Senior Technical Advisor at Management Sciences for Health (MSH): (Deadline 31 October 2020)
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a global health nonprofit that makes foundational changes to health systems to protect people from diseases and improve their health. MSH collaborates with local partners, from the Ministry to the community, to strengthen and complement existing health systems. Since 1971, MSH has worked in more than 150 countries to help ensure sustainable, resilient, and equitable access to quality health care around the globe.
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 (MoH) directorate clinical & public health, RBC the Division of Maternal Child and Community Health (MCCH), and Rwanda Biomedical Center/HIV and STI division, Rwanda Food and Drug Authority (FDA) including other relevant implementing agencies to strengthen pharmaceutical systems including pharmaceutical sector governance, regulatory systems, pharmaceutical management information systems, and improve patient-centered pharmaceutical services
The Senior Technical Advisor – MIS provides technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MoH) directorate clinical & public health, RBC the Division of Maternal Child and Community Health (MCCH), and Rwanda Biomedical Center/HIV and STI division, Rwanda Food and Drug Authority (FDA) including other relevant entities to build capacity and strengthen pharmaceutical regulatory information systems, processes and management systems including monitoring and evaluation of the project implementation and effective coordination with relevant entities.
Main Duties and Responsabilities
Technical Support 40%**
- Support Rwanda Food and Drug Authority, to review and strengthen pharmaceutical regulatory systems including registration processes, structure and tools, pharmaceutical regulatory information system, including through continuous quality improvement approaches.
- Provide technical leadership for the development and implementation of appropriate strategies for the strengthening of pharmaceutical regulatory information systems within Rwanda FDA and also Pprovincial/District level
- In collaboration with other partners, support Rwanda FDA to review its operational processes including regulatory aspects to improve licensing, inspection, pharmacovigilance, post-marketing surveillance, and enforcement systems and tools.
- Work with HO technical team and other MTaPS technical teams in the country to maintain the functioning of and facilitate the upgrading/updating of MTaPS-supported tools and systems including integration and interoperability
- Contribute to review and update and or develop relevant guidelines and SOPs related to regulatory system strengthening of Rwanda FDA
- Prepare and give technical presentations on key project activities and achievements as needed.
- Work closely with the MTaPS Rwanda Management Team and the Finance and Administration Manager to develop and monitor appropriate/adequate budgets to support relevant technical activities.
- Report regularly to the Country Program Director 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 MOH, Rwanda FDA and Institute of HIV/AIDS diseases Prevention and Control in RBC offices and other key stakeholders e.g. WHO, USAID implementing partners, to ensure technical assistance activities are 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.
Capacity Building 10%
- Contribute to the design, implementation and monitoring of capacity building activities for Rwanda FDA and MOH to be included in the MTaPS Rwanda l workplan.
- Work with relevant partners to build sustainable capacity of Rwanda FDA and provincial/District offices for effective pharmaceutical regulatory information system
- Carry out additional responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time.
Monitoring and Evaluation 10%
- Contribute to the development of MTaPS Rwanda Performance Monitoring plan (PMP) and support the collection and validation of relevant data to report project indicators.
- 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.
Required Minimum Education
A degree in hHealth iInformation sSystems, health management, business management or public health with other relevant disciplines. Hands on experience in public health programs will be an added advantage.
Preferred: Master’s Degree preferably in a health related field.
Required Minimum Experience
- At least 5 years’ of relevant experience in areas of pharmaceuticals and or health technologies management, regulatory systems strengthening related projects, pharmacovigilance, preferably with international donors and organizations such as USAID, Global Fund, UN agencies-WHO and World Bank.
- Demonstrated experience in health information systems management.
- Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing electronic tools and information systems.
Knowledge and Skills
- Strong knowledge and understanding of health information systems in Rwanda.
- In-depth understanding of design, planning and functionalities of e-health related tools and integration issues between tools desired.
- Significant experience in providing technical assistance on management information systems and implementing information manual and electronic tools to strengthen health/pharmaceutical systems desired.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to work in a team-oriented, culturally diverse environment.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment, communication skills, training experience, ability to identify and resolve policy and operational constraints.
- Experience and ability working with senior government officials.
- Experience with USAID and other donor agencies is desirable.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills in English.
- Demonstrated intermediate skills in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Familiarity with Microsoft Project a plus.
- English fluency required including speaking, writing, and reading; additional proficiency in French and Kinyarwanda language .
- Functional competencies: Highly motivated, resourceful, results driven and persistent. Ability to think strategically, gather and analyse information in order to make appropriate decisions. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
- Core MSH competencies: adaptability, communication, problem solving, creativity and innovation, timeliness of work, quality of work and team relationships, resource utilization.
- Sound judgment, self-motivated, strong initiative.
- Ability to travel in-country to support technical activities.
- Willingness and ability to travel internationally, including to the US as needed but depending on the COVID-19 pandemic.
Keyboard use, Pulling drawers,
Lifting papers <10lbs., 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.