Intersectional Pharmacist Flying Support

Position:                            Intersectional Pharmacist Flying Support

Location:                           One Operational Centre (Amsterdam, Brussels, Barcelona, Geneva or Paris), 75-80% of time in the field

Contract:                          12 months, with possibility of extension

Starting date:                   15 February 2018

Reporting to:                    International Pharmacist Coordinator (IPC)




Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF's 21 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, the MSF International Office provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested. The International Office also provides administrative support to the MSF Access Campaign.



The general objective of the position is to support MSF programs and sections in medicines and medical devices supply, by guaranteeing that MSF quality standards are applied according to the evolving situation and available information worldwide.

MSF works in unstable and volatile contexts and as such this position is envisioned to be able to provide capacity to respond to situations as well as anticipate support in countries where more than one section is present.



  • This position is hierarchically and technically linked to the International Pharmacist Coordinator.
  • This intersectional pharmacist (ISP) position is functionally linked to the international pharmaceutical coordination: it will be the responsibility of the IPC to ensure that the intersectional pharmacist is given appropriate technical back-up, by:
  1. Considering him/her as a member of the international pharma network.
  2. Identifying a regular technical back-up among the section pharmacists for each country he intervenes in.
  3. Sharing with him/her relevant information on sources and quality updates.
  4. Providing him/her with any needed information or specific support on demand.
  5. Ensuring the links with the pharmacists in the Access Campaign team and in European Supply Centers (ESC).
  • The scope of this position will be based on the evolution of the situation in different countries/contexts. The priorities will be set by the IPC in agreement with the section pharmacists (SPs) based on the needs.
  • The intersectional pharmacist is in close contact and collaboration with the pharmacist network and more specifically with the section pharmacists, the Regulatory Affairs pharmacist and with the International Medical Device QA Coordinator (IMDC).



The intersectional pharmacist supports the sections by solving specific supply issues with all concerned departments in challenging countries where access to quality medicines for MSF’s projects is compromised. This includes provision of advice, support and liaising from the pharma side to the missions in country and to the Section Pharmacists.

  • Gain a better knowledge on the pharmaceutical and medical device legal framework and market within the specific context (analysis of registered drugs, main pharmaceutical and medical device companies, etc.) as well as the regulatory frameworks and potential constraints.
  • Advice on and re-evaluate the relevance of the procurement strategies, taking into account MSF program developments in the countries, quality, legal and administrative issues.
  • Lead negotiations with the governmental organisations to favour importation and access to quality medicines by MSF projects.
  • For countries where local procurement is a necessity: perform local market assessment as per SPs requests, LMA will be validated by the SPs (manufacturers and distributors to be assessed).
  • Ensure that the procurement strategies approved by the Medical Department in HQ (of each project’s section), are followed and implemented by the teams in each country.
  • Coordinate among sections to:
    1. facilitate loans intersectionally
    2. combine medical needs identified by each section to ensure supply pooling resources when needed
    3. liaise in terms of coordinating importation of consignments, etc.

The intersectional pharmacist will not replace or be the back-up of field pharmacists during holidays; each section must manage this situation itself.



1. Follow up on India context

  • Follow up local distributor and registered medicines lists, with particular focus on manufacturers of interest to MSF.
  • Maintain every 4-6 months the database of approved sources for the local market.
  • Support technical visits of manufacturers and distributors of medicines and medical devices.
  • Any other related issues.

2. Identify challenges faced (banned items, reinforcement of restrictive importation requirements, etc.) in specific challenging       countries.

  • Ensure all the changes in importation procedures are communicated to the MSF ESCs, Section pharmacists, IPC, IMDC when relevant and MSF regulatory affairs pharmacist in a timely manner, with the involvement of the Supply team.
  • Liaise among the different sections in the country to ensure medical supply of quality medicines.
  • Work with all the sections to undergo pooled procurement (if agreed upon).
  • Liaise with ESC Pharmacists as required in order to request specific technical support for importation. 
  • Communicate to the MSF ESCs and Operations the changes in the national guidelines, particularly information and regulations pertaining to pharmaceutical products importation.
  • Update the SPs and the ESCs including the RA pharmacist regarding the lobbying efforts and document the problems encountered with importation, for all the sections.

3. Act as focal person representing MSF towards the authorities on pharmaceutical issues, and ensure a coherent and consistent communication system with authorities (the “one MSF” approach):

  • Participate to meetings related to pharmacy regulations.
  • If needed, provide technical support for the creation of document (s) to address the importation issues with local authorities.

4. Local procurement (LP) information (if LP is the only option for some products):

  • Compile and update documentation for each product (selected supplier and manufacturer).
  • Conduct local market assessment visits in accordance with MSF LMA guidelines and with validation given by the SP.

5. Technical pharmacy support for medical managers:

  • Support supply officers, mission pharmacists/pharmacy managers and medical coordinators in providing training, and advice in various topics related to drugs and medical devices’ importation.



  • Submit monthly activity report to IPC and SP or country visit report including medical and logistic coordinators of the respective missions, section pharmacists and IPC.
  • Participate in Grand-messe.
  • Participate in the Section Pharmacists meeting when required.
  • Participate in Section Pharmacist visits and assist in preparing these visits.
  • Provide a final hand-over report for all the sections with recommendations, particularly on India.




Pharmacist with degree/diploma in pharmacy


  • Minimum 5 years professional experiences, including 2 years of experience in developing countries with MSF in an intersectional position.
  • Experience with quality assurance, Good Distribution and Storage Practices and manufacturing aspects of pharmaceutical products desirable.


  • Fluency in English mandatory (French would be an asset).
  • Ability to work and report independently.
  • Able to represent MSF with the capacity to negotiate positively and diplomatically with MoH officials and MSF national and expatriate staff.
  • Mature with strong interpersonal, organisational and management skills.
  • Excellent communication and diplomatic skills.
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
  • Professional, transparent and flexible attitude.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Skilled in coaching, training and supporting pharmacist/medical supply personnel.


Deadline for applications: 4 February 2018

Please submit all applications only by email to: indicating “Intersectional Pharmacist position” in the title.

Please submit only ONE file containing your CV and cover letter and name the file with your last name only.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.