Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI)

Launched in 2017, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) is an international coalition of governments, academic, philanthropic, private, public, and intergovernmental institutions whose vision is to create a world in which epidemics and pandemics are no longer a threat to humanity. Our mission is to accelerate the development of vaccines and other biologic countermeasures against epidemic and pandemic threats so they can be accessible to all people in need.


CEPI played a central role in the global response to COVID-19, creating the world’s largest portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines – seven of which are approved for global or domestic use – and co-leading COVAX, the global initiative to support equitable access which supported the delivery of over 2bn vaccine doses globally. CEPI has contributed to a number of scientific breakthroughs in vaccine development against other infectious diseases, including the first ever licensed Chikungunya vaccine and the first Nipah and Lassa virus vaccines into Phase 1 trials.


As COVID-19 has demonstrated, emerging infectious diseases represent an existential threat to our way of life. COVID-19 is not the first pandemic of the 21st century, and unless we act now, we can be sure that it will not be the last. Unlike some of the other big threats that humanity faces, we have the tools to systematically reduce and even eliminate the risk of future pandemics. It is vital that we capitalise on the rare alignment of political will, practical experience, and technical and scientific progress emerging from the pandemic to prevent such devastation happening again.


CEPI’s five-year plan for 2022-2026 – known as CEPI 2.0 – aims to dramatically reduce or even eliminate the future risk of pandemics and epidemics. Central to the plan is CEPI’s goal to accelerate the time taken to develop safe, effective, globally accessible vaccines against new threats to just 100 days. Achieving this ‘100 Days Mission’, which has been embraced by the G7 and G20, would give the world a fighting chance of containing a future outbreak before it can spread to become a global pandemic, potentially averting millions of deaths and trillions of dollars in economic damage.


CEPI is a not-for-profit association under Norwegian Law and has offices in Oslo (HQ), London, and Washington DC.


In CEPI we strive for diverse thinking, and we want a diverse pool of candidates for all our vacancies. We work for an inclusive working environment where each employee can contribute and grow.


More details about CEPI and our mission can be found on our website: www.cepi.net


Role purpose

CEPI’s 2022-2026 Strategy (CEPI 2.0) and the related programme document articulates the strategic objectives of “Prepare, Transform and Connect” and outlines CEPIs ambitious programme that aim to substantially reduce global epidemic and pandemic threats.


The ecosystem for pandemic preparedness and response is rapidly evolving, and subject to high- level political discussions on global, regional and national level. The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the critical need for fully funded, prepositioned and coordinated financing mechanisms to ensure appropriate preparedness for and response to future potential pandemic threats.


CEPI aims to help drive the political commitment to secure sustainable and sufficient end-to-end funding for R&D both in interpandemic periods and during outbreak response, including surge funding for R&D, manufacturing ‘at-risk’ and advanced purchase commitments (APAs), to incentivize R&D and manufacturing, and facilitate equitable access.


A key initial focus of the Senior Policy Manager will be to lead on CEPIs positioning towards ongoing discussions at both the global level (G20, G7, WB), regional (EC, AU) and national levels about the future financing mechanisms and their interrelations discussions on financing and developing a corresponding financing strategy in close cross-cutting collaboration, in particular with the Strategy team and the Resource Mobilization/Investor Relations team.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support CEPIs external policy work in a flexible manner as required given the rapidly evolving ecosystem.
  • Monitor, systematically collect and analyse information about identified external policy drivers with a view to developing policy advice for CEPI.
  • Develop and continuously evolve CEPI positions in key pandemic preparedness and response ecosystem areas, including R&D, financing, low and middle-income country challenges and equitable access.
  • Project manage cross-cutting teams in the development of evidence-based policy positions that CEPI may advocate for externally.
  • Serve as CEPI as a subject matter expert on health policy and advocacy.
  • Carry relationship management role versus key identified strategic partnerships, securing cross- cutting alignment and approach.
  • The ability to offer policy advice on financing mechanisms incl. ODA (Official Development Assistance), Innovative Financial Instruments and Development Finance in the context of the global health ecosystem is an advantage although not an essential requirement for this role.



  • Self-starter with strong planning and project management skills, and with a flexible, positive, pro-active attitude.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with demonstrated ability to deliver high quality work within tight deadlines.
  • A track record of resilience, sound judgment and decisiveness in pressured circumstances.
  • Ability to analyse and offer policy recommendations on complex, multi-facetted issues in the global health environment.
  • A strong policymaker/stakeholder engagement.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners from a wide range of disciplines, backgrounds, and cultures. Experience working in a matrix organisational or team structure is a strong plus.
  • Demonstrated experience working with financial mechanisms, incl. innovative financial instruments. is advantageous.
  • Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (life sciences, public health, public policy, international affairs, economics, business administration or another relevant subject).
  • A minimum of 12 years experience working in public or private sector across the globe.
  • Senior management experience.
  • Demonstrated relevant professional experience (e.g. global health, strategy, biotech R&D), including experience of working with global health organisations/architecture.


Terms of Appointment

  • This is a full-time position.
  • Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • A full benefits package is also included.


Role Location

The position can be based in Oslo, Norway or United Kingdom within commuting distance to CEPI London offices. There will be a need for some remote working in Oslo if the permanent base is in London.


How to Apply

To apply for this position, please ensure you complete the Application Form provided below by 02 August 2024 (23:59 hrs, GMT +1). It is essential that you submit your CV in English, specifically in Microsoft Word format (.doc/.docx).


Applications in other languages or formats will not be considered.


Rest assured, all information will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.


SRI Executive is exclusively retained by Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) to undertake this assignment.


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