Deputy Vice President – International Advocacy – Global Health (Intl)

05 Jun, 2021


Deputy Vice President – International Advocacy – Global Health (Intl)

Washington, DC


The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) is seeking a Deputy Vice President (DVP), Global Health, in the International Department.  The DVP will lead PhRMA’s engagement on global health issue, developing and implementing advocacy strategies related to PhRMA’s priorities in multilateral organizations, such as United Nations agencies, funds and programs like the World Health Organization (WHO), international institutions like the World Bank and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and multilateral forums like the G7 and G20.  The DVP will coordinate with PhRMA’s federal, communications and alliance development departments and with sister associations and partners, including the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).


The Deputy Vice President is responsible for:

  • Strategic planning, implementation, and coordination of advocacy, alliance development and communications efforts that effectively address PhRMA’s global health priorities.
  • Building out a DC-based diplomatic platform for PhRMA’s international advocacy, including convening foreign and U.S. government officials to discuss and educate on industry global health priorities.
  • Developing relationships with other global health leaders on priority industry issues.
  • Representing PhRMA before multilateral organizations with oversight of global health policy and before relevant U.S. Government agencies and Congress.
  • Managing relationships with PhRMA’s member companies, including through regular communications and participation in relevant member committees.
  • Drafting advocacy materials and preparing submissions that reflect PhRMA’s positions on multilateral organization-related matters, including Hill letters and comments to multilateral organizations and Member State governments.
  • Synthesizing and developing concise memos, policy statements and talking points for various audiences.
  • Leading coordination with sister associations, including IFPMA, on global health workstreams.
  • Managing consultants and planning and executing meetings in Washington and markets outside the U.S.

Key Success Factors

PhRMA seeks a proactive strategist who is passionate about access to medicines and addressing the healthcare challenges we face today.  Key success factors for this role include the ability to anticipate key issues and a demonstrated ability to form relationships with sister associations.  Excellent interpersonal, communication and diplomacy skills are a must as is the ability to inspire confidence to effectively lead member company meetings and briefings. This is a highly visible, fast-paced position that is both internally and externally facing.  Accordingly, the successful candidate will have a strong team and collaborative orientation, excellent interpersonal and project management skills, and an aptitude for developing and implementing effective multilateral strategies.  The DVP should have a proven track record as a leader in the global health space, as well as strong relationships with other leaders, and the ability to represent PhRMA as a leader on these issues.


Professional Experience / Requirements:

  • BA/BS in International Affairs, Public Policy, or similar is required; graduate degree preferred.
  • 12+ years of relevant multilateral organization, government, and/or private sector experience is required.
  • Excellent track record of working with other leaders in the global health space.
  • Strong communication skills are critical, including the ability to synthesize, distill, and clearly communicate complex ideas in writing to non-technical audiences.
  • Experience working with multilateral organizations, U.S. and foreign government policymakers, regulatory agencies, trade organizations, academia, and consultants.
  • Ability/availability to travel domestically and internationally to participate in meetings and inform public policy discussions.
  • Native or bilingual proficiency in English required; professional proficiency in another United Nations language (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian or Spanish) desirable.

About Us

Who we are
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) represents the country’s leading innovative biopharmaceutical research companies, which are devoted to discovering and developing medicines that enable patients to live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Since 2000, PhRMA member companies have invested nearly $1 trillion in the search for new treatments and cures, including an estimated $83 billion in 2019 alone.


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What we offer
In addition to a highly competitive salary and bonus program, various opportunities for reward and recognition and a platform of extensive benefits, PhRMA is committed to the development and overall wellbeing of our team members. We offer traditional (medical, dental, vision, flexible spending, life, AD&D, LTD, STD, LTC) and enhanced benefits such as parental leave, a wellbeing program, back-up care, health advocate service, employee assistance program and commuting benefits. We also offer a robust 401k plan with employer contributions upon the first day of hire and immediate vesting, a generous paid time off plan, seven paid holidays (plus inauguration day), half day Fridays preceding holidays and a paid winter break.


We are committed to the growth and development of our team members and offer many learning opportunities including an integrated on-boarding program, best-in-class leadership programming, tuition reimbursement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, industry on-site and off-site training, and other management/professional development programs. Corporate social responsibility is also important to us at PhRMA. Our team members participate in organization-wide community service activities, fundraising drives and charitable athletic events.


We are committed to supporting our family of professionals at PhRMA and strive to create programs that help our team members manage the challenges of balancing a fast-paced career with their own personal goals.


Equal Opportunity Employer

PhRMA provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, genetic information, disability, matriculation, political affiliation or veteran status in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment.

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Job posted: 2021-06-05