Baylor College of Medicine Children’s Foundation Swaziland is seeking qualified individuals for the position of Technical Advisor-Rational Medicines Use.
- OVERALL RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Technical Advisor Rationale Medicines Use (RMU) is responsible for planning, implementation and evaluation of all SC+PASS Rationale Medicines Use activities related to improving quality, safety, effectiveness, and rational use of medicines in Swaziland. Reporting to the Pharmaceutical Senior Technical Adviser, he/she will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MoH), Implementing Partners, and other stakeholders in the areas of Pharmacovigilance, Active Drug Surveillance Monitoring (ADSM) and RMU especially as they relate to HIV and Tuberculosis (TB) in addressing regulatory and rational use issues of medicinal products for those conditions. He/She will assist the Office of the Deputy Director for Pharmaceutical Services (ODDPS) in the design and implementation of technical approaches, tools and advocacy events related to the promotion of medicine regulation, quality, safety and rational use. He/She will contribute to the SC+PASS Swaziland program in being responsive to the MoH and achieving agreed targets. He/She will ensure efficient usage of the SC+PASS Project resources, in order to meet the set objectives and as well maintain the standards and expectations of Baylor College of Medicine-Bristol Myers-Squibb Children’s Foundation (BCM-BMS CF) Swaziland. This position will be stationed closely to the office of the Deputy Director for Pharmaceutical Services and shall technically report to the SC+PASS Senior Technical Advisor (STA) for Pharmaceutical Services.
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Represents SC+PASS at national HIV and TB technical working groups specifically on issues related to medicines regulation, pharmacovigilance, ADSM and RMU.
- S/he is a resource to USAID and PEPFAR implementing partners on medicines regulation, pharmacovigilance, ADSM and RMU including medicines selection.
- Provide technical assistance to the ODDPS in areas of the Medicines Regulatory Authority (MRA) start-up, medicines regulation, pharmacovigilance, ADSM and RMU as appropriate.
- Guide MOH in the effective processes of implementation of RMU activities.
- Specific Responsibilities:
Rationale Medicines Use (RMU)
- Support the management of the RMU process in the design and implementation of technical approaches, tools and advocacy materials/events related to the promotion of medicine quality, safety and rational use.
- Support the implementation of a RMU strategy and direction
- Lead the process for rationalisation and standardisation of formulations and dosage forms for effective patient care in Swaziland.
- Provide technical support to implementing partners on appropriate measures to ensure RMU across programs for HIV, TB, malaria and reproductive health.
Active Drug Surveillance Monitoring (ADSM)
- Support the enhancement of the national ADSM framework for new medicines for HIV and TB in Swaziland.
- Conduct capacity building of MoH and key partners in implementation of ADSM activities in Swaziland.
- Support the design and implementation of technical approaches, tools, workshops and advocacy events related to the promotion of ADSM
STGs, Essential Medicines List (EMU) and Essential Laboratory List
- Lead the process of updating and publishing the Swaziland Standard Treatment Guidelines (STGs) with accompanying EML and Essential Laboratory Products List (ELL) from time to time
- Develop and oversee implementation of appropriate measures and approaches to ensure effective adoption and roll-out of the STGs, EML and ELL).
- Participate in the development of regular quarterly and semi-annual reports on work plan activities for the SC+PASS, PEPFAR/USAID Swaziland and any other reporting requirement for the SC+PASS project as needed.
- Monitor and document progress of activities towards achieving results of supply chain activities of the approved SC+PASS work-plan, by taking baseline and periodic measurements of indicators.
- Participate in development of bi-annual Patient Safety Newsletter and related documents
- Undertake other relevant activities as requested.
- QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
- Bachelor’s degree in pharmacy, medicine or related field required, with background in public health and RMU preferred.
- At least five years’ experience in Rationale Medicines Use and Pharmacovigilance monitoring and reporting with advanced knowledge of PV/RMU monitoring and reporting tools and protocols. Certificate in Pharmacovigilance and/or Rational Medicines Use would be an added advantage.
- Significant experience in providing technical assistance to promote National and Regional capacity in RMU and pharmaceutical management. Knowledge of local and applicable international RMU regulations will be an advantage.
- Experience providing training/setting up training programs and workshops preferred.
- Creativity and ability to apply innovative thinking and problem solving; with flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
- Demonstrated writing and computer skills in Microsoft Office Suite Applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Knowledge of appropriate methods for data analysis and reporting.
- Fluency in spoken and written English. Knowledge of SiSwati preferable.
- Experience working with USAID-funded programs desirable.
- Willingness and ability to travel within Swaziland as needed.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to work as part of a team.
This is summary of the primary responsibilities of the position, not an employment contract; it does not restrict the responsibilities that may be assigned. Baylor-Swaziland may revise this document at any time.
About the Organization
Through the TSP Program, Baylor-Swaziland and Baylor-Malawi are partners in continuing the Systems for Improved Access to Pharmaceuticals and Services (SIAPS) program in Swaziland. The new project, Swaziland Supply Chain and Pharmaceutical Assistance for Sustainable Systems (SC+PASS) seeks to improve the delivery and consistent use of HIV, TB and other reproductive health commodities and essential pharmaceutical services to achieve desired HIV, TB and SRH health outcomes.
Interested individuals can send an application letter addressed to the Executive Director. Baylor College of Medicine Children's Foundation (BCMCF-SD), P.O. Box 110, Mbabane.
All applications should be accompanied by a cover letter, CV and three professional references. Faxed and hand delivered applications will not be accepted and only short- listed candidates will be contacted.