Malawi: Pharmacovigilance consultant

Organization: Chemonics
Country: Malawi
Closing date: 23 Apr 2017

Chemonics seeks a short-term pharmacovigilance consultant to support the establishment of a national pharmacovigilance center in Malawi for the USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. GHSC-PSM works to ensure uninterrupted supplies of health commodities in support of U.S. government-funded public health initiatives around the world. It provides direct procurement and supply chain management support to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the President’s Malaria Initiative, and Population and Reproductive Health. The Malawi Pharmacy, Medicines, and Poisons Board, a semiautonomous Ministry of Health agency, has requested GHSC-PSM assistance in creating a functional national pharmacovigilance center. As part of this assistance, the short-term consultant will conduct a situational analysis of the current pharmacovigilance landscape in Malawi, with the aim of providing recommendations to strengthen current pilot pharmacovigilance activities and a road map of the activities needed to establish a functional center. The assignment will entail a number of pre-trip, in-country, and post-trip activities over a period of 25 to 30 working days, from May to June, 2017. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Lead a situational analysis team to assess the status of pharmacovigilance in Malawi, including key players, activities, and key accomplishments, strengths, and challenges of the current program
  • Identify contextual factors that could positively contribute to or act as barriers toward strengthening the current pharmacovigilance program and the eventual establishment of a national pharmacovigilance center in Malawi
  • Highlight any lessons learned from the current program or programs in other countries that could be useful to Malawi’s efforts
  • Develop a situational analysis report outlining short- and long-term recommendations for strengthening the current pharmacovigilance program, its expansion nationally, and the eventual establishment of a national pharmacovigilance center
  • Draft a proposal/work plan detailing methodology and approach, data collection tools to guide in-country interviews, and report format
  • Conduct desk reviews and data analysis, designing data collection and assessment tools and templates
  • Conduct field visits and interviews with stakeholders at the central, district, and health facility levels
  • Conduct a stakeholders’ workshop to present findings and recommendations


  • Master’s degree in medicine, clinical pharmacy, pharmacology, public health, or related field
  • Minimum five years of relevant professional experience, including providing technical assistance in strengthening pharmaceutical systems in developing countries
  • Experience designing, implementing, and monitoring pharmacovigilance systems
  • Experience in conducting pharmaceutical system assessments in developing countries; experience carrying out related or similar tasks in Malawi, Southern Africa, or the African continent preferred
  • Demonstrated experience in producing high-quality written assessment reports
  • Demonstrated data management and analytical skills
  • Ability to clearly and concisely express ideas and concepts convincingly in written and oral form
  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility, and integrity
  • Experience with donor-funded programs or working with international organizations

How to apply:

Please submit cover letters and CVs to by April 23, 2017. Please include “Pharmacovigilance Consultant” in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Finalists will be contacted.

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