About ESMO:

ESMO is the leading professional organisation for medical oncology. With more than 25,000 members representing oncology professionals from over 150 countries worldwide, ESMO is the society of reference for oncology education and information. ESMO is committed to offer the best care to people with cancer, through fostering integrated cancer care, supporting oncologists in their professional development, and advocating for sustainable cancer care worldwide.


The mission of the position:

  • To support the ESMO Leadership and CEO in developing and implementing EU and International public policy strategies pertinent to medical oncology in keeping with the ESMO Mission and Vision to improve patient care.
  • To manage and nurture ESMO’s relations with the main stakeholders in the EU and internationally, including inter-governmental organisations such as the UN, and its specialised agencies the WHO and IARC, as well as EU institutions such as the European Commission, the European Medicines Agency, the European Network for Health Technology Assessment and a range of key stakeholders in the oncology setting.
  • To monitor, assess and advise the ESMO Leadership and CEO on developments in public policy that will impact oncology.
  • To represent ESMO internally and externally on matters of public policy, as directed by the CEO and ESMO Leadership.


Key internal relationships:

The Head of Public Policy at ESMO reports to the CEO and directly line manages a team of 5 staff. The Head of Public Policy with the team supports the Public Policy Committees.

The Director of Public Policy may delegate some speaking/representation responsibilities to the Head of Public Policy when ESMO Officers are not available to take part in some external activities and the Head of Public Policy is expected to represent ESMO to the highest standard.

The Head of Public Policy will provide the Secretariat for Rare Cancers Europe and Rare Cancers Asia.

Key responsibilities:

The Head of Public Policy will provide the ESMO Director of Public Policy and the associated ESMO Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces with the necessary support to achieve their agreed objectives.

With the support of a team of 5 full-time ESMO staff and external consultants the Head of Public Policy will provide ongoing analysis of external developments in relevant aspects of public policy, and will ensure such developments and their implications for ESMO/oncology stakeholders are clearly and timely communicated to all internal and external stakeholders, as agreed with the Leadership and CEO. The Head of Public Policy will agree with the ESMO Leadership and CEO on when and how to respond to various developments/calls/requests that the society receives.

The Head of Public Policy will be responsible for managing the ESMO Brussels Office composed of 5  direct reports, and for the selection and management of external consultants in accordance with ESMO regulations.

The Head of Public Policy must work closely with the ESMO Director of Public Policy, Committee Chairs and CEO to define the annual budget requirement for the various agreed Public Policy projects, as well as office and staff resource requirements, and the agreed budget must be managed by the Head of Public Policy in an effective and cost-efficient manner.


Ideal candidate profile:

Education and professional experience:

  • University degree in economics, international affairs, political sciences or similar
  • 10-15 years of post-graduate experience in Public Policy/International Affairs gained in either consultancy or international association setting
  • Extensive experience in managing staff, including in recruitment, day-to-day management, mentoring, providing internal training (of direct reports & internal stakeholders) and motivating individual team members
  • Experience in developing and executing impactful advocacy strategies
  • Extensive experience in dealing with a diverse range of stakeholders, such as politicians, inter- and non-governmental organisations, EU institutions, health agencies, medical professionals, patient advocates, the media, and industry representatives


Key skills:

  • Full professional fluency in spoken and written English, good working knowledge of French
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, empathy and ability to inspire and motivate team members
  • Strong networking skills and ability to develop meaningful professional relationships
  • Strong research and analytical skills, reports drafting, editing and presentation
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills, both towards internal stakeholders (matrix organisation structure) and external stakeholders
  • Ability to articulate the impact of public policy in relation to the society’s mission and vision and to demonstrate the effectiveness of public policy projects
  • Very good knowledge of the MS Office toolbox, communication tools, ability to proficiently use social media to the benefit of the organisation


SectorHealth, Science, Medicine