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19-195: ROVING PHARMACEUTICAL SERVICES COORDINATOR
Country:Other
Department:Finance
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, nonpolitical, nonsectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in areas worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at high risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

Background

The Global Pharmaceutical Services Unit (GPSU) supports country missions by increasing affordable access to quality, safe and effective medicines, vaccines, medical devices and equipment. The unit is committed to assuring comprehensive, integrated, and quality care that meets the health needs of IMC beneficiaries through adequate and equitable access to essential medicines and their rational use. While adhering to international humanitarian and host country regulatory frameworks, GPSU is IMC's effector arm in regulating, minimizing, and safeguarding pharmaceutical usage.

Built on three main pillars – Technical guidance, Innovation and promotion of self-reliance – GPSU promotes policies and technical capacities in IMC missions, develops internal standards for the procurement and regulation of health products and provides guidance to field teams everywhere to deliver them safely and cost-effectively.

Job Purpose

The Roving Pharmaceutical Services Coordinator will be responsible for providing technical assistance throughout the program cycle from support, design, implementation of Pharmaceutical management tools, and management of medical commodities to monitoring and evaluation for impact of pharmaceutical management tools in IMC missions. S/he will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a system for regular communication with mission pharmaceutical and medical teams and International Medical Corps’ HQ GPSU staff. S/he will also be responsible to provide technical assistance to all missions in the region through selecting existing up to date guidance documents that are appropriate for International Medical Corps' programs and the development of additional guidance documents as needed using regional contexts. S/he will provide virtual and onsite technical assistance as well as trainings when needed and assist with the Pharmaceutical services and pharmaceutical supply chain management component of proposals generated from country offices within the region. The Roving Pharmaceutical Services Coordinator will collaborate closely with other IMC staff in the region, Global logistics department as well as all other pertinent departments in order to carry out successful tasks and will engage with internal and external technical working groups with the aim of improving quality of Pharmaceutical services programming.

Main Responsibilities

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • GENERAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    Support continuous improvement of the in-country medical supply chain in all International Medical Corps operations in the region; assessing level of organizational compliance with international Medical Corps’ internal guidelines as well as universally endorsed protocols and standards for pharmaceutical management.

    Regularly perform supportive supervision to country missions in the region in order to assist, advise, train and build the capacity of field medical and pharmaceutical as well as logistics and program staff on all components of the pharmaceutical supply chain management.

    Provide continuous and regular support to mission teams during the planning and implementation of different pharmaceutical supply management tools and systems.

    IMPLEMENTATION OF BEST PRACTICES:

    Assist the GPSU in conducting essential drugs surveys (i.e. drug procurement practices, rational drug use, quality assurance etc.) and link the results with the elaboration of training modules on Rational Drug Use;

    Strengthen the compliance and standards of implementation in line with host country/WHO guidelines, protocols and standards in response to gaps identified based on the technical assessments;

    Work with the International Medical Corps’  Logistic  teams  to  facilitate medical commodities procurement using best practices and guidelines;

    CAPACITY BUILDING AND MENTORSHIP:

    Provide support in identifying, recruiting and onboarding process of key pharmaceutical staff for missions in the region

    Assist in designing and delivering in-house training courses for International Medical Corps staff based on a capacity needs assessment with all country program medical, logistic and operations staff in the region

    Support and respond to requests and enquiries concerning drugs and pharmaceutical management by country programs through undertaking relevant research and capacity building of team members during field visits, remote support and other capacity building strategies such as distance learning

    REPRESENTATION AND REPORTING:

    Participate in and support the representation of International Medical Corps in the region at relevant regional or country technical coordination meetings, donor meetings and communications for sharing evidence and best practice through formal and informal channels;

    Participate in networking on pharmaceutical and drugs management technical issues and representation on relevant forums at regional level;

    Develop quarterly work plans and reports to share within the Global Pharmaceutical Services Unit and with other relevant headquarters teams.

    The duties and responsibilities listed in this document are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and not necessarily all inclusive.

     

Code of Conduct

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report.

Qualifications:
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) or equivalent with at least 3 years experience after graduation;

Qualification

    • Advanced degree in Pharmacy required, pharmacist with MPH preferred
    • At least 3 to 5 years' experience in the field of Public Health/Health Services and related pharmaceutical and supply chain management, and monitoring;
    • Experience in training and knowledge of principles of adult learning;
    • Demonstrated international field experience in Pharmaceutical services and pharmaceutical supply chain management;
    • Fluency in spoken and written English language necessary with preferred proficiency in spoken and written Arabic;
    • Excellent communication skills with an ability to collaborate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders;
    Ability to travel up to 70 % of time.

It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving Sexual Exploitation & Abuse, Trafficking in Persons, Child Safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct, which may involve Conflicts of Interest, Fraud, Corruption or Harassment.  If you see, hear or are made aware of any suggested activities then you have an obligation to report

Equal Opportunities

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status as a veteran.