TB and NTD Focused Pharmacist

PositionTB and NTD Focused Pharmacist
Location: In principle in one of MSF’s 5 operational centres, preferably Paris or Geneva
Contract: 100% - 2 year position with possible extension.
Evaluation is foreseen at the end of the probation period and after 1 year; TOR will then be revised if necessary. Renewal of the mandate is subject to evaluation.

Starting date: 15 August 2014

I. MSF INTERNATIONAL

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 19 sections, 23 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF Movement, as well as implements international projects and initiatives as requested. MSF International also provides administrative support to the MSF Access Campaign.

II. POSITION BACKGROUND

The main objectives of the pharmacist network include assuring quality of medicines used in MSF projects, facilitating access to treatments and providing other pharmaceutical support to headquarters and field operations. The pharmacist network consists of pharmacists in the medical departments of the 5 operational centres, in the MSF procurement centres, the Access Campaign and the Coordination team. The International Pharmacist Coordinator (IPC) ensures coherence and collaboration of the network; provides strategic guidance and ensures implementation of international guidelines and procedures at all levels and sections.

In 2007 a pharmacist position focussing on TB, malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTD) was created at coordination level. Due to a higher workload on TB than expected, the malaria dossier was transferred to a second pharmacist in the Coordination team in 2009.

The Access Campaign is also working on TB/NTD advocacy.

III. PLACE IN THE ORGANISATION

This position is part of the MSF International Pharmaceutical Coordination and is under the direct responsibility of the International Pharmacist Coordinator (IPC).

The pharmacist will be in close contact and collaboration with the pharmacist network and represents the network in the MSF intersectional working groups for TB and neglected diseases.

The pharmacist will work closely with the Access Campaign (AC) and coordinate with the Access Campaign Pharmaceutical Coordinator in relation to TB/NTD advocacy for 30% of his/her time.

IV. OBJECTIVES OF THE POSITION

The general objective of this position is to work on all pharmaceutical aspects linked to the availability and access to adequate treatments for neglected diseases (Visceral Leishmaniasis -VL-, Sleeping sickness, Chagas) and Tuberculosis.

V. MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES

Internal

  • In consultation with the TB and neglected diseases working group, revise regularly the list of priority products for which sources or alternatives must be found for MSF procurement
  • Prepare overviews on needed TB/NTDs drugs for the pharmacist network and working groups (briefing papers)
  • Maintain tables of validated product / manufacturer pairs for available products for TB and neglected diseases including sources already accepted for MSF procurement
  • Identify potential new suppliers for products and be responsible for product dossiers evaluation in coordination with IPC
  • Be the MSF focal point with manufacturers for these specific products (for regular contacts and technical visits)
  • Participate and provide pharmaceutical input to TB and neglected diseases working groups meetings
  • Facilitate and monitor procurement / MSF security stocks of critical products (TB: 2nd and 3rd line TB drugs; NTD: VL medicines) in coordination with the WG leaders and possibly with external stakeholders such as DNDi for VL
  • Support the WG leader in all pharmaceutical related issues for the compassionate use of TB drug under development
  • Keep section pharmacists and procurement centre pharmacists informed on relevant TB and neglected diseases related issues and provide necessary support in this area
  • Participate / facilitate in internal trainings and in regional symposia to promote/facilitate access to quality assured TB and NTD medicines
  • Keep an overview on latest developments in treatments, international recommendations and initiatives for each disease
  • Maintain a close collaboration, and exchange with the AC team members (in link with the AC action plan) and the relevant advocacy advisers in the operational sections on advocacy issues for these diseases
  • Participate in the elaboration of MSF document ‘TB drugs under the microscope’

External

  • Follow up on developments in the WHO prequalification (validation of products, advocacy on drugs to be included in expression of interest)
  • Follow up of international (Global Drug Facility and the Global Fund) and national procurement initiatives on TB related issues
  • Maintain contact and exchange with external actors on neglected diseases (eg DNDi, WHO Neglected Diseases department and others) for long term access for sleeping sickness drugs and Chagas treatment, and access to new therapeutic alternatives
  • Represent MSF in relevant external committees as required (and after approval of the WG leader/IPC according to topic) and in coordination with CAME as relevant
  • Undertake other duties as required by the IPC

VI. PROFILE REQUIREMENTS

Essential

  • Genuine interest in and commitment to the humanitarian principles and challenges of MSF
  • Pharmacist with degree/diploma in pharmacy and a strong interest in TB and neglected diseases
  • Knowledge or experience with TB and/or neglected diseases essential
  • Minimum of 3 years professional experience, including some experience in developing countries with MSF or another organisation
  • Fluency in English and French mandatory
  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Mature with strong interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Ability to handle large volumes of work under pressure, tracking multiple projects or activities, and to deliver quality outputs within short deadlines
  • Has the drive and tenacity to achieve defined objectives and to implement efficient solutions within a set timeframe
  • Strong team member able to collaborate, share and cooperate with others, working together towards a common goal
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to work and report independently
  • Able to represent MSF
  • Willingness to travel regularly in Europe and developing countries

Desirable

  • Experience with quality assurance and procurement is an asset
  • Knowledge of external actors such as Global Drug Facility (GDF) is an asset
  • Fluency in Spanish would be an added advantage

Deadline for applications:  30 June 2014

Please submit applications only by email to: IO-recruitment.gva@msf.org stating “TB & NTD Pharmacist” in the title. Please submit only one file containing your CV and cover letter and name the file with your last name only.