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Country Pharmacy Manager
MSF - Holland Department, Islamabad
Apply By May 28, 2018
Job Description (total positions: 1, posted on: May 17, 2018)

Main Purpose

Define, implement, coordinate and supervise all pharmacy related activities in the Mission, according to MSF standards and values, the Medical Coordinator instructions and national and international laws and regulations, in order to ensure the quality and proper organization of medical supply process, procedures and protocols, the proper management of the medical stock in the projects and, in collaboration with the medical coordinator, the correct use of medicines and medical material


  • Support the coordination team in representing and defending MSF’s interests before the Ministry of Health and other local authorities or local suppliers for any issue concerning pharmaceutical supply, in order to ensure stock procurement in the projects while following national laws and regulations and MSF protocols.
  • Ensure a close follow up of the National Drug Supply particularly in projects where MSF is working in conjunction with MoH
  • Support and participate in all drug and medical material supply processes and facilitate correct stock management in order to ensure the availability of stock in all projects. Support the logistical team in transport/storage procedures, avoiding expiries/overstocks and ruptures, and by collaborating, ensure the overall efficiency and effectiveness of medical supply:
  • Collecting and analyzing consumption data and comparing to stock indicators according to physical records and logistical data (stock levels, pre-stock-outs, over-stocking, donations, expired products) from the projects. Discussing together with the medical coordinator and logistical coordinator to take corrective decisions when necessary.
  • Support the Medical coordinator in maintaining the Medical Supply List and activities related processes
  • Function as technical Pharmacy support regarding all questions related to pharmaceutical information, medication use (protocols and rational drug use), management of side effects, adherence issues etc
  • Advise on rational drug use and MSF/MoH treatment protocol adherence
  • Regular technical visits to project sites to ensure appropriate follow-up of activities and management of field pharmacies.
  • Advise on management of expired medications according to MSF procedures (and national legislation).
  • Support the medial and logistical team in preparing drug and other medical material orders Support in the procurement process, including regular communication with Medical, Logistics, HR and Finance departments regarding Medical Supply and Pharmacy Management.
  • Advise on appropriate storage and management of supply of narcotic and psychotropic medication with respect to national legislation and permit traceability for these specific products.
  • Support the Medical Coordinator regarding the follow-up of EPREP planning and maintenance of medical emergency kits as well as support of the supply team by managing the EPREP
  • Support the Medical Coordinator in order to ensure local medical purchases are made from approved sources, subject to approval of Section Pharmacist.
  • Collaborate with the logistical and WatSan department for the proper disposal of drugs and medicines according to MSF Safety standards and waste management protocols, and to national and international legislation.
  • Is responsible for the good maintenance of all drugs and equipment in the pharmacies and end user units of every project.
  • In close collaboration with the Logistics Department, advise on storage conditions (e.g. humidity, temperature, light exposure, cleanliness, pest and rodents control, stock security, maintenance of cold chain, etc.), classification, organization and inventory in the medical warehouse, in order to guarantee the quality of the medicines and other medical material and prevent damage, financial losses generated by expired items, deterioration and robbery.
  • Supervise the running of the pharmacies across the mission, ensuring the proper implementation of MSF protocols, procedures and dispensing practices

Specific Code of Conduct:

  • Ensure no action or omission on her part places the patient at risk, including referring to others when she has reached the limit of her experience
  • Does not accept gifts or money from her patients or their family for care provided.
  • Upholds good medical practice, updates her knowledge regularly by reading and training.
  • Maintain patient confidentiality at all time and respect patients as much as possible.
  • Promote the policies and protocols of MSF; refrain from practicing out of regular working station and organization. Should not prescribe medications outside these policies for local purchase from the bazaar.
  • Respect the rights of the Patients and caretakers in her care to be informed before any procedure or medication is given and the right to decline care or treatment, and the right to have a female family member for support.
  • Uphold universal precautions at all times during their practice in MSF medical facility

Required Skills:

  • Pharmacy D Degree (5 years); Valid Pharmacy Board of Pakistan registration.
  • 3 years of MSF experience in pharmacy management or equivalent experience with an INGO or other sector (e.g. hospital, pharmaceutical company etc).
  • Proficient in English and Urdu. Command of any local language of Baluchistan an asset.

Other competencies

  • Good computer skills.
  • Respectful communicator, diplomatic and tactful in dealing with people
  • Strong sense of medical and professional integrity and confidentiality
  • Precise, meticulous and hard working
  • Well organized, responsible and willing to take initiative
  • Quick and eager to learn: willing to receive instruction and to share knowledge
  • Capacity to work in a multidisciplinary and international team.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to work in other MSF locations if necessary, in remote areas with marginalized communities, in case of emergencies to work longer hours, extra days to meet the needs of the program.
  • Commitment to humanitarian values as outlined in the MSF Charter          







N.G.O./Social Services
Health & Medicine
Job Type
Full Time/Permanent ( First Shift (Day) )
No Preference
Minimum Education
Degree Title
Pharmacy D Degree
Career Level
Experienced Professional
Minimum Experience
3 Years
Required Travel