Executive Director – National Drug Authority (NDA)




Organisation: National Drug Authority (NDA)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Chairman/National Drug Authority
About NDA:
The National Drug Authority (NDA) is an autonomous body which was
established by the National Drug Policy and Authority Act Cap 206 , Laws of
Uganda (2000 Edition) to regulate Human and Veterinary Medicines and other
healthcare products. NDA’s mandate is to ensure quality, safety and efficacy of
human and veterinary medicines and other healthcare products through the
regulation and control of their production, importation, distribution and use.
Job Summary:  The
Executive Director will provide overall strategic leadership and direction over
the management and operations of the NDA Secretariat. The incumbent will
account for the performance of the secretariat before the Authority or any
prescribed legal organ. He /she will also be responsible for execution of the
Policy decisions of the Authority. The incumbent will serve as the Accounting
Officer and Secretary to the Authority as well as technical head of NDA
secretariat which is responsible for implementation of the NDA strategic plan.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Serve as the Chief Executive and
    Accounting Officer of the Authority and ensure the maintenance of Accounts
    of the NDAs income and expenditure as required and approved by the
    Authority and other laws and legislations
  • The incumbent will serve as the secretary
    to the authority and thus is responsible for recording, timely circulation
    and custody of all Authority minutes.
  • Actively coordinates authority activities
    and work plans as well as communication between the authority and
    management.
  • Guides the authority on operational issues
    while communicating and implementing Authority decisions.
  • Providing overall leadership, motivates
    and inspires heads of departments to deliver best value and manage their
    departments, people and budgets.
  • Prepare and submit for Authority approval
    strategic plans, annual budgets and work plans, financial statements and
    other relevant documents
  • Direct the proper management and
    accountability for the overall performance of NDAs human, fiscal, and
    other resources according to authorized policies, procedures and; provide
    regular reports about their utilization, to the Authority to guide
    effective decision making.
  • Develop an efficient and effective
    internal management structure that enhances maximum productivity of the
    organization
  • Develops, promotes, and maintains complex
    relationships with key stakeholders including the government particularly
    the ministry of health, development partners, other regulatory bodies and
    players in the regulated sectors.
  • Provide leadership on policy matters,
    strategy development, resource mobilization, strategic partnerships
    development and an advocate on all key issues pertaining to the
    development of drug regulation.
  • Regularly review and recommend relevant
    corporate policy changes to the Authority from time to time in order to
    keep them aligned with new developments in the regulatory environmental.
  • Constantly review the effectiveness of
    systems and procedures steering them to improve and uphold organizational
    effectiveness, and efficiency.
  • Responsible for, public relations, crisis
    management and legal affairs.
  • Be the custodian of the seal, and assets
    of the Authority
  • Register all medicines and healthcare
    products in the country.
  • Authorize the licensing of importation,
    manufacture, distribution and sale of medicines and mandated health
    products.
  • Ensure the preparation of final financial
    statements and liaise with the office of the Auditor General to have
    annual external audits.
  • Represent the Authority before Parliament
    the Sector Ministry of Health and other legally gazzeted bodies and other
    relevant fora as required for the interest, effective performance and
    visibility of the National Drug Authority.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s
    degree in a Biomedical Science (Pharmacy, Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry,
    Veterinary Medicine, Biochemistry), OR Food science, Law, from a
    recognized University and an additional Master’s in Business
    Administration.
  • Registration with a professional body in
    case of Pharmacy, Medicine, Surgery, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and
    Law is a MUST.
  • Possession of a post graduate
    qualification or a Ph.D. in any of the above mentioned fields will be an
    added advantage.
  • A minimum of 12 years working experience
    at Head of Department, General manager, or Director level in a large
    organization of National/ International repute with not less than 50 people
    and an annual budget of not less than 15 billion Uganda shillings or
    equivalent. 8 years of this experience MUST have been at one of the above
    mentioned SENIOR levels of governance.
  • Excellent track record of high integrity.
  • Foresightedness
  • High level of leadership and strategic
    decision making.
  • Evidence of ability to interact, work with
    and support the activities of the Authority and employees.
  • Strategic planning and budgeting.
  • Excellent communication and advocacy
    skills
  • Possess the ability to add value to
    Authority’s strategic goals
  • Good at negotiation and arbitration as
    well as demonstration of understanding of corporate governance and good
    work ethics.
  • Possess the ability to work under tight
    deadlines
  • Good knowledge and understanding of drug
    regulation problems in Uganda and the current government’s policies and
    strategies to address them
  • Ability to provide strategic leadership to
    a complex organization in a dynamic regulatory environment
  • Ability to inspire high performance levels
    across multi-disciplinary, multi institutional and multi stakeholders
    teams
  • Ability to work with regional and
    international regulatory agencies on regulatory initiatives.
  • Demonstration of a clear view of how drug
    regulation can contribute to improved public health.
  • Computer literacy skills
  • Working knowledge of the law governing the
    management and accountability for public finances.
  • Working knowledge of regional and
    international medicines, regulatory practices.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
their handwritten or or electronically application letters with a detailed CV
and copies of academic certificates and transcripts, contact addresses and day
time telephone numbers of three (3) work related referees; should be submitted
to:
The Human Resource and Administration Officer,
National Drug Authority,
Plot 46-48 Lumumba Avenue,
P O Box 23096,
Kampala, Uganda.
E-mail to: 
ndaug@nda.or.ug
Deadline: 20th May 2015 by 5PM

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