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19-296: Volunteer Pharmacist - Hurricane Dorian
Country:Other
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

Pharmaceutical Officer

JOB DESCRIPTION   

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 underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest 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.

PROGRAM BACKGROUND

When catastrophe hits, International Medical Corps is often one of the first humanitarian aid organizations on the scene—providing rapid and effective aid that saves lives, reduces suffering, and promotes self-reliance.

International Medical Corps: provides safe, timely, effective, efficient, equitable and patient centered care. Offer needs-based response according to the context and type of Sudden Onset Disaster (SOD) and/or outbreak in the affected nation: adopts a human rights-based approach to their response; Ensures they are accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak particularly the vulnerable; and treats patients in medically ethical manner consistent with the World Medical Association Medical Ethics Manual.

International Medical Corps is accountable to: patients and communities; host government, Ministry of Health; our organization and donors. International Medical Corps commits to a coordinated response under the national health emergency management authorities. International Medical Corps collaborates with the national health system, the cluster and the humanitarian community.

Selected personnel are on standby to deploy to a crisis within 48 hours. Personnel may deploy to new areas of operation or lend support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers and staff who have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on a regular basis. Through this expression of interest, applicants maintain professional profiles with International Medical Corps so that information is complete and readily available for an emergency response deployment.

JOB PURPOSE

This position will support International Medical Corps Emergency response delivering outpatient clinical care to disaster effected poplulations.

The primary responsibility of the Pharmaceutical Officer is to support the implementation of services in an emergency setting. Preparing medications by reviewing and interpreting physician orders; detecting therapeutic incompatibilities. Dispenses medications by compounding, packaging, and labeling pharmaceuticals. Controls medications by monitoring drug therapies.

**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for the International Medical Corps standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will only be contacted when there is an emergency response need for which the responder is qualified for. This position will not be compensated unless responders are deployed to an emergency response.

MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation. The tasks listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all-inclusive.

  • 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

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:

REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

In addition to the responsibilities referenced above, candidates can expect to be living and working in austere conditions. Lifting moderately heavy objects from the ground, carrying a backpack for extended periods of time, and walking or hiking in remote locations may be necessary to perform these functions.

OTHER     

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 high degree of resilience, extremely decisive quality and ability to move fast.

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.