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Pharmacy Technician

  • Date of issue: June 7 th, 2021
  • Deadline for application: June 15th, 2021
  • Shortlisting: June 17th, 2021
  • Online written Test: June 21st, 2021
  • Online interviews: June 22nd 2021
  • Job Title: Pharmacy Technician
  • Duty Station/Mission: Nairobi, MSF Belgium - Kenya Supply Unit [KSU]
  • Duration: 1 year contract [extendable]

Objective of the Position:

Performing the day to day activities in KSU pharmacy department according to MSF protocols and standards in order to ensure an optimal running of activities.

Tasks & Responsibilities:

  • Ensures accurate and timely data entry in PPB’s system for the application of import and export permits.
  • Monitors the approval of permits and shares with his/her Line Manager, the Transport Department, The Mission Pharmacist.
  • Ensures that the Import Permit Follow up Tool is up to date.
  • Ensures accurate inventory of narcotics and psychotropic according to the pharmacy activity schedule drafted by KSU’s pharmacist.
  • In collaboration with the Line Manager, supports KSU team during inventory in the warehouses.
  • Verifies quarantined stocks that are subject to a batch recalls or quality alerts.
  • Encodes formalities [e.g. positive medical stock discrepancies and returns from the field] in the ERP system and files those requests.
  • Assists the Line Manager with the GDP self-inspection. Reports observations and other outcomes and works proactively on the CAP and implementation of it.
  • Downloads monthly the temperature readings from all KSU’s warehouses and cold rooms, files according to GDP guidelines.
  • Assists in ensuring GDP guidelines according to Kenyan and EU regulations. Implements, trains and monitors adherence – in collaboration with Line Manager – within KSU.
  • Files job cards, temperature records, any correspondence and other documents given by the Line Manager.
  • Verifies stocks for disposal and submits an application for destruction to PPB according to the schedule defined by the Line Manager. The application is shared with Line Manager for following up with PPB.
  • Checks incoming locally procured medical items during the reception process in the warehouse according to the SOP. Any non-conformity needs to be reported to Line Manager immediately.
  • Back-ups KSU’s Pharmacist on tasks and responsibilities according to the SOPs for the department and other tasks requested by General Manager.
  • Ensures overall integrity, accuracy and tidiness of information shared, the filing system, ERP system, and other databases that are linked to the position.
  • In addition, performs any other duty as assigned by the Line Manager in order to allow the organization to function optimally.
  • Drafts and updates SOP’s and WI’s for his/her position.

Qualifications & Requirements:


  • Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology from a recognized institution and must be registered by Pharmacy and Poisons Board.


  • At least 2 years’ experience in Pharmacy administration and procedures.
  • Previous working experience with MSF or other NGOs is preferable.

Skills/ Competences:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to multitask, prioritise, time management, attentive to details, flexible and adaptability, accurate, diplomacy, culturally sensitive and able to work under pressure.


  • Computer literacy ( Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  • Proficiency in written and oral English & Swahili.

Candidates meeting the above qualifications are requested to ONLY submit a motivation letter and an updated Curriculum Vitae mentioning on the envelop/ email subject line, “Pharmacy Technician”, to:

The HR Manager

Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium-KSU P.O.

Box 38897-00623, Nairobi


Applications must be received by the deadline. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

MSF is an equal Employer and does not charge any application/ recruitment fee.

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FAQ questions/answers

The length of a first mission is between nine and twelve months for all professions, except anesthetists and surgeons who, due to the intensity of their work, are placed in projects from six weeks to three months.

For our projects in the field, MSF accepts applications from professionals who have already graduate with minimum two years’ experience, after graduation, which are basic criteria for international staff. MSF cannot provide the possibility for internship in the field.

As soon as the application is submitted, MSF is trying to have the first communication as soon as possible, according to the ongoing needs in the per profile. The selection process usually is completed in 4 to 6 weeks.

If the selection is successful, the next step is the special preparation training for new members of MSF. After that the waiting period before the first departure lasts average 4 months. Please note that the absorption of each profile is changing according to the needs in the field.

When working abroad with MSF, you will have to adapt to many changes, including food, accommodation, daily routine, recreation and language. A new lifestyle is awaiting you, where free time and privacy can be in short supply. You may have to share your bedroom and bathroom. You need to be sure that you can do without normal creature comforts before applying to MSF.

MSF projects can take place in locations where the weather conditions are not always mild (extreme heat or cold, high humidity, heavy rainfall or desert climate). You will also be a long way from your friends and family for several months at a time. Communication can be difficult.

Living conditions in the field (security, housing, etc.) often make it difficult for field staff to be accompanied by children or partners who aren't participating in the mission.

We have a very small number of family postings for experienced MSF Country Coordinators for limited periods.