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Technical Specialist - Pharmacy


Purpose of the Position

The incumbent will be the focal point person for all Global Fund pharmacy activities. He / She will monitor the national pipelines for all TB commodities to ensure that adequate quantities of required commodities are readily available for distribution. The position holder will provide technical assistance and support for the development and management of a national procurement plan for all TB related commodities. He /She will be responsible for conducting quarterly integrated supportive supervision of TB centres and develop SOPs for use in the management of TB commodities.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Develop and periodically review Pharmacovigilance (PV) guidelines and written instructions.

  • Ensure quarterly reporting on Pharmacovigilance, Drug Resistance Surveillance (DRS) and Rational use of drugs.

  • Lead Capacity Assessment and training initiatives focusing on Tuberculosis management centers and follow-up on the implementation of capacity-building plans.

  • Provide training to key partners and stakeholders on quantification and forecasting, storage, Logistics Management Information System (LMIS), distribution and rational use of drugs.

  • Lead in the Quality Assurance and Quality Control of medical products at all levels of the supply chain.

  • Participate in Annual Evaluation Missions by Global Drug Facility and other missions.

  • Participate in the supply chain technical working group meeting with stakeholders that will include; Ministry of Health, UNICEF Somalia, WHO-Somalia and UNFPA – Somalia.

  • Responsible for the maintenance and implement the LMIS system

  • Responsible for the maintenance and updating of the Global Fund Price Quality Reporting (PQR) database.

  • Maintain an auditable procurement documentation in compliance with Global Fund standards.

  • Act as a resource person for all pharmaceutical matters in the implementation of the Global Fund grant.

Qualifications: Education/Knowledge/Technical Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy.

  • At least 5 years of relevant work experience in public care health management.

  • Knowledge in procurement and distribution of pharmaceuticals will be an added advantage.

  • Past experience in implementation of Global Fund grants will be an added advantage.

  • Should demonstrate experience in capacity-building and excellent report writing skills.

  • Strong organisational skills and ability to work in a team and culturally diverse environment.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, communication skills, ability to identify and resolve policy and operational constraints.

  • Knowledge of appropriate systems and tools for data analysis and reporting.

  • Should demonstrate ability to multitask, set priorities and work with minimal supervision.

Working Environment

  • Work environment: This position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya but will require frequent travel to Somalia.