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Job: Consultant for Health and Access to Treatment

Job: Consultant for Health and Access to Treatment, Closing date for applications12nd May 2011
UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with national counterparts on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.
UNDP is a founding cosponsor of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), a partner of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and a co-sponsor of several other international health partnerships. UNDP’s work on HIV, health and development leverages UNDP’s core strengths and mandates in human development, governance and capacity development to complement the efforts of specialist health-focused UN agencies.

UNDP delivers three types of support to countries in HIV, health and development. More specifically, UNDP provides support to domestic stakeholders, including relevant government officials, parliamentarians and civil society actors in decisions that concern intellectual property protection and public health. a critical aspect of UNDP’s work includes the production of knowledge tools through the authoring, commissioning, publishing and disseminating analyses, reports, position and policy papers, scholarly materials, and other resources. To this end and in preparation for the 10th anniversary of the WTO’s Doha Declaration on TRIPS and public health, UNDP is commissioning a paper to determine the impact of the Doha Declaration on access to essential medicines in developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) and is recruiting a consultant for this assignment.

Duties and Responsibilities

Under the overall supervision of the cluster leader on HIV, health, human rights and governance, the Consultant will be responsible for:

Researching and writing a detailed paper on the impact of the Doha Declaration on TRIPS and public health on the human right to health. More specifically, the paper will focus on:

* Contextualizing the role that TRIPS flexibilities can play in sustaining and scaling up treatment access

* The role of IP policy in facilitating longer term responses around technology, local production and pooled procurement
* Flexibilities that could be important for the future sustainability of treatment

Specific Deliverables:

* The consultant will produce a preliminary report of the study by 30 June 2011.

* After a peer review process, the consultant will finalize the research by 19 September 2011.


Applicants will be screened against qualifications and competencies specified below through a desk review. Those selected for the next stage of the selection process will be reviewed based on the basis of cumulative analysis based on a combination of the Technical and Financial Scores.


Payment on the basis of days worked.



* A strong knowledge of the public health implications of free trade agreements and other bilateral or regional trade instruments with impact on public health

* A clearly demonstrated knowledge of the utilization of TRIPS flexibilities by developing countries is essential;
* An excellent understanding of the role of intellectual property in public health concerns of developing countries

Communications and Advocacy:

* Strong ability to write clearly and convincingly, adapting style and content to different audiences as evidenced by a publications list

* Strong analytical, research and writing skills with demonstrated ability to think strategically.

Required Skills and Experience


* A minimum masters degree in international trade law, intellectual property, international affairs, public health and a good working knowledge of at least one of the other substantive areas.


* An excellent, substantive knowledge of the World Trade Organization and the TRIPS Agreement as demonstrated by a publications list or relevant work experience;

* A minimum of at least 7 years of relevant work experience in the area of international trade, intellectual property and access to essential medicines or a related field;
* Proven knowledge of south-south or regional co-operation in improving the increase of essential medicines; and A proven network of actors and organizations involved in access to treatment; and
* Experience in the use of computers and office software packages as well as web based management systems.


* Fluency in English required.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. 


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