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    Full-time Position
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    Research & Science
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  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      September 25,2021
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    Research Assistant to the Executive Director

    The Access to Medicine Foundation is looking for a research assistant to work directly with the Executive Director. The Foundation is motivated to guide pharmaceutical companies to do more for the two billion people in the world without access to the medicines they need.

    6-12 months, renewable
    Work Experience
    At least 1 year
    € 2.600,- € 3.100,-
    Work permit
    A valid work permit to work in the Netherlands is needed
    Amsterdam, the Netherlands
    Closing date
    Applications will be considered on a rolling basis
    Starting date
    As soon as possible

    The Access to Medicine Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our mission is to stimulate and guide pharmaceutical companies to do more for the two billion people worldwide who cannot access the medicines they need. The core pillar of our work is researching how pharmaceutical companies address the affordability and accessibility of their products in low and middle-income countries. To turn our research into real-world change, we engage with leading organisations, including companies, NGOs and governments.

    We are looking for a research assistant that is proactive, solution-oriented, self-motivated, curious, flexible, and would like to support the work of the Executive Director at the Foundation. In this role you will excel as a team player who collaborates, communicates clearly and who also is willing to challenge him/herself and peers.

    What the role looks like:

    • Preparing technical briefings for the Executive Director for high level outreach activities;
    • Preparing briefings, taking notes during meetings, transcribing recordings, talking points from research insights for the Executive Director role in panel discussions, key note speeches, interviews, etc.;
    • Review of external and internal documents for Executive Director to sign off;
    • Liaising with key staff within the organisation to collate and generate specific, defensible and actionable insights and recommendations;
    • Critical analysis of qualitative and quantitative data associated with one or more technical areas;
    • Collaborate and liaise with the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director on external engagement planning for the Executive Director;
    • Supporting other parts of the organisation (e.g. management team) with a research capacity as needed.

    The research assistant will report directly to the Executive Director.

    What we are looking for:

    • A graduate degree (Masters level a minimum) in related disciplines (e.g., journalism, business, health economics, life sciences, pharmaceutical sciences, or equivalent);
    • Native or professional level speaker (English) with excellent communication skills (writing/speaking) for different audiences;
    • Strong research and analytical skills to search, interpret and analyse large amounts of data quickly, accurately and thoroughly while keeping to deadlines;
    • Excellent organisational skills (for planning, discussions, data management);
    • Creative and independent person who enjoys translating complex ideas into communicable, easy-to-digest insights;
    • Having published articles in at least one of the key areas of access to medicine or pharmaceuticals (e.g. Research & Development, Pricing, Patents, Policy, Supply, Capacity building);
    • Experienced with creating and translating insights into speeches, talking points, and use of social media;
    • Experience with preparing talking points, speech writing, writing strategies and operational plans is a plus;
    • Experience in at least one of the key areas of pharmaceutical industry activity in access to medicine is a plus (e.g., pharma markets, drug pricing, R&D, IP management, capacity building and access programs in low and middle income countries).

    What we offer you:

    • Work in a diverse team with international backgrounds who are all based in our Amsterdam office;
    • Dynamic and innovative working environment;
    • Being part of the development of reports, projects and events which stimulate and guide the pharmaceutical industry to improve access to medicines in low- and middle income countries;
    • The possibility to work in a small, dedicated team where you can learn from each other;
    • Benefits that include 25 holidays on an annual basis based on a fulltime employment, company pension scheme, holiday allowance and reimbursement of public transport to work (if living beyond 10KM from the office).

    About the Access to Medicine Foundation:

    Our research products, the Access to Medicine Index and the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark, are valued by a wide network of experts and external stakeholders including pharmaceutical companies and industry watchers, governments, international agencies such as the United Nations and World Health Organization, pharma journalists, investors and global health professionals and academics. The Foundation also publishes stand-alone studies about the pharmaceutical industry. It identifies best practices, highlights where progress is being made, and uncovers where critical action is still required.

    With these tools and outreach work, the Foundation provides both an incentive and a guide for pharmaceutical companies to do more to improve access to medicine. Each new product brings new opportunities to stimulate change and to advance the global debate on access to medicine. The Foundation has also been developing a strategic plan addressing access with a wider range of healthcare companies for the coming years, leading to more opportunities to guide access. Quality research and analysis are essential activities within the Access to Medicine Foundation to achieve these change making goals.

    Get a sense of how our work is used in the media and across the global health community.

    How to apply:

    Interested in this exciting opportunity? Please send your cover letter with your motivation on why you would like to join the Access to Medicine Foundation and how you think you will fit in our team, your resume, the contact details of two references (e-mail address and/or phone number), and one writing sample (i.e. published article, thesis or white paper) to Mrs Mireille Deen at

    The application will not be considered unless it is complete and all supporting documentation has been provided. There will be no compensation for relocation costs.

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