Senior Program Associate, Pharmaceutical Management

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Management Sciences for Health
Apply by 31 January 2011
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 4 November 2010

Job Description

The Senior Program Associate (SPA) for Pharmaceutical Management assists with the implementation of specific drug management activities at the National and/or provincial levels. The SPA’s objectives are to facilitate development of a pharmaceutical management operations framework, build capacity to select, procure, distribute and rationally use second-line medicines within the Department of Health and meet USAID mission needs. He or she is responsible for providing technical assistance to facilitate policy development and associated guidance documentation; develop or adapt and apply SPS tools; organize national and/or provincial workshops and trainings; and coordinate data collection activities in support of sector reviews and evaluations. The SPA is based at the Lung Center for the Philippines (LCP) office, unless agreed otherwise. The Senior Program Associate reports directly to the Country Director and closely works with the Department of Health counterparts at the national and provincial levels.


1. Facilitate the development of policies related to the selection, procurement, distribution, rational use, management and legal support of TB medicines.

2. Coordinate and assist in the development of a national guideline for pharmaceutical management of TB medicines.

3. Provide technical assistance to build technical competency within the elements of pharmaceutical management and other relevant areas as requested by the TB program and approved by the Program Manager.

4. Provide on the ground monitoring and document progress towards achieving national and provincial results using performance indicators.

5. Contribute to the development and implementation of SPS initiatives and technical work plan as needed.

6. Assist in identifying opportunities and coordinating SPS work with other international donor organizations on commodity management issues or other relevant areas.

7. Document and report SPS activity progress to the Philippines Country Director and in accordance with SPS and USAID requirements

8. Perform other duties as assigned, and support and contribute to any other relevant technical areas as agreed with the Country Director and the local counterparts.


  1. Advanced degree in health, pharmaceutical sciences, or related field, or equivalent relevant experience.
  2. Significant experience in developing standard operating procedures to provide national level guidance in the management of TB medicines, medicines forecasting and procurement through the GLC mechanism, and conducting workshops and trainings.
  3. Strong logistics, coordination and organizational experience.
  4. Experience working with stakeholders and partners involved in TB control in the Philippines both in and outside of the Department of Health.
  5. Demonstrated intermediate computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Interest in learning other applications as needed by the Project.
  6. Availability for travel within the Philippines as needed.
  7. Ability to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
  8. Creativity and ability to apply innovative thinking and problem solving.
  9. Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently as well as be part of a team.
  10. Proficiency in English, including reading, writing, and speaking skills, with ability to write lucid technical reports and documents in English is required.

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran of the U.S. Armed Force.