Research Assistant

The Access to Medicine Foundation is looking for a dedicated research assistant who will support the Government Engagement team to manage our interactions with governments, funders and global health stakeholders and enhance the impact of our activities.


12 months

Work experience:



1.750 EUR per month (gross)


Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Closing date:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Starting date:

As soon as possible

About the Access to Medicine 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 analysing and comparing how pharmaceutical companies address the availability, affordability and accessibility of their products in low- and middle-income countries. We benchmark companies against each other, and identify best practices and progress gaps. To turn our research into real-world change, we engage with leading organisations, including companies, governments, investors and NGOs. Our main research programmes are the Access to Medicine Index and the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark.

Numerous international leaders have endorsed the work of the Access to Medicine Foundation. In 2016, a year-long independent evaluation of the Access to Medicine Index found that the Index “has made commendable contributions towards advancing the engagement of the pharmaceutical industry with the issue of access to medicine”. The Index acts as “a catalyst for accelerating ongoing access-to-medicine activities and as an inspiration for development of new activities.”

Roles and responsibilities

We are seeking a motivated, entry-level Research Assistant. Tasks will focus on two areas: (1) government engagement, and (2) strategy.

1. Government engagement

  • Track news at the intersection of access to medicine, global health financing and fundraising
  • Create and update donor profiles to inform outreach to, and engagement with, potential donors
  • Support the development of a strong value proposition for the Foundation’s funding proposal
  • Assist with outreach activities by maintaining contact databases, searching for potential partners and conducting background research on their programmes

2. Strategy

  • Support the Government Engagement Manager and Director of Strategy with strategy projects, as necessary
  • Explore potential synergies and partnerships with global health donors, governments in low- and middle-income countries and other global health stakeholders
  • Prepare briefings in view of events, meetings and calls
  • Draft notes of meetings and calls

Profile and essential skills

  • A University degree in a relevant discipline, including global health, development and human rights
  • Ability to summarize complex information
  • Strong evidence of excellent academic performance during Bachelor’s and/or Master’s studies
  • Good knowledge of issues and trends related to access to medicine, global health, development and responsible business conduct
  • Familiarity with global health and the relevant role of pharmaceutical companies
  • Proficient written and spoken English
  • Great attention to detail

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

Interested in this exciting opportunity? Please send the following documents to Mrs. Mireille Deen at

  • a 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
  • your resume, including academic performance (e.g., grades)
  • the contact details of two references (e-mail address and/or phone number)
  • one writing sample (e.g., published article, white paper, thesis).

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.

Please note, the Dutch Immigration and Naturalization Service (IND) does not grant visas for people from countries outside the EU for positions in this pay bracket.

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