Head, National Drug Quality Control Laboratory Employment Opportunity – National Drug Authority (NDA)

Organisation: National
Drug Authority (NDA)
Duty
Station:
  Kampala, Uganda
Reports
to:
Executive Director
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 Head,
National Drug Quality Control Laboratory will be required to interact with
various National and International stakeholders from other National Drug
Regulatory Authorities, Quality Control Laboratories, Research Organisations,
Health Institutions as well as quality certification and accreditation bodies
and prequalification agencies like World Health Organization and others and may
travel on related business, as may be required. The incumbent will primarily;
·        
Ensure
timely quality control testing of all samples in conformity with ISO/IEC 17025
international standard and the relevant WHO guidelines.
·        
Provide
accurate and reliable test results that permit correct conclusions to be drawn
about the quality of the samples of medicines, medical devices and public
health products tested, and that the results also serve as an adequate basis
for any subsequent administrative and legal actions by NDA.
·        
Manage
and co-ordinate all operations and administration of the National Drug Quality
Control Laboratory and provide overall direction while ensuring optimum
performance with available resources.
Key
Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Co-ordinate
and supervise the activities of all staff members in the units of department to
ensure samples are tested according to approved test methods and in compliance
with the established quality management system in accordance with national and
international standards.
·        
Make
sure that the analytical results obtained accurately describe the properties of
the samples assessed, permitting correct conclusions to be drawn about the
quality of the samples of medicines, medical devices and public health products
analyzed, and also serves as an adequate basis for any subsequent
administrative and legal actions by NDA.
·        
Responsible
for implementation of, and adherence to ISO/IEC 17025 standard, WHO Good
Practices for Quality Control Laboratories and other relevant international and
national standards and practices in the process of testing samples, quality
management system and control of data and results so as to maintain the standards
required by the WHO prequalification of the NDA laboratory and those of the
accreditation body as per ISO/IEC 17025.
·        
Work
closely with other laboratories, regulatory and law enforcement agencies,
manufacturers of pharmaceutical and other health products and the general
public to foster partnership in drugs and health products quality control and
assurance.
·        
Ensure
that specifications for all required equipment, chemical reference substances,
chemicals and reagents, reference books and appropriate literature for use in
the department are developed and recommended for procurement.
·        
Ensure
the safe custody of all NDA equipment, chemicals and reagents, chemical
reference substances and other materials, as well as documents used in the
execution of department responsibilities.
·        
Provide
leadership to staff in the department ensuring that effective support, capacity
building, performance management and motivation strategies are applied to
enable delivery of effective services and results.
·        
Perform
any other duties assigned by the supervisor from time to time
Qualifications,
Skills and Experience: 
·        
The
applicant should hold a Master’s degree in pharmaceutical Analysis and a Bachelor’s
degree in Pharmacy or Chemistry.
·        
A
minimum of twelve (12) years post qualifying experience in a pharmaceutical
quality control laboratory with eight (8) years in a senior managerial
position.
·        
Proficiency
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.
·        
Previous
experience in the use of computerized and automated laboratory equipment.
·        
Broad
knowledge and understanding of national and international standards, norms and
practices as they relate to drug regulation and control.
·        
Experience
in Good Manufacturing Practice.
·        
Experience
in product dossier assessment/evaluation.
·        
Computer
literacy i.e. proficiency in MS Office computer programs (MS Word, MS Excel and
MS Access).
·        
High
integrity.
·        
Good
judgement.
How
to Apply: 
All suitably qualified candidates should
send hand written applications together with copies of academic certificates,
transcripts, testimonials and three work related referees should be submitted
to the Human Resource and Administration Officer either hand delivered or
electronically to the address below.
The Human Resource and Administration
Officer,
National Drug Authority, Plot 46-48,
Lumumba Avenue,
Kampala, Uganda.
Email
to:
hr@nda.or.ug
Deadline:
25th January 2016 by 5:00 PM
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