Technical Advisor - SPARS
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:
The goal of the global five-year USAID Medicines, Technologies and Pharmaceutical Services (MTaPS) Program is to help 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 pharmaceutical services. MTaPS, implemented by Management Sciences for Health (MSH) and partners, will provide technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Population (MOHP) and the Department of Drug Administration (DDA) including other relevant implementing agencies to strengthen pharmaceutical systems including pharmaceutical sector governance, good pharmacy practices, regulatory systems, pharmaceutical management information systems, and improve patient-centered pharmaceutical services.
Technical Advisor – Supervision, Performance Assessment, Recognition Strategy (SPARS) (TA-SPARS) will under the leadership of the Country Program Director (CPD) support the implementation of the SPARS strategy in selected districts to build capacity in good pharmacy practices and medicines management in government health facilities. The TA-SPARS will in close collaboration with the selected districts detail and implement piloting the strategy including capacitation and equipping the selected medicines management supervisors and developing the recognition strategy and the monitoring and reporting system aimed at impact assessment.
Key Performance Areas
Technical Support (50%)
- Finalize and describe the SPARS intervention strategy for strengthening medicines management / Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP) at district level in collaboration with the DOHS/ MOHP
- Design the intervention assessment design and selection of districts
- Finalize implementation plan for intervention strategy SPARS pilot in selected districts
- Develop best practices guidelines (SOP) in stock and storage management ordering and reporting, prescribing and dispensing practices for facility level
- Develop SPARS tool and monitoring and reporting platform
- Develop recognition strategy and procure recognitions
- Equip Medicines management supervisors
- The overall task is to Implement SPARS
- Develop facility and district reporting and report findings quarterly and as required
- Assess and present impact of SPARS
- Contribute to the adequate documentation and dissemination of program results and lessons learned, including the development and submission of project’s mandatory reports, technical documents and reports; and abstracts and articles for scientific journals and conferences.
Capacity Building (30%)
- Identify training institution(s) for medicines management training
- Develop MMS training material, trainee and trainer guides
- In collaboration with University or training institution train MMS from the districts
- Identify contractor and implement safe driving training
- Implement PC training, data entry and reporting
- Develop training to strengthen mentoring skills and to increase interrater reliability
Coordination and Management (20%)
- Present strategy and build consensus to the SPARS at DOHS and in selected districts, sign memorandum of understanding and guide on medicines management supervisors (MMS) selection
- Organize district meetings and meetings with the MMS
- Communicate and follow up with MMS and assess performance
- Manage SPARS implementation in close collaboration with the CPD
- Work closely with the MTaPS Nepal Management Team and the Finance and Administration Manager to develop and monitor appropriate/adequate budgets to support relevant technical activities.
- Report regularly to the CPD on progress/results achieved in technical work plans and barriers encountered, and resolve any challenges faced.
- Represent the program at various technical meetings with other cooperating agencies and participate in various working groups as required, including making technical presentations on key activities and achievements of assigned areas as needed.
- Maintain close liaison and coordination with senior officials in the MOHP, DOHS, District and provincial health officials and other key, to ensure SPARS is carried out with their active participation for building ownership.
- Work closely with other MTaPS team members to ensure technical work plans are being implemented in a timely and technically sound manner, and productively leverage collaboration with key government and other stakeholders and partners
REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION
Bachelors or Master of Pharmacy
REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPEREINCE
- At least four years + Masters/ six years + Bachelors of relevant experience in areas of pharmaceuticals, medicines management, supply chain and good pharmacy practices and hands on experience in capacity building and training implementation
- Considerable experience in the development of training material, organizing and implementing training events and experienced in the use of various capacity building methods and approaches.
- Experience in stock and storage management, ordering and reporting, and dispensing and prescribing of medicines
- Strong managerial and planning experience
- Experience in supervision and or mentoring health professionals
- Experience in data collection, data analysis and report writing.
- Experience working with management information systems
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
- Understanding of the government pharmaceutical sectors supply chain in Nepal.
- Knowledge about health care provision at decentralized levels
- Strong people skills with the ability to develop others and to impart knowledge and experience in clear and respectful manner according to the stakeholder needs.
- Mentoring, training, and coaching abilities.
- Ability to design and conduct knowledge & skill-building workshops and trainings. Facilitation and training skills.
- Strong networking, collaboration, and advocacy skills.
- Strong analytical and research skills preferred.
- Ability to write and prepare training reports, training materials, documents, and presentations. The TA-SPARS must be strong and experienced in development of training material, implementing training, and assessing impact.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English and Nepali are essential.
- Demonstrated intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Strong organizational skills with the ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and organize meetings and trainings
- Ability to work independently and effectively in a team.
- Good judgment for decision making.
- Strong interpersonal and communication skills; ability in consensus building and constructively leading a team.
- Travel requirements up to 50% within Nepal.
- Keyboard use, pulling drawers, lifting papers <10 lbs., etc.
MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements. MSH will take affirmative action to ensure that qualified applicants are employed and that employees are treated without regard to their race, age, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and disability status. In compliance with U.S. Department of Labor Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act, and Section 4212 of the Vietnam Era Readjustment Assistance Act, MSH has developed and maintains an affirmative action program and plan.