Management Sciences for Health

Technical Advisor, Drug Utilization Review

Job ID
# of Positions
GEN (General)
A543 - SAFEMed
Reports To
Senior Technical Advisor for Drug Utilization Review


The Technical Advisor for Drug Utilization Review supports the Senior Technical Advisor (STA) in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of all SAFEMed activities related to medicine safety and rational drug use. S/he works closely with the STA, local partners, and stakeholders in developing and implementing rational medicines use and pharmacovigilance (PV) policies. The Technical Advisor will also assist in the creation of tools and approaches for improving drug use practices and will work to ensure TB and HIV/AIDS standard treatment guidelines are up to date.


This position is for local hires. No allowances or relocation available. Candidacy and salary subject to donor approval.

Specific Responsibilities

Provide technical assistance to various stakeholders in the area of rational drug use (50%)

  • Provide technical assistance and support to the MOH and pharmacy and therapeutics committees (PTCs) in the development of policy solutions in the areas of rational use of medicines and PV.
  • Collaborate with other SAFEMed staff and appropriate stakeholders to develop and implement appropriate information tools and systems, such as PAIS, to support monitoring of medicines utilization and rational use of medicines
  • Provide technical assistance (TA) to the MOH and collaborate with WHO to review and update national processes for revising TB and HIV/AIDS standard treatment guidelines.
  • Work closely with partners in civil society organizations and health care providers to promote the benefits of medicine quality, safety and rational use.
  • Ensure adequate support to the country program including representing SAFEMed on PV and RDU matters, timely delivery of quality products, and the achievement of targets in a timely fashion, within designated budget.

Capacity development and technical writing (40%)

  • Develop strategies and system strengthening approaches, provide technical direction, and monitor implementation of rational use of medicines and pharmacovigilance related activities.
  • Plan and deliver SAFEMed capacity building activities including training programs as they relate to PV and RDU.
  • Assist in the creation of tools and approaches for improving drug use practices, including prescribing and adherence.
  • Assist in the design and implementation of drug use studies, document and share the findings and recommendations with stakeholders.

Program Support (10%)

  • Participate with the Senior Technical Advisor in the development of SAFEMed work plans and budgets as they relate to medicine safety and rational use. Provide input for updating and implementing the annual work plan and budget, as necessary.
  • Contribute, as requested, to regular and ad hoc reporting to SAFEMed, USAID, the Ukrainian MOH or other relevant agencies.

Qualifications and Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree medicine, pharmacy, or other public health related discipline


  • Master’s degree in medicine, pharmacy or other public health related discipline



  • Bachelor’s degree: at least six (6) years of progressively responsible experience in pharmaceutical management and/or public health.


  • Master’s degree: at least four (4) years progressively responsible experience in pharmaceutical management and/or public health.


  • Understanding of the basic concepts and principals of pharmacovigilance and rational drug use.
  • Familiarity with public health, TB, and HIV/AIDS programming, data collection, analysis and presentation.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing of training materials and the delivery of training sessions.
  • Experience working with the Ukrainian MOH and national level organizations.
  • Fluency in spoken and written Ukrainian; spoken and written English not lower than upper intermediate; knowledge of Russian is helpful.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and MS Word, Excel, and Powerpoint; knowledge of appropriate methods for data analysis and reporting.
  • Demonstrated experience in writing technical reports, documents and power points in English and Ukrainian.
  • Experience working with USAID-funded programs is desirable.



  • Functional competencies:  Highly motivated, resourceful, and results driven. Ability to gather and analyze information in order to make appropriate decisions.  Strong project management, organizational, and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ensuring delivery of results: client focus, managing and measuring work, information sharing, priority setting, and problem solving
  • Core personal competencies: ethics and values, integrity and trust, sound judgement, ability to work in a team-oriented environment; excellent listening, and written communication skills
  • Core MSH competencies: adaptability, problem solving, creativity and innovation, timeliness of work, quality of work and team relationships, resource utilization. Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities and work independently.


Travel Requirements: Ability to travel throughout Ukraine up to 30% of the time

Keyboard use, Pulling drawers, Lifting papers <10lbs

Background Information

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

EEO Statement

Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Reports To

Senior Technical Advisor for Drug Utilization Review
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