Do you have a way with the written word and experience making reports or publications? Do you have good knowledge of the healthcare sector or global health? The Access to Medicine Foundation is looking for a health-focused writer/editor who excels at distilling complex concepts into polished publications.
Full time, 12 months (with possibility of renewal)
€ 3.000 - € 3.700 per month (gross)
What you will be doing
As Writer/Editor, you will support the communications manager in delivering the Foundation’s editorial projects, working on all aspects of the process from concepting, through copy-writing and -editing, layout and design. You will work closely with our researchers and our suppliers (freelance editors and designers) to help shape and structure findings into digestible reports and web pages. You will work on a broad range of texts, from research reports such as the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark, to tweets, headlines, web-texts and direct mails.
About the Foundation
The Access to Medicine Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam. Our mission is to stimulate and guide pharmaceutical companies to do more for the 2 billion people worldwide who cannot access the medicine they need. The core pillar of our work is researching whether and how pharmaceutical companies are addressing the accessibility of their medicines and vaccines 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 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.
Communications at the Foundation
As Writer/Editor, 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. 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, and including corporate communications (e.g., annual report);
- Facilitating messaging (research-driven and corporate), and supporting our spokespeople; and,
- Managing and triggering engagement with journalists and the media.
What will your main tasks and responsibilities be?
- Delivering the Foundation’s editorial projects, starting with the next Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark report, working on all aspects of the process from concepting, through copy-writing and -editing, layout and design;
- Reshaping published research into accessible summaries: for, e.g., news releases, factsheets, webcopy, FAQs, direct mails;
- Writing news articles and updates about our activities: for our websites, LinkedIn, newsletter, Twitter.
- Proven ability to write quickly and crisply, to a brief, and in line with the house style, seeking feedback on drafts, and reworking a piece when needed
- Excellent at quickly and accurately reshaping input (spoken, written, in bullets or long-form) into a crisp and clear story
- Affinity for tailoring messages to specific audiences or people
- Proven ability to make complex ideas accessible
- Can manage the copy/content editing process end-to-end, from developing the concept/brief, through to a final, reviewed and sign-ed off text, and ensuring internal quality controls are completed (such as factchecks)
- Excellent at content-editing texts to improve style, structure, flow, robustness, and/or argumentation
- Meticulous proof-reader with zero tolerance for error
- Understands the process of making a report, and can manage the process to completion
- Eye for design and experience of working with designers and editors to make the important information stand out, including through charts, illustrations and figures, within the house-style
- Perceptive and constructive project manager, who is adept at the day-to-day tracking of progress toward milestones and along workflows Solutions-oriented and a great communicator (you will be keeping researchers, suppliers and internal stakeholders informed about expectations, workflows and progress, looking for solutions where obstacles arise
- Proactive, with a proven ability to work independently as well as in a team, 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 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;
- Available to start asap;
- The position will be based in Amsterdam and a valid work permit to work in the Netherlands is needed, EU applicants welcome.
Experience and qualifications
- Essential: 2 years’ experience of driving the production of reports and publications, including working with suppliers
- Essential: 2 years’ experience as a writer/editor (or equivalent) synthesising complex research into accessible summaries and reports
- An advantage: working knowledge of global health issues and/or the healthcare sector and/or the pharmaceutical industry;
- An advantage: qualifications in journalism or editing;
- Experience of using: MS Word (essential), MS PowerPoint, Gmail, Mailchimp (or similar), WordPress (or similar), Excel (basic), InCopy (a plus).
What we offer you
- A dynamic, innovative, international working environment and 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)
How to apply
Is this the job for you? To apply, show us what you can do and send us:
- Your CV (max. 2 pages)
- A portfolio of your most relevant work (articles, reports, blog posts, letters…)
- 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.
- Contact details for two referees.
Please apply by email to Mireille Deen at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.