GPH Vaccine Access and Health Systems Lead
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GPH is recruiting for a GPH Access and Health Systems Lead, which will lead efforts on advancing Immunization Access Strategies and Programs on the African Continent on behalf of Johnson & Johnson GPH. This role will be responsible for ensuring access to vaccines across critical countries on the Continent and working with a variety of stakeholders, including internal stakeholders (medical affairs, external affairs, program leads, government affairs, regulatory) and external stakeholders (country level key opinion leaders, government officials, multi-lateral organizations, regulatory bodies).
The position will report into the GPH Vaccines organization Africa Implementation Lead, and will work in close concert within a triad in specific geographies on the African continent: the GPH Vaccines Programs Liaison and GPH Vaccines Medical Affairs Liaison.
Work with the Regional / Country level Government Affairs and Policy Team and the Global Public Health Vaccine team to define and advance regional policy objectives/strategies and to set up partnerships to implement programs that create increased access to innovative vaccines across member countries in the Africa Union, including
Assess regional/country policy gaps for immunization access in lower income markets and develop plan to address.
Working with the Country-level GPH Vaccine Program Liaison, develop regional and local partnerships to implement broad-scale or targeted programs to address gaps in immunization in lower income markets, including behavioral and structural barriers to vaccine uptake.
Support engagement of the Global Public Health team with regional vaccines policy-makers and partners to facilitate access & implementation in lower income countries (GAVI/ WHO/BMGF)
Serve as a subject matter expert to inform the GPH Vaccine team on a variety of vaccine implementation plans and policy topics, and enable collaboration with other regional colleagues to understand how these topics impact the life-cycle of vaccines from manufacturing to distribution to administration across lower income markets.
Degree In Science, Health Policy, Public Health, Or Other Relevant Areas Of Specialization
- Required Including A Post-Graduate Specialization (Preferred)
- Domain KnowledgeStrong knowledge of vaccine, immunization, public health systems and policies on the African continent and Market Access, HTA methodologies
- Deep knowledge of the African Continent and healthcare environment
- Knowledge of the multi-lateral vaccine relevant institutions is required
- ExperienceExperience working on regional and local implementation of new vaccine programs is required
- Experience in key account management type role, helping to streamline processes and remove roadblocks, is required
- Leadership/CultureDemonstrated leadership ability to identify strategic priorities, bring together different internal groups and deliver results.
- Ability to operate in an evolving ecosystem, helping to establish new approaches or solutions is required
- Ability to work cross-functionally and be able to influence senior leaders and peers is required
- Strong cross-cultural and teamwork skills is required
- Sound ethical judgement and integrity and an ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally is required
- Strong oral and written communication skills to influence and effectively lead internal and external audiences to desired outcomes is required
- Ability to advance on multiple priorities under pressure is required
- Strong program management skills is required
- Self-motivation, Impact and influence required
- Strategic Thinking & Business acumen required
- Drive to make a difference is required
- Multiple language skills preferred, including local languages for specific region supported in Africa
- Experience working with industry groups and alliances preferred
- Experience working on multi-lateral organizations or government agencies preferred
- Consistent record in identifying policy trends affecting public and private health sector and/or the biopharmaceutical or vaccine Research & Development industry and advancing policy solutions is preferred
- Location Priorities: South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya or Ghana
- Johnson & Johnson is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.
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