Director Scientific and External Affairs

IAVI - International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Director Scientific and External Affairs

IAVI - International AIDS Vaccine Initiative

Amsterdam, Netherlands


IAVI is a nonprofit scientific research organisation dedicated to addressing urgent, unmet global health challenges including HIV and tuberculosis. Our mission is to translate scientific discoveries into affordable, globally accessible public health solutions. Through scientific and clinical research in Africa, India, Europe, and the U.S., IAVI is pioneering the development of biomedical innovations designed for broad global access. We develop vaccines and antibodies in and for the developing world and seek to accelerate their introduction in low-income countries.

IAVI accelerates scientific discovery and development by fostering unique collaborations among academia, industry, local communities, governments, and funders to explore new and better ways to address public health threats that disproportionately affect people living in poverty. IAVI Europe oversees Resource Mobilisation, Advocacy and Communications activities in the European region, as well as key scientific relations and EU-funded R&D projects across IAVI’s disease- and product portfolio. Run from the office in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, a team of 8 staff implements national and Europe-wide engagement activities across 8 countries and at key EU and Global Health institutions. The programme works with a broad spectrum of stakeholders including public and private sector donors, political and scientific communities, civil society, and the press.


IAVI is seeking an exceptional and highly motivated candidate for the position of Director Scientific and External Affairs based in Amsterdam. This position offers a unique opportunity for someone appointed into this position to be responsible for business development in Europe, and contribute tremendously to developing new partnerships, identifying funding opportunities to support IAVI’s R&D programmes, and cultivating and directing the scientific relations and projects for IAVI in Europe. The Director is a member of the global Resource Mobilisation team, contributing to achieving global fundraising priorities and supporting revenue generation across IAVI’s geographies.

This position is responsible for translating IAVI’s global scientific strategy in developing scientific opportunities, relations and programs in Europe. The Director develops relations with researchers and research funders in the region, identifies and creates funding opportunities, and supports the development of proposals. The Director provides oversight of scientific projects that are supported by European funders and overseen by the Amsterdam office.

As a member of relevant IAVI scientific teams, the Director provides advice and intelligence on relevant networks, collaborations and funding opportunities from government sources, EU institutions, as well as private foundations.


Relationship and funding opportunities:

  • Develop collaborations with IAVI’s European R&D partners in the academic, biotech and industry sector;
  • Collect and provide intelligence in European markets on key technologies, capabilities, partnership opportunities in support of IAVI’s R&D strategy;
  • Develop and maintain relations with scientific funders at the EU level and in key European countries; monitor and inform the establishment of new funding instruments;
  • Support IAVI’s Human Immunology Laboratory in London with business development and fundraising;
  • Oversee the implementation of scientific projects led from IAVI Europe, providing stewardship for consortium management, project implementation, grant management, donor reporting.

Oversight of scientific project management:

  • Serve as a key technical and strategic liaison for the project partners;
  • Serve as IAVI’s technical representative in scientific consortia, leading the execution of relevant work packages as required.

Overall Management:

  • Manage staff to deliver against IAVI Europe’s scientific projects and fundraising goals;
  • Develop and direct the implementation of annual goals, work plans and budgets;
  • Coach and efficiently develop skill set and expertise within team;
  • Serve as primary internal contact on European scientific relations and funding landscape;
  • Oversee collaboration between IAVI Europe and the global R&D and Resource Mobilisation/business development teams.


  • Advanced university degree in a relevant biomedical field. PhD is highly desirable;
  • Experience working in HIV, Tuberculosis and/or other infectious diseases preferred;
  • Ten years of experience in managing scientific programmes and developing resources and partnerships, in a relevant scientific or medical field, across academic, non-profit and private sector in Europe is required.


  • Strong network in Europe and at the EU-institution level with the scientific and funders community, with the ability to develop growth opportunities through fundraising or business development for scientific or R&D programmes required;
  • Experience working in an international, scientific or public health environment working with EU institutions, European governments and private foundations is required;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills are required;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work collaboratively with others from a range of disciplines and cultures, including scientific partners, thought leaders, senior management and board members required;
  • Excellent people management skills and ability to direct a multidisciplinary group of professionals;
  • Proven ability to manage budgets is required;
  • A strong commitment to contributing to and representing IAVI’s mission is required;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken, is required; proficiency in another European language is desirable;
  • The incumbent will need to possess the necessary permits for working in the Netherlands/the European Union.


  • This is a full-time position, working 40 hours per week;
  • The post will be based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Competitive; in line with experience and qualifications.


To submit your application of interest, please visit the careers site and submit your CV and motivation letter.

The deadline for applications is Monday 21 September 2020.

For clarifying questions, you can email Hester Kuipers, Executive Director, Europe

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