Project Manager, Access and Product Management

Wednesday, 28 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. We are currently seeking a Project Manager to join our Access and Product Management team for a 3 year-period.

Based in Geneva, the Project Manager will support the Tafenoquine (TQ) Proposition, which comprises the deployment of Tafenoquine as a single-dose radical cure along with a quantitative point-of-care Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase diagnostic test. This TQ proposition will enable countries to expand access to appropriate, radical cure throughout national health systems and will provide greatly improved tools to support national efforts to eliminate P. vivax.

The collaboration aims to support improved access to diagnostics and treatment for P. vivax malaria. This involves market dynamics as well as working closely with National Malaria Control Programmes, P. vivax experts, in-country partners, academics, manufacturers, distributors, central medical stores and financing agencies to support the introduction of the TQ proposition. 

The Project Manager will play a pivotal role in this collaboration, co-led by Project Directors from MMV and PATH, by developing and maintaining an integrated project management framework to ensure successful execution of the radical cure strategy. 

The Project Manager will:

  • Support the development of an integrated project management framework, project plan (costs, timelines, risks, assumptions and budget allocation) and detailed Gantt chart for the TQ proposition collaboration. This includes managing interlinked workstreams and deliverables required to ensure seamless coordination and timely implementation of key activities for the introduction and scale-up of the TQ proposition
  • Identify and proactively drive high-quality project deliverables, understand dependencies, identify and track critical path items. Proactively manage changes in project scope and drive risk management including developing and implementing mitigation strategies in a constantly changing environment
  • Manage research contracts with relevant functions (legal, IP and others)
  • Serve as meeting manager for all TQ proposition meetings (drafting agendas, participating in team meetings, supporting the preparation of slide decks, drafting minutes and tracking follow-up actions, through appropriate documentation to ensure timely action on agreed-upon deliverables)
  • Support Programme Leads with implementation and provide regular status reports to all stakeholders
  • Actively contribute to the improvement of the project management process, tools and templates
  • Develop a team charter that defines joint expectations, rules of collaboration, and conflict resolution pathways
  • Help to develop and maintain high-performing teams
  • Participate in the development of the fundraising strategy, coordinate and contribute to grants and donors reports with input from key stakeholders 

Education and Experience:

  • Degree in public health, pharmacy, or science (Masters or equivalent) with a focus on healthcare products or technologies
  • Minimum 4 years’ project management experience in clinical studies and/or product introduction in multi-stakeholder environments (project management certification preferred)
  • Experience working with/in developing countries, ideally with a focus on public health, and /or working on the introduction of new medicines /interventions would be an asset

Technical skills required:

  • Fluency in English; Portuguese or Spanish would be an advantage
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software and Microsoft Project or alternative project management software

Behavioural skills required:

  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Excellent written,oral communication and presentation skills
  • High attention to detail, accuracy
  • Ability to work with cross-functional teams
  • Strong interpersonal and collaboration skills
  • Cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • Ability to work under stress and time pressure
  • Flexible, adapting easily to changes
  • High energy and positive attitude – problem-solver mindset
  • Willingness to travel to vivax malaria countries if required, and work out of Seattle, USA for at least one week every month, if required

Start date: As soon as possible

Preference will be given to Swiss citizens and 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] before 28 February 2018. Please refer to the following code in the subject line of your email: APM-2018-04.

Recruitment agencies are kindly requested to refrain from submitting applications.