Operational Pharmacist in International Pharmaceutical Coordination

Location: One of the MSF operational centers (Paris, Geneva, Brussels, Amsterdam, Barcelona), preferably Paris or Geneva

Contract: Permanent - Part-time position at 80%

Reporting to: International Pharmacist Coordinator

Application deadline: 6 March 2016


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 objective of the pharmacist’s network is to assure the quality of drugs in MSF projects. The network of pharmacists is composed of pharmacists working in the medical departments of the operational centres (section pharmacists, support/operational pharmacists), pharmacists in European Supply Centres (ESC), pharmacists in the access campaign (including a coordinator) and regional/intersectional positions.

Coordination of this network is done by the international pharmacist coordinator (IPC) who has a permanent position within the international office.

Main activities of the international pharmacist coordination (in relation to support to operations) are:

  • To maintain the coherence of the network (organisation, meetings)
  • To ensure common specifications and procedures are implemented and used in all sections
  • To ensure procurement at field level is in accordance with MSF quality and procurement policy and coordinate field visits

MSF policy clearly states that medicines used in MSF medical programs must be procured via “international supply” except if there is valid reason to do so. Given the increasing scope and complexity of the pharmaceutical market, especially at country level, and the increasing number of regional and intersectional pharmacists under the direct supervision of the International Pharmacist Coordination, this position’s main focus is related to procurement at field level and local purchase when no other option exist.


The pharmacist reports directly to the IPC.

(S) He will be in close contacts with the pharmacist network and particularly the ‘operation pharmacists’ (section pharmacists group, support/operation pharmacists and regional/intersectional pharmacists).


The objectives of this position are to support the IPC in the following:

  • In all aspects related to procurement at field level and particularly support to local purchase when international purchase is not possible
  • Strategic planning and implementation of pharmaceutical activities
  • Other support to the IPC, sections pharmacists and regional/intersectional pharmacists as needed
  • Support the development of tools and policy related to supply pharmaceutical issues


Support in all aspects related to procurement at field level and particularly local purchase:

  • Ensure close contacts with section pharmacists and regional/intersectional pharmacists and be their focal point person within the coordination for any support needed
  • Strengthen tools to support section pharmacists and regional/intersectional pharmacists on local market investigation
  • Organise section pharmacist meetings and follow-up on action points
  • Coordinate the field visits and update the overview table of pharmacist's field visit
  • Follow-up of field visits: give feedback on reports done by section pharmacists and intersectional pharmacists and bring to discussion any important issue
  • Participate in the review of the local databases
  • Update the list of repartition of countries between section pharmacists
  • Update the table with information on manufacturers/distributors visited at country level
  • Write the annual report on the MSF medicines purchase based on financial information received from sections on local and international purchases, including quantities and value of expired medicines
  • Ensure relevant manufacturer information is passed to section & Intersectional pharmacists (update of manufacturer GMP table)
  • Accompany field visits if necessary for coaching and support of new section pharmacist or regional/intersectional pharmacist,  any new pharmacists who may have to perform technical visits of distributors; or perform field visit on behalf of section pharmacists upon request
  • Maintain and update Oodrive with documents related to section and intersectional pharmacist’s activities (Local Market Assessment )

Support to the international coordination:

  • Contribute to the planning and implementation of the network objectives in line with the Pharma Network Plan of Action
  • Coach/train new colleagues
  • Give support to the coordinator on specific dossiers on ad-hoc basis
  • Together with IPC and section pharmacists, develop tools for the briefing/coaching of pharmacists and to support their activities

Supply pharmaceutical issues

  • Support the development of intersectional policies related to GSDP (including transport), drug management issues (drug management tools for forecasting/ordering and management of expired medicines) together with operation pharmacists  and IPC


    • Senior pharmacist with degree/diploma in Pharmacy
    • Minimum 5 years of experience, with at least 3 years in MSF (with specific focus on pharmaceutical field realities) 
    • Good knowledge of MSF quality and procurement policies
    • Fluency in English (French and Spanish would be an asset
    • Mature with strong interpersonal and organisational skills
    • Ability to work independently and ability to report
    • Organised, with attention to details
    • Willingness to travel regularly in Europe and in the projects
    • Able to represent MSF in relevant meetings

    Starting date: March 2016 or as soon as possible

    Contract: Permanent - Part-time position at 80%

    Location: One of the 5 operational sections, preferably in Paris or in Geneva

    Deadline for applications:  6 March 2016  

    Please submit all applications only by email to: IO-recruitment.gva@msf.org stating Operational Pharmacist in the title.

    Please submit your CV and cover letter in ONE file and name the file with your LAST NAME.

    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.