Are you a keen copy-editor who thrives on crafting crisp clear prose? Are you able to deftly trim and edit written input to produce new texts as well as strong supporting visuals? The Access to Medicine Foundation is looking for a Writer/Editor with publishing experience who excels at executing publishing projects, balancing text and visuals to make the message shine through.
Full-time, 6-12 months (with possibility of renewal)
At least 2 years
€3,000 - €3,300
A valid work permit to work in the Netherlands is needed
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis
As soon as possible
About the Foundation
The Access to Medicine Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam. Our mission is to stimulate and guide healthcare companies to do more for people living in low- and middle-income countries who cannot access the worldwide who cannot access the essential healthcare they need. The core pillar of our work is researching how essential healthcare companies address the affordability and accessibility of their products in these countries. To translate our research into real-world change, we engage with leading organisations, including companies, NGOs and governments. Our communications are seen and used 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.
What will you be doing
As Writer/Editor, you will be part of the publishing powerhouse within the Foundation. You will focus on copy- and content-editing, and on developing visuals and layouts that support our messages. As part of our publications team, you will lead and deliver publishing projects, working closely with our policy experts and research teams to help shape and structure findings and insights into digestible texts. You will work on a broad range of texts and tools, from research reports and policy briefs, to headlines, web content, meeting reports and direct mails.
You will be joining an inventive Communications Team where all members take a hands-on approach. Our teamwork style is highly collaborative, yet 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.
What will your main tasks and responsibilities be?
- Lead and deliver editorial projects, from smaller-scale briefing papers up to larger research reports.
- Copy- and content-editing, including page design, for the production of research publications, such as the next Access to Medicine Index
- Reshaping research into accessible take-aways: for, e.g., policy briefs, news releases, factsheets, web copy, FAQs, direct mails
- Writing news articles and updates and developing supporting visuals: for our website, LinkedIn, newsletter, Twitter
- Writes quickly and crisply, to a brief, and in line with the house style
- Affinity for tailoring messages to specific audiences
- Proven ability to make complex ideas accessible
- Actively seeks feedback on drafts, and can rework a piece when needed
- Excellent at content-editing texts to improve style, structure, flow, robustness, and/or argumentation
- Proven ability to develop visuals (figures, infographics, icons, etc) that support the text
- Can manage editorial processes, including coordinating delivery of input and checking it meets the brief; giving appropriate feedback and guidance; getting appropriate sign-off and ensuring quality controls are completed
- Meticulous proof-reader with zero tolerance for error
- Proactive, with a proven ability to work independently as well as in a team, with a pragmatic, hands-on mentality
- Open and solutions-oriented, able to give and take feedback constructively
- Agile and stress-resistant, able to work to multiple deadlines and think creatively when under pressure
- Fully fluent in English (preferably as a first language), Dutch language skills are a plus
- Careful and thorough when it comes to fact-checking and/or interpreting results
Experience and qualifications
- Essential: 2 years’ experience as a writer/editor, or equivalent. Relevant experience would include working as a publishing assistant, editor, content manager, in magazine journalism or in science communications.
- Essential: Experience of working with researchers, analysts or other ‘content providers’ to develop editorial projects and reports that are visually appealing and excellently written
- Essential: Experience of working in multiple project teams at the same time
- An advantage: working knowledge of global health issues and/or the healthcare sector and/or the pharmaceutical industry
- An advantage: qualifications in communications, journalism or editing
- Experience of using: MS Word (essential), InDesign (a plus), Illustrator or similar (a plus), MS PowerPoint (essential), WordPress (or similar), Excel (basic), InCopy (a plus).
What we offer you
- A dynamic, innovative, working environment with an international team based in our Amsterdam office. This position is not available for remote working in a country outside the Netherlands.
- The opportunity to help achieve effective and impactful communications streams, with space to be creative and propose new solutions.
- Benefits include 25 holidays on an annual basis based on a fulltime employment, mandatory company pension scheme, holiday allowance and reimbursement of public transport to work (if living beyond 10km from the office).
Want 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 work (articles, reports, blog posts, letters…), with a motivation letter that explains why you will excel in this position appeals, and why you particularly want to join the Access to Medicine Foundation.
Please apply by email to Mireille Deen at email@example.com.
Interviews will take place on a rolling basis. 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.