Consultant - PV and Drug Monitoring

Management Sciences for Health

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

Detailed Job description / requirements:

Statement of Work

Date: 22 April 2021

Project name: USAID Medicines, Technologies, and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program

Area: Short term technical assistance to strengthen capacity of the Department of Drug Administration for drug information, drug monitoring, pharmacovigilance (PV) and drug safety in Nepal 

Title: Consultant - PV and Drug Monitoring

Estimated Period of Performance: 10 months: from May 2021 to February 2022

Background:

Funded by the U.S. Agency For International Development (USAID), the Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program implemented by Management Sciences for Health, aims to strengthen pharmaceutical systems in 15 countries including in Nepal. The goal of the global, five-year program is to enable low- and middle-income countries to strengthen their pharmaceutical systems to ensure sustainable access to and appropriate use of safe, effective, quality-assured, and affordable essential medicines and medicine-related pharmaceutical services. 

In Nepal, the MTaPS program’s focus is on strengthening the regulatory systems for medicines and medicinal products. The program will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) and the Department of Drug Administration (DDA) including other relevant implementing agencies.

The present drug monitoring, pharmacovigilance and adverse reaction reporting set up at DDA needs to be strengthened starting from the legal framework, guidelines, standard operation practices, supporting electronic reporting to capacitating staffs at all levels including at facility level.

MSH is seeking a consultant in support of MTaPS’s program in Nepal.

Description of Services to be provided

The consultant, in close collaboration with the DDA, Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP), MTaPS and other relevant stakeholders, will support the DDA to strengthen drug information, drug monitoring, pharmacovigilance and drug safety set up in Nepal.

The consultant will assist in the updating the regulatory framework including drafting of regulations and guidelines and codes related to drug information, drug monitoring, PV and drug safety, as needed; will support the documentation of drug information, drug monitoring, pharmacovigilance and drug safety; and will support capacity building and knowledge transfer to DDA staff and health professionals in Nepal.

The consultant will undertake the following activities:

  • Assist in the implementation of the strategic plan and guidelines on drug information, drug monitoring and PV 
  • Review the current laws guidelines and regulations for the establishment of a drug safety advisory committee in Nepal
  • Assist in drafting of relevant drug information/drug monitoring, drug safety/PV guidelines and procedures (SOPs)
  • Assist in the development of a detailed two-year implementation plan in line with Global Benchmarking Tool (GBT) maturity level on PV
  • Assist in the development of system requirement specifications for PV management information systems
  • Assist in the implementation and training on the PV module (PViMS)in Pharmadex and Vigiflow and PV strengthening training at central, provincial DDA offices and regional PV centers of hospitals.  
  • Assist in the digitization of drug information, drug monitoring, PV and drug safety related activities at DDA/MoHP
  • Other tasks related to drug information, monitoring and drug safety assigned by DDA and MTaPS 

The consultant will primarily be located at the DDA and follow DDA’s working hours.

Preferred Qualifications/Experiences

  • Preferably a master’s degree holder in Pharmacy with at least five years’ experience in pharmacovigilance, drug safety, and drug information or related field
  • Working experience in the Nepal health sector preferably at hospital level
  • Documented expertise in Appropriate Medicines Use/Antimicrobial Resistance and preferably worked in Hospital Therapeutic Committee/Drug and Therapeutics Committee
  • Experience in Information Management Systems
  • Good knowledge about the current health systems and an understanding of regulatory system of DDA
  • Ability to organize their own work with minimum supervision
  • Ability to write and prepare reports, training materials, documents and presentations
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

The interested candidate possessing above qualification and experiences are requested to apply with the following details at npprocurement@msh.org

  • An updated CV including three references

Job Overview

Category Development and Project, Expression of Interest
Openings 1
Position Type Contract
Experience 5+ years
Education M.Pharm. (Masters in Pharmacy)
Posted Date 22 Apr, 2021
Apply Before 21 May, 2021
City Kathmandu