Vacancy Access to Medicine Foundation - closing on 15 Jul 2020

Writer/Editor (staff/freelance)

Do you have at least 2 years' experience as a copy-writer? Do you have a good working knowledge of the healthcare sector or pharmaceutical industry? The Access to Medicine Foundation is looking for an experienced health-focused copy-writer who excels at distilling complex concepts into crisp, clear prose. Applications to work on a freelance basis are also welcome.


Full time, initially 6 months

Work experience:

2 years


€ 3.000 - € 3.500 per month (gross)



Closing date:


Start of employment:


What you will be doing

As Writer/Editor, you will focus on copy-writing and on copy- and content- editing. You will work on a broad range of texts, from research reports such as the Access to Medicine Index, to tweets, headlines, web-texts, speeches and direct mails. You will work closely with our researchers and our publications team to help shape and structure their findings into digestible reports.

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?

  • Copy-writing and copy-editing support to colleagues working on research publications, namely the next Access to Medicine Index;
  • 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.

Your skills


  • Proven ability to write quickly and crisply, to a brief, and in line with the house style
  • Actively seeks feedback on drafts, and can rework 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 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
  • Proven ability to copy-edit texts to improve clarity and to match house-style, while preserving the original arguments and tone of voice
  • Excellent at content-editing texts to improve style, structure, flow, robustness, and/or argumentation
  • Meticulous proof-reader with zero tolerance for error

You are

  • 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

Experience and qualifications

  • Essential: 2 years’ experience as a copywriter/editor working on a wide variety of texts (length, style, tone, purpose)
  • Essential: Experience of synthesising complex ideas into accessible summaries and reports (NB: we are looking for a writer/editor, not a researcher)
  • 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 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 by sending the following documents to Mrs. Mireille Deen at

  •  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;
  • A portfolio of your most relevant recent work (articles, reports, blog posts, letters etc);
  • Your resume;
  • The contact details of two references (e-mail address and/or phone number).

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.

Applications to work on a freelance basis are also welcome – please include relevant details about your availability and rates.  

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