MRC-UVRI Unit Pharmacist Jobs in Uganda

MRC-UVRI Unit Pharmacist Jobs in Uganda

The Unit is an internationally recognised centre of excellence with dominant research themes
in the areas of HIV and emerging infections, vaccines and immunity, and chronic diseases
and cancer.

Through a multidisciplinary approach, intersecting basic science, epidemiological
research, social-behavioural research and the conduct of new intervention evaluation studies,
the Unit contributes knowledge on changing epidemics and diseases, the evaluation of
innovative health care options, treatment and prevention and the development of health
policy and practice in Africa and worldwide.

Following the signing of strategic transfer
agreements between the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and the
Medical Research Council (MRC UK), the Unit formally joined LSHTM on 1st February 2018.

The exciting new partnership will boost research capacity into current and emerging health
issues in Africa and throughout the world.

The Unit is based at the UVRI Entebbe campus with established outposts in Kalungu, Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala Districts.

The Unit is now seeking an enthusiastic and experienced individual to fill the following position:

  • Unit Pharmacist (01 Position, Entebbe)

    Job Purpose:

    The role is responsible for general and specific pharmaceutical related activities in each of the clinical research studies carried out in the Unit involving investigational products.

    Roles & Responsibilities

  • Supervise and support all pharmacy related activities for the Unit and all the unit’s stations including Procurement, supply, accountability, importation of drugs, vaccines and medical equipment and all regulatory aspects for the Unit.
  • Carry out in-house trainings on supply chain management to build capacity of the available
    pharmacy team at the other MRC sites-Masaka, Kyamulibwa and Mengo.
  • Incorporate pharmacy inventory systems as part of good pharmacy practice in the organization’s activities.
  • Carry out protocol reviews for various projects work through investigational product
    related issues with principal investigators and offering pharmaceutical advice.
  • Development and review of study tools (SOPs, checklists, temperature logs, drug transfer
    logs, drug inventory logs, inventory data bases)
  • Participation in annual National Medicines Policy and Pharmaceutical sector strategic
    planning meetings.
  • Participate in forecasting and procurement of medicines and devices including Antiretroviral
    drugs for the Unit.
  • Participate in quality assurance audits at the MRC unit and carrying out risk management
    analyses in the pharmacies.
  • Oversee the regulatory drug requirements of the unit and liaising with key leaders at the
    National Drug Authority concerning study drugs.
  • Oversee the importation and exportation of drugs, devices and vaccines for the Unit.
  • Management and maintenance of pharmacy files (drug inventory records, shipment
    records, storage and temperature logs, delegation logs, document control logs)
  • Day to day coordination of pharmacy related activities (procurement, destruction of drugs,
    inventory management, drug transfers, dispensing, and training of pharmacy staff)
  • Supervise, mentor and support pharmacy team members (pharmacy technicians, nurses)
  • Support clinicians on pharmacy related issues (dosing, contraindications, appropriate
  • Support the quality assurance department, the laboratory and health and safety
    departments to ensure quality checks are in place.
  • Participate in recruitment of pharmacists and pharmacy technicians
  • Quality management
    and control (ensuring completeness of drug prescriptions, data
  • Coordinate the destruction of all study and non-study drugs and products retained after
    each study including expired drugs and ensuring that they are properly disposed of
  • Management of clinical supplies
  • Dispensing of medicines to patients when the pharmacy technician requires support.
  • Participating in investigator and stakeholders’ meetings

    Person Specification
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy from a recognized University
  • Possession of a Masters in Clinical Trials, Public Health, Pharmacy, Epidemiology and any
    other related is an added advantage
  • Experience managing pharmacy in a clinical care and clinical research setting.
  • Experience working at a middle or senior management level providing technical guidance
  • Experience managing a team.
  • Possession of post graduate certification in related fields, GPP and GCP certification is an
    added advantage.
  • Should possess excellent computer skills, knowledge of Microsoft Office e.g. Word, Excel
    and Database management skills, office equipment (printer, fax, copier, and scanner).
  • Working knowledge of MS Dynamics-Navision
  • Organized with excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent organisation and management skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal) with ability to communicate
    throughout all levels of the organisation.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to work under pressure and to meet tight deadline



  • Personal Integrity
  • Emotional Resourcefulness
  • Ability to Learn
  • Forward Thinking
  • Reliability
  • Openness to Others

    Job Specific:
  • Independence
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Conceptual Thinking
  • Pro-activity
  • Results Orientation
  • Thoroughness
  • Concern for Excellence
  • Flexibility Towards Others
  • Service Orientation
  • Development Orientation

    How to Apply
  • Fill an online form accordingly by following the link below and there after submit your
    application documents to the e-mail below:
    Unit Pharmacist:
  • Filling the form more than once will lead to automatic disqualification. High level of integrity while filling the form is
    required and will be considered during shortlisting.
  • Please email your application to
  • Applications should include
    academic documents, a cover letter, CV, daytime telephone contact and three traceable professional references.
  • Combine all application documentation into one PDF document.
  • Deadline is Friday 7th June 2019, 5:00pm.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
  • Note that academic qualifications
    will be subjected to verification by the issuing institutions.

    This position is open to Ugandan
    nationals only.

  • NB: Please quote the following position code in the subject line of the email:
  • Unit Pharmacist: UP519
  • The applications should be addressed to:
  • The Human Resource and Administration Manager
    MRC/ UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
  • P.O.Box, 49, Entebbe, Uganda
  • For more information and job application details, see; MRC-UVRI Unit Pharmacist Jobs in Uganda

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