Job alert: IAPO Chief Executive Officer

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


IAPO has a simple vision; to place patients at the centre of healthcare. Our mission is to help build patient-centred healthcare worldwide by working in partnership with patient organizations, advocating with a patient’s voice at an international level on healthcare policy, and building cross-sector alliances with like-minded individuals and organizations of influence.

Today, IAPO represents 250 member organizations across the globe and is the only non-disease-specific international alliance representing the patient community. We continue to work hard to get patient-centred healthcare on the global health agenda and in the minds of international policy makers at UN and WHO. We are looking to recruit a new Chief Executive with the drive, passion and leadership to take IAPO into a challenging, but hugely exciting next phase in its development.

The role

  • Work closely with the Governing Board to shape and deliver the next three year strategic plan for IAPO, enhancing the power of the patient’s voice in decision-making practices across the globe
  • Provide strong leadership to a small but high calibre team, further developing the organization’s capacity to support the needs of a diverse global membership, acting as the voice for people who suffer from any disease, disability, illness, impairment or syndrome
  • Build strong, productive networks across the international healthcare community, including major bodies such as WHO and UN. There is a need to leverage these relationships, and subsequently improve healthcare, health services and health investments
  • Central London base with international travel; salary flexible.

The person

  • A background in healthcare policy or development at a senior management level, ideally gained within an international context, working with government bodies, charities and commercial sector organizations to influence change
  • Well-versed in technical expertise related to health policy, able to represent the patient community to international bodies dealing with diverse issues such as real-world data, quality and sustainable healthcare in developing economies
  • Experience of leading small teams, motivating and developing staff to deliver excellent service within constrained budgets. Prior experience of working within a membership organization would be advantageous but not essential
  • Excellent communication skills, political antennae and the ability to work with a very wide range of stakeholders across IAPO’s membership and national and international healthcare and policy bodies
  • A passion and sense of mission to lead a patient-centred organization, to take healthcare to another level and address the challenges in healthcare that face the majority of our patient groups in low and middle-income countries

The closing date for applications is Monday 19 January 2015. Find out more here.