Junior Global Health Advocate at Wemos

Wemos is an independent civil society organization that aims to improve health worldwide. We advocate the right to health for everyone, and believe that governments should ensure that the right health conditions are in place for their citizens: access to health care and protection from threats to health. We work closely with other civil society organizations, knowledge institutes, medical specialists and media in the Netherlands as well as abroad. For our projects, we join forces with national and international networks and organizations that, just like us, work towards improving public health globally.
The specific advocacy focus of Wemos is on strengthening health systems to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – accessible and affordable quality health services and medicines for everyone – following the internationally adopted agenda of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

For strengthening our UHC team we are currently hiring a junior Global Health Advocate (32-36 hours/week)

She/he will mainly support our activities in the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership and the Public Return on Public Investment project.

To apply
Submit your letter of motivation and curriculum vitae to info@wemos.nl on February 18th 2018 at the latest. The first interviews will be held on February 26th and 27th 2018.

More information
For further information, please contact Karen Kramer, manager Health Systems, e-mail: karen.kramer@wemos.nl

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 In the Health Systems Advocacy Partnership (HSAP) we work in a consortium of four organizations (together with AMREF Health Africa, African Centre of Global Health and Social Transformation (ACHEST) and Health Action International (HAI)). Our work focuses on five sub-Saharan African Countries (Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Tanzania, and Malawi), developing innovative practices that combine advocacy, research and civil society engagement to strengthen health systems from the ground up. The role of Wemos is to translate country case studies into effective evidence-based advocacy aimed at the Dutch government, and relevant European and global institutions.

The ‘Public Return on Public Investment’ (PRPI) project pursues policy changes in The Netherlands (and related to that at EU and WHO levels) to ensure that public investments in health are of true value to the public’s health. In other words, investments that lead to affordable and accessible essential health services and medicines to all, and to the attainment of the health related sustainable development goals.

One of pillars of the PRPI project, ‘Aid-for-Trade’, focuses on the way Dutch Official Development Assistance (ODA) is used to support private, for-profit enterprises in the health sector in low-income countries and emerging market in Sub Saharan Africa. Wemos raises critical questions on how effective these enterprises are in furthering health development and the strengthening of health systems and whether they are in accordance with worldwide accepted principles for aid effectiveness and OECD guidelines.

In the other pillar, ‘Medicines that matter’, Wemos pursues policy changes at Dutch (and related to that EU and WHO) level, that will lead to independent research data for the assessment of a medicine’s added therapeutic value (ATV). The inclusion of independent research data in market authorization applications is one remedy that we deem necessary for the benefit of patients’ medical needs. With research on how much public money is invested in medicines in the Netherlands, we can lobby for greater transparency and stronger conditions on medicine prices.

Responsibilities

  • Follows new developments and debates in Dutch policy in Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation and Health on relevant thematic areas;
  • Undertakes actives searches on relevant knowledge in Dutch or international channels of information;
  • Signals developments, new information and opinions that are relevant to the area of aid-for-trade and health systems in health care in low income countries and emerging markets;
  • Updates a knowledge database used to inform policy advocacy;
  • Collects and inputs HSAP indicators into monitoring and evaluation system;
  • Writes issue briefs, texts and contributes to communication products (press releases, web texts, opinions, editorials) for awareness raising on relevant thematic areas;
  • Maintains a list of media and contacts journalists covering relevant thematic areas;
  • Supports meetings with third parties for collaboration or advocacy;
  • Willingness to travel.

Position in the organization
The Junior Global Health Advocate is supervised by the Manager Health Systems. The analyst will be part of Wemos’ Health Systems team.

Knowledge and skills

  • Academic working and thinking level in fields such as development studies or global health;
  • Knowledge of (and vision on) global health, development assistance and finance for health related development goals;
  • Policy research and analytical skills;
  • Good in relation management in the media and communication field;
  • Excellent command of written and verbal English and Dutch;
  • Good writing skills, able to translate research (reports) into position papers or web texts for a broader audience;
  • Pro-active in communication of Wemos’ ideas (through various lobby channels including the media);
  • Network of communication or the media sector related to policy making is an asset.

What we offer

  • A team of advocates, researchers, communications specialists and organizational support;
  • An inspiring internationally oriented organization currently located in Amsterdam;
  • A 36-hours/week in case of a full-time contract;
  • A salary based on experience and academic background.