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MMV Severe Malaria Consortium – Intrarectal Astesunate (lr AS) Prequalification Project Manager

This is a consultancy position, not an MMV staff position.

Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) was established in 1999 as a partnership between the public and private sector to discover, develop and deliver new antimalarial drugs at prices affordable to developing countries.

MMV and its consortium partners have been awarded a three-year grant by UNITAID for the implementation of a project entitled “Improving Severe Malaria Outcomes”, with the objective of securing the prequalification pathway for prequalification of Ir AS along with the development of a GMP commercial-scale manufacturing solution.

MMV is seeking a contract Project Manager for this three-year project.

This position will work closely with potential manufacturers of Ir AS and WHO prequalification to ensure the goals, outputs and activities of the project are being achieved within the planned timelines.

This will involve travel between the manufacturer(s) to achieve these goals. This position will report to MMV’s Head of Translational Medicine.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with outstanding credentials, analytical ability, and communication skills.

The candidate must be able to function independently and should have a proven track record of excellence in pharmaceutical project management.

The Project Manager will:

  • Provide analytical and technical support to MMV in ensuring prequalification of at least one manufacturer of artesunate suppositories.
  • On behalf of MMV, monitor timely progress and completion of key deliverables.
  • Manage the dossier transfer from WHO TDR and review existing Phase III clinical data and manufacturing master files. Identify industrial partner(s) for Ir AS manufacturing solution.
  • Guide industrial partner(s) in conducting the Stability Testing of intrarectal artesunate formulations to ensure that the product will meet the TPP.
  • Provide technical assistance to industrial partner(s) to prepare for WHO PQ GMP inspection. Provide assistance to industrial partner(s) in preparation and during the submission of PQ dossier.
  • Plan and execute with industrial partner(s) the clinical studies required by WHO PQ to establish relative bioavailability of a rectal formulation of artesunate.
  • Manage the budget allocated to the project.
  • Assist the MMV Finance and Access Teams in developing bi-annual reports for the donor, including progress against log frame targets.
  • Disseminate information from MMV and partners at Advisory group meetings.
Essential qualifications and skills:
  • Life science degree
  • 5-7 years of relevant work experience in the field or in pharmaceutical /healthcare industry
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong report-writing skills, particularly with regards to donor reporting requirements
  • Strong problem solving skills and analytical capabilities
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and work in a fast-paced, limited-structure, -multicultural environment
Added Assets:
  • Experience in management of pharmaceutical industry development projects
  • Experience in interaction with regulatory agencies and/or WHO prequalification
  • Planning and execution of bioequivalence/relative bioavailability studies
MMV Severe Malaria Consortium - Country and Procurement Liaison Manager

Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV) was established in 1999 as a partnership between the public and private sector to discover, develop and deliver new antimalarial drugs at prices affordable to developing countries.

MMV and its consortium partners have been awarded a three-year grant by UNITAID for the implementation of a project entitled “Improving Severe Malaria Outcomes”, with the objective of reducing the burden of severe malaria through several market interventions.

MMV is hiring a fixed-term team member (100% FTE) to play the role of Country and Procurement Liaison for the three years of this project. 

This position will be based either in Africa or in Switzerland with 50% travelling.

The Country and Procurement Liaison Manager will:
  • Provide analytical and technical support to MMV in ensuring the quality of each country’s plan for roll-out of injectable artesunate
  • On behalf of MMV, monitor timely progress and completion of key deliverables as established in each country plan, including indicators around training effectiveness as well as product availability / use in designated treatment settings
  • Validate the quality and rigor of each country teams’ projections re: injectable artesunate use between 2013-2016
  • Act as a liaise with country implementing partners and the procurement agent on quantification issues
  • Help MMV to develop a global dashboard to monitor funding flows and orders for severe malaria commodities beyond the consortium countries.
  • Ensure that each country team and national government partners will develop sustainability plans for ongoing funding of injectable artesunate after termination of the UNITAID grant.
  • Assist the MMV team (finance and access) for the UNITAID grant in developing bi-annual reports to the donor, including progress against logframe targets.
Essential qualifications and skills
  • Master’s degree in public health and/or business administration
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience in the field or in pharmaceutical / healthcare industry
  • Fluency in English both verbal and written is a must
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Strong report-writing skills, particularly with regards to donor reporting requirements
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
  • Experience living and/or working in developing countries
Added Assets
  • Experience working for a management consulting / financial services firm
  • Experience working in healthcare commodity procurement and supply chain management in developing countries
  • Experience conducting or organizing trainings
  • Experience in project management
  • Familiarity with global health issues
How to apply:

Interested applicants should send their CV and a covering letter giving reasons for their interest in the position to jobs@mmv.org before Jun 3, 2013. 

Please refer in the subject line to the following code: A&PM-2013-3

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