Chief Pharmacist Job Opportunity – National Medical Stores (NMS)

Job Title:   Chief Pharmacist
Organization: National
Medical Stores (NMS)
Duty Station: Entebbe,
Ref: NMS/2017/05
Report to: General Manager
About US:
National Medical Stores is an autonomous Corporation that was established
by an Act of Parliament 1993. Our mandate is to procure, store and distribute
medicines and other medical supplies to public health facilities in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Chief
Pharmacist will be responsible for ensuring that the National Medical Store
conforms to high standards of quality of commodities at the time of
procurement, warehousing and distribution, in compliance with pharmaceutical
requirements and best practices, and to meet expectations of the end user.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
Quality control:
  • The jobholder will develop systems to
    ensure that quality of medicines and medical supplies is consistent with
    approved quality standards.
  • The Chief Pharmacist is in charge of the
    development and implementation of Standard Operating Procedures and
    systems, record forms and other documentation related to all areas of
    procurement, inventory control, storage, security, drug information
    monitoring and evaluation.
  • Ensure that regular random sampling and
    quality checks on products supplied to NMS is Carried out.
  • Analyze reasons for poor quality, with the
    aim of minimizing the incidence of this problem.
  • The Chief Pharmacist will also work
    closely with NDA and other relevant bodies in ensuring that analysis of
    products is carried out as required.
  • Develop Quality Assurance Systems
    throughout the supply chain to ensure quality of medical commodities from
    source to end user.
  • Ensure that drugs and medical supplies
    procured are of acceptable quality, by ensuring that inspection of
    products prior to their receipt into NMS’s Warehouse is conducted
  • The incumbent defines categories of
    products and how many batches to be analysed per month.
  • Ensure quality of supplies received by NMS
    and those delivered at facilities.
Quality Assurance:
  • Tasked with managing Quality Management
    Systems (QMS) as a Management Representative ensuring ISO 9001:2008 Audits
    and Management Reviews are carried out in time to ensure continued NMS
  • Ensure that customers’ complaints relating
    to poor quality products are investigated and responded to and ensure
    proper management of any recalls.
  • The Chief Pharmacist will coordinate
    Supplier Audits and Post Distribution Surveillance activities to ensure
    that integrity of product is assured before procurement and after
  • Ensure safe disposal of expired and
    obsolete medical commodities

  • Carry out technical evaluation of Health
    Products procured by NMS
  • Tasked with implementing recall procedures
    if necessary
  • In charge of monitoring QA aspects of
    warehousing practices for compliance with good warehousing practice with
    World Health Organization standards.
  • Tasked with ensuring quality of the
    results obtained from the Quality Control Laboratory by strict adherence
    to Good Laboratory Practices.
  • The Chief Pharmacist will identify any
    risk(s) noted during the course of execution of your duties and formally
    report to your immediate supervisor.
Liaison with National Drug Authority (NDA):
  • Work closely with NDA on confirmatory
    tests regarding quality of medicines.
  • Tasked with producing certificates of
    analysis in liaison with NDA
  • Obtains certificates of clearance from NDA
    regarding medicines coming to NMS.
  • Serve as the liaison with NDA to get
    suitability of premises and all relevant permit for NMS operations.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the National Medical
    Stores (NMS) Chief Pharmacist employment opportunity should hold an Honors
    Degree of Bachelor of Pharmacy.
  • The applicant must also hold a Master’s
    degree in Pharmaceutical Analysis.
  • Possession of a Post Graduate
    Qualification in Management shall be an added advantage
  • At least eight years’ experience in
    Laboratory analysis of medicines and medical supplies.
  • A minimum of four years’ experience at a
    senior management position
  • Extensive knowledge of Good Manufacturing
    Practices (GMP)
  • Excellent analytical, numerical and
    communication skills.
  • Computer literacy skills
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates should send their application
letters with updated CVs, copies of the academic documents/ transcripts,
documents supporting your work experience, names and contact details of three
professional referees addressed and delivered to the Head of Human Resource and
Support Services, National Medical Stores (NMS), Plot 4-12, Nsamizi Road, P.O
Box 16, Entebbe, Uganda.
Deadline: 11th September

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