Pharmacist Charity Jobs – Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI)

Job Title:  Pharmacist
Organisation: Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research
Institute (MRC/UVRI)
Funding Source: MRC (UK) and U.S. PEPFAR
Duty Station: Masaka, Uganda
Reports to: Scientist
Position Code: PHAR16001
About US:
Medical Research Council/ Uganda Virus Research Institute (MRC/UVRI) based at
the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe is a bilateral
multi-disciplinary research organization funded by, the Medical Research
Council (UK) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Uganda
under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other
donor agencies. Established in 1988, the MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS
is an internationally recognized center of excellence for research on HIV
infection and related diseases, contributing knowledge on the revolving
epidemic, the evaluation of innovative health care options, treatment and
prevention, and the development of health policy and practice in Africa and
Job Summary: The Pharmacist will be in charge of providing
general pharmaceutical care of all participants in each of the clinical
research studies carried out in MRC Masaka
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • In charge of the oversight and training of
    pharmacy staff working in the clinical cohort pharmacy and all clinical
    trials involving investigational products at MRC Masaka.
  • Supervision of quantification, stocking,
    storage and safe dispensing of medicines in the pharmacy.
  • Ensure participation in clinical care of
    patients in research and ensuring adherence of MRC/UVRI clinical trials to
    good pharmacy practice, good clinical practice and the national medicines
    control regulatory requirements.
  • Responsible for developing and updating of
    all relevant pharmacy standard operating procedures and other related
    documents. These may include but not limited to, dispensing guidelines,
    drug packing guidelines, drug destruction guidelines, product tracking and
    prescription guidelines.
  • Daily stock update of all concomitant drugs
    dispensed in the MRC pharmacy and also generation of reports from time to
    time as required.
  • Follow up on the procurement of
    investigational product and other non-concomitant medicines including all
    drug related items for the clinic and laboratory.
  • In charge of ensuring recommended procedures
    are followed for packaging, transportation, delivery and storage of
    investigational product and other medicines according to the
    manufacturer’s guidelines.
  • Responsible for importation, storage,
    dispensing and accountability of investigational product and other
    non-concomitant medicines at the MRC/UVRI pharmacies.
  • Overseeing and supervision of the destruction
    of all study and non-study drugs and products retained after each study including
    expired drugs and ensuring that they are properly disposed of.
  • Supervision and participation in all stock
    taking activities for drugs dispensed at the MRC pharmacy.
  • Carrying out quality control and quality
    assurance of all essential pharmacy documents e.g. drug storage data
  • Initiate and contribute to scientific
    publications related to the relevant projects undertaken.
  • Pharmacist has some financial responsibility
    in that he/she verifies quantities of drugs ordered for the facility in
    relation to price and quality.
  • Will supervise and routinely train the
    pharmacy technician and nurses involved in pharmacy activities.
  • Job descriptions should be reviewed on a
    regular basis at the annual appraisal and may be revised after discussion
    and agreement with the line manager.
  • Perform any other duties as required by
    management as regards to pharmacy.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should at least hold a
    Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from a recognised University. Possession of
    a Post graduate certification in related fields, GPP and GCP certification
    is desired
  • Experience in managing pharmacy in a clinical
    care and clinical research setting.
  • Riding Motorcycles with Class A Riding permit
  • Excellent community liaison skills, Computer
    skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access).
  • Good writing and oral communication skills
Personal Competencies:
Core Competencies:
  • Personal integrity
  • Emotional resourcefulness
  • Ability to learn
  • Forward thinking
  • Reliability
  • Openness to others
Job Specific (delete as
  • Independence
  • Analytical thinking
  • Proactivity
  • Results orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Concern for excellence
  • Flexibility towards others
  • Service orientation
  • Development orientation
How to Apply:
candidates should send their applications letters, copies of academic
qualifications and curriculum vitae including names, telephone contacts and
email addresses of three (3) referees should be sent only via e mail to: Please quote the position code (PHAR16001) in the subject
line of the email.
NB: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for
Deadline: Wednesday, 10th February, 2016 by 05:00pm

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