E-DRUG: Call for applications - new board member with IP expertise
The Medicines Patent Pool is looking for a new Board Member with expertise in
intellectual property to join its Governance Board.
Deadline for applying is Friday 11 June, midnight CET.
More information on the call for applications on our website and below:
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is looking for a new Board Member (volunteer
Required profile: Intellectual Property (IP) Expert
1. Background information
The Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) is a United Nations-backed public health
organisation working to increase access to, and facilitate the development of,
life-saving medicines for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Through its
innovative business model, MPP partners with civil society, governments,
international organisations, industry, patient groups and other stakeholders,
to prioritise and license needed medicines and pool intellectual property to
encourage generic manufacture and the development of new formulations. To date,
MPP has signed agreements with ten patent holders for thirteen HIV
antiretrovirals, one HIV technology platform, three hepatitis C direct-acting
antivirals and a tuberculosis treatment. MPP was founded by Unitaid, which
continues to be MPP’s main funder. MPP’s work on access to essential medicines
is also funded by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).
2. Governance Board collective responsibilities
The Governance Board is the supreme governing body of the Foundation and
possesses the highest and most extensive authority concerning decision-making
and administration of the Foundation.
In particular, the Governance Board:
- Appoints Governance Board members;
- Sets policies and strategies for the Foundation and adopts and amends its
By-laws, subject to prior approval of the Supervisory Board, and other internal
guidelines and procedures necessary for the administration and management of
- Sets operational guidelines, work plans as well as financial and business
- Determines the employment terms, appoints and, if necessary, replaces the
- Establishes a framework for monitoring and periodic independent evaluation of
performance and financial accountability of activities of the Foundation;
- Advocates for the Foundation and mobilises resources;
- Approves the annual accounts;
- Appoints the External Auditors;
- Appoints the outside legal counsel;
- Enters into, executes and/or authorises the execution of agreements as
required to carry out the purposes of the Foundation.
3. Required profile of skills and expertise
In addition to the skills associated with the core responsibilities to be
performed by the Governance Board collectively, MPP is looking for an IP
Expert, preferably an IP lawyer, with a strong background on issues surrounding
IP rights and public health access to medicines in LMICs. The ideal candidate
will also have a good understanding of the MPP model to improve access to
affordable and appropriate essential medicines in LMICs. Candidates from LMICs,
with a preferred focus on Asia and Latin America, are strongly encouraged to
4. Additional information
Governance Board members serve in their personal capacity and appointments are
made in accordance with article 7.2 of the MPP's Statutes. Board members have
to abide by MPP general policies.
5. Time commitment
Board members serve a two-year term renewable twice. The work of the Governance
Board is supported by four sub-committees and Board members are generally asked
to serve on two committees each. Committees usually meet twice a year ahead of
Board meetings for approximately 1-2 hours. Face to face two-days Board
meetings are normally convened twice a year (all expenses paid) and
teleconferences may be organised in between as required.
6. Application process
To apply please send your CV and covering letter outlining your relevant
experience, expertise and interest in joining the Board to
email@example.com with the subject 'Governance Board
candidate nomination'� by Friday 11 June 2021 at midnight CET. You may also
suggest someone in writing to the same email address and using the same subject
A list of suitable candidates will be compiled by the MPP Management and
reviewed by the Governance committee in the first instance. Interviews will
take place before a Board decision can be made.
MPP is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity
on its Board.
Medicines Patent Pool