Director Laboratory Services Employment Opportunity – National Drug Authority (NDA)

Organisation: National Drug
Authority (NDA)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Secretary to the
About US:
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 Director
Laboratory Services will manage and
co-ordinate all operations and administration of the Directorate of Laboratory
Services and provide overall direction while ensuring that regulated products
are correctly analyzed to enable NDA make evidence-based decisions. The
jobholder will ensure timely quality control testing of all samples in
conformity with ISO/IEC 17025 international standard and the relevant WHO
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
the development of the Directorate’s annual budget and ensure effective budget
management with the objective of ensuring value for money.
with other Directorates in furtherance of vision, mission, goals and strategic
objectives of NDA.
relevant stakeholders, identifying opportunities for synergy and developing
the structures for collaboration.
the performance and development of staff in the directorate, provide effective
leadership and ensure support through motivation and other strategies to enable
effective delivery of services.
resources required for timely analysis of regulated products and ensure
release of accurate analytical test results to permits; correct conclusion
about the quality of the samples analyzed (of medicines, medical devices and
public health products) and serves as an adequate basis for timely
administrative and legal actions by NDA.
that processes, systems and procedures needed for quality enhancement of the
services of the directorate are established and implemented in accordance with
the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, WHO Good Practices for Quality Control
Laboratories and other relevant international and national standards and
that risks are identified and appropriate actions taken to avoid the risks or
minimize the negative impact(s) on the operations of the Directorate and
NDA in general and provide feedback for regulatory decision making on marketed
pharmaceuticals analyzed.
monitor and evaluate performance of the Directorate against agreed targets and
objectives, and ensure adequate, processes, systems, specifications and
controls over the resources needed for quality service delivery. These include;
personnel, equipment, chemical reference substances, chemicals and reagents,
reference books among others.
laboratory management reviews and audits (financial and technical), and
ensure timely implementation of corrective and preventive actions and respond
to queries arising from audits and complaints.
initiation and execution of projects including research and programs to
enhance performance of the Directorate. This may be achieved by collaborating
with other laboratories, regulatory and law enforcement agencies, manufacturers
of pharmaceutical and other health products and the public to enhance drugs and
health products quality control and assurance.
Build collaboration
and partnerships with stakeholders including; academic institutions,
industries, regional laboratories and others to promote information sharing,
gain knowledge and access to test methods, chemicals & reagents and
innovative laboratory tools.
advice to the SA on matters pertaining to resources, specifications, processes
systems and. new practice/developments within the Directorate which may have an
impact on the effective and efficient delivery of activity targets
maintenance of health and safety standards within the Directorate; adhere to
national and international safety standards and guidelines.
cooperation with other Directorates to foster collaboration and build
inter support systems to facilitate efficiency in NDA services delivery.
any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as assigned by the Secretary to
the Authority from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate for the National Drug
Authority (NDA) Director Laboratory Services job placement should preferably
hold a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy
plus a Masters’ degree in Pharmaceutical Analysis.
of a post graduate diploma in management studies
with relevant professional body
least twelve (12) years post qualifying experience in Quality Control and
Quality Assurance of pharmaceuticals five (5) of which should have been
at a senior managerial position preferably in a regulatory environment.
in Quality Control testing of medicines, public health chemicals, medical
devices and related products.
Broad knowledge and understanding of ISO/IEC 17025 standard and WHO Good Practices for Quality
Control Laboratories.
ability to use computerized and automated laboratory equipment.
understanding of National, Regional and International Standards, norms
and practices as they relate to Drug Regulation and Control.
experience in Good Manufacturing Practice
dossier assessment/evaluation skills.
moral integrity
analytical skills
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send
a cover letter, copies of your academic qualifications together with your
Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicating three (3) referees of whom one (1) should be
your current or most recent employer either electronically to the e-mail
address- or hand delivered to National Drug Authority office, 1st
Floor, Rumee, Plot 19 Lumumba Avenue opposite TWED PLAZA. Your application
should be addressed to the Head Human Resources and Administration, National
Drug Authority.
Deadline: 10th
January 2018
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