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19-208: Pharmacist – Emergency Response Team
Country:Global
Department:Humanitarian Response
  
Essential Job Duties/Scope of Work:

International Medical Corps is a global humanitarian nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through healthcare 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 healthcare 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 healthcare systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance.

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; offers 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 its response; ensures it is accessible to all sections of the population affected by the SOD and/or outbreak, particularly the vulnerable; and treats patients in a medically ethical manner.

International Medical Corps is accountable to patients and communities, host governments and ministries of health, and its 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 clusters 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-affected populations.

The primary responsibility of the Pharmacist is to support the proper medical treatment of patients in an emergency setting. The Pharmacist prepares medications by reviewing and interpreting physician orders; verifying correct dosages and detecting therapeutic incompatibilities.

**NOTE** Candidates applying to this position are indicating that they are interested in being considered for International Medical Corps’ standby roster for emergency response. Roster members will be contacted only when there is an emergency-response need for which the responder is qualified. 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 guidelines.
  • Provide oversight for the ordering of drugs and medical commodities and any Gifts in Kind (GIK.)
  • Establish standardized data collection tools and train staff on accurate data collection to track pharmaceutical consumption.
  • Work with the logistics and finance departments to ensure regular and adequate pharmaceutical and medical commodity levels are maintained to prevent stockouts.
  • Assist in hiring necessary pharmacy staff.
  • Analyze training needs and institute training for staff members.
  • Work with the medical team to provide standardized data to the International Medical Corps reporting and data management system.
  • Review documentation to confirm that appropriate pharmaceuticals were in fact provided to the beneficiaries.
  • Package and label prescriptions and counsel patients on their proper use and potential adverse events.
  • Coordinate with the Medical Coordinator, the Logistics Coordinator and the Team Lead to ensure correct demobilization and proper disposition of pharmaceuticals.

General

  • Deployed personnel are expected to assist with the setup, maintenance and demobilization of the clinical spaces and base camp as required.

Policy Adherence

  • Actively promote PSEA (prevention of sexual exploitation and abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and among beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps.
  • Adhere to the Code of Conduct, maintain humanitarian principles and respect international humanitarian law at all times.

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. The fluid nature of emergency response requires personnel to adapt to a rapidly changing landscape; duties may be reconfigured to meet operational requirements.
Code of Conduct
It is our shared responsibility and obligation to prevent matters involving sexual exploitation and abuse, trafficking in persons, child safeguarding and any suggested violation to our Code of Conduct that may involve conflicts-of-interest, fraud, corruption or harassment. If you see, hear or are made aware of any such activities, you have an obligation to report.
Qualifications:
  • Registered Pharmacist (R.Ph) or Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm D.) with valid licenses

Experience:

  • Work experience in multiple pharmacy practice settings i.e. community pharmacies, hospital pharmacies, research, regulatory affairs, academia etc.
  • Minimum of five (5) years experience required, of which three (3) years should be in resource poor environments or developing countries
  • Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, donor agencies, government officials, and NGOs

Competencies:

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • “Self-Starter” with ability to recognize what needs to be done without instruction
  • Able to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
  • Flexible and able to cope with stressful situations
  • Able to relate to and motivate local staff
  • Creative and able to work with limited resources
  • Excellent decision-making skills
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is required; fluency in Spanish, French or, Arabic is desirable

Other

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.

International Medical Corps is a first responder 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 is committed to doing everything possible within its remit to ensure safety and security. Notwithstanding, the mandate and programming choices of International Medical Corps require staff members who have a high degree of resilience, extremely decisive qualities and the 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.