The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is an international non-profit organization that discovers, develops, and delivers safe, effective, and affordable treatments for the most neglected patients. (www.dndi.org)
We use the power of innovation, open science, partnerships, and advocacy to find solutions to a great injustice: the lack of medicines for life-threatening diseases that disproportionately impact poor and marginalized people. As we develop new treatments with public research and industry partners worldwide, we also promote equitable access, foster inclusive and sustainable solutions, and advocate for policy change to enable a more effective global biomedical R&D system that meets the needs of neglected patients.
Since its inception, DNDi has delivered eight new treatments for people with sleeping sickness, visceral leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, paediatric HIV, and malaria, that have saved millions of lives. We now aim to deliver an additional 15-18 new treatments addressing R&D gaps in neglected tropical diseases and viral infections, including pandemic-prone and climate-sensitive diseases. To achieve this, DNDi has built a rich scientific portfolio for all its disease targets and grown into a network of more than 200 partner institutions that spans the globe, united in a pursuit of science driven by collaboration, not competition, and by patients’ needs, not profits.
DNDi’s teams are located across nine offices worldwide, Geneva, Cape Town, Kinshasa, Kuala Lumpur, Nairobi, New Delhi, New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo. With a staff of 250 of 37 nationalities in nine offices on four continents, DNDi’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is both an essential part of its culture and among the factors of its success. DNDi does not tolerate any act of discrimination, which it sees as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion, human rights as well as organizational effectiveness. We encourage candidates of diverse profiles and backgrounds to apply.
The Operations Department was created in 2011 to help the Executive Director focus on strategic activities. It coordinates DNDi infrastructure globally (finance, operational and strategic planning, human resources, information systems and technology, legal structuring, risk management and organisational development) and supports decision-making and flows of information across the organisation. It also provides oversight to business development and legal activities and liaison offices.
Purpose of the position
DNDi manages numerous contracts with a variety of partners around the world, ranging from academia, research institutes, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, CROs, consultants, or donors. The drafting, finalization and management of these contracts require a dedicated professional with the appropriate legal qualifications necessary to design appropriate agreements encompassing the various activities of the organization (R&D, fundraising, communication, administration, and finance).
This role is accountable for managing cross-border projects, or delivering quality output through expert services or people. It adapts policies, approaches and models to emerging needs and define practice and procedures/guidelines. This role is accountable of delivery of a complex project within established framework.
Scope of work
This role reflects the performance of assigned projects and team and impact on larger programmes.
Specific job responsibilities
- Draft, review, negotiate and finalize all contracts for the specific disease, products or departments allocated, or as otherwise instructed (including CDAs, MTAs, various kinds of Service Agreements, Clinical Trial agreements, amendments, MOU, etc.) independently and in close collaboration with the Procurement Manager and the relevant Project Manager.
- Draft, review and negotiate strategic long-term collaboration and licensing contracts in close collaboration with the BD managers and under the supervision of the Director of Legal Affairs.
- Contribute to the further development of contract templates, processes and management tools ensuring appropriate contractual risks management, and implement them.
- Deal with complex matters involving multiple stakeholders and jurisdictions.
- Conduct legal due diligence; assess legal implications of contracts or any other binding documentation, amongst which intellectual property, confidentiality and licensing issues, that need to be brought to the attention of the Director of Legal Affairs.
- Ensure consistency between contracts and conformity with DNDi’s statutory and legal requirements, objectives and internal policies, and implement the required provisions.
- Ensure internal compliance with contractual processes and procedures.
- Conduct a quality check of the data entered into the contract database and relating to entrusted contracts.
- Advise DNDi on its contractual and legal obligations and assist in management decision processes with robust risk assessments.
- Identify and analyze contractual and legal risks and provide timely, high-quality and practically sensible legal advice to relevant leadership teams on how to manage such risks and report to the Director of Legal Affairs on actions taken. For politically sensitive risks, work with the Director of Legal Affairs on adequate legal advice to the BD Director, Heads of programme and Directors.
- Resolve routine and moderately complex legal matters in area of practice using negotiation skills and legal expertise without supervision. For difficult, complex or organization-specific legal matters (especially involving intellectual property or confidentiality) work closely with the Director of Legal Affairs in developing innovative solutions.
- Liaise with relevant departments to ensure that legal risks have been identified and, if applicable or requested, advise on appropriate courses of action to be taken. Keep abreast of changes in laws that affect DNDi; communicate these to the Director of Legal Affairs.
- Be responsive to new situations and circumstances that require urgent attention.
- Disseminate appropriate legal information to staff; conduct training.
- Liaise with external lawyers as agreed with the Director of Legal Affairs.
- Be the focal legal person for specific departments or disease programmes or offices as allocated by the Director of Legal Affairs.
- Coach and direct assigned support staff in their responsibilities.
- The Senior Legal Counsel reports to the Director of Legal Affairs
- This role works with a number of teams and units in many departments including – External Relations, R&D, Finance & Planning, Business Development, Procurement, Communication, Advocacy, Operations and Regional Offices
- This role promotes programmes and maintains productive relationships by projecting the image of a credible partner and ensures commitment of partners.
Skills and attributes
- Very strong ability to use initiative, prioritize, multi-task, and work well under pressure to meet deadlines
- Very clear and systematic thinking that demonstrates strong judgment and problem solving competencies
- Very strong communication skills in multicultural, multi-lingual environments
- Very strong ability to work effectively as part of a multicultural team
- Very well organized and structured
- Very strong analytical skills
- Very strong ability to lead project delivery
- Very strong ability to manage large size projects with budget management
- Strong strategic thinking and leadership abilities
- Very strong management, negotiation, and advocacy skills
- Very strong ability to exercise high degree of independence to support programme delivery and explore new areas of activities
- Very strong ability to interact with internal and external stakeholders
- Lead and motivate a team for optimum performance, supervising junior staff
- Over 8 years in-house Senior role, in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry or similar industry.
- Proven ability to work effectively in an international environment and matrix structure
- Experience of working in public and private sector is highly desirable
- Advanced post graduate degree or graduate degree with equivalent in experience to reach Master level
- Studies in Legal/Law
- Fluency in English
- Proficiency French or Spanish desirable
- Very good knowledge of Microsoft Suite
- Status: This is a temporary position – 8 months
- Please submit your application using the online form
- Deadline for application: Accepting applications until 21 June 2021
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
- Application submission for this position may close early if we have enough suitable applicants