- Job Title: Policy and Public Affairs Officer
- Position Type: Full time/permanent
- Location: Brussels, Belgium
- Travel required: 30 days / year (approx.)
- Gross salary: 35,000 – 40,000 EUR/year
As Policy and Public Affairs Officer, you will work in the Access and Policy Team at Myeloma Patients Europe. You will assist the Head of Policy and Access with the following activities (and progressively manage your own projects):
Policy, access and regulatory affairs
- Proactively monitor EU and wider European health policy, healthcare systems, public health and cancer policy developments, regularly reporting to Head of Policy and Access.
- Identify relevant policy opportunities and write policy positions, reports and consultation responses to relevant policy opportunities at a European level.
- Assist Head of Policy and Access in developing advocacy strategies and put forward recommendations for work / actions.
- Implement advocacy strategies around policy, access and regulatory and regularly align and report to Head of Policy and Access.
- Regularly liaise with and maintain a network of key stakeholders at EU level, such as representatives from the European Parliament, European Commission and European Medicines Agency
- Consult with MPE members and external stakeholders to understand their perspectives on policy issues and challenges.
- Represent MPE at meetings, events and on committees, as required.
- Proactively develop your knowledge of the issues and challenges affecting the myeloma and cancer community – including topics such as clinical trials and access to medicines systems.
Project and programmes management
- Manage MPE programmes related to policy, regulatory and public affairs, as required by MPE
Administrative and secretarial tasks
- Periodic reporting on progress
- Contributing to write reports on the work done
- Preparing meeting documentation
Task and core responsibilities are non-exhaustive and subject to change depending on the needs of the organisation.
- A Bachelor’s degree in policy/politics, European Affairs or another related topic
- Demonstrable experience of policy or advocacy work at European level
- Knowledge of the EU Institutions and policy-making procedures
- Experience of working with the EU institutions and policy makers
- Experience of developing public affairs network for an organisation
- Excellent capacity for policy analysis and writing clear and concise policy briefings and recommendations
- Native level of both written and spoken English
- Excellent communication and presentation skills
- Ability to work independently on assigned tasks
- Confidence in representing an organisation in meetings with external stakeholders at all levels, including MEPs, European Commission policy-makers and other patient advocacy organisations.
- IT literacy
- Knowledge of health policy, in particular EU health policy
- Knowledge of policy relating to cancer treatment, research and care
- Experience of working in a non-profit organisation
- Experience of working in European patient advocacy
- An exciting position in an even more exciting European non-profit organisation in the emerging fields of patient-centred healthcare and patient advocacy, working together with key patient advocacy leaders across Europe
- Full-time/permanent position with flexible hours giving the opportunity to progress and to integrate in a young, dynamic and multi-cultural team working from different European cities
Myeloma Patients Europe (MPE) is a pan-European organisation representing 48 myeloma and amyloidosis patient groups from over 31 European countries. It is registered as an international non-profit organisation under Belgian Law. Our office is located in Munich, Germany. A Board mainly composed of patients and caregivers is elected by the membership to oversee the strategy and governance of the organisation. A team of 13 staff members runs remotely the day to day operations, programmes and services within 4 divisions: Access and Policy, Clinical Science, Capacity Building & Advocacy and Patient Evidence.
MPE is dedicated to improving the treatment, care and quality of life of patients with myeloma and AL Amyloidosis. To this end, the main goals of the organisation are:
- Collaborating on projects to the benefit of the myeloma community
- Exchanging information and best practice
- Developing existing patient groups and encouraging and facilitating the setting up of new groups
- Helping to shape appropriate health-related policies and initiatives on a European and national level
- Ensuring patients across Europe receive timely access to new treatment
- Stimulating and promoting patient-centred research and clinical trials
- Developing a strong evidence base for the needs and wants of patients and their role in research
- Providing information, educational and outreach programmes to member groups
If you wish to apply or have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a cover letter and CV.