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Pharmacovigilance Coordinator Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Pharmacovigilance Coordinator

Duty station: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the most deadly infectious disease in the world.

KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context.  We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists. We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB.

Over the past century we have built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise, initially by successfully controlling TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have also shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate, and government donors.

Background

PAVIA is funded by the European-Developing Countries Clinical Trials Platform (EDCTP), a funding mechanism under the EU’s Horizon 2020 research program. PAVIA is a so-called Coordination and Support Mechanism, aimed at improving responsible uptake of new drugs and vaccines by strengthening local capacity for PV, i.e. for recognizing, reporting, and acting on untoward effects of such products. The project will start in March 2018 and will run for four years.

PAVIA aims to strengthen pharmacovigilance (PV) in these countries by bringing together stakeholders and coordinating ongoing activities and initiatives, in addition to providing direct support through training and technical assistance. The ultimate goal is to improve the readiness of African health systems to effectively deliver new medical products and to monitor their post-market safety. The project will be implemented in Ethiopia, Nigeria, Swaziland and Tanzania.

PAVIA’s activities focus on one area where important improvements can be made: the cooperation and linkage between countries’ regulatory authorities responsible for PV and infectious disease control programs responsible for introduction of new drugs and vaccines for poverty related diseases. PAVIA will have its initial focus on the introduction of new drugs and treatment regimens for drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) by the national tuberculosis programs (NTPs). Active drug safety monitoring and management (aDSM) is introduced as an integral part of new DR-TB drugs and regimens.

Purpose of the position

As a PV coordinator, you will be the key linkage between the partners, specifically KNCV, the Tanzania Food and Drug Authority (TFDA), GSF KCMC/KCRI, the National TB program and the sites collecting PV data.

Duties and responsibilities

As PV Coordinator you will:

  • Ensure smooth collaboration between all partners by organizing regular joint meetings.
  • Update all partners in-country about the latest developments in the field of aDSM / PV relevant for their roles in the project.
  • Assist in strengthening aDSM / PV data collection system in-country, including support in the development of a roadmap to strengthen the PV system.
  • Facilitate trainings, and development or strengthening of aDSM / PV data collection plans and SOPs.
  • Monitor and supervise the data flow, and quality and completeness of data collection and reporting.
  • Assist in causality assessment and signal detection.

Who are we looking for

Education

  • University degree in Pharmacy, Pharmacology or Medicine (Masters degree in related fields relevant to this position will be an added advantage)

Knowledge and Experience

  • At least 5 years drug regulatory experience, preferably in pharmacovigilance; or experience in drug monitoring in public health programs
  • Proactive, able to coordinate with clinicians, clinical expert teams, including national and sub-national host government entities appropriately
  • Cutting-edge knowledge of ongoing and emerging issues in relation to pharmacovigilance and TB medicines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English and XXXX
  • Good computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office programs.
  • Excellent organizational, planning, negotiating and problem-solving skills.

Behavioral competencies and skills

  • Sound analytical skills;
  • Good interpersonal communication;
  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently;
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload;
  • Ability to work in an international team.

What we offer

  • A full time (40 hours) fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend the contract to the end of the project period.
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated;
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
  • Attractive salary dependent upon education and relevant working experience.

Application and Information

The closing date of the vacancy is  9th of March 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our team in Tanzania +255 22 2664859 or mail to recruittanzania@kncvtbc.org

Please note that we only consider the applications that are received through the KNCV website. Applicants that are sent to recruit email account are not taken into consideration.

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