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Requisition ID: req1129

Job Title: Pharmacy Advisor

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Regular

Employment Type: Full-Time

Location: USA-New York, NY - HQ

Job Description

Background/IRC Summary:  Health programs represent the largest single sector within which IRC currently operates, constituting approximately 45% of the international budget and with activities in 22 countries. IRC health programs worldwide provide drugs, medical and surgical equipment, and disposables to health facilities managed by the Ministry of Health or nongovernmental organizations.  IRC is also engaged in direct provision of health care to beneficiaries where needed.  Thus, procurement and rationale use of drugs, medical equipment, instruments and disposables are necessary and high cost activities for IRC health programs.

IRC Health Unit contributes to the effectiveness and comprehensiveness of IRC health programs through technical support, staff development, and institutional learning.  IRC Global Supply Chain provides operational support for pharmaceutical supply chain needs of IRC country programs, including comprehensive support for international procurement and guidelines for local procurement of pharmaceuticals.  The two units work together to ensure that pharmaceuticals for IRC health programs are selected in accordance with the essential drug lists, good quality products are procured in a timely manner and at a reasonable cost, pharmaceuticals are stored and distributed appropriately, stock out and wastage are minimized, and pharmaceuticals are used rationally by the providers and patients.

Job Overview/Summary: The Pharmacy Advisor will act as focal point for all drug management issues except procurement, and provide drug management related technical assistance to country health programs, including training of relevant staff.

Major Responsibilities:

·         Donors’ compliance:

-  Have full knowledge of donors’ requirements relating specifically to the selection of essential drugs and advise accordingly.

-  Focal point for DFID, SIDA, Global Fund, other UN agencies, etc.

-  Global E-trainings and follow up on the roll out of donors’ tool (audience: grants, supply chain & health staff)

·         Pharmaceutical National regulations:

- Advise on programmatic approaches considering the context: National Drug Regulatory Authority effectiveness, staff regulations, products requested, security implications

- Advise on specific products (e.g. narcotics, reproductive health items) and guidance on national regulations and restrictions

·          Quality assurance:

-Support the development of the Medical Supply Chain Checklist (Standardized risk assessment process and tool) to improve IRC pharmaceutical quality management activities

-Focal point for post-quality control review (quality control laboratory for products)

- Development and analysis of Global Pharmacy indicators

- Advise Ethic & Compliance Unit (on demand)

·         Harmonization of strategies, Standard Operating Procedures and tools in coordination with the Global Supply Chain unit: 

- Development of the Master IRC Essential Drug List, aligned with OEF & Emergency team strategies, included roll out with e-trainings

- Definition of the monitoring and evaluation parameters for reviewing Country Program Essential Drug Lists and Master IRC Essential Drug List.

- Focal point for lists of pharmaceuticals at Global Level for Country Program and Global Supply Chain to ensure better planning. 

- Develop a Gift in Kind SOP in collaboration with GSC, AMU and GPP.

·         Country support:

- Manage / or liaise with in Technical Advisor focal points.

- Develop capacity building for regional PHC Technical Advisors.

- Support recruiting, mentoring and professional development for country programs pharmacy managers

- Input to project design e.g participate to pharmaceutical evaluation directly in country

- Country field visit or capacity building if directly related to a project

 Job Requirements:

  • Education: Degree in Pharmacy; Master in Public Health and/or training in pharmaceutical supply chain is a plus
  • Work Experience: At least five years’ experience in drug management/medical logistics/ pharmaceutical supply chain, with progressive increase in responsibilities
  • Field Experience: At least one year field experience in humanitarian setting
  • Team work: Able to work with remote and multi-disciplinary teams
  • Communication Skills: Excellence in writing and presentation
  • Training Skills: Able to transfer technical knowledge and skills
  • Language Skills:  English proficiency is a must; French and/or Arabic a big plus
  • Travel Requirement: 30 - 40% of the time