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E-DRUG: Call for applications - new board member with IP expertise

Dear colleagues,

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 
the Foundation;
- Sets operational guidelines, work plans as well as financial and business 
- Determines the employment terms, appoints and, if necessary, replaces the 
Executive Director;
- 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 
recruitment@medicinespatentpool.org 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.

Best regards,

Sophie Thievenaz 
Communications Manager 
Medicines Patent Pool
Geneva, Switzerland
E-mail: sthievenaz@medicinespatentpool.org
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