Level   13

Reports to (Hierarchical)

International Pharmacist Coordinator

Reports to (Functional)

Works with the Medical Coordinators of the sections present in the country

Job Family

Medical & Paramedical

Main Purpose

Focal person and support for the importation of pharmaceutical items from the European Supply Centres (ESC) or finding adequate treatments for the various sections present in the country, according to MSF protocols, standards, procurement policy and International Qualification Scheme, in order to facilitate the supply of quality pharmaceutical items for the missions


  • Being the focal person regarding contacts with local authorities and with MSF European Supply Centres (ESC) concerning pharmaceutical issues, in order to ensure a coherent and consistent communication system with the authorities as well as intersectional coherence and cooperation. Upon request by the IPC, participating in the GMP audits.
  • Participating in the definition of annual planning and budgets and their update. Ensuring a permanent up-to-date, and if necessary, establishing and proposing new set of guidelines and procedures, adapting the MSF practices to national regulations.
  • Ensuring that all Medical Coordinators, Section pharmacists and ESC are aware and updated on the national medicines regulations, guidelines and laws, and importation procedures.
  • Supporting the missions in collaboration with the Access Campaign and the infectious disease Pharmacists in getting access to new or non-registered treatments for MSF projects. Supporting the country’s missions through teamwork with all concerned departments (medical, logistic, administration) in solving specific supply issues related to the importation constraints faced in the country.
  • Ensuring that all sections implement the same importation and supply rules in accordance with MSF International Qualification scheme. Coordinating regular meetings with the mission Pharmacists / MedCos / Supply Supervisors/Managers, where information on pharmaceuticals is exchanged and problems shared in order to find common solutions.
  • Collecting data to develop a local purchase database with items and sources authorised for local purchase by section pharmacists. Visiting distributors and reporting on their GDP compliance upon request and on behalf of the section pharmacist.
  • Developing contacts and liaising with other NGOs (e.g. ICRC) ,UN agencies (e.g. UNICEF, UNHCR, etc.) and local organisations concerned with quality/availability of essential medicines (including WHO Country office) regarding pharmaceutical issues in a proactive manner.
  • Participating and assisting in preparing section pharmacist visits and submiting monthly activity reports (Sitrep) to be shared with all the sections.


Pharmacy degree (or equivalent diploma according to the country of origin of the pharmacist) essential


  • Essential: demonstrated minimum 3 years professional experiences, including some experience in developing countries with MSF or another international organization.
  • Experience with quality assurance and manufacturing aspects of pharmaceutical products is desirable-

Language Level Description

C1  Proficient User

Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced

  • Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Technical Skills

This job doesn't have technical skills.

Transversal Competencies

Strategic Vision

Has an overview and links current actions with organisational objectives

  • Contributes towards the global vision.
  • Relates the objectives of his/her project to MSF’s objectives.
  • Is able to distinguish between working activities that give value to MSF’s objectives and those that do not.
  • Sets and maintains an order of priorities in his/her work according to MSF’s strategic objectives. 

Planning and Organising

Enables others to organize

  • Provides support and offers alternatives to ensure that everyone in the team is able to plan/organise his/her own job.
  • Ensures objectives are well defined, shared and acknowledged by the whole team.
  • Involves the team in discussions on planning to increase efficiency.
  • Is able to use other people’s planning to monitor activities.
  • Enables others to organise and plan ahead, based on clear and structured vision.
  • Organises plans and objectives according to the long-term vision.
  • When a new situation arises, foresees the time required (by him/herself and others) and makes small organisational or time-related changes to deal with it.
  • Provides reports from meetings with main points agreed and next steps proposed.
  • Makes sure that everyone involved in a task is aware of its existence, knows the expected results and by when they are to be achieved. 

Teamwork and Cooperation

Builds team spirit within the organisation

  • Fosters and encourages collaboration between members of different teams, services and departments, even in difficult situations.
  • Explains to others (in meetings, speeches, etc.) the importance of working in teams.
  • Acts by example. 


Uses actions and indirect influences to persuade

  • Gives solid and coherent arguments to support his/her points to the interlocutor, stressing the key information.
  • Uses different communication tools and means (internal and external resources) to get the message across.
  • Selects communication strategies to have a persuasive impact on the interlocutor.
  • Seeks backup from experts and third parties to strengthen his/her point of view.
  • Manages his/her emotions. 

People Management and Development

Works on the growth and development of team members

  • Offers each team member an equal opportunity to succeed.
  • Publicly acknowledges good performance and positively reinforces it.
  • Considers the personal development of each team member and proposes an individual development plan. 

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