Monday, January 28, 2013

Gold Star Kenya Pharmaceutical Job Vacancies

Through the APHIA plus Health, Communications and Marketing project, Gold Star Kenya is building the capacity of private practitioners to provide comprehensive and integrated HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment services that are in line with Government of Kenya health strategies and national standards. 
We seek qualified candidates for the following positions.

Technical Officer - Pharmaceutical Technologist (2)
Gold Star Kenya Coast (1) and Nyanza/Western (1)
Requisition ID: GSKenya-TOPT-053
Job Summary:
Under the guidance of the Senior Technical Officer, Pharmacist, support the strengthening of the commodity management system and pharmacovigilance for Gold Star (GS) Kenya working in close collaboration and partnership with established public and private sector supply chain systems supporting integrated RH/FP, MNCH, TB, HIV and malaria programs. 
S/He will mentor health service providers on the pharmaceutical management information system, pharmacovigilance tools and provide policy and technical updates in support of current national guidelines for the priority high impact interventions on HIV/TB management including ART.
Basic Function:
  • Provide technical assistance to strengthen the pharmaceutical commodity management system for a national network of private sector providers franchised by the Gold Star Network (GSN).
  • Strengthen partnerships and collaborative relationships with public sector commodity supply systems and private sector suppliers of essential commodities to the GSN.
  • Strengthen the logistical arrangements for private providers to access and account for the essential commodities.
  • Monitor the use of the pharmaceutical commodities by the private providers in the network by providing mentorship and coaching to service providers on inventory management (quantification, requisition, storage, expiry tracking and reporting).
  • Provide updates to service providers on pharmaceutical management information system (PMIS) and the use of current tools
  • Provide updates to the service providers on the revised HIV/TB treatment and ART policies, service guidelines and facilitate the development of treatment standard operating procedures (SOPs).
  • Provide mentorship and coaching on ART adherence preparation of new patients, medication use counseling and the use of the ART dispensing tool (where applicable).
  • Strengthen supportive supervision for and monitoring of ART and TB treatment adherence (using multiple approaches) and the early warning indicators (EWIs) amongst the private sector providers.
  • Provide support in counter-checking provider prescribing practices, use of appropriate formulations, documentation and reporting of adverse drug interactions.
  • Support quality assurance and improvement initiatives for rational drug use amongst the network providers.
  • Facilitate the adoption and use of the ARV Dispensing Tool (ADT) where applicable.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology from a recognized Medical Training College with 7-9 years relevant experience or Bachelor’s degree in the same field with 5-7 years of relevant work experience. 
  • Inservice update training on TB, Malaria and HIV Care/ART, Commodity Management (and preferably TOT experience).
  • Experience in mentoring and supervision of other pharmacy staff on inventory management, rational use and quantification. 
  • Experience using the ARV Dispensing tool (ADT) is an added advantage.
  • At least 5 years’ experience in providing support for a busy ART program.
Technical Officer – Clinical Mentor
Gold Star Kenya, Nyanza/Western
Requisition ID: GSKenya-TOCM-054
Job Summary:
Provides training, on-site technical supportive supervision, mentorship, coaching and regular updates to Gold Star Network (GSN) service providers in the area of integrated HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment, including male circumcision. 
Responsible for working closely with service providers that Gold Star (GS) Kenya engages with to ensure that the quality of prevention, care and treatment is sustained across the program as defined by the Ministry of Health (MOH) quality standards and national guidelines.
Basic Function:
  • Provides training, supportive supervision, mentorship, on-site coaching and updates to GSN service providers to ensure patients receive quality HIV and TB prevention, care and treatment services according to the national quality standards and national guidelines.
  • Supports GSN service providers by recommending relevant prevention, care and treatment for the patients with opportunistic infections and recommend initiation of ART treatment in accordance with MOH recommended guidelines.
  • Offers mentorship to GSN service providers attending to HIV-infected individuals.
  • Coordinates and provides needed support to ensure GSN providers with high patient workloads and poor performing sites in terms of initiating patients on treatment are mentored and the necessary skills and confidence are transferred to the clinicians.
  • Supports providers to institute systems for inter- and intra-facility referrals.
  • Ensures quality of care is attained for patients seeking the services.
  • Ensures documentation of appropriate services rendered to the patients is done in the relevant service registers.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Minimum Requirements:
MD/MB ChB registered with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist Board with 3-5 years work experience and at least 2 years of experience working in a health facility offering HIV comprehensive care and treatment, demonstrable knowledge of HIV and TB service delivery and the various interventions being offered to prevent and control the morbidity and mortality arising from the infections will be an added advantage
Gold Star Kenya has a competitive compensation package and is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested candidates are encouraged apply via email to: 
Please specify source in your application and quote the Reference # provided on the subject line while sending your application, CV/resume including salary requirements, to be received not later than February 11, 2013.
Kindly note that only shortlisted persons will be contacted.
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