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Policy Lead Diagnostics Africa Full-time Job

May 10th, 2023 at 09:14   General   Nairobi   Reference: 2099
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Job Description

Roche is a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics focused on advancing science to improve people’s lives. The combined strengths of pharmaceuticals and diagnostics under one roof have made Roche the leader in personalised healthcare – a strategy that aims to fit the right treatment to each patient in the best way possible. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company, with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system. Roche is also the world leader in in vitro diagnostics and tissue-based cancer diagnostics, and a frontrunner in diabetes management. Founded in 1896, Roche continues to search for better ways to prevent, diagnose and treat diseases and make a sustainable contribution to society. The company also aims for improving patient access to medical innovations by working with all relevant stakeholders. Twenty-nine medicines developed by Roche are included in the World Health Organization Model Lists of Essential Medicines, among them life-saving antibiotics, antimalarials and cancer medicines. Roche has been recognised as the Group Leader in sustainability within the Pharmaceuticals, Biotechnology; Life Sciences Industry eight years in a row by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). The Roche Group, headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, is active in over 100 countries and in 2016 employed more than 94,000 people worldwide. In 2016, Roche invested CHF 9.9 billion in R&D and posted sales of CHF 50.6 billion. Genentech, in the United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche is the majority shareholder in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan.


The Policy Lead, Diagnostics Africa delivers value to Roche Diagnostics in Africa by taking the lead in the Roche policy and government affairs for Africa, including:

  • Defining and implementing policy, advocacy and engagement priorities for Diagnostics within the African Network and in collaboration with Access & Policy EMEA-LATAM Regional functions and Global Access & Policy functions including Health Policy Leads (Geneva and U.S.). This would include collaboration with Roche Pharma Africa where applicable
  • Articulating a bold, shared Pan-African diagnostic vision for policy and government affairs aligned within the broader Africa Diagnostics Strategy that is centered on the patient and delivering towards the realization of UHC
  • Identifying opportunities for policy ecosystem shaping to facilitate patient / people access to innovative diagnostics, working collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders with a Pan-African approach
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key African stakeholders ensuring appropriate company participation in regional forums, conference and key policy meetings including preparation of policy briefings
  • Working closely with access teams to link policy activities to and in support of implementation of access priorities for diagnostics in Africa such as reimbursement pathways, health technology assessment, value based procurement and other funding pathways and supporting the commercial organization in this regard
  • Ensuring that the value of IVD and its funding & reimbursement is in the agenda of governments and health authorities across Africa
  • Engaging with healthcare organizations across Africa in order to shape public policy for diagnostics as part of a broader healthsystem ecosystem shaping and with Roche Pharma as applicable
  • Engaging as a player in the Roche Africa network to shape structures, processes and behaviors; engages externally side by side with GM/CMs and other business functions to advance healthcare and continuously improve the patient journey

Requirements for the position/ Candidate profile:

Professional and Technical Requirements:

  • University degree level qualification in a relevant discipline, typically 5-10 years experience in a Policy & Gov. Affairs environment
  • Strong line-leadership experience, preferably with extensive experience of creating and leading diverse, regional teams, and/or matrix leadership
  • Broad business acumen of the diagnostics / healthcare market and its activities
  • Experience in policy and governmental affairs (eg public policy background, agency experience)
  • A relevant post-graduate qualification (e.g. MSc; MBA; or higher degree qualification in a relevant area would be desirable

Experience, Skills, Knowledge:

  • Experience working in an international, multi-cultural and matrix environment
  • Strategic and system thinking skills and proven track record of developing and delivering business strategies
  • Solid experience of leading change, negotiating and managing conflict
  • Strong interpersonal skills with experience in building, leading and coaching teams, and an ability to communicate complex topics simply and articulately to various audiences
  • Fluency in English and (ideally also other languages) is a must
  • Strong organizational, communication, and networking skills, along with excellent relationships with policy makers and self-government
  • Solid understanding of the industry’s complex policy, regulatory, market access requirements with an absolute commitment to competing on the highest ethical level are essential
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing programs that delivered strong and identifiable business impact
  • Proven ability to integrate their work in the context of wider strategic frameworks and in the context of a fast-moving and agile environment

Method of Application

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Closing Date : 31 May. 2023

Company Description
Roche Kenya