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Associate, Global Health Policy and Governance

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About Market Access Africa

Market Access Africa (MAA) is an African-led healthcare agency seeking to create pathbreaking solutions to catalyse access to health innovations in Sub-Saharan Africa. We are a small team of seasoned global health and life sciences experts with deep strategic, policy, commercial and implementation experience, bound by a common vision and commitment to equitable and affordable access to health products and innovations. Our partners include commercial companies, development agencies, and public organizations including Ministries of Health and intergovernmental agencies.  

Why is the role important? 

Market Access Africa is working with some regional (Africa) and global partners to support policy advocacy that will inform critically important global health architecture reforms. As we grow this work, we are looking for an Associate with proven research and writing experience to support policy research and analysis on global health governance topics, most notably, pandemic preparedness, and local manufacturing of health technologies. 

What will you do?

The Global Health Governance & Policy Associate will provide strategic and technical support in the areas of health policy and governance for a project that will analyze global governance topics and their implications for global health security and the reform of the global health architecture. The Associate will play a lead role in research and policy analysis efforts in support of a larger project. The project focuses on consultation to inform direct action and policymaking, rather than academic research. The Associate will work with a team of principals who will provide strategic direction and support. 

  • Conduct research and policy analysis as part of an effort to inform the programmatic direction for a program to inform the development of pandemic preparedness, dialogues and initiatives  
  • Map the landscape of influential actors in global health policy, financing, and governance, with a thematic focus on pandemic preparedness and local manufacturing of health technologies, and track policy dialogues and developments in these arenas 
  • Develop and maintain strategic relationships with think tanks, civil society, forums, and other actors involved in global health governance and reform 
  • Draft policy briefs to support high-level dialogues and meetings on global health governance, financing, local manufacturing of health technologies 
  • Research and write up case studies on selected topics in global health governance, particularly related to pandemic preparedness and early warning systems
  • Develop and maintain project work plans and budgets, coordinating the project team and resources, and supporting timely delivery of project deliverables
  • Represent the project at external technical events, including conferences, webinars and other events

What are we looking for?

  • A Master’s degree in global governance, global health law and/governance, public health or a related field. A Doctoral Degree preferred, may be substituted with significant professional experience;
  • Experience working cross-sectorally and using lessons from macro governance and systems thinking to support health policy 
  • Experience independently leading research and writing projects, involving international travel,  
  • Experience working in epidemic preparedness, early warning systems and/or pandemic preparedness is an advantage 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategies, policy standards, protocols and guidelines;
  • Significant experience working in the health sector in resource-poor settings including an understanding and experience of health systems policy, planning and reform issues;
  • Strong English language skills, especially good oral and written communication skills. French is an advantage 
  • Proven writing, editing and language skills, and an ability to convey complex ideas in a concise, clear, direct, and lively style.
  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills, ability to meet deadlines and to manage multiple tasks effectively and efficiently, ability to take initiative and be innovative.


The Associate can work remotely, but will ideally be located within a few hours of GMT to better align with the time zones of the rest of the team. This could be a part-time role – minimum 50% - for a Masters/PhD student.