Pharmacist Job (Multiple Positions) at The Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) December, 2022

Jobs in Tanzania 2021: New Job Vacancies at The Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU), 2021
Pharmacist Job (Multiple Positions) at The Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) December, 2022

Pharmacist Job (Multiple Positions) at The MITU

Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) Jobs
The Mwanza Intervention Trials Unit (MITU) is a collaborative research Unit based at the National Institute for Medical Research campus in Mwanza, Tanzania. The mission of MITU is to contribute to improving health through the development and evaluation of interventions against HIV and other health problems by conducting research, including clinical trials, to the highest international standards; to enhance the capacity to carry out such research in Tanzania and the East African region; and to contribute to the translation of research findings into health policy.

MITU is currently collaborating with other international research partners to conduct a cohort study of 500 HIV-infected adults and 500 HIV-negative adults. This five-year program of research aims to understand the relationship between sleep, autonomic nervous system activity, and 24-hour blood pressure variability in the cohort.
The Unit is now inviting applications from motivated and suitably qualified candidates to fill the following job positions below:

Pharmacist (multiple positions)
Position: Pharmacist (multiple positions)
The post-holder will work across trials, working closely with the trial Principal Investigators and coordinating teams to operationalize the trials.

Specific responsibilities
  • To ensure proper preparation, handling, cold chain maintenance, and storage of vaccines according to the study protocol, standard operating procedures, and Good Clinical Practice.
  • To manage temperature monitoring and deal with temperature out-of-range (TOR) events.
  • To perform dispensing and accurate, timely accountability of study vaccines and provide reports as needed to the study investigators, sponsor, monitors, or regulatory authority.
  • Ensure that all pharmacy-related activities are implemented according to the study protocol and good clinical practice.
  • To ensure compliance with all aspects of pharmaco-vigilance for the clinical trial, including liaison with the regulatory authorities where required.
  • Prepare and update trial pharmacy manuals, standard operating procedures, and tally sheets for vaccine handling, vaccine accountability, and other tasks as required in conjunction with the trial sponsor, investigators, and trial manager.
  • Ensure correct pharmacy waste disposal procedures are in place and organize and supervise the disposal of unused or expired vaccines and drugs when required.
  • To stocktake and ensure other medications prescribed by study clinicians for study participants are stored and dispensed appropriately.
  • To assist with maintenance of the trial Investigator Site File/Trial Master File when required.
  • Report to the trial manager and study investigators, work with the wider clinical trial team, and attend team meetings.
  • To report any incident which may affect the integrity of the trial to the trial manager and deputy trial manager and PI.
  • To attend project meetings and phone calls.
  • To perform any other trial-related activity as may be requested by members of the trial management team.

Essential criteria

  • A degree in pharmacy from a recognized University.
  • At least two years of practical working experience as a pharmacist.
  • Experience in pharmacy activities for clinical research studies.
  • Experience in vaccine handling, maintenance of cold chain, and managing temperature excursions.
  • Excellent numeracy skills and attention to detail.
  • Computer literacy including demonstrable proficiency with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Willingness to work outside of normal working hours on occasions as the work demands.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and Swahili.
  • Strong organizational skills with proven ability to work effectively within a team, assess priorities, and manage workload with minimum supervision.

Desirable criteria
  • Substantial experience in clinical trials or other clinical research, particularly studies/trials of vaccines.
  • Previous GCP training.
  • Experience in applying pharmaceutical regulatory and safety requirements.
  • Experience in communicating or liaising with the Tanzanian regulatory authority for clinical trials.

Mode of application:
  • Interested applicants should submit a letter of application together with their CV and copies of all relevant certificates, memberships, and qualifications to no later than 13th January 2023.
  • The applicants should state Research Fellow in the subject line of the email.
  • Paper applications will not be accepted.

Interviews will be held at the earliest available opportunity and only shortlisted candidates will be notified by email if selected for an interview.

If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, please consider yourself unsuccessful. MITU is an equal opportunity organization, female applicants and people with disability are highly encouraged to apply.

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