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ER-060: Emergency Pharmacist
Country:Global
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

About International Medical Corps
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 has established an International Emergency Roster to ensure that emergency positions are filled in a timely manner with professionally qualified, gender balanced, geographically diverse, linguistically able, and a highly motivated corps of professionals. The team includes coordinators, logisticians, doctors and water and sanitation experts. It also includes specialists who focus on protection, prevention of sexual violence and aid for rape survivors and mental health.

Selected Emergency Response Team (ERT) members are always on standby to deploy to a crisis within 72 hours, whether they are launching into new areas or lending support to International Medical Corps teams already on the ground. International Medical Corps maintains a roster of volunteers, staff and available specialists who have been interviewed and have completed pre-deployment paperwork, orientation and training. The roster is updated on regular basis as new responders are identified and members update their areas of expertise and other relevant information. Through this expression of interest, applicants are encouraged to submit their profiles so that their information is readily available in the International Medical Corps applicant tracking system.

Job Summary
**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.

The primary responsibility of the emergency pharmacist is to establish and maintain a pharmaceutical supply and distribution system for emergency response including field hospital and community health services.

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

  • Establish a pharmaceutical dispatch and monitoring system during an emergency response to include a field hospital and mobile medical units;
  • Ensure medicines and medical supplies are stored, transported and handled in keeping with IMC and international guidance to ensure safety and high quality assurance of pharmaceuticals;
  • Maintain stock inventory and monitor consumption of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies in partnership with medical teams;
  • Work with logistics and coordination team to predict needs and prevent stock rupture;
  • Lead or advise  field IMC quality assurance process for supplies arriving in warehousing and pharmacy;
  • Lead or advise IMC Pharmacy Prequalification process;
  • Deliver, design and oversee training of pharmacy and logistics staff in pharmacy management;
  • Ensure pharmacovigilance in the project and appropriate reporting;
  • Assist in hiring and building a team as part of overall response.

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:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy (B pharm); Master’s degree preferred;
  • Minimum five years’ experience in pharmaceuticals supply management with strong focus on primary and secondary health care of which three years at management level;
  • Experience in establishing new pharmaceutical management systems or establishing new pharmacies;
  • Experience in complex cold chain management;
  • Familiarity with international humanitarian operations, coordination structures, and the mandates of donors, UN agencies, and NGOs preferred;
  • Knowledge and experiences of budget preparation and management preferred;
  • Profound cross-cultural awareness and insight into health care issues;
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently following consultative processes;
  • Proficient in computer applications, especially with MS Word and MS Excel, MS PowerPoint;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English required; working knowledge of French, Spanish or Arabic skills desirable;
  • Must be able to demonstrate cross-cultural awareness and maintain a positive working relationship with clients and colleagues with professionalism and integrity;
  • Demonstrated skills in creative problem solving particularly in limited resource settings;
  • Experience in managing, training and motivating multiethnic and multicultural teams.

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.

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.