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  • Posted: Oct 4, 2021
    Deadline: Not specified
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  • Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalised healthcare - a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible. Roche is the ...
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    Health Policy & Access Partner, Africa

    The focus for this role would be to bring global policies to local levels to shape and influence implementation across the continent through support of affiliate teams. The role would be based on the continent (e.g. Nairobi or Addis Ababa) for consistent engagement with regional and/or local stakeholders who have regional influence and to enable travel to countries across the continent as needed.  This role has both strategic and tactical elements to support initiatives that span multiple countries and for linkage at the regional level with Roche Pharma and Diabetes Care colleagues. This role is about the “how” and the “what” in regional health policy. 

    The Access and Policy Partner , Africa will focus on global health policy and government affairs topics across the African continent and across Roche’s divisions.  

    The successful incumbent will serve as a point of contact for health policy for Africa to regional intergovernmental organizations (eg: African Union, OAFLAD, Africa CDC) and related local agencies/NGOs (Amref, CHAI). This person will engage with regional level stakeholders, provide insights into African regional health priorities and policy agendas and provide support for the local affiliate policy teams. This will be done within the context of the One Roche Africa Policy and Partnership Squad and a team effort together with other policy roles.

     This person will bring insights into the political and economic healthcare ecosystem for key regions on the African continent, build strong relationships with regional or national stakeholders that influence across multiple countries and advocate for patient access to healthcare no matter where they live.  

    Responsibilities include:

    • Build a deep understanding of the health ecosystems across the African continent to set policy agenda priorities including the environments, institutional and political landscapes with emphasis on key priority countries linked to the One Roche Policy and Partnership strategy . 
    • Actively engage and build relationships with political stakeholders and key influencers of health policy agendas at regional and national levels in coordination with global health policy lead and the One Africa Roche Policy and Partnership  Squad to enable removal of barriers and bring key disease area and health topics to the priority agenda for rapid, broad and sustainable access to Roche innovations for patients.
    • Conduct research, analyze current healthcare policies, evaluate the effects of proposed legislation, and reporting on findings within the One Roche Africa Policy and Partnership  Squad, EMEA LATAM region and Area Africa to identify unmet needs and opportunities.
    • Influence political and social events to increase voice around healthcare issues related to key business initiatives under the strategic initiatives of Roche in Africa both internally and externally.
    • Build supporting tools and knowledge resources (eg best practice) for implementation of policy agenda at local levels that deliver clear, evidence-based and compelling positions for governments and key influencers including financial aspects (eg pricing, business models), monitoring and evaluation metrics to track momentum for access and lessons learned and communication mechanisms (eg communities of practice).
    • Support affiliate policy and commercial teams in local activities in minimizing gaps/hurdles to access in support of health system strengthening initiatives and public private partnerships.  Such projects include Global Access Program, One Roche Cancer Diagnostics strategy, Women's Health, UHC, NCDs and local affiliate pilot projects for access. 
    • Member of One Roche Policy and Partnership Squad for Africa, One Africa Policy and Partnership team, EMEA LATAM Governmental Affairs team and interface with Pharma Global Access Policy team and Communication teams for coordination in the co-creation of Africa health policy leading to greater regional government support for health development activities.

    Impact will be measured by:

    • Contribution to regional/area business objectives, regional/area business growth and increased patient access across Africa.
    • Delivery of key initiatives that result in changes to regional or local policies leading greater access within agreed timelines.
    • Development of key relationships within the African health policy ecosystem to shape policy agendas.
    • Creation of health policy engagement and shaping capabilities within the local teams across Africa

    Experience Needed:

    • Bachelor's degree in Public health, Health Administration, Health Economics, Political Sciences or Public Policy. Graduate Degree (Health Policy, Health Economics, Public Policy, MBA) preferred.
    • Proven work experience of 5-7 years in government affairs, policy, public or corporate affairs preferably with some years of experience in the Pharma/diagnostics industry in LMICs/Africa.
    • Experience in working with political or governmental organizations and decision-makers to advance the public health conversation.
    • Understand political decision making and complex networks of influence and leverage negotiation skills.
    • Interpersonal skills for successful collaboration within highly matrixed cross-functional teams .
    • Critical thinking, strategic mindset, problem solving, and analytical skills.
    • Ethical mindset and good understanding of relevant compliance principles and regulations.
    • Strong influencing and negotiation skills: confirmed abilities to influence others without authority and mobilize people behind a common purpose and strategy.
    • Excellent command of English. French and/or Portuguese a plus.
    • Ability to travel across Internationally.

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    Program Coordinator – African Genomics Program

    African people are underrepresented in research and development, including genetic studies, and if not prioritized, global inequities in health will continue to grow. As an innovative health care company, Roche is channeling the company’s expertise, experience and collaborative mindset to address this challenge. 

    Through the African Genomics Program, Roche and its partners are working to correct the dramatic imbalance in global genomic data and catalyze the creation of an open databank of meaningful genomic data for all Africans. By revolutionizing how data is collected and shared at scale, we can address disease burdens in historically overlooked populations and prepare African health systems to take advantage of current and future health care innovations.

    The position

    The Program Coordinator – African Genomics Program (AGP), is part of a cross-functional team working to advance the Program’s goals and to mobilise our people behind a common purpose and strategy.

    You will work within the African Genomics Program Office, reporting to the AGP Lead and collaborate closely with an enabling team and subject matter experts who manage program strategy, communications, partnerships and data infrastructure.

    You will assist in the planning and execution of internally focused project(s) from initiation through delivery. You will organize teams and cross-functional activities, ensure completion of projects and milestones within the program while adhering to budget, scope and schedule requirements, and may perform advanced and diversified administrative support for AGP workstream leads. 

    Your main responsibilities will be to:

    • Manage AGP resources and budget, and monitor and keep internal and external stakeholders informed of AGP project progress.
    • Develop and manage detailed project action plans for all AGP workstreams, in collaboration with three workstream leads (Program, Partnerships and Data & Infrastructure).
    • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of projects, ensuring all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget.
    • Coordinate all aspects of a small project or phases of a larger project in conjunction with business leaders within the team (e.g identifying appropriate resources needed, track progress of key activities, developing schedules to ensure timely completion of project).
    • Process contracts and any other related agreements, monitor service delivery and contractual KPIs.
    • Coordinate and execute daily administrative tasks.
    • Attend meetings with staff and outside parties, record and distribute meeting minutes.
    • Prepare budget and project reports as required.
    • Carry out daily operational tasks in an effective and timely manner

    Furthermore, you will also be expected to demonstrate:

    • The Roche Values of Integrity, Courage & Passion.
    • Proven ability to work independently, managing multiple workstreams and effectively lead and enable change.
    • Ability to set priorities and take ownership of tasks and responsibilities

    Africa-based candidates strongly preferred.

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    Data Scientist - African Genomics Program

    African people are underrepresented in research and development, including genetic studies, and if not prioritized, global inequities in health will continue to grow. As an innovative health care company, Roche is channeling the company’s expertise, experience and collaborative mindset to address this challenge. 

    Through the African Genomics Program, Roche and its partners are working to correct the dramatic imbalance in global genomic data and catalyze the creation of an open databank of meaningful genomic data for all Africans. By revolutionizing how data is collected and shared at scale, we can address disease burdens in historically overlooked populations and prepare African health systems to take advantage of current and future health care innovations.

    The position

    As a data scientist supporting the African Genomics Program (AGP), you will work with stakeholders throughout the global organization to use meaningful data to generate evidence and insights that contribute to a scientifically solid, data-driven strategy in Africa; that enable inclusive R&D; advance scientific and medical knowledge of African genomics; and enable personalized patient care and access in Africa. 

    You will collaborate with peers in partner institutions and affiliates located in Africa to develop evidence generation strategies, identify evidence gaps and data sources, design and execute studies, and implement analyses to address business questions. The source data will be diverse in nature, and will comprise mostly patient-level data from biobanks, real-world data, patient registries, questionnaires, electronic medical records, and clinical trials. 

    You will need strong scientific and hands-on data science expertise in (African) population genomics and pharmacogenomics, coupled with solid experience working with clinical data such as EMRs, questionnaires and registries, as well as a good understanding of African healthcare environments. Working within our diverse team requires creativity, team work, an entrepreneurial spirit and openness to diversity, in an environment that stimulates thinking outside of the box.

    Your main responsibilities will be to:

    • Contribute to African data strategy & support efforts to access data. You will need to ask the right scientific questions, understand the evidence needs for inclusive research and development in healthcare, and ideate and make data-driven recommendations for our strategy.
    • Participate in and act as a hands-on technical/data responsible for due diligence interactions with potential partners in Africa. Partners can be diverse, ranging from academic clusters, research institutes, NGOs, small companies to hospitals or governments. 
    • Establish a comprehensive framework for partnership assessments in line with the scientific strategy that is tailored to individual African opportunities. Create guidelines for assessment of data quality, technical feasibility and generalizability of individual opportunities. Create automated frameworks for data QA and assist with data ingestion and standardization. 
    • Develop a comprehensive and deep understanding of the data we work with and foster learning with local colleagues in Africa using analytical tools and applications to broaden data accessibility and advance our proficiency/efficiency in understanding and using the data appropriately.
    • Be an expert in applying methods: Stay current with and adopt emergent analytical methodologies, tools and applications to ensure fit-for-purpose and impactful approaches.
    • Produce high quality analyses; apply rigor in study design and analytical methods; plan for data processing; design a fit-for-purpose analysis plan and assess effective ways of presenting and delivering the results to maximize impact and interpretability; implement and/or oversee the study, including its reporting; and ensure compliance with applicable pharma industry regulations and standards

    Furthermore, you will also be expected to demonstrate:

    • The Roche Values of Integrity, Courage & Passion.
    • Proven ability to work independently, managing multiple workstreams and effectively lead and enable change.
    • Ability to set priorities and take ownership of tasks and responsibilities

    Africa-based candidates strongly preferred.

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