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Job Opening details:-
Company Name :-
MSF International
Position Name :- Intersectional Pharmacist – India/Global flying

Company Location :-
New Delhi, Delhi
Job Category :-
Jobs in Pune

Full Job Description :-
Contract: Fixed-term,12 months with possibility of extension
Location: New Delhi, India, with frequent travels (50%) to countries where MSF works
Deadline to apply: 25 April

Start date: June 2022

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organisation that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, healthcare exclusion and natural disasters. MSF offers assistance to people based only on need and irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation.

MSF International is the legal entity that binds MSF’s 19 sections, 24 associations and other offices together. Based in Geneva, MSF International provides coordination, information and support to the MSF movement, and implements international projects and initiatives as requested.

One of the main objectives of the International Pharma Network is to assure the quality of medicines used in MSF projects, facilitating access to treatments and providing other pharmaceutical support to headquarters and field operations. The Pharma Network consists of pharmacists in the medical departments of the 5 Operational Centers (OCs), in the MSF Supply Centers, in the Access Campaign (AC) and the International Office team. The International Pharmacist Coordinator (IPC) ensures coherence and collaboration of the network; provides strategic guidance and ensures implementation of international guidelines and procedures at all levels and sections.

The Intersectional Pharmacist position in India was created by the international office in 2011. In the past two years there has been a break on the physical presence of this position in India linked to the COVID19 situation. This situation has allowed for reflection and as a result the position will remain based in India, 50% dedicated to India and 50% as a flying component to support globally.


For administrative and security management, this position is under one of the MSF OCs (Operational Centers) with mission in India.

This position is hierarchically, functionally and technically linked to the International Pharmacist Coordinator: it will be the responsibility of the IPC to ensure that the India/Global flying Intersectional Pharmacist is given appropriate technical back-up, by:
Considering him/her as a member of the international pool
Identifying a regular technical back-up among the Section Pharmacists (SPs)
Sharing with him/her relevant updated information on sources and quality
Providing him/her with any needed information on demand
Ensuring the links with the pharmacists in the Access Campaign team and in MSF Supply Centers

The priorities will be set by the IPC in agreement with the SPs based on the needs.

To support the operations in India in finding adequate treatments for MSF missions in line with the MSF procurement policy and to ensure access to them.
To support MSF’s international procurement by monitoring the Indian pharmaceutical market intended for export.
To support the OCs in the flying role by solving specific issues with all concerned departments in challenging countries globally where access to quality medicines for MSF’s projects is compromised. This includes provision of advice, support and liaising between the pharma side to the missions in country and back with the SPs.

The India/Global flying Intersectional Pharmacist is not supposed to replace or be the back-up of national pharmacists during holidays; each section must manage this situation by itself.

1. India

Maintain the country database to support local procurement.
Support the missions in getting access to the internationally approved TB, HIV and malaria medicines (through the equivalence undertaking).
Restart negotiations with authorities to pursue the use of medicines compliant with international standards (e.g. export label) by MSF’s projects.
In coordination with supply teams, seek European Supply Centers (ESC) support in case of delays in communication with suppliers in common.
Support the implementation of the medicines pooled procurement among MSF OCs.
Support the missions in collaboration with the Access Campaign and the Disease Focused Pharmacists in getting access to new or non-registered treatments for MSF projects.
Upon request by the SPs, organize or proceed with technical visits of suppliers for local purchase of medicines. Final validation of new suppliers will be done by the SPs and an update of the list of validated suppliers done accordingly.
Facilitate field visits of SPs or any other HQ pharmacists when needed.
At the request of the AC Pharmacy Coordinator, liaise with the AC in India on operations’ advocacy topics pertaining to access to and quality of essential medicines in India.
2. Flying

a) Identify challenges faced (banned items, reinforcement of restrictive importation requirements, etc.) in specific challenging countries.

Ensure all the changes in importation procedures are communicated to the MSF ESCs, Section pharmacists, IPC, IMDC when relevant and MSF regulatory affairs pharmacist in a timely manner, with the involvement of the Supply team.
Liaise among the different sections in the country to ensure supply of quality medicines.
Work with all the sections to undergo pooled procurement (if agreed upon).
Liaise with ESC Pharmacists as required in order to request specific technical support for importation.
Communicate to the MSF ESCs and Operations the changes in the national guidelines, particularly information and regulations pertaining to pharmaceutical products importation.
Update the SPs and the ESCs including the RA pharmacist regarding the lobbying efforts and document the problems encountered with importation, for all the sections.

b) Act as focal person representing MSF towards the authorities on pharmaceutical issues, and ensure a coherent and consistent communication system with authorities (the “one MSF” approach):

Participate to meetings related to pharmacy regulations.
If needed, provide technical support for the creation of document(s) to address the importation issues with local authorities.
To develop contacts and liaise with other NGOs, UN agencies (UNICEF, etc.) and local organisations concerned with quality/availability of essential medicines (including WHO Country office) regarding pharmaceutical issues in a proactive manner, ensuring confidentiality of data generated by MSF regarding the quality of local suppliers.

c) Local procurement (LP) information (if LP is the only option for some products):

Compile and update documentation for each product (selected supplier and manufacturer) and, if needed, keep updated a database (approved by the SPs
Conduct local market assessment visits in accordance with MSF LMA guidelines and with validation given by the SP.
Follow up pharmacy license for storage and purchase, including inspection of premises/ cargoes by the authorities.
d) Technical pharmacy support for medical managers:

Support supply officers, mission pharmacists/pharmacy managers and medical coordinators in providing training, and advice in various topics related to drugs and medical devices’ importation.
e) Regularly update information on pharmaceutical and medical device legislation[1], in particular importation and pharmacy warehouse registration and inform section pharmacists, medical coordinators and Mission Pharmacists/CoPharmacists accordingly
Coordinate regular meetings with the Mission Pharmacists/Medical Coordinators/Supply Officers where pharmaceuticals information are exchanged and problems shared in order to find common solutions.
Follow up the National Essential Medicines List updates and if required advocate for change or discuss therapeutic specificities, in collaboration with the Medical Coordinators.
Follow up local distributor and registered medicines lists, with particular focus on manufacturers of interest to MSF.

f) Ensure all the changes in importation procedures are communicated to the MSF ESCs, Section pharmacists, IPC, IMDC when relevant and MSF regulatory affairs pharmacist in a timely manner, with the involvement of the Supply team:

Liaise with ESC Pharmacists as required in order to request specific technical support for importation.
Continuously communicate to the MSF ESCs and Operations the new updates and changes in the national guidelines, particularly information and regulations pertaining to pharmaceutical products importation.
Update the ESC regarding the lobbying efforts and document the problems encountered with importation, for all the sections.

g) Act as the focal point for quality and pharmacovigilance issues:

Provide support for Quality Alerts/Batch Recalls relating to pharmaceuticals and medical devices (in liaison with IPC/IMDC and SPs).
Coordinate information relating to complaints received regarding pharmaceuticals and medical devices.
3. Quality Assurance linked to international standards and procurement

For the companies of interest:

Collect information on products/ manufacturers/ manufacturing sites according to the priorities and needs established by the IPC and based on the suggestions of the Access Campaign, Disease Focused Pharmacists or Supply Centers Pharmacists.
Participate in Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) audits (together with an external expert) and technical visits upon request by the IPC.
Participate in products evaluation of Indian sources for international procurement under request of IPC.

Update on changes in legislation for medicines in India.

Follow-up on changes in the regulatory environment in India in particular in terms of current GMP standards for both the domestic market and the export markets.

Support to Disease Focused Pharmacists.

Submit monthly activity reports to be shared with all section medical and logistic coordinators, section pharmacists and IPC.
Attend MSF medical coordinator meetings held between all sections, when requested.
Coordinate the monthly pharmacy meetings.
Participation in Grand-messe.
Participation in Section Pharmacist visits and assist in preparing this visit.
Provide a final hand-over report for all the sections with recommendations.
[1] Including national guidelines on Pharmacovigilance and Pharmaceutical Waste Disposal

Pharmacist with degree/diploma in pharmacy
Genuine interest in and commitment to the humanitarian principles and challenges of MSF


Minimum 3 years professional experience, including some experience in developing countries with MSF or another organisation.
Experience with quality assurance and manufacturing aspects of pharmaceutical products desirable.
Previous experience in India with working knowledge of Hindi would be an advantage.


Fluency in English mandatory. French highly desirable. Portuguese and Spanish added advantages.
Mature with strong interpersonal and organisational skills.
Ability to work and report independently.
Able to represent MSF with the capacity to negotiate positively and diplomatically with MoH officials and MSF national and expatriate staff.
Excellent communication and diplomatic skills.
Ability to work in a multicultural environment.
Professionalism, transparency and flexibility is a must.
Ability to work in a team.
Good analytical and problem-solving skills with attention to detail.
Skilled in coaching, training and supporting pharmacist/medical supply personnel

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
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