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Global Pharmacy Advisor – maternity cover

The Opportunity

Save the Children International has an exciting opportunity for you to join our team as the Global Pharmacy Advisor – maternity cover in the UK (London or Remote) or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office worldwide.

Role Purpose:

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children, celebrating its 100 years in 2019 as a US$2bn dollar organisation with 25,000 staff in 117 countries – health and nutrition programs being the largest component of its global activity.

One of our 2030 Ambitions is to inspire a breakthrough for child survival – that no child dies from preventable causes before their fifth birthday. This role plays an instrumental role in achieving this breakthrough by contributing to strengthen compliance to safeguard beneficiaries against potential harm from poor sourcing and distribution practices in line with the regulations and the requirements specified for holders of the Wholesale Distribution Authorisation (WDA-H) from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

As a core member of the global medical team, the Global Pharmacy Advisor will lead on the pharmacy services quality workstream and will contribute to achieving the 2022-24 strategic objectives by working across the following priorities:

  • Technical inputs to develop/strengthen relevant policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Technical leadership on pharmaceutical quality management and support programs
  • Technical support to build capacity of SCI country, regional and global staff
  • Contribute to strengthen strategic relationships and partnerships
  • Contribute to strategic communications and technical publications



  • Degree in Pharmacy (or equivalent qualification), and current registration with the relevant national professional body.
  • Extensive experience of managing pharmacy services (primary and/or secondary healthcare) and strengthening pharmaceutical systems, ideally in low resource settings.
  • Extensive multi-country experience of working in the INGO sector, within complex/large scale country programmes and/or in emergency response/humanitarian settings.
  • Experience and understanding of the end-to-end pharmaceutical management cycle (sourcing, storage and transport, use, disposal).
  • Proficient in designing and conducting audits and field assessments, critically appraising and writing reports, identify gaps and implement recommendations.
  • Experience of developing policies, and preparing/reviewing technical documents.
  • Experience of pharmacovigilance, incident reporting and risk management.
  • Experience of providing remote support, capacity building and delivering trainings.
  • Cultural awareness and ability to work effectively and collaboratively across diverse teams, functions, offices and organizations.
  • Strong planning, organization, problem-solving and influencing skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken communication and interpersonal skills in English.
  • Right to work in the UK (or country of residence).


  • Additional specialist / public health qualification.
  • Working proficiency in a second language, preferably French, Spanish or Arabic
  • Experience in assuring Good Distribution Practice for pharmaceutical products.
  • Understanding of Regulatory Systems of the global pharmaceutical market, pharmaceutical innovation, financing and access to medicines issues.

We can offer circa £47,500 per annum (If based in the UK) with an option of flexible working hours. If the role is based outside of the UK, National Terms & Conditions (including pay and benefits) will apply.

This role can be based in the UK (London or Remote) or any existing Save the Children International Regional or Country office location on approval, provided the successful candidate has proof of eligibility to work from the preferred location for the duration of the contract.

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The Organisation

We employ approximately 25,000 people across the globe and work on the ground in over 100 countries to help children affected by crises, or those that need better healthcare, education and child protection. We also campaign and advocate at the highest levels to realise the right of children and to ensure their voices are heard.

We are working towards three breakthroughs in how the world treats children by 2030:

  • No child dies from preventable causes before their 5th birthday
  • All children learn from a quality basic education and that,
  • Violence against children is no longer tolerated

We know that great people make a great organization, and that our employees play a crucial role in helping us achieve our ambitions for children. We value our people and offer a meaningful and rewarding career, along with a collaborative and inclusive environment where ambition, creativity, and integrity are highly valued.

Application Information:

Please attach a copy of your CV and cover letter with your application, and include details of your salary expectations. A full copy of the role profile can be found available for download at

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from abuse.

All employees are expected to carry out their duties in accordance with our global anti-harassment policy.

Save the Children does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process.

Job Description

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Job description

5 Apr 2024

22 Apr 2024 - 02:59 EAT


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