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  • Posted: Oct 15, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
  • Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is an independent, not-for-profit drug development initiative established in 2003 by five publicly-funded research organizations - Malaysian Ministry of Health, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Indian Council of Medical Research, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation Brazil, and the Institut Pasteur - as well as an internati...
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    Senior Market Access Manager

    Purpose of the position

    • The Senior Market Access Manager will support the translation of new clinical evidence into policy and routine practice in five target countries – Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda. We are looking for someone who has extensive experience setting up and managing public health projects in East Africa, preferably on Leishmaniasis and/or other Neglected Tropical Diseases.
    • The Senior Market Access Manager will work in very close collaboration and guidance from the Ministry of Health leishmaniasis national program and respective NTD national working groups. The position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya but expected to spend significant portion of their time in Ethiopia and other countries in East Africa.

    Specific Job Responsibilities

    • Act as a thought leader for VL in the East Africa region, working under the supervision of the DNDi Access Head and in collaboration with regional leadership to develop and guide strategies to improve access to high-quality VL services across the region and address service gaps, identify national and regional priorities, support the development and implementation of appropriate programs and interventions, and fundraising as needed.
    • Following the workplan described in the European & Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) funded VL Access consortium, work closely with DNDi Disease Head and other relevant people to develop the program strategy, identify new opportunities for engagement, develop and deliver on develop clear operational plans for execution. This includes assisting the LeishAccess project coordinator in the management of the different working packages in close collaboration with WP5 members.
    • Coordinate training and capacity building activities collaboratively with key national institutions.
    • With support from Procurement expert, help governments ensure an uninterrupted supply of essential VL commodities in the project countries by building stock monitoring tools and dashboards and working closely with procurement agents and government logistics units to understand and map funding flows, ordering cycles, and delivery timelines.
    • Serve as a thought leader on product regulatory issues in East Africa, mitigating delays where necessary by facilitating communication between suppliers and buyers (e.g., WHO, national drug regulatory bodies etc)
    • Establish and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships and engagement with Ministry of Health, WHO, local and regional institutional partners, and technical/academic institutions at national levels, and ensure maximum coordination of resources and effort.
    • Provide strategic and high-quality technical assistance to the government as needed/requested, and nurture a trusted relationship with government partners based on a track record of delivering results that exceed expectations in speed and quality.
    • Identify key impediments to the successful execution of the program strategy and work with the MOH and partners to develop and implement solutions to rapidly address these bottlenecks.
    • Facilitate donor communication and manage monitoring and reporting of financial and programmatic progress.
    • Support fundraising efforts to secure opportunities for broader scale-up and impact. This includes engaging in high-level interactions with governments and donors to represent organisation's vision and pitch our tools, approaches and interventions.

    The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive, and you may be required to undertake other responsibilities appropriate to your grade. This job description may be subject to review.

    Reporting line

    · The Senior Market Access Manager reports to NTD Head of Access

    • Dotted reporting line to the Head of Visceral Leishmaniasis
    • Close working relationship with the Head of Regional Clinical Operations (EA), relevant members of the DNDi African regional office, Nairobi and DNDi global disease teams.


    • Works in coordination with Access and VL team, based in Geneva, and in the regional offices; as well as with other transversal R&D units (Medical Affairs, Pharmaceutical Development, Translational Sciences)
    • This role promotes programs and maintains productive relationships by projecting the image of a credible partner and ensures commitment of partners.

    Job Requirements

    Skills and Attributes

    • Very strong ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
    • Very clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates strong judgment and problem solving competencies
    • Very strong communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
    • Very strong ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team
    • Very well organized and structured
    • Very strong analytical skills
    • Very strong ability to lead project delivery
    • Very strong ability to manage large size projects with budget management
    • Strong strategic thinking and leadership abilities
    • Very strong management, negotiation, and advocacy skills
    • Very strong ability to exercise high degree of independence to support program delivery and explore new areas of activities
    • Very strong ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders
    • Lead and motivate a team for optimum performance, supervising junior staff


    • Over 8 years in Senior role
    • Proven ability to work effectively in a team environment and matrix structure
    • working on public health issues, preferably leishmaniasis and other communicable diseases.
    • Prior experience working in Eastern Africa is strongly preferred.
    • Experience working on new product introduction, procurement and supply chain management in East Africa.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a track record of consensus building and managing relationships with a range of stakeholders across sectors
    • Experience and understanding of monitoring and evaluation for large, complex projects
    • Ability to demonstrate high performance conceiving, planning, and executing on complex programs in unstructured and demanding environments without extensive operational support


    · Advanced Degree (Masters Public Health or master’s in Business Administration) or equivalent.

    Other Requirements

    • Travel up to 60%

    Method of Application

    Interested and qualified? Go to Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) on to apply

    Note: Never pay for any training, certificate, assessment, or testing to the recruiter.

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