International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Location: Geneva or Brussels
Salary: $90,000 - $105,000
4 Year Degree
Title: External Relations Manager (Contract Position) Date: January 2024
Reports to: Membership, Marketing and External Affairs Director Locations: (Remote) Geneva, Switzerland or Brussels, Belgium
Staff supervision: n/a
Leadership Liaison and Support to: External Relations Committee
Salary Range: $90,000 - $105,000
The External Affairs Manager of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) is a contractor-only position that manages the Society’s annual External Relations strategy incorporating global public health organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), regulatory bodies and country / regional governments such as the European Union (EU). More specifically, this position is for an experienced, strategic thinking advocacy and policy professional with excellent planning skills to manage our External Relations projects.
The role encompasses the co-development and management of a comprehensive External Relations strategy, aligning closely with the ISTH mission to expand its influence and visibility. This includes the establishment, promotion, and maintenance of relationships with key stakeholders, focusing on politicians (with an emphasis on prioritized European and national parliaments), policy makers (especially within the EU and prioritized health attaches), and international health and regulatory bodies such as EMA, ECDC, WHO, UN, NIH, CDC, and others. The position also involves cultivating meaningful connections with essential civil society and academic partners. Furthermore, the incumbent will spearhead a robust approach to evaluating policy, advocacy, and associated research activities, underscoring the impact and value of ISTH initiatives.
In consultation with the External Relations Committee, the External Relations manager will develop and finalize the annual strategy; work plans and contributes to the effective development and delivery of ISTH’s public affairs priorities.
Recommend and coordinate the production of a wide range of high quality written outputs for various audiences including well-targeted research reports, policy briefings, newsletters, blogs and other outputs.
Together with the Director and External Relations Committee, working with a range of partners including external partners, think tanks and academic researchers.
Encourage and oversee the appropriate engagement of External Relations Committee members and liaise closely with colleagues to ensure ISTH policy, advocacy and research programme contributes to the delivery of key strategic priorities.
Develop, deliver and review advocacy campaigns as appropriate working closely with the team and External Relations Committee.
Identify EU funding sources to support ISTH policy and advocacy work as well as research opportunities for ISTH members.
Provide advice, counsel and support the External Relations Committee of the ISTH and its European Alliance of Thrombosis and Haemostasis
Support the development of an annual plan of External Relations activities and assess KPIs alongside the ISTH Director of Membership, Marketing and External Affairs.
Develop an approach to evaluating ISTH’s public affairs activities to demonstrate the impact and value of what we do.
Stakeholder Relationship Management:
Establish, promote and maintain relationships with politicians, policy makers, external agencies, ISTH members, patient groups, think tanks and collaborations/alliances and other members of civil society sector to influence the health and research agenda of the EU, Member States and WHO to ensure the best possible operating environment for the ISTH and effective policies that can deliver real benefits for thrombosis and hemostasis health globally.
Experience in engaging with politicians (European and national Parliaments) and policy makers (EU and national).
Build and nurture relationships with external agencies (i.e. EMA, ECDC, EMCDDA, WHO, UN, NIH, etc.)
Develop and lead efforts to engage with civil society and academic partners.
Foster connections with key audiences to enhance ISTH's standing in the field.
Update job knowledge and skills by participating in continuous professional development, i.e. training, professional/trade publications, maintaining personal networks and membership of relevant professional organizations.
Evaluation and Impact Assessment:
Support the development of an annual policy and research budget and business plan activities and KPIs alongside the ISTH Director of Membership, Marketing and External Affairs.
Develop and implement a robust approach to evaluating policy, advocacy, and research activities to demonstrate the impact and value of what we do.
Global Public Health Collaboration:
Coordinate on behalf of the ISTH with global public health organizations, including the United Nations (UN), World Health Organization (WHO), as an official Non-state Actor of the WHO.
Knowledge, Skills, Experience
A degree or post-graduate qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g. law, public health, political science, EU/International Relations, economics, government affairs, life sciences).
At least six years working in a national, EU or global health and/or social policy role.
Extensive knowledge of EU health, research and/or social policy including funding opportunities in this area.
A demonstrable background in the development and project management, work plans, budgets and positions.
Experience in evaluation management and methodology including analyzing quantitative and qualitative data.
Demonstrable experience of working in coalitions and the ability to develop and maintain constructive relationships with key partners and stakeholders.
Proven experience with a successful track record of dealing with key influencers and policymakers.
Excellent analytical and writing skills in English and at least one other EU language (preferred).
Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate and influence successfully;
Strong organizational and planning skills with an eye for detail and accuracy and a proven ability to meet deadlines.
An ability to work on her/his own initiative and self-start projects.
An ability to work as a member of a team and inspire trust.
An awareness of equal opportunities and different cultural environments and issues.
Comfortable operating in a matrix structural organization with multiple players and an accomplished team leader to deliver projects to (sometimes challenging) deadlines.
The candidate must be:
Willing and able to undertake regular travel within Europe and, occasionally, beyond.
Willingness to be accessible and responsive, both during and beyond regular working hours, as required to achieve the goals and objectives specified for the position.
About International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis
The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) is a global medical-scientific not-for-profit membership organization advancing the understanding, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of conditions related to thrombosis and hemostasis. The Society is dedicated to transformative scientific discoveries and clinical practices, the development of young professionals and the education of physicians, scientists and allied health professionals wherever they may live. At the ISTH, we initiate and promote education and outreach initiatives, research activities, scientific meetings, peer-reviewed publications, expert committees and the development of standards allowing a common language and approach to basic and clinical science all over the world. The ISTH also organizes the World Thrombosis Day (WTD) (worldthrombosisday.org) campaign, a movement that focuses attention on the often overlooked and misunderstood condition of thrombosis. Our Society currently serves over 7,000 members in over 100 countries and is based in Carrboro, North Carolina, near the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus.
ISTH’s global annual congresses bring together an average of 8,000 physicia...ns and scientists, as well as on average 80 exhibitors and sponsors from around the world, making it the largest and scientifically foremost meeting in the field of thrombosis and hemostasis. At the ISTH, we continuously work to embed equity in our internal practices and are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff across all levels of the organization. We intentionally work to create the right conditions to enable our employees to feel that they can be their authentic selves and fully participate in the life of the enterprise.