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Tuesday 1 April 2014

Senior Technical Advisor - Rational Use of Medicine - Management Sciences for Health Uganda

Vacancy: Senior Technical Advisor - Rational Use of Medicine
Recruiting Organisation: Management Sciences for Health (MSH)
Project: Securing Ugandans’ Right to Essential Medicines and Health Supplies (SURE) Program
Funding Source: USAID
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Country: Uganda
Reports to: Chief of Party

Job Summary: The Senior Technical Adviser (STA), Rational Use of Medicine for the Securing Ugandans’ Right to Essential Medicines and Health Supplies (SURE) Program reports to the Chief of Party and is primarily responsible for activities related to rational use of medicine. The STA works with internal and external stakeholders to improve rational use of medicine especially in the public health sector through established rational use of medicine networks and committees and development of reference material used by the dispensing and prescribing staff. There will generally be focus on improving rational prescribing and dispensing at all levels of the Ugandan health care system from the Village Health Team (VHT) to the Regional Referral Hospitals.

Key Duties:
Develop, update and review rational use of medicine reference materials such as Uganda Clinical Guidelines, Essential Medicines and Health Supplies List for Uganda and Practical Guidelines for Dispensing.
Help in the identification of key linkages between irrational medicine use and practices through studies on diagnosis, prescribing, dispensing, and patient use.
Develop and implement relevant strategies to improve rational use of medicine practices.
Work with central level coordination bodies such as Uganda Network for Appropriate Medicine Use (UNAMU) and Uganda Medicine and Therapeutic Committee (UMTAC) to promote rational use of medicine in Uganda and further establish their respective responsibilities to reach their goals.
Work with academic centers and health professions organizations to review and revise, as appropriate, training materials and expand training opportunities.

Establish community involvement in prevention and treatment of communicable and non-communicable diseases focusing both on medicine use and storage and disease awareness in the community.
Work closely with other partners including UNFPA to ensure reproductive, maternal, neonatal and child health commodities are used appropriately by the Village Health Teams.
Perform any other task assigned by his/her supervisor

The applicant should possess a master’s degree in a health area, such as pharmacy, medicine, or public health; medical doctor or clinical pharmacist preferred.
Excellent clinical skills are a requirement.

Skills and Experience
Five or more years; work experience in pharmaceutical management and preferably with essential medicine concept and rational use of medicine.
Comprehensive understanding of the Ugandan public health system and previous experience with USAID supported programs desirable.
Proven ability to collaborate with internal colleagues and external stakeholders in developing innovative, creative and strategic solutions to achieve common goals is desirable.
Study design and implementation skills are required.
Past training material development and training facilitation skills required.
Experience with capacity-building of public sector staff is an added advantage.
High degree of flexibility and ability to adapt to changing priorities and shifting deadlines is a must.
Excellent administrative and communications skills.
Prior management experience with strong team-building skills is an added advantage.
Strong English skills including ability to write lucid technical reports and documents required.
Good computer literacy skills required including knowledge of Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point.
Ability to use statistical packages such as Stata is an added advantage.

How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates should click the web link below to visit recruiting website.

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NB: We thank all applicants for their interest, but can only acknowledge shortlisted candidates. Please note that any form of canvassing by candidates will lead to immediate disqualification.

Deadline: 31st May, 2014