MT) on progress towards the Vaccines Dossier PoA objectives/indicators/activities.

d.   Shares updates from the Vaccines Dossier with the AC on weekly team calls and reports to the AC MT on specific Vaccines Dossier work, as requested.
e.    Convenes the Vaccines Team on biweekly check-ins on dossier progress.
f.    Supports members of the Vaccines Team in their assigned projects/activities for the Vaccines Dossier.
g.   Works with the AC Communications Team on projects and activities in the Vaccines Dossier that require communications support.
h. Maintains strong connections with MSF's vaccine experts, select field programmes, and epidemiologists/researchers focusing on vaccines.  


2.    Represents AC Vaccine Dossier priorities globally
a.    Attends external meetings and consultations on behalf of MSF AC as related to the Plan of Action and delivers presentations, as required.
b.    Inputs into development of global frameworks and policies on behalf of MSF AC and in alignment with AC vaccines priorities.

c.    Represents MSF AC in ongoing inter-agency working groups, as required.
d.    Identifies opportunities to influence international policies and strategies aligned with the Plan of Action, such as those of global health institutions, eg Gavi, WHO, UNICEF, BMGF, PATH, etc.

3.    Designs advocacy strategies to advance Vaccines Dossier priorities and leads on or supports their implementation

a.    Works to influence relevant global vaccination actors’ policies according to the PoA, such as Gavi, BMGF, WHO, etc.
b.    Increases vaccine price transparency through continued involvement in WHO V3P price database, annual GVAP Price Report Working Group, and work with relevant actors such as UNICEF Supply Division, PAHO and Gavi.

c.    Engages with vaccine manufacturers on their pricing and access strategies, and works with MSF entities (MSF Supply and MSF European Supply Centres) to support timely and affordable vaccine access for MSF operations.
d.    Works with relevant AC colleagues on development of Vaccine Intellectual Property (IP) scope of work and implementation.
e.    Supports the assigned lead in the development of vaccine affordability and access materials such as the PCV Price Negotiation Toolkit (updating), The Right Shot 3rd edition, case studies of MSF experiences and other planned publications.


The ideal candidate will possess the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated experience working in policy and advocacy with a proven track record of success
  • Knowledge of resource-limited settings and the humanitarian field, and familiarity with MSF’s mission and field work
  • General understanding of the scope of humanitarian work and international current events
  • Knowledge of vaccination community and international institutions working on immunization/vaccination (especially WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, BMGF, civil society organizations, and key donors)
  • Understanding of challenges faced by NGOs and Ministries of Health to increase coverage of routine and new vaccines
  • Strong analytical and management skills, writing, and communication skills
  • Ability to effectively and diplomatically communicate with a range of actors
  • Keen attention to detail with ability to track multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to work independently and handle a large volume of work
  • Excellent communication and team working skills
  • Fluent written and spoken English, French a plus
  • Willingness to speak at public events when required on behalf of MSF
  • Willingness to travel in Europe and to field countries (especially in Africa)

Working conditions and travel environment

  • Travel of up to 35%



Candidates must already have the right to work in the USA o/and Europe

-Only short-listed candidates will be contacted-