Program Officer, Public Health Program. New York. Posting Date: 08/19/2019. Deadline: 09/13/2019
The Program Officer will focus primarily on improving access to medicines in the global south (Latin America, Africa, and Asia) through a social and economic justice lens that is simultaneously inter-sectional. This post will be based in New York. The Open Society Public Health Program (PHP) advances a human rights approach to health, with an emphasis on social inclusion and reclaiming the public good in health. We work to make justice systems more responsive to health, to shift power dynamics in health-related decision-making, to challenge the health establishment to advance human rights, and to influence the funding environment for health and rights. The PHP is unique in explicitly focusing on the political nature of health, not seeing it solely or primarily as a technical issue. Our aim is to support activists, social movements, academics and civil society groups in the global south and north to advocate for needed transformational change in how medicines are developed and priced. At the same time, we want to support these access to medicine groups-historically led by white men in the global north-in a way that facilitates conversations about power, geography, race, gender, sexual orientation, disability and other intersectional questions.
The Program Officer will work in collaboration with other PHP colleagues to develop and implement portfolios of grants, plan and oversee strategic convenings and manage consultancies. The position will primarily focus on access to medicines and innovation in the global south including Brazil, Colombia, South Africa and South Korea. The Program Officer will work alongside team members who focus more specifically on Europe and the United States. PHP's work on access to medicines and innovation centers on transforming the profit-centered medicine ecosystem to one that delivers drugs and innovation in the public interest. We believe that medicines are public goods, and that there is a public responsibility to ensure medical innovation responds to health needs and that medicines are affordable for those who need them. The ideal candidate is highly experienced and a flexible professional, who is familiar with the key trends, issues and tensions in the field of access to medicines, and the intersection of health and social and economic justice. This includes experience as an advocate or activist working on access to health from a racial and gender justice perspective, or a lawyer or economist researching the implications of the financialization of the pharmaceutical industry.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
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Competitive rates of pay apply.
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