The Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) is an international, not-for-profit research and development (R&D) organization that develops and delivers new treatments for neglected diseases affecting millions of the world’s poorest people.
Together with more than 200 public research and industry allies worldwide, we use the power of partnership, innovation, open science, and advocacy to find solutions to a great injustice: the lack of medicines for life-threatening diseases that disproportionately impact poor and marginalized people. Driven by collaboration, not competition, and by patients’ needs, not profits, we promote equitable access, foster inclusive and sustainable solutions, and advocate for a more effective global biomedical R&D system that meets the needs of neglected patients.
Since our inception, DNDi has delivered 13 new treatments for people with sleeping sickness, visceral leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, HIV, hepatitis C, and malaria that have saved millions of lives. We aim to deliver a total of 25 new treatments by 2028 - addressing R&D gaps for neglected tropical diseases and viral infections, including new pandemic-prone diseases (such as Covid-19) and climate-sensitive diseases (such as dengue) with a focus on the needs of patients in low- and middle-income countries.
With more than 250 employees of 33 nationalities located in nine offices on four continents, DNDi is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion as essential parts of our culture and key drivers of our success. We encourage candidates of diverse profiles and backgrounds to apply.
The External Affairs Department drives DNDi’s visibility, influence, and financial sustainability. Its teams (Policy Advocacy, Communications, and External Relations] ensure that DNDi is visible and respected in influential circles, supported by committed stakeholders, and successful in securing the resources needed to deliver on its mission, while being effective in driving policy change as it advocates for neglected patients.
DNDi Japan was established in Tokyo, Japan, in 2004. DNDi Japan engages with Japanese public and private sector stakeholders to enable R&D collaborations for neglected infectious diseases treatment innovations, in support of universal health coverage. It also advocates for innovation to address antimicrobial resistance. An integral part of DNDi’s global network, DNDi Japan has developed strong partnerships with several industry and academic partners, the Japanese government, the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund, science and public health leaders and civil society partners.
Contributing to the financial sustainability of the organization, the Senior External Relations Manager will support the development and implementation of DNDi’s fundraising strategy, by securing funding from existing donors as well as identifying, and developing new relationships to mobilize resources from a variety of funding sources, including public sources and private sources primarily focusing on the Japanese market.
This role is accountable for managing projects directly or delivering quality results through teams or expert services. This role brings excellent verbal and writing skills and a strong global health expertise to identify and engage influential stakeholders and funding partners. This role adapts policies, approaches and models to emerging needs and define practice and procedures/guidelines. This role is accountable for delivery of a complex project within established framework.
Scope of work (results)
This role reflects the performance of assigned projects and team and impact on larger programs.
Specific job responsibilities
External affairs strategy development
In support of the Director, and in collaboration with the Japanese team as well as global expertise leaders (external affairs directors), lead in the development, implementation and monitoring the yearly action plans, and specifically contributes the external affairs perspective by identifying paths to enhance visibility, policy influence and resources.
Creation of new funding opportunities
- Align DNDi projects to funding opportunities from medical research, science and global health funding sources by acquiring a strong understanding of DNDi’s portfolio and develop internal collaborations.
- Lead, refine and finalise current stakeholder mapping of government institutions and lead to research and private donor mapping and develop briefing notes for DNDi staff and management on existing/potential donors, including political landscape and priorities, aid policies, contact points and key timelines.
Development of influential networks and Stakeholders' engagement
- Develop and implement a strategy to position DNDi for fundraising success with key accounts in Japan.
- Build and cultivate networks of key opinion leaders and existing/potential donors.
- Expands the reach and influence of DNDi and its champions to help support the implementation of DNDi strategic plan in Japan. This entails supporting the DNDi director in Japan to manage and grow an effective network of policy makers, civil society groups, and private sector players in the areas of drug research and development, public health, NTDs and access to medicines; contributing to strategies for engagement and network management; representing DNDi in meetings and enabling effective representation by the Japanese office Director.
Securing of funding
- Lead, write and coordinate the production of persuasive proposals, budgets, and activity plans
- Develop engagement plans for assigned donors
- Develop and execute fundraising advocacy strategies & activities targeting new and current donors
- Negotiate financial investment agreements with donors
- Lead/coordinate external meetings and/or presentations with DNDi staff involved
- Lead, write and coordinate the production and submission of complex donor reports
- Ensure full compliance with donor requirements, including donor meetings, annual plans, donor narrative and financial reporting.
- Write and design donor presentations and External Affairs material for donor-related events or meetings, prepares ad hoc reports
- Update donors on DNDi activities, including providing presentations at donor events
- Lead/coordinate external meetings and/or presentations with DNDi staff involved with stewarding donors
- Organize donor field visits
Develop and implement strategy to mobilize public funding in Korea mainly from the Right Fund and from KOICA. This will include :
- Develop a network in Korea to position DNDi and DNDi topic of interest among decision makers in Korea
- Gather intelligence from RIGHT Fund and KOICA
- Develop new projects to be submitted to RIGHT Fund and KOICA
- Manage ongoing projects funded by RIGHT FUND and future successful projects secured
Additional / specific / projects responsibilities
- Participate in the development of the annual External Relations action plan
- Ensure management, guidance and support to External relations assigned staff members
- Participate to the day-to-day organization and development of the department (HR, tools including database, relationships with other departments)
- Represent the global External Relations department at internal meetings and input into DNDi bi-monthly reports and presentations
The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive, and you may be required to undertake other responsibilities appropriate to your grade. This job description may be subject to review.
- Senior External Relations Manager reports to the Director of Japan office
- Work collaboratively with staff and consultants in charge of communication to develop and implement an effective strategy for visibility among key target constituency for resource mobilization.
- Work collaboratively and transversally with staff in the Japanese office and with the External Affairs department (Communications and Policy), legal, finance and R&D departments, in Geneva and regional hubs
- Strengthens alignment with R&D and BD strategy.
- Oversee the work of specialists. Plans, coordinates and revises the work of external consultants and partners.
- This role promotes programs 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 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 program 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 staff.
- Fundraising skills a significant plus but candidate with diverse background is welcome.
- Good knowledge of the global health environment preferred.
- Excellent verbal and writing skills In Japanese and English required.
- Experience with private fundraising a plus.
DNDi leadership competencies
DNDi has developed in 2017 a set of leadership competencies and identified behaviors that is referred to as standard for leaders and is aligned to DNDi’s values. The 6 major competency areas are the following:
- Orientation to developing others
- Strategic expertise
- Professional competence
- Care of relationships
- Leading by example
- Contextualized skillfulness
- Over 8 years in Senior role
- Proven ability to work effectively in a team 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.
- Passion for DNDi’s mission (intellectual curiosity and willingness to learn about scientifically complex concepts, understanding of R&D and drug development, diseases, medical field & global health, product development partnership model as well as for the philanthropic & not-for profit sector)
- Native in Japanese. Fluency in English with very good oral, writing and editing skills.
- Proficiency in additional languages is a plus.
- Very good knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
- Status: Full time
- Please submit your application (CV and Cover Letter) in both Japanese and English using the online form.
- Deadline for application: accepting applications until 29 Feb. 2024
- Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
- Application submission for this position may close early if we have enough suitable applicants.