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Project Manager (Vaccines), HIV Programmes & Advocacy

International AIDS Society (IAS)

About the IAS: 

The mission of the International AIDS Society (IAS) is to lead collective action on every front of the global HIV response through its membership base, scientific authority, and convening power. 

Founded in 1988, the IAS is the world’s largest association of HIV professionals, with members from more than 180 countries working on all fronts of the global AIDS response. Together, we advocate and drive urgent action to reduce the global impact of HIV.

The IAS is the steward of the world’s two most prestigious HIV conferences – the International AIDS Conference and the IAS Conference on HIV Science. These conferences have established a gold-standard meeting that convenes the world’s top scientists, civil society members and policymakers to jointly discuss the fight against HIV.

The IAS promotes and invests in HIV advocacy and research on key issue areas through our strategic programmes, initiatives, and campaigns that advocate for urgent action to reduce the global impact of HIV, including increased investment in HIV cure research; optimizing treatment and care for infants, children and adolescents with HIV in resource-limited settings; preventing and treating HIV-related co-infections; and expanding access to prevention, treatment and care for key populations at higher risk for HIV – such as men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender individuals – including protecting their human rights by combatting punitive laws and discriminatory policies. 

More information on IAS can be found at

Details of Employment: 

The Project Manager (Vaccines), HIV Programmes & Advocacy position will be based in Geneva, Switzerland and report to the Deputy Director (Vaccines), HIV Programmes & Advocacy. The position is open-ended and full-time to start as soon as possible.

Purpose of the Position: 

The Project Manager will support the Deputy Director (Vaccines), HIV Programmes and Advocacy with the implementation and further development of the IAS HIV Vaccine Programmes. The Project Manager will be responsible for the coordination, and implementation of the activities of the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (the Enterprise) towards delivering on its strategic plan. 

The Enterprise is an alliance of funders and stakeholders committed to the development - and future access to, an HIV vaccine. The Enterprise brings together stakeholders to address the needs, risks and complexities that are critical to accelerating HIV vaccine development. 

The HIV Programmes & Advocacy department implements and manages a portfolio of HIV-related programmes, each focusing on a crucial element of the global response to HIV. These include, among others, the Industry Liaison Forum (ILF) which promotes and facilitates the full contribution of the biomedical industry to the global HIV response; the Towards an HIV Cure initiative which drives concerted efforts to accelerate global scientific research and engagement towards a cure for HIV; and the Global HIV Vaccine Enterprise (the Enterprise). 

Main Responsibilities: 

  • Under the supervision of the Deputy Director (vaccines), HIV Programmes and Advocacy, lead the operational management of the Enterprise
  • developing work plan, project plans, key performance indicators and associated budgets for programme activities; and
  • coordinating implementation of activities according to agreed timelines, within available budgets and in coordination with other IAS teams, as needed
  • leading the implementation of distinct projects within the Enterprise programme
  • Identify and coordinate activities with external technical experts, consulting firms and other partners
  • Draft reports, policy briefs, briefing notes and other documents for internal and external audiences
  • Coordinate the interactions of the Deputy Director with internal and external support teams and other key stakeholders
  • Support grant proposal development, in collaboration with the Deputy Director and the Development and Performance department
  • Act as a key liaison for joint activities across the HIV Programmes & Advocacy Department, and other teams at the IAS
  • Lead the organization of programme calls and meetings including documents, following up on action points with a particular attention of the Enterprise Advisory Group
  • Coordinate the communication, outreach and marketing of the Enterprise Programme activities with the support of the Communications department
  • Manage the design, expansion of and upload new content to the programme website
  • Lead the organization of virtual and face-to-face meetings with a variety of stakeholders from public and private sectors, donor organisations and other partners including the Enterprise Advisory Group.

Perform any additional tasks as assigned by the Deputy Director (Vaccines), HIV Programmes & Advocacy and by the Director, HIV Programmes & Advocacy. 

Academic Qualifications: 

  • An advanced degree in science (Ph.D. is an asset), public health, social science, international relations or other relevant discipline. 

Work Experience: 

  • Ideally 3 to 5 years’ experience in a similar role, working in HIV prevention, public health and/or the not-for-profit sector
  • Demonstrated interest in vaccines, research and development
  • Experience managing complex multicenter, international projects
  • Experience working with a diversity of stakeholders and decision makers at different levels of seniority
  • Experience working with international conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings, committees or events.


  • Strong understanding of current issues in HIV science and policy and/or the HIV vaccine field
  • Advanced project management skills
  • Excellent communication skills, in particular strong written communication, and customer service attitude
  • Highly organized and systematic, with meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Sense of diplomacy and cross-cultural interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and an aptitude for multi-tasking
  • Ability to work under pressure in an international and multi-cultural context
  • Advanced computer skills in the Windows environment (MS Office, Outlook)
  • Ability to travel for work. 


  • Fluency in English (oral and written) is required. Working knowledge of other UN languages is beneficial.

How to Apply: 

Interested and qualified candidates should send their CV and a cover letter, in English and by email only, to by Tuesday, 30 April 2019. Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Only candidates from Switzerland, from an EU/EFTA country or candidates already having a valid Swiss working permit will be considered. 

IAS employees are evidence-based, human rights-focused, inclusive and accountable partners in the HIV response. Candidates should display genuine commitment to IAS values (learn more here). 

The IAS is committed to recruiting and sustaining a skilled, effective, diverse and gender-balanced secretariat, and to the greater involvement of people living with HIV (GIPA) in all aspects of its work. People living with or affected by HIV are strongly encouraged to apply.

Location: Geneva - Switzerland
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 11th April 2019
Closes: 30th April 2019
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