Fresher Pharmacy Technician Non-profit Jobs – Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)


Organisation: Makerere
University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)

Duty Station: Fort
Portal, Uganda

Reports to:
Pharmacist of Record/Registered Pharmacist

Position Number: MUWRP/08/01

About US:

The Makerere
University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) is a non-profit HIV research program
that was established in 2002 as a result of a memorandum of understanding
between Makerere University and The Henry M. Jackson foundation for Advancement
of Military Medicine Inc. of USA (HJF). The primary purpose of MUWRP is to
develop, evaluate and provide interventions to mitigate disease threats of
public health importance to Uganda.

Job Summary:  The Pharmacy Technician performs the
technical, non-judgmental aspects of investigational products (IP) preparation,
distribution, record keeping and inventory control. Tasks are subject to
sequential or final verification by the Pharmacist of Record. The Pharmacy
technician must support and adhere to Good Clinical Practices/Human Subjects
Protection (GCP/HSP) and Pharmacy Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). The
incumbent will dispense investigational products according to the research
protocol, aiming to ensure the safety of the volunteer/participant and the
viability of products at all times.

Key Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Assists in generating labels and
    worksheets necessary for preparation and shipment of investigational products
    to office and field clinics
  • Receives prescriptions and checks for
    completeness to ensure that all is in order; reporting to the prescriber
    in case of concerns or errors:
  • Gender as on file
  • Visit number corresponds to the
    vaccination schedule
  • Informed consent has been acquired and
    date provided
  • Pregnancy test is negative
  • Other test results according to the
    research protocol are in order
  • Name, date and signature of the
    prescriber are authentic
  • Makes up the appropriate IP for each
    participant according to the randomisation list and the relevant
    preparation procedures and checklists; affixing labels and storing used
    vials according to site SOPs
  • Ensures that the work environment of the
    pharmacy is clean and contamination free and that products are handled in
    a way that will maintain their viability and protect the safety of the
    volunteer who will receive them. He will clean the hood, refrigerators and
    freezers, workspaces as stated in applicable site policy and procedures.
  • Pass prepared product along with the
    chain of custody Log to the emergency station nurse
  • Ensure that all necessary documentation
    is prepared and authorised according to the Pharmacy Operations Manual and
    research protocol i.e. log and date all investigational products being
    used and keep an accurate accountability log for protocol IP.
  • Receive and organize inventory of IP.
    Assist the PoR in ensuring that standard IP supplies are in adequate
    supply at all times i.e. Carry out a daily stock take of the
    Investigational Products, ensuring that the stocks correspond to the log;
    informing the Pharmacist in case of any discrepancies or stocks running
  • Maintain current knowledge of the study
  • Maintain current drug
    information/investigational brochure and material safety data sheets
  • Maintain proper control documentation of
    IP including lot numbers, bottle/kit numbers and complete inventory
    control of IP
  • Assist in ensuring daily, weekly and
    monthly Pharmacy Quality Assurance activities i.e. outdated IP/drug check,
    room temperature, refrigerator temperature record forms, accountability
    logs etc.
  • Assist in ensuring that other necessary
    pharmacy quality control standards are being met
  • Maintain accurate accountability records
    of inventory, orders, shipments, dispensations and returns.
  • To dispense medicines and supplies
    according to procedures, ensuring that the safety of patients and the
    security of medicines are upheld at all times. Including but not limited
  • Receiving prescriptions and checking
    that all is in order; reporting to the prescriber in case of concerns or
  • Volunteer ID number is on the
  • Name, date and signature of the
    prescriber are authentic
  • Correct drug, dosage and administration
    schedule has been prescribed
  • Checking that prescribed drugs are not
    incompatible with investigational products and any other drugs that have
    been administered
  • Packaging up supplies for outreach
    programs according to orders from the pharmacist
  • Dispensing drugs or supplies as
    requested; packaging and labelling as appropriate
  • Entering all dispensed drugs and
    supplies into the stock control system (bin cards, log book and computer
  • Producing monthly log of dispensed drugs
    and passing to the pharmacist
  • Carrying out daily spot-checks, and
    quarterly formal stock takes to ensure that the stocks of drugs match the
    bin card and computer records; reporting any discrepancies to the
  • To manage the store of medicine and
    medical supplies ensuring that a full inventory is always in stock and
    that supplies are in good condition, including but not limited to:
  • Receiving drugs and supplies that have
    been delivered
  • Checking that the full order has been
    received and that the invoice matches the goods received
  • Following up in case of any
  • Stamping invoice and passing to the
    Procurement Officer
  • Keeping hard copies of delivery notes on
  • On a monthly basis checking the expiry
    dates of drugs and supplies.
  • To carry out other duties as requested
    by the PoR

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 

  • The ideal candidate must hold a Diploma
    in Pharmacy and registered with Relevant Professional council
  • Two years of post-qualification
    experience is desirable
  • Research experience and experience in
    handling sterile products
  • Preparation of Sterile Compounds (adept
    at aseptic techniques),
  • The ability to maintain pharmacy
    equipment and records,
  • Broad knowledge of registered drugs
    (brand and generic),
  • Keen on maintaining accurate inventory
    and accountability of all products,
  • Keen on maintaining cold chain and
    responsiveness to events, as well as inventory and storage for expired
  • Previous experience in dispensing,
    primary health care and general practice. Comprehensive and current
    understanding of common pharmaceutical products.

How to Apply:

All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should download the application form, download
, attach it together with application letters, CVs, Photocopies of
academic qualifications and three professional referees. The position number
(Check top of advert) and preferred location should clearly be stated in the
application letter.

Please send
applications to:

The HR and
Administration Manager,

Makerere University
Walter Reed Project,

Plot 42 Nakasero

P.O. Box 16524
Kampala. Uganda

Deadline: 9th August 2019 by 5:00p,

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