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[e-med] Poste vacant- Pharmacien - Coordination Pharmaceutique Internationale MSF


1. Context
MSF’s pharmacist network has as a key objective to assure the quality and 
availability of drugs in MSF projects. An international qualification 
scheme for drugs has been established and is being implemented under the 
coordination of the International Pharmaceutical Coordination. The 
efficiency of the qualification scheme depends largely on the time 
capacities of the pharmacists involved in the assessments. The experience 
with the short term position under the coordination has shown that a 
dedicated person can increase the output substantially. This position will 
aim to take a lead on product evaluations and in particular also to 
support the updating of historical validations (i.e. validations of 
products done before the international qualification scheme was put in 

Malaria remains an important disease for MSF. The support on malaria 
focuses on the identification and evaluation of new sources for the 
products identified by the malaria working group as necessary for an 
adequate malaria response in MSF programs as well as providing other 
pharmaceutical support and input in regard to malaria treatments within 
MSF or programmatic approaches. 

2. Main purpose of the position

2.1.    To work on product validations according to MSF qualifications 
2.2.    To work on all pharmaceutical aspects linked to selection, 
procurement and use of malaria drugs 

3. Place within the organisation
The pharmacist is under the direct responsibility of the International 
Pharmacist Coordinator (Carine Werder). 

The pharmacist will work in close collaboration with the section 
pharmacists and the pharmacists involved in product evaluations as well as 
with the members of the malaria working group. 

4. Core responsibilities and tasks

4.1.    Support for international product validation
· Be the MSF focal point for selected manufacturers on product evaluations 
and manufacturing sites with particular focus on reviewing all historical 
validations under the current qualification scheme.
· Support the Coordination and procurement centres in identifying 
potential new sources for a list of priority products
· Collect and assess product information received from manufacturers 
according to the requirements of the MSF qualification scheme. A priority 
list of products will be established with the International Pharmacist 
Coordinator and the responsible pharmacists at the procurement centres. 
· Be responsible for information exchange with manufacturers on product 
evaluations (questions to submitted information, information on final 
decision and product specification sheet)
· Support validations of products as a second reviewer as needed
· Support the follow up on variations and updates for approved products
· Participate in the monitoring of products and manufacturing sites in 
cooperation with the procurement centres and the Coordinator. 

4.2.    Malaria
· Revise regularly with the malaria working group the list of priority 
products for which quality sources need to be identified for MSF
· Maintain an inventory of available products (internal validations, 
validations recognised by MSF such as WHO Prequalification or 
registrations by stringent regulatory authorities)
· Be the MSF focal point for manufacturers regarding anti-malarial drugs
· Collect and assess product information received from manufacturers for 
new products according to the requirements of MSF’s qualification scheme.
· Keep an overview on latest developments in treatments, international 
recommendations and initiatives for malaria
· Contribute and participate in the work of the malaria working group
· Cooperate with and support section pharmacists and procurement centres 
on questions related to malaria products.
· Monitor availability and potential procurement problems with 
anti-malarial drugs.
· Maintain collaboration with the Access Campaign on malaria related 
issues (e.g. advocacy on use of injectable artemisinine derivatives) 
· Provide regular updates on the relevant developments on malaria products 
to the pharmacist network and the malaria working group
· Maintain contact and exchange with external actors on pharmaceutical 
questions regarding malaria

5. Contract Duration and Job Location
The 100% position will be situated in one of MSF’s operational centres, 
preferably in Paris. The position is initially approved for 1 year and 
possible renewal of the mandate is subject to evaluation and approval by 
the medical directors.

6. Requirements
Pharmacist with degree/diploma in pharmacy and a strong interest on 
quality assurance for medicines and malaria.

­ minimum  3 years professional experiences, including some experience in 
developing countries with MSF or another organisation
­ knowledge or experience with malaria an advantage
­ experience with quality assurance and procurement is an asset

­ Fluency in English mandatory (French and Spanish would be added 
­ Mature with strong interpersonal and organisational skills
­ Ability to work and report independently
­ Willingness to travel regularly in Europe and developing countries
­ Able to represent MSF 

7. Salary and working conditions
Equivalent to section pharmacist or expert according to the section where 
the position will be based. 

8. Practicalities
Applications, including CV and a motivation letter, should be submitted 
until 6th April 2011 to: 

Isabelle Saussereau, 
MSF International Office
78 Rue de Lausanne, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 849 8404
Email: isabelle.saussereau@msf.org

Information on the position can be obtained from the International 
Pharmacist Coordinator:
Email: carine.werder@msf.org

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