January 27, 2020
New York, New York
Job Type
Work Setting
Remote / Home-based


IAVI is a unique nonprofit global biotech organization, founded in 1996 and headquartered in New York. IAVI’s mission is to translate scientific discoveries into affordable, globally accessible public health solutions. IAVI’s research and development efforts currently focus on HIV/AIDS vaccines and antibodies; tuberculosis vaccines; vaccines for selected emerging infectious diseases and monoclonal antibodies for the treatment and prevention of diseases of global health importance. IAVI’s programs span the continuum of product development from discovery to delivery, and are grounded in a core commitment to equitable and sustainable access to the innovations we help develop.

IAVI believes that highly effective and strategic engagement with critical individuals and organizations that shape scientific and public health policies and partnerships is an essential enabler of progress in advancing our product development programs and in achieving our organizational mission and aspirations for real global health impact. This is the mission of the newly created function of Scientific and Public Health Policy .

The need for this function is even greater as the success and expeditious advancement of a number of our development programs will require proactive clarification of scientific, regulatory and public health pathways needed for product licensure and implementation. To lead this effort, IAVI is now searching for an exceptional candidate to be Vice President and Global Head of Scientific and Public Health Policy. As a core member of the Global Senior Management Team (SMT), s/he will lead the development and execution of IAVI’s scientific and public health policy strategy. The Global Head of Scientific and Public Health Policy will leverage their extensive experience and networks with critical stakeholders such as the NIH, FDA and CDC and will work in close partnership with the Chief Medical Officer, the Head of Product Development, the Head of Research Integration and Innovation, and the Head of Global Access.

This role will have strong internal visibility with the Board of Directors, as well as external visibility with major donors and funders, scientific organizations, regulatory authorities, normative agencies, key thought leaders, and policy makers.


New York, United States, with the possibility of remote location subject to negotiation.

Reports to:

President and Chief Executive Officer

Key Responsibilities:

1. Develop IAVI’s global scientific positions to accelerate global health impact

  • Develop compelling and consistent IAVI external scientific positions globally, including internal alignment with critical functions internally.
  • Provide significant input into ongoing efforts to shape scientific, public health and regulatory policies needed to accelerate the development and implementation of IAVI’s innovative products to address unmet needs in low income countries.
  • Identify and communicate timely scientific policy intelligence to a broad range of IAVI stakeholders; highlighting emerging opportunities / threats and providing an assessment of business impact.
  • Support development of effective practices and processes, in partnership with subject matter experts, to monitor and respond to emerging scientific and regulatory policy opportunities and challenges that affect IAVI’s impact objectives.

2. Build an enabling global scientific and public health policy environment and network of relationships and partnerships to advance IAVI’s programs

  • Ensure external visibility, understanding and support of IAVI external scientific positions globally.
  • Advance relationships and partnerships related to scientific and public health policy innovations with major research funding organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the Wellcome Trust.
  • Provide significant input into ongoing efforts to shape scientific, public health and regulatory policies needed to accelerate the development and implementation of innovative products to address unmet needs in low income countries, and to lead the creation of new partnerships to accomplish these goals if none currently exist
  • Develop relationships with key international health normative agencies, including but not limited to WHO (and its relevant functional components [eg, prequalification] and advisory groups [eg, SAGE]).
  • Envision and help advance innovative collaborations with private sector partners to define new and more effective models for public-private partnerships to address global health challenges for which traditional market forces constrain private sector engagement.

3. Serve as primary liason on scientific and public health policies

  • Effectively represent IAVI’s programs, positions and organizational commitment to key external organizations and scientific and public health leaders.
  • Serve as primary liason on scientific and public health policy issues with the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) and with similar national research, regulatory and public health agencies in Europe, Africa, and India.
  • Serve as primary liason to address scientific and public health policy issues and opportunities with leading organizations addressing HIV and TB pandemics including PEPFAR, and the Global Fund for HIV, TB and Malaria.
  • Serve as primary liason to address scientific and public health issues and opportunities with leading organizations supporting product development efforts focusing on emerging infectious disease threats, including those not specified above (eg, BARDA, DTRA and DARPA).


  • MD, PhD or MD/PhD degrees required, with an understanding of how science shapes public health and regulatory policies impacting product development efforts.
  • Background in scientific and public health program development and assessment, and in the creation and optimization of partnerships between academic, governmental, industry and public sector organizations.
  • Significant experience working with the NIH, FDA, or CDC.
  • Significant understanding and experience (10 years+) working on global health issues in government or industry
  • Significant knowledge of international regulatory and normative processes governing late stage product development, prequalification and policy recommendations for product implementation in LMICs.
  • Demonstrated understanding of strategy development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing, documenting and communicating scientific policy positions, status and processes.
  • Demonstrated skill and comfort in proactively building relationships with policy makers in global health, and in successfully positioning subject matter with them to achieve high-impact.
  • Demonstrated outstanding ability to communicate scientific and technical information, including proficiency in managing dissemination of key findings from emerging scientific insights and opportunities.
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Stature, gravitas, and confidence to gain the credibility and respect of leading external experts and the high-performing IAVI Board of Directors.
  • Ability to make decisions in a changing environment and anticipate future needs.
  • Energetic, flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and administration initiatives.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal, and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, IAVI’s Board of Directors, and staff.
  • Passion for IAVI’s mission, and for catalyzing new models for global health research and development efforts.
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