Now hiring: Communications Officer

Access to Medicine Foundation

The Access to Medicine Foundation is looking for an all-round Communications Officer – someone with a particular interest in developing online and social channels, and who can create and carry out new tactics to strengthen our campaigning approach.

What you will be doing

As Communications Officer, you will support our communications team across all tools and channels. You will focus on managing our online and social channels, including reshaping research and content to appeal to different audiences. You will work with the team in making, publishing and leveraging our research reports, such as the Access to Medicine Index, including media and stakeholder outreach. You will also be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date bank of communications tools (photos, images, slides, logos, etc.) for use in campaigns, events and online. This is a broad role in a highly collaborative team, where all members are expected to come forward with new ideas and play an active role in shaping our approach to communications. You will report to the Communications Manager.

Salary:            Competitive, depending on experience

Position:          Communications Officer

Contract:         Full-time, initially 1 year, with opportunity to make permanent.

Location:         Amsterdam

Experience:      2 years

About the Foundation

The Access to Medicine Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam. Our mission is to stimulate and guide the pharmaceutical industry to do more for the 2 billion people worldwide who still cannot access the medicine they need. The core pillar of our work is researching how pharmaceutical companies make medicine and vaccines more affordable and accessible in poorer countries. To turn our research into real-world change, we engage with leading organisations, including companies, NGOs and governments.

Our communications are seen by a wide network of experts and groups, 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.

Communications at the Foundation

As Communications Officer, you will be joining an inventive Communications Team where all members take a hands-on approach. Our teamwork style is highly collaborative, with clear ownership of different streams and projects. We work closely with colleagues at all levels of the organisation, including the Executive Director and members of the strategy and research teams. We are responsible for:

  • Managing the Foundation’s brand and reputation among our various stakeholder groups;
  • Making, publishing and leveraging our reports and publications, including media and stakeholder outreach (launch and campaign management);
  • Developing, maintaining and updating our communications tools and channels, including online;
  • Facilitating messaging (research-driven and corporate), and supporting our spokespeople;
  • Organising events (in-house and external);
  • Managing and triggering engagement with journalists and the media.
  • Preparing corporate communications (e.g., annual report)

What will your main tasks and responsibilities be?

  • Web and digital channel management (incl. analytics): including making and updating sites and pages, making and reshaping content to match external conversations, content management, SEO and analytics.
  • Develop, produce and distribute content across various channels and platforms, including newsletters, presentations, online and in social channels.
  • Make and manage slide/PPt sets: make and manage corporate slidedecks, make new slidedecks for speaking events as needed.
  • Comms tool database: maintain and update the Foundation’s database of PDFs, images, photos, slidedecks, logos, media lists, etc.
  • Project management, planning and support (as needed): including direct mailing, media campaigns, event planning, report production.

Your skills

Content creation – including web and social

  • Proven ability to develop and adapt visual and written content, particularly for web and social channels;
  • Excellent at designing and making PPt presentations;
  • Making complex ideas accessible and tailoring messages to different audiences and stakeholders (in Dutch and English).

Channel and project management

  • Excellent at making detailed project plans and channel strategies, executing them and evaluating success/impact
  • Excellent at gathering and interpreting data from key performance metrics (analytics)
  • Excellent at managing ongoing processes and recurrent tasks, alongside one-off tasks and projects

Stakeholder and media outreach and leveraging communications

  • Proven ability to identify and profile key stakeholders (including media contacts) in relation to specific topics
  • Able to anticipate and meet the communications needs of different stakeholders

You are:

  • Proactive, with a proven ability to work independently
  • Results- and action-oriented, with a pragmatic, hands-on mentality
  • Agile and stress-resistant: able to work to multiple deadlines and think creatively when under pressure
  • Fully fluent in Dutch and highly proficient in English (i.e., written English at a native level)

Experience and qualifications

  • Essential: 2 years’ experience as a communications officer or in an equivalent role, preferably with a focus on digital/social communications
  • Experience of planning, executing and evaluating international communications campaigns and working in multiple project teams at the same time
  • Experience of using social media (preferably Twitter and LinkedIn) and/or online platforms to achieve specific communications objectives
  • Experience of gathering and analysing data to evaluate communications activities
  • An advantage: experience of media outreach
  • An advantage: qualifications in Communications Sciences or equivalent (e.g., Media Science, Digital Communications Management)
  • Experience of using: MS Word, MS PowerPoint, Gmail, Mailchimp (or similar), WordPress (or similar), Google Analytics, Excel, TweetDeck (or similar). Experience of any of the following is also an advantage: Salesforce, InCopy, InDesign, Photoshop, Adobe PDF Pro.

How to apply

Is this the job for you? To apply, show us what you can do: send your CV (max. 2 pages) as well as a portfolio of your most relevant campaigns with a short cover note. At the Foundation, if you see an opportunity to improve how we work, we encourage you to make the most of it. We’re curious to know how you would shape our communications.

Please apply by email to Mireille Deen at

The deadline for applications is Friday 12 May (17:00CET). Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. Start date: as soon as possible.

About the Access to Medicine Index

The Access to Medicine Index analyses 20 of the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical companies with products for high-burden diseases in low- and middle-income countries. The Index ranks these companies according to their efforts to improve access to medicine in seven areas of corporate behaviour, including pricing, patents, ethical behaviour and donations. It covers 107 low- and middle-income countries and 50 high-burden diseases, and examines eight types of products, from medicines to vaccines to diagnostics. The Index identifies best practices, highlights where progress is being made, and uncovers where critical action is still required. In this way, the Index provides both an incentive and a guide for pharmaceutical companies to do more to improve access to medicine. It is published every two years by the Access to Medicine Foundation, an independent non-profit organisation.

About the Access to Medicine Foundation

The Access to Medicine Foundation is an independent, non-profit organisation based in the Netherlands. It aims to advance access to medicine in low- and middle-income countries by stimulating and guiding the pharmaceutical industry to play a greater role in improving access to medicine. The Foundation is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the UK Department for International Development. For ten years, the Foundation has been building consensus on the role for the pharmaceutical industry in improving access to medicine and vaccines. It published its first benchmark of industry activity in this area in 2008, in the first Access to Medicine Index. The fifth Access to Medicine Index was published in November 2016. In 2017, the Foundation will publish the first Access to Vaccines Index, funded by the Dutch National Postcode Lottery, and the first Antimicrobial Benchmark, funded by the UK and Dutch governments.

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