Placement Organization: USAID/Management Sciences for Health
Placement Location: Kampala, Uganda
Eligible Citizenship: American
About: Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is an international non-profit, public health organization with headquarters in USA, whose purpose is to strengthen health programs worldwide. MSH Uganda is currently running a number of USAID and other donor funded projects including SURE, both in Kampala and other parts of the country.
SURE (Securing Ugandans’ Right to Essential Medicines) will ensure that the population of Uganda has access to adequate quantities of good quality essential medicines and health supplies (EMHS) by improving Uganda’s policy, legal, and regulatory framework, improve capacity and performance of central government entities, and improving capacity and performance of districts, health facilities, and implementing partners in their supply management roles.
Position Overview: The fellow will work with SURE’s Medicines Quality and Use team supporting the planned implementation of activities in this area. The fellow will participate in the activities related to National Drug Authority support, such as training in new wholesaler requirements, trainings and studies in rational use of medicine, and implementation of VEN (vital, essential, non-essential) classification to prioritize procurement and ordering of medicine and health supplies.
- Support implementation of trainings in wholesaler requirements
- Support implementation of RDU trainings
- Strengthen hospital therapeutic committees
- Provide support to health workers in carrying out rational use of medicine studies
- Support financial management training as part of implementation of VEN classification in health facilities
- Organize and plan study of VEN implementation at healthcare level
- Give pharmaceutical support to M&E department especially related to surveys
Required Skills and Experience:
- Pharmacy related experience
- Keen interest in public health and understanding of medicine-related issues in this area
- Good communication and coordination skills
- Ability to work under pressure
- Proficiency using statistical software and MS Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint), data collection, validation and analysis
- Strong interest in global public health
- Ability to work in a team environment, but with self-sufficiency and self-motivation
- Strong interpersonal skills coupled with excellent communication skills: verbal, written, listening, presentation and facilitation
- Fluency in spoken and written English
- Ability to multi-task: flexible and capable of working under pressure and tight deadlines with demonstrated ability to prioritize across multiple projects and relationships
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Training experience
- Knowledge of essential medicine concept
- Knowledge of GDP
- Bachelor or Master in Pharmacy or Master in Public Health preferred
Living Conditions: Fellows will be provided with housing, health insurance and a living stipend of $550/month. Fellows will also receive an award of $1500 upon successful completion of the fellowship year. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with GHC programming are included.