Vacancy Access to Medicine Foundation - closing on 14 Feb 2020

Research Assistant

The Access to Medicine Foundation is looking for a dedicated research assistant who will support the Investor Engagement team to manage our interactions with investors and ensure the materiality of our findings for the investment community, in particular institutional investors interested in environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues.


12 months

Work experience:



€ 1,750,- per month (gross)



Starting date:


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.

As of December 2019, 98 investors (collectively managing more than $13 trillion assets) have signed our investor statement and committed to using the research of the Access to Medicine Foundation in their investment analysis and engagement with companies. International standards and tools such as the SASB Standard for the Pharmaceutical Industry and GIIN Navigating Impact have made explicit reference to our work. Numerous international leaders have expressed their support to our innovative approach. 

Role and responsibilities

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

1. Investor engagement

  • Track news at the intersection of responsible investment, ESG issues and pharmaceutical companies
  • Support the development of a strong business case for the inclusion of access to medicine into investment decision-making
  • Assist with investor outreach activities, maintain signatory investor database and conduct relevant background research
  • Assist investors’ bilateral and collaborative engagement with pharmaceutical companies

2. Strategy

  • Support the Investor Engagement Manager and Director of Strategy with strategy projects, as necessary
  • Explore potential synergies and partnerships with investors and other organisations working on responsible investment and ESG issues
  • 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 finance, international relations and health
  • Strong evidence of excellent academic performance during Bachelor’s and/or Master’s studies
  • Good knowledge of issues and trends related to responsible investment, impact investing, ESG issues and responsible business conduct
  • Familiarity with global health and the relevant role of pharmaceutical companies    
  • Proficient written and spoken English
  • Great attention to detail
  • Ability to summarise complex information

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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