Full-time, Fixed Term (6 months) | Apply by November 24, 2020
Location: Remote (South Africa preferred)

Senior Organizer, Access to Medicines

About the position 

We are seeking an activist with a strong track record in global access to medicines policy, advocacy and campaigning who wants to seize a critical moment: profound access to medicines inequities are being exposed and exacerbated by COVID-19. In order to respond to this crisis, we are expanding our capacity for high-impact access to medicines campaigning globally and in key geographies such as South Africa, where relevant policy developments, such as the proposed waiver from the governments of South Africa and India on intellectual property rights related to COVID-19 health technologies, are creating important opportunities for national shifts in access to medicines policy. 

You will collaborate closely with existing campaign structures in South Africa, the region and globally, such as the Fix the Patent Laws Campaign and will collaborate with strong allies in the access to medicines movement, in particular the Treatment Action Campaign, SECTION27, Cancer Alliance, MSF and others.  

Note: this position is fixed-term (minimum of 6 months) but there is a possibility for a longer-term or permanent hire.


Primary responsibilities 

As part of our international policy and advocacy team, you will:

  • Bring much needed additional capacity to access to medicines campaigns and movements in South Africa and the region, working with leading treatment access and AIDS activist social movements;  
  • Hit the ground running by rapidly developing and implementing campaigning efforts focused on holding the government of South Africa accountable for prioritizing the right to health by reforming the Patent Act; 
  • Support existing expertise and leadership in access to medicines while building additional grassroots power among key constituencies including people living with HIV, trade justice activists, and other allies of Fix the Patent Laws campaign and Health GAP;
  • Participate actively in existing meetings of relevant networks and movements;
  • Analyze announcements, policies, plans, and relevant data released by governments and the pharmaceutical industry;
  • Carry out strategic communications needed to achieve Health GAP’s campaign goals including the Fix the Patent Laws campaign; 
  • Develop activist tools and materials, such as action kits, blog posts, social media content, training tools for lay and expert audiences, expert testimony, and content for workshop presentations and other public-facing educational materials;
  • Other duties as required.


Required qualifications

  • At least 5 years of relevant experience in community organizing, grassroots mobilization, policy analysis or advocacy. 
  • Demonstrated ability in community organizing to build, lead, manage and win ambitious grassroots health rights and social justice campaigns
  • A passion for Health GAP’s mission, and knowledge of global health, human rights, and development issues, as well as U.S. politics and advocacy.
  • Experience working for non-profit organizations, private foundations, government, or other related agencies
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience managing social media platforms and implementing social media campaigns
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Willingness to collaborate intensively with a multicultural, international team that is spread across different time zones
  • Willingness to travel on occasion, within South Africa and internationally  


About Health GAP

Health GAP is an international advocacy organization that is dedicated to eliminating barriers to universal access to lifesaving medicines for all people living with HIV around the world. Our team combines pragmatic policy work with audacious grassroots action to win equitable global access to treatment, care, and prevention for people living with and affected by HIV.

At Health GAP, we have a clear goal: to be a place where a diverse group of passionate, high-impact people want to come and do their best work. Health GAP recruits, employs, compensates and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital status, sexual orientation and other protected status as required by applicable law. Health GAP is an equal opportunity employer. Health GAP is an equal opportunity employer. People living with HIV, women, people of color, and LGBT candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Our dedication to diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion and equity is core to our mission. We know that to end the HIV pandemic, we must fight to dismantle the systems of oppression—racism, sexism, colonialism, ableism, and homophobia and other forms of injustice—that fuel HIV. Our team is one place that we are committed to doing this work. 

Compensation is competitive and will be determined based on a combination of factors, including level of experience and the cost-of-living in the city you work from. For example, the gross annual salary for this position in Johannesburg will be between USD 41,209 – 47,704 excluding benefits.                 

We offer significant benefits, including the ability to work from home, flexible hours, 4 weeks per year of vacation, additional paid-sick/personal leave, paid parental leave, fully-employer paid health insurance for the employee and any legal dependents under the age of 18, access to flexible spending and dependent care accounts, and opportunities to travel internationally. This position will be supervised by the Director of International Policy and Advocacy.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae to jobs@healthgap.org by November 24, 2020.