Global Pharmacy Lead (Senior Pharmacy Adviser)
Start date: 1st March 2017
Closing date: 29th March 2017
We are seeking a knowledgeable and passionate Senior Pharmacy Adviser to join us, building, shaping and informing the development of global pharmacy operations and pan-organisational medicines management.With a growing, worldwide portfolio of humanitarian and development health programmes at Save the Children as well as a willingness to invest in pharmaceutical services, it is an opportune time to join the team.
Working in more than 120 countries, we do whatever it takes to create breakthroughs in the way the world treats children. Our Humanitarian department integrates emergency and development work, through our country programmes. It increases our capacity to meet the assistance and protection needs of children and their families affected by crises. Together, we save children’s lives, fight for their rights and help them fulfil their potential.
As an experienced and passionate advocate for the role of Pharmacy within global health, you will provide strategic vision, operational management and professional expertise to health, pharmacy and supply chain colleagues. With a credible background in strengthening pharmaceutical services, you will also create collaborative opportunities with internal stakeholders, peer NGOs, UN agencies, governments and corporate partners for impactful initiatives and knowledge sharing.
As Senior Pharmacy Adviser, you will head up the London-based Global Pharmacy Team, which facilitates the timely delivery and appropriate use of quality healthcare commodities, as well as driving the development of a strong Quality Management System. Whilst demonstrating an outstanding ability to lead and build relationships across a networked multi-national organisation, you will manage, champion, resource and mentor this skilled team of technical experts and further the Global Pharmacy Team vision.
You will also:
- Lead the Global Pharmacy Team in Save the Children UK and on behalf of the Save the Children movement.
- Be responsible for delivering the long-term vision of Pharmacy in Save the Children, through the definition, communication, delivery and review of the multi-year strategy.
- Represent pharmaceutical issues across the Save the Children movement, engaging with key stakeholders, including very senior staff across the organisation to ensure that Global Pharmacy Team objectives are relevant, reflect organisational priorities and obtain necessary buy-in.
- Manage the Global Pharmacy Team members. (Currently comprised of a Quality Assurance lead; System Strengthening lead; Project & Quality Management lead; Humanitarian Response lead; Global Operations lead.)
- Be responsible for the sign-off of all technical documentation (including policies, procedures and tools) published by the Global Pharmacy Team.
- Provide and oversee subject matter expertise and clear recommendations for critical decision making to the Medical Director, Supply Chain Director, International Programmes Director, Country Directors and Regional Offices regarding pharmaceutical issues.
- Actively promote the integration of pharmacy into health programming, as well as the continuous improvement of medicines management.
- Champion and support the development of a pharmaceutical Quality Management System.
- Ensure that Quality Assurance information provided by the Global Pharmacy Team is timely, reliable and accessible.
- Where Quality Assurance standards cannot be met due to operational constraints, work with health and operations teams to identify a suitable course of action and feasible mitigation actions.
- Support the roll out of key organisational priorities in health programming (including Integrated Community Case Management of childhood illnesses, Newborn Care and “centenary commitments” to tackling pneumonia).
- Ensure effective pharmaceutical support for new and ongoing humanitarian crises, including through the management of surge and technical personnel.
- Provide technical guidance and oversight to the Pharmacist within the Emergency Health Unit.
- Internal: work with stakeholders across Save the Children Alliance to build strong, collaborative relationships that work to common objectives, secure resources, create opportunity and improve the quality of Save the Children’s health programming, whilst mitigating risk.
- Represent Save the Children in a range of forums, including private sector, governments and partners. Representation may be technical, fundraising, or advocacy related.
- Support key advocacy issues, including Access to Medicines and Universal Health Coverage.
- To carry out the responsibilities of the role in a way which reflects Save the Children's commitment to safeguarding children in accordance with the Child Safeguarding Policy.
To be successful you will have an outstanding ability to build relationships, effectively communicate complex ideas and operate in a networked multi-national organisation. You will also have excellent leadership and decision-making skills, with the ability to connect strategy to practical action. A pharmacy degree (or equivalent) and registration with a national professional body, in addition to experience of line management, is also essential. We are also looking for the following:
- A strong understanding of Regulatory Systems of the global pharmaceutical market.
- An in-depth understanding of the end-to-end pharmaceutical supply chain.
- Experience of supporting health programmes and delivering pharmacy services within an international environment; ideally in development settings in both field and head office environments
- An intimate understanding of medicines management in the humanitarian context.
- Willingness to travel flexibly and sometimes at short notice.
- Excellent written and spoken English and, ideally, additional language skills.
At Save the Children we are committed to the safeguarding and protection of children in our work. We will do everything possible to ensure that only those who are suitable to work with children are recruited to work for us. This post is subject to a range of vetting checks including a criminal records disclosure.
Our mission is to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. If you share our mission, are passionate about making it happen and strongly believe you can contribute then join us and we'll give you every opportunity to succeed. We look forward to hearing from you.
To apply please visit our website.
Closing date: 29th March 2017.
Please note that applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. And short listing may commence prior to the advert closing date.