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Pharmacist

Pharmacist

Our pharmacists provide essential expertise in our projects.

From training national staff how to store and manage lifesaving medications through to ensuring enough medications are flown in to tackle sudden malaria outbreaks, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) pharmacists ensure that essential medicines are there when they are needed, well managed, transported and stored appropriately. 

Responsibilities

Our pharmacists are often based in the country capital, supporting all projects in that country, often through more than one MSF Operation Centre.

It’s an exciting and diverse role and you would be responsible for: 

  • Ensuring good practice in distribution and pharmaceutical practices comply with national rules 
  • Drug management and medical equipment order, storage and distribution in MSF projects 
  • Training and supervising local staff working in the project pharmacies and warehouses
  • Assist the coordination team with ensuring that medications safely reach the projects where needed

Fast forward a few weeks to the present, and I watch Kor taking his first steps around the hospital with our excellent ER doctor. It’s an emotional sight that brings tears to many eyes. The community watch in awe.

I’m an MSF pharmacist and together, we save lives!

LAMYA ABDI
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Pharmacist

Application guide

Read our guide on the application process for all overseas roles

Role requirements

  • Qualification as a pharmacist and significant post qualification experience, ideally in hospital pharmacy management
  • Experience in supervising, training and managing others
  • Ability to work well as a part of a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workload and use initiative
  • Willingness to work in unstable areas and ability to cope in a difficult and unpredictable environment
  • Fluency in English
  • Available for a minimum period of nine months
  • Minimum of three months’ work, volunteering or travelling experience  in developing countries

Languages​

We're currently looking for pharmacists with good French or Arabic skills.

If you can speak French or Arabic you're much more likely to be accepted onto our register.

Your language level may be tested during the recruitment process.

Paula Costa Tavares, pharmacist

In their own words

Read first-hand accounts from MSF pharmacists in the field

Before you apply

Make sure you read our application process guide for an overview of what to expect when you apply for an overseas role with the UK.

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Apply to be a pharmacist

Please only apply if you meet all of the requirements below. 

1/6

I have read and understood the role description, and feel I can fulfil this role

2/6

I have spent at least three months travelling or working in the developing world

3/6

The UK is my place of residence and I have the right to live and work in the UK

4/6

I have a valid passport

5/6

I have managed a team of people

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I am available for a minimum of nine months