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Strategy Research Assistant

The Access to Medicine Foundation is looking for a dedicated research assistant who will support the Government Relations Manager and the Director of Strategy to engage with global health stakeholders and enhance the impact and value of our activities.

Role and responsibilities

Role and responsibilities

We are seeking a motivated, entry-level research assistant who will work under the supervision of the Director of Strategy. Tasks will focus on two areas: (1) engagement with global health stakeholders, and (2) strategy.

1. Research

  • Track relevant news related to global health donors and stakeholders, as well as target governments and pharmaceutical companies.
  • Create and update donor profiles to inform outreach to, and engagement with, global health stakeholders, potential donors and existing funders.
  • Assist in exploring potential synergies and partnerships with other organizations and governments, by means of background research.

2. Project administration

  • Assist the Manager of Government Relations and Director of Strategy with administrative and project coordination tasks, including preparation of meeting materials, note-taking and organization of government-facing events.
  • Assist with donor outreach activities, including maintaining the donor database, drafting outreach emails, and providing background research on potential donors.

3. Strategy

  • Support the Manager of Government Relations and Director of Strategy with strategy projects, as necessary.
  • Assist in the preparation of briefing documents in view of meetings and calls with governments and global health stakeholders, including policy briefs and presentations.


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.

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

Profile and essential skills

  • A Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in health, global health or international affairs (or similar)
  • Great attention to detail
  • Familiarity with global health and the relevant role of pharmaceutical companies
  • Strong evidence of excellent academic performance during Bachelor’s and Master’s studies
  • Availability for a minimum of 6 months to work 36 or 40 hrs a week
  • Proficient written and spoken English
  • Ability to summarize complex information
  • Proactive participation in extra-curricular initiatives

How to apply

Interested candidates should send their CV, the names of two references, a motivation letter and one writing sample to Mireille Deen,

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, and interviews will take place in January 2019.

More about the Access to Medicine Foundation

The Access to Medicine Foundation is an independent, 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 medicines they need. The core pillar of our work is researching how pharmaceutical companies address the availability, 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, governments, NGOs and asset managers.

Our main research programmes in 2018 are the Access to Medicine Index and the first-ever Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark. The Access to Medicine Index is a biennial evaluation of 20 of the world’s largest research-based pharmaceutical companies. The Antimicrobial Research Benchmark is a new tool that will track how pharmaceutical, generic and biopharmaceutical companies are responding to the global increase in drug-resistant infections. The Foundation also publishes the Access to Vaccines Index and thematic studies focused on priority access topics, such as improving access to contraceptives and cancer care.

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.”


6 months

Work experience



€ 1,750,- per month (gross)



Closing date

January 7, 2019

Start of employment

January 2019

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