Senior Technical Advisor, Pharmaceutical Management

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Bujumbura, Burundi
Apply by 1 July 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 2 May 2018

Job Description


The Tubiteho program aims at increasing access to quality essential health services, with particular emphasis on family planning (FP), maternal and child health (MCH), malaria and nutrition services to the Burundian population. To attain this result, the program seeks to strengthen sub-national pharmaceutical systems including supply chain systems (at provincial, facility and community levels) so to ensure continuous availability of FP, MCH, malaria, and nutrition products at service delivery points in target provinces.

Under the direction of the Chief of Party, the Senior Technical Advisor (STA) oversees and manages pharmaceutical management activities of the program at the sub-national level and beyond, and coordinates with the ministry of health and with other national partners to address pertinent issues of national scale.

S/He provides technical assistance to provincial and district health management teams, facility staff, and community health workers (CHWs) to strengthen commodity management systems for essential medicines and supplies. The STA coordinates with FP, MCH, malaria and nutrition programs at national, provincial and district levels to ensure that pharmaceutical system strengthening activities are consistent with national strategic plans.

S/he closely coordinates with other members of the Tubiteho team in the planning of pharmaceutical management improvement interventions ensuring their contribution to overall program objectives. The STA ensures adequate monitoring of activities, evaluation of performance and the dissemination of results by working respectively with program M&E and communication teams. The STA receives technical support from the Pharmaceuticals and Health Technology (PHT) Group of MSH in Arlington to ensure that deployed tools and approaches reflect best practices in the field of pharmaceutical management.

This position is not eligible for allowances or relocation.

Specific Responsibilities

Technical Support

  • Participate in program assessments to identify priority pharmaceutical and supply chain management gaps and to define priorities for meeting program overall objectives.
  • Collaborate in the development of Tubiteho program plans ensuring that priority pharmaceutical management improvement activities are adequately programmed and budgeted.
  • Support the establishment of an essential package of commodities that best address priority health areas of Tubiteho including FP, MCH, malaria and nutrition commodities.
  • Coordinate with local partners for the establishment of mechanisms at the provincial and/or district level to quantify commodity needs, develop and monitor the implementation of commodity supply plans.
  • Coordinate with national and sub-national partners for the timely procurement and delivery of required commodities to target provinces and districts.
  • Establish a standard pharmaceutical management information system (with patient and commodity data) to provide reliable data on commodity consumption and that can be used to monitor commodity availability and use; and to readily serve as early warning system and for decision-making.
  • Collaborate with local partners to ensure that essential commodities are adequately stored and inventoried.

Capacity Building

  • Participate in identifying institutional and individual capacity gaps in the area of pharmaceutical/supply chain management and develop capacity building plans to address them.
  • Ensure the development of appropriate pharmaceutical/supply chain training materials, by type of cadre, to address identified individual capacity gaps.
  • Oversee the implementation and evaluation of training programs for leadership and for operational staff.
  • Work with local partners to develop terms of reference for necessary roles to support pharmaceutical/supply chain management operations at the different levels of the health system.
  • Oversee and participate in the development/update and implementation of institutional standard operating procedures as needed (including forms and tools) to support quality standards to govern pharmaceutical management operations.
  • Support members of DHMTs to be able to analyze commodity reports and to adequately use them for decision making.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Participate in the development of Tubiteho program PMP ensuring that adequate outputs, deliverables and indicators for pharmaceutical/supply chain management are incorporated.
  • Ensure that pharmaceutical/supply chain management data required for program monitoring and evaluation is routinely collected, validated, and analyzed for measuring program performance with emphasis on measures for stock outs and for commodity wastage.
  • Collaborate with local partners and supervisors to integrate commodity management as an integral part of their supervision system.


  • Develop pharmaceutical management regular reports according to program and USAID/Tubiteho reporting guidelines; also develop ad-hoc reports upon request.
  • Develop communication materials, success stories, and presentations to share best practices and lessons learned.
  • Conduct any other tasks, as required.
Qualifications and Experience
  • Degree in medicine, pharmacy, public health or an advanced degree in administration, logistics or supply chain combined with pertinent experience in public health.
  • At least seven (7) years progressively responsible experience in pharmaceutical management, and/or supply chain at national, sub-national and community levels in a developing country context, preferably Burundi
  • Demonstrated experience in two or more areas of pharmaceutical/supply chain management such as quantification/supply planning, logistics management information systems, warehousing, inventory control, distribution/transportation and/or rational use
  • Experience working with health system strengthening programs funded by bilateral (e.g. USAID) or multilateral (e.g. WHO or UNICEF) donors.
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of health and pharmaceutical systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Skills in developing training materials and in the management and delivery of capacity building workshops/events.
  • Strong management, organizational, supervisory and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation approaches and appropriate methods for data analysis and reporting.
  • French fluency and strong English capabilities are required including speaking, writing, and reading. Additional proficiency in local Burundi languages is a plus.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently.
  • Willingness and ability to travel for extended periods of time in-country to support technical activities, and internationally, whenever needed.

About the Organization

Management Sciences for Health, an international nonprofit organization, is dedicated to closing the gap between what is known and what is done about public health problems. MSH saves lives and improves health by helping public and private organizations throughout the world to effectively manage people, medicines, money, and information. Working from more than 30 country offices and our US headquarters, our staff from 65 nations is highly regarded for its technical expertise, integrity, and commitment to making a lasting difference in health.

Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international health organization composed of more than 2,000 people from 73 nations. Their mission is to save lives and improve the health of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Together with their partners, they are helping managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.


MSH takes an integrated approach to building high-impact sustainable programs that address critical challenges in leadership, health systems management, human resources, and medicines. Simply put, they support stronger health systems for greater health impact.

Their expertise in these areas falls into the broad categories of management functions—for example, leadership and governance or pharmaceutical management—and health areas like tuberculosis or maternal, newborn, and child health. They apply their expertise by

  • Partnering with governments, local organizations, and communities in developing nations to build their own capacity for long-term health impact;
  • Providing global leadership in critical areas of health management and health care delivery;
  • Bringing the best of MSH from around the globe to the people we serve, working as One MSH with a focus on lasting health system improvements.



Leadership, Governance, & Management

They work with in-country partners to build stronger health systems to improve:

    • the management and leadership of priority health programs, health organizations, and multisectoral partnerships such as The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, developing a critical mass of managers at all levels of the health system who can lead and inspire teams to achieve results;
    • the management systems of health organizations in the public and private sector, transferring practical approaches and skills to ensure that management structures contribute to sustainable organizational success;
    • the governance and management of health organizations and multisectoral partnerships, facilitating change and transferring knowledge to enable organizations to administer their resources efficiently and scale up their services.


Health Service Delivery

MSH combines extensive public health expertise, proven service delivery approaches, and evidence-based interventions in five critical areas:

    • HIV & AIDS
    • Tuberculosis
    • Maternal, newborn, and child health
    • Family planning and reproductive health
    • Other communicable diseases, including malaria and pandemic and avian influenza

Human Resources for Health

MSH helps governments develop multisectoral strategies and policies to plan and manage their health workforces. We use a comprehensive approach that addresses all the facets of human resources for health needed to achieve an adequate supply of well-trained and motivated health workers. MSH offers capabilities in leadership, human resource management, education, partnerships, policy, and finance to achieve these goals.

Pharmaceutical Management

Vital to our success is a participatory approach to project design and implementation, which cultivates broad-based support from all stakeholders. We also build and improve infrastructure and local capacity to effectively purchase, store, deliver, and use quality essential medicines.

Health Care Financing

MSH helps governments and NGOs assess their current financial situation and systems, understand service costs, and develop initiatives to use existing funds more effectively and generate additional revenue—all with the goal of supporting a nation’s health priorities.

Health Information

MSH has developed proven methods for rapidly strengthening the analysis and use of existing health data—normally at the province, district, and facility levels—without revising existing recording and reporting requirements. With an emphasis on learning through action, district teams undertake assessments of health services, identify gaps in performance, and design solutions to support better decision-making and, therefore, better management of improved services.

MSH has worked closely with the Health Metrics Network of the WHO to develop a comprehensive approach for enhancing the performance of health information systems and data by employing a practical, strategic planning process that can be carried out by national working groups.

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