Technical Advisor for Pharmaceutical Services

Arlington | Washington D.C

The Technical Advisor (TA) supports the provision of technical assistance activities aimed at strengthening pharmaceutical services in developing countries. S/he supports principal and senior technical advisors and in-country teams in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of technical activities ensuring their adequate contribution to SIAPS results. S/he also works closely with and assists the cluster lead for pharmaceutical services to support SIAPS Pharmaceutical Services Cluster management activities. In collaboration with and under guidance from senior staff, s/he provides support to program quality reviews, monitoring, documentation, reporting, and knowledge management activities.The TA also provides support in carrying out literature reviews, research and survey activities and participates in the development and implementation of training programs relating to pharmaceutical services.

Pharmaceutical management-related assessment, planning, design, implementation, and monitoring & evaluation (30%)

  • Participate in the planning, design, implementation and evaluation of technical assistance pharmaceutical management activities in support to SIAPS core, regional and country portfolios. This includes coordinating with SIAPS field offices and headquarters staff and with relevant partners whenever required.
  • Under guidance from Principal and Senior Technical Advisors, and in collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Unit, support the development and implementation of M&E activities pertaining to pharmaceutical services.
  • Participate in the design and implementation of pharmaceutical sector assessment activities including the development of tools and implementation of data analysis plans; also assist in data interpretation and technical activity reporting.

Human resource capacity assessment and building, including trainings (10%)

  • Conduct desk-based and/or field based pharmaceutical management technical assistance activities including delivery of training as designated by senior technical staff.
  • Participate in human resource capacity assessments in the pharmaceutical sector and collaborate with senior technical staff and the Capacity Building and Performance Improvement Unit in the development of capacity building and training materials.

Quality-assured technical writing, documentation, and knowledge management (15%)

  • Participate in the review of designated program documentation and activity products ensuring quality of program deliverables.
  • Participate in the development of communication materials, presentations, articles, concept papers, abstracts and posters in the context of knowledge management and participate in the presentation of these products to various audiences and forums.
  • Provide writing and analytical assistance as needed to produce special thematic reports and/or technical briefs documents aimed for publication.

Knowledge acquisition and reporting, and support for proposal development (5%)

  • Attend technical and brown bag informational meetings when required and prepare related briefs for senior technical staff. Also, work occasionally with senior technical staff for developing MSH proposals and new assistance projects as needed.

SIAPS pharmaceutical services cluster management (25%)

  • Work closely with cluster lead and provide substantial support for pharmaceutical services cluster management activities, including relevant literature scanning; coordination of cluster and other pharmaceutical services-related meetings with note taking and dissemination as required; pharmaceutical services-related quarterly progress and intermediate result (IR) collation, documentation and reporting; indicators monitoring; and technical assistance resource allocation management (including SAVIOM-related tasks).

Ad hoc duties as needed and assigned (15%)

  • Participate in other duties, as assigned.
  • Bachelor’s; Master’s degree in medicine, pharmacy, nursing or public health is strongly preferred.
  • 6 years of experience; candidates with a Master’s degree and required minimum 4 years of relevant experience preferred.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Specialized training and/or experience in at least one or more of the technical areas/strategies that support pharmaceutical services (Technical areas of assistance that SIAPS addresses under the Pharmaceutical Services Cluster mainly include the rational use of medicines and the containment of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Key technical activities and strategies include: standard treatment guidelines, essential medicines lists, formulary design and management, medication adherence, containment of antimicrobial resistance including infection control, pharmaceutical care, pre- and in-service training on AMR and rational use, case management, IEC/BCC, medicines and therapeutics committees, medicine use studies and evaluations, and diagnostic services).
  • Relevant experience in international public health particularly in the implementation of activities relating to infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance preferred.
  • Experience with programs supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID and international agencies such as WHO and World Bank preferred.
  • Ability to write lucid technical reports and documents in English is required.
  • Demonstrated computer skills; knowledge of appropriate methods for data analysis and reporting.
  • Proficiency in French or Spanish is desired, as are languages of other USAID-supported countries.
  • Ability and availability to travel internationally and domestically.


  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously; excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, communication skills and ability to work effectively in a team spirit.
  • Meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality.

Physical Demands

  • Up to 30% of time, if required.
  • Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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  • Organization: MSH - Management Sciences for Health
  • Location: Arlington | Washington D.C
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
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  • Closing Date: 2015-09-25

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