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17-424: Volunteer- Humanitarian Response Pharmaceutical Officer
Country:Other
Department:International Programs
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit 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, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility for rapid response to emergencies. International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.


Program Background


International Medical Corps is a ‘first-responder’ both to natural and man-made disasters and has a mandate of working in remote locations. The organization has a comprehensive security management policy and plan in place and committed to do everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security. Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff with a high degree of resilience, sound judgment, the ability to move fast, and the willingness to travel and work in unstable situations and harsh conditions.




This position is anticipated and contingent on confirmation of funding.



JOB SUMMARY

The primary responsibility of the Pharmaceutical Officer is to support the implementation of medical/surgical services in an emergency setting.



ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:



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



• Ensure pharmaceutical services are implemented according to internationally accepted standards and/or relevant Ministry of Health

• Provide oversight for the initial orders of drugs and medical/surgical supplies and any GIK orders

• Establish/utilize standardized data collection tools and train staff on accurate data collection in order to track distribution/tracking/consumption

• Collect and analyze consumption data to adjust project objectives/plan additional specialized responses (rational drug use, FIFO protocols, etc)

• Work with logistics/finance to ensure regular and adequate drug and medical supplies in order to avoid stockouts

• Assist in hiring of necessary staff members

• Analyze training needs and institute training for staff members as required, with an emphasis on hands on training

• Work with medical team to implement standardized internal reporting

• Any other relevant duties as requested by Medical Director/Team Leader

• Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.


Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 


Compliance


Ensure compliance with International Medical Corps’ policies and procedures, donor regulations and local laws.


Human Resources


Manage all staff within your department with integrity and foresight, and in accordance with HR procedures and policies to ensure that they maintain the highest standards of accountability and professionalism;


Representation


Represent IMC in a positive and professional manner contributing to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of International Medical Corps’ mandate, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to other actors.


Security


Ensure the application of, and compliance with, security protocols and policies of you and your supervised staff.


Compliance & Ethics:  Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance and ethics throughout International Medical Corps. As applicable to the position, maintains a clear understanding of International Medical Corps’ and donor compliance and ethics standards and adheres to those standards.  Conducts work with the highest level of integrity. 

Qualifications:

Essential Skill set


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

• Minimum of five years of experience required, of which 3 years should be of developing country experience or resource deprived environment or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Previous NGO experience.

• Will have excellent communications skills, both oral and written.

• Will have excellent self-motivation skills.

• Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s; the ability to work with a broad spectrum of people.

• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently.

• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations.

• Ability to relate to and motivate local staff effectively.

• Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources.

• Excellent decision making skills.

• Must work independently under difficult conditions.