Vacancy Access to Medicine Foundation - closing on 01 Apr 2019

Research Assistant

The Access to Medicine Foundation is looking for a Research Assistant  – to support the Executive Director in preparing research insights, technical briefings and talking points for high-level outreach activities. 


6 months, renewable


1.750 EUR - 3.300 EUR per month gross


Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Closing date:

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Starting date:

As soon as possible

The Access to Medicine Foundation is a non-profit organisation based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Our mission is to stimulate and guide pharmaceutical companies to do more for the two billion people worldwide who cannot access the medicines they need. The core pillar of our work is researching how pharmaceutical companies address the affordability and accessibility of their products in low and middle-income countries. To turn our research into real-world change, we engage with leading organisations, including companies, NGOs and governments.

Roles and responsibilities

We have a vacancy for a Research Assistant to support our high-level outreach activities. Main responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Preparing technical briefings for the Executive Director for high-level outreach activities;
  • Preparing talking points from research insights for the Executive Director role in panel discussions, key note speeches, interviews, etc.;
  • Critical analysis of qualitative and quantitative data associated with one or more technical areas;
  • Liaising with key staff within organization to collate and generate specific, defensible and actionable recommendations;
  • Contributing ideas to improve the products of the ATM Foundation;
  • Supporting other parts of the organization (e.g. management team) with a research capacity as needed.

The research assistant will report directly to the Executive Director.

Profile and essential skills

  • A graduate degree (Masters level) in related disciplines (e.g., journalism, business, finance, health economics, life sciences, epidemiology, pharmaceutical sciences, global health, or equivalent);
  • Excellent communication skills (writing/speaking) in English;
  • Strong research and analytical skills to search, interpret and analyse data, accurately and thoroughly while keeping to deadlines;
  • Excellent organisational skills (for event planning, discussions, data management);
  • Having published in at least one of the key areas of access to medicine or pharmaceuticals is a plus (e.g. Research & Development, Pricing, Patents, Policy, Supply, Capacity building);
  • Recent graduates are encouraged to apply;
  • Experience in at least one of the key areas of pharmaceutical industry activity in access to medicine is a plus (e.g., topics like pricing, R&D, governance, IP management, capacity building and access programs in low and middle income countries).


The Access to Medicine Foundation offers benefits that include 25 days’ annual leave (pro rata), company pension scheme, holiday allowance and reimbursement of public transport to work (if living beyond 10KM from the office). No reimbursement will be provided for relocation expenses.

About the Access to Medicine Foundation

Our research products, The Access to Medicine Index, the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark are valued by a wide network of experts and external stakeholders 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.  The Foundation also publishes stand-alone studies about the pharmaceutical industry's involvement in themes.   It identifies best practices, highlights where progress is being made, and uncovers where critical action is still required.

With these tools and outreach work, the Foundation provides both an incentive and a guide for pharmaceutical companies to do more to improve access to medicine. Each new product brings new opportunities to stimulate change and to advance the global debate on access to medicine. Quality research and analysis are essential activities within the Access to Medicine Foundation to achieve these change making goals.

​How to apply

Interested candidates should send a motivation letter, CV, two references, and one writing sample (i.e. published article, thesis or white paper) to Mireille Deen at The application will not be considered unless it is complete and all supporting documentation has been provided. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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