Junior Contracts Specialist, Legal Department

Sunday, 25 February 2018
Geneva, Switzerland

MMV is a leading product development partnership (PDP) in the field of antimalarial drug research and development. Its mission is to reduce the burden of malaria in disease-endemic countries by discovering, developing and delivering new, effective and affordable antimalarial drugs.

Over the past 18 years, MMV has worked with an extensive network of donors, private and public sector partners, experts and clinical centres in endemic countries to develop an outstanding portfolio of antimalarial projects.

The Legal department is the interface between MMV and its partners and negotiates a significant number of contracts every year. We are currently seeking a Junior Contracts Specialist to join our Legal team for a 3-year period.

The Junior Contracts Specialist will be responsible for drafting and negotiating standard contracts and amending existing contracts with academia, research institutes, consultants and contract research organizations.

The Junior Contracts Specialist will:

  • Provide contract support to Legal Counsels
  • Gather required information from various internal and external sources in the preparation of contracts and other legal documents
  • Use pre-approved templates to draft and negotiate standard contracts (confidentiality agreements, consultancy agreements, work orders and amendments) with MMV’s contractual partners such as universities, CROs and consultants
  • Seek guidance from Legal Counsels with respect to contract drafting and negotiation
  • Provide administrative support in relation to contract and patent management

Education and Experience:

  • A master’s degree in law
  • 1-2 years of work experience in contract management (including drafting) and administration, working closely with a legal team

Technical skills required:

  • Excellent command of the English language
  • Good drafting skills; some experience in writing and editing contractual documents

Behavioural skills required:

  • Capacity to focus and be attentive to detail
  • Capacity to communicate clearly and effectively
  • Organized mind and skilled in prioritizing
  • Good analytical skills
  • Flexible attitude, showing a commitment to teamwork and the ability to work unsupervised when required
  • Capacity to cope with stress and time pressure
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact with colleagues and partners with integrity and diplomacy

Start date: As soon as possible

Preference will be given to candidates who hold a valid work permit.

Interested applicants should send their CV and a cover letter giving reasons for their interest in the position to jobs [at] mmv.org before 25 February 2018. Please refer to the following code in the subject line of your email: LEGAL-2018-05.

Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from submitting applications.