Expert in access to medicines with government experience and a good understanding of intellectual property and medicines policies
(part-time and unpaid position)
1. Purpose and function of the Medicines Patent Pool Foundation Governance Board
The Medicines Patent Pool (“the Foundation”) Governance Board (“Governance Board”) is the supreme governing body of the Foundation. It adopts the by-laws and other internal guidelines and procedures necessary for the administration and management of the Foundation.
In particular, the Governance Board:
Governance Board meetings are convened at least twice a year.
The Board member who will be selected under the present process would also work with the Foundation staff to ensure meaningful interaction with officials from Ministries of Health in developing country governments.
2. Required profile
To ensure a balance of expertise, MPP is now looking for a high-level individual who is an expert in access to medicines with a government experience and a good understanding of intellectual property and medicines policies.
While nominees for the present position come from an institutional body, each Governance Board member serves in his or her personal capacity in accordance with the Foundation’s Statutes.
Applications from women and individuals from low- and middle-income countries are warmly welcome.
3. Selection of members and eligibility
The Board members are experts in their field and are chosen for (a) their commitment to the public interest; (b) their technical competence; and (c) their support of the purpose of the Foundation as defined in Article 3 of the Foundation’s Statutes.
The new Board Members are appointed by the Governance Board from a candidates list proposed by the Board Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
4. Confidentiality, conflict of interest and other matters
General policies of the Medicines Patent Pool regarding conflict of interest, confidentiality, transparency and reimbursement of costs are applicable to the Governance Board and its members.
After each Board meeting, a summary of the decisions is made public by the chair. Documents related to final licensing decisions will be made public following each decision.
5. Application process
If you want to suggest an individual or recognise yourself in this profile and wish to play an active and critical role in the development of the Medicines Patent Pool, please send a CV and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience, expertise and interest in joining the Board to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Governance Board candidate nomination”.
6. Further details
Further details on the roles and responsibilities of the Governance Board and its procedures are available in the Statutes of the Medicines Patent Pool and in the by-laws available on MPP website > Governance Board