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Second Reverse Secondment at Janssen Portugal

Margarida Santos from the Partnerships and Communications Team at the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) Portugal has joined Janssen Portugal on a three-month Reverse Secondment to learn more about J&J processes, strategies and ways of working within the External Affairs Team.

This is the second Reverse Secondment from AKF Portugal since the program launch last year and demonstrates the effectiveness of the program in terms of supporting the professional development of NGO employees through “on the job” training, but also further strengthening the partner relationship between the two organisations.

Explains Vera Egreja Barracho, Institutional Partnerships & Communication at AKF Portugal and Margarida’s line manager: “The Reverse Secondment from J&J is a great opportunity for us to learn more from the private sector on how they run their business operations and to discover more about the corporate business mindset. We particularly want to understand how to communicate and engage effectively with stakeholders, namely with private sector and Government, to ensure that we have a voice at the table on agenda items that impact on our programs, such as caregiving through cost-effective alternatives and the recognition of informal family caregivers – a current challenge in Portugal.”

During her secondment at Janssen Portugal, Margarida will work with the External Affairs Team on programs such as Movember to raise viability of prostate cancer across all stakeholder groups. Says Margarida, “I hope to learn more about how to leverage and develop a narrative to share with government bodies that will drive change in the communities we serve.”

Maria Faria, Corporate Affairs Director, Janssen Portugal (left) with Margarida Santos (right)

About the Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact Secondment Program

Johnson & Johnson Global Community Impact invests in people on the front lines of care as they change the trajectory of health for the world’s most vulnerable people, their families, and their communities. We are inspired to help create a world where people, no matter their circumstances, have access to quality health care. The Secondment Program is a long-term collaboration between Johnson & Johnson, our employees, and our NGO partners to invest in and build the skills of people on the front lines of care in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Through full-time field assignments of up to six months, Johnson & Johnson employees transfer their knowledge, expertise, and passion to our partners at the heart of delivering care, uniquely give back to society, and change the trajectory of human health. The Reverse Secondment was launched in 2017 and enables NGO partners of J&J to further build and develop their skill sets by taking part in short term secondments within the J&J business and functions.  Learn more here.