District Pharmacist

Full Time

Overall Responsibilities

The role of the District Pharmacist (DP) is to provide overall coordination of the pharmaceutical services with a particular focus on TB and adjuvant medicines. The DP will work closely with the Department of Health (DoH) District Pharmacist and report directly to the assigned IHPS supervisor at the district level who will monitor day-to-day activities and approve timesheets. This position requires a good understanding of the medicine quantification, procurement, and supply chain management systems to ensure reliable procurement, storage, control, and distribution of quality medicines.

Key Performance Areas:
  • Design, develop and manage a comprehensive activity plan with clear timeframes, outputs, and responsibilities 
  • Conduct regular monitoring and evaluation assessments against project objectives 
  • Support the development of district TB programme plans and ensure alignment with project plans
  • Actively engage with relevant district and subdistrict stakeholders to ensure effective management of the TB programme, supervision, monitoring, and evaluation of the TB programme. Ensure knowledge and understanding of the Phuthuma programme, TB Tier.net, and coordination of pharmaceutical reports (monthly, quarterly, annual, etc.)
  • Plan and coordinate health products supply including monitoring and evaluating drug supply and distribution, developing, and implementing standard procedures for drug management, identifying training needs, and developing delivery schedules.
  • Monitor and appraise relevant project staff
  • Conduct technical support visits to selected facilities and promote the institutionalisation of quality assurance (QA) and clinical governance practices.
  • Provide subdistrict level oversight and dispensing technical support at facility level 
  • Advocate for Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) by ensuring efficient management of the storage facility areas and control access to storage areas
  • Facilitate TB medicines treatment literacy and adherence 
  • Lead and manage adverse events (AE) monitoring, recording, and reporting of TB drugs facility level
  • Support Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health (RSSH) projects such as SVS, CCMDD, Rx Solution, etc.
  • Participate in the multidisciplinary pharmacovigilance meetings
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Leadership and Generic management competencies and experience
  • Personal, interpersonal, and cognitive competencies
  • Experience and knowledge of QI systems and project management
  • Sound knowledge of GPP, Medicine and Related Substance Act, and the Pharmacy Act
  • Knowledge and experience in procurement, supply chain management (SCM), and inventory management
  • Innovative thinking, initiative, and leadership skills.
  • Ability to work with the multidisciplinary team
  • Good writing and presentation skills.
  • Ability and willingness to travel and work irregular hours
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree and proof of current registration with SAPC
  • Minimum of 3-5 years’ experience as a pharmacist after registration with the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC)
  • Postgraduate degree in Clinical Pharmacy would be an added advantage
  • Relevant experience in hospital pharmacy, retail sector, and NGO environment
  • Management or supervisory experience