Unit Pharmacist NGO Jobs – Medical Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI

Job Title:       Unit

Organization: Medical
Research Council (MRC) UK / UVRI 

Duty Station: 
Entebbe, Uganda

Reports to: 
Scientist A

Position Code: UP519

About US:

The MRC/UVRI Uganda
Virus Research Unit on AIDS was established following a request in 1988 from
the Uganda Government to the British Government for collaboration on the
research of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection and AIDS (Acquired
Immunodeficiency. The Unit is a center of excellence in HIV/AIDS related
research. It conducts large-scale epidemiological and intervention studies,
clinical trials, virological and immunological research and behavioural
studies, and has generated a wealth of research results that have been used to
inform policy and practice that have led to a large number of scientific
publications in peer reviewed journals over time.

Job Summary:  The Unit Pharmacist is mainly responsible for
general and specific pharmaceutical related activities in each of the clinical
research studies carried out in the Unit involving investigational products.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Supervise and support all pharmacy related activities for the Unit
    and all the unit’s stations including Procurement, supply, accountability,
    importation of drugs, vaccines and medical equipment and all regulatory
    aspects for the Unit.
  • Carry out in-house trainings on supply chain management to build
    capacity of the available pharmacy team at the other MRC sites-Masaka,
    Kyamulibwa and Mengo.
  • Incorporate pharmacy inventory systems as part of good pharmacy
    practice in the organization’s activities.
  • Carry out protocol reviews for various projects work through
    investigational product related issues with principal investigators and
    offering pharmaceutical advice.
  • Development and review of study tools (SOPs, checklists, temperature
    logs, drug transfer logs, drug inventory logs, inventory data bases)
  • Participation in annual National Medicines Policy and Pharmaceutical
    sector strategic planning meetings.
  • Participate in forecasting and procurement of medicines and devices
    including Anti-retroviral drugs for the Unit.
  • Participate in quality assurance audits at the MRC unit and carrying
    out risk management analyses in the pharmacies.
  • Oversee the regulatory drug requirements of the unit and liaising
    with key leaders at the National Drug Authority concerning study drugs.
  • Oversee the importation and exportation of drugs, devices and
    vaccines for the Unit.
  • Management and maintenance of pharmacy files (drug inventory
    records, shipment records, storage and temperature logs, delegation logs,
    document control logs)
  • Day to day coordination of pharmacy related activities (procurement,
    destruction of drugs, inventory management, drug transfers, dispensing,
    and training of pharmacy staff)
  • Supervise, mentor and support pharmacy team members (pharmacy
    technicians, nurses)
  • Support clinicians on pharmacy related issues (dosing,
    contraindications, appropriate regimens)
  • Support the quality assurance department, the laboratory and health
    and safety departments to ensure quality checks are in place.
  • Participate in recruitment of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Quality management and control (ensuring completeness of drug prescriptions,
    data cleaning.
  • Coordinate 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
  • Management of clinical supplies
  • Dispensing of medicines to patients when the pharmacy technician
    requires support.
  • Participating in investigator and stakeholders’ meetings

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate for the Medical Research Council
    (MRC) UK / UVRI Unit Pharmacist job must hold a Bachelor’s
    Degree in Pharmacy from a recognized University
  • Possession of a Masters in Clinical Trials, Public Health, Pharmacy,
    Epidemiology and any other related is an added advantage
  • Experience managing pharmacy in a clinical care and clinical research
  • Experience working at a middle or senior management level providing
    technical guidance
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Possession of post graduate certification in related fields, GPP and
    GCP certification is an added advantage.
  • Should possess excellent computer skills, knowledge of Microsoft
    Office e.g. Word, Excel and Database management skills, office equipment
    (printer, fax, copier, and scanner).
  • Working knowledge of MS Dynamics-Navision
  • Organized with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organisation and management skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with ability to
    communicate throughout all levels of the organisation.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadline



  • Personal Integrity
  • Emotional Resourcefulness
  • Ability to Learn
  • Forward Thinking
  • Reliability
  • Openness to Others
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Proactivity
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Concern for Excellence
  • Flexibility Towards Others
  • Service Orientation
  • Development Orientation

How to Apply:

The candidates
should send their application letters, curriculum vitae including names, email
addresses and telephone contact details of three (3) referees, plus copies of
academic qualifications should be e-mailed to recruitment@mrcuganda.org.
NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email:
UP519. Please also fill the following online form accordingly after submitting
the application documents on the e-mail above. Click Here

Address to:

The Human Resource
and Administration Manager

Uganda Research Unit

P.O. Box, 49


NB: Only
shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews. Note that academic
qualifications will be subjected to verification by the issuing
institutions. Please note that the Unit became part of the London School
of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine effective 1st February 2018.

Deadline: 7th June 2019 by 5:00om

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