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Afghanistan: Afghanistan - A Pharmacist

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Première Urgence Internationale
Country: Afghanistan
Closing date: 31 Jan 2018

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 190 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian Situation and needs:

Afghan mission is the oldest PUI mission, with first medical intervention launched in 1980 just after the Soviet Invasion. Since then, the country has mostly been in conflict, with both national armed groups and international forces, causing mass casualties and massive movements of population, within or out of the countries: out of the 30 millions in country population, 805.000 are registered as IDPs. 272.000 since January 2015, 3.703.000 Afghan refugees are registered in foreign countries (UNHCR, 2015).

The achievements realized by the international community following the post-2001 intervention are now endangered by the expansion of conflict and violence and fragile governance. With the armed opposition slowly expanding its area of influence the number of civilian casualties reaches new high every year. Despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, the still fragile Government of Afghanistan struggle to impose its vision of development.

Economical stagnation, unemployment and increased pressure on the delivery of services due to high rates of internal displacement and return are pushing many Afghans to risk their lives fleeing to Europe, as they see no future in Afghanistan; In this scenario, with elevated pressure on aid actors, attacks have not spared the humanitarian community: only earlier in 2017 workers from humanitarian organizations had been killed and kidnapped in several parties of the country, jeopardizing the capacity to deliver to the most in need in remote areas. There is then a humanitarian crisis looming as actors are overstretched and resources oriented to other crises and access on field is jeopardized by conflict and presence of armed opposition groups. The humanitarian caseload is increasing on a yearly basis and this requires high organizational capacity to deliver aid in such a complex environment.

Our action in the field:

PUI strategy is to address the fundamental needs of the Afghan population in respect with all humanitarian principles. Indeed, Neutrality and impartiality are key principles to respect in order to enable humanitarian access to the affected populations.

PUI has a strong health expertise in the country that can be used as an entry point to implement an integrated approach to support the population to regain their most basic needs and also to their self-sufficiency. Indeed, such problems as malnutrition and undernutrition request a multi sectoral and comprehensive response in order to decrease the prevalence of the phenomenon.

Since the beginning of 2013, PUI in Afghanistan decided to start interventions on emergency preparedness and medical interventions for conflict-affected populations. With constant increasing of civilian casualties during from January 2014 to June 2015 (4.900 registered during the first 2015 semester), it is indeed crucial to have health staff prepared and equipped for mass casualties, and also to implement responses to population displacements.

Due to the violent recent history of the country and the constantly increasing number of security incidents in the country, PUI is developing an advocacy plan for development of PFA in the country, in order to support the development of such activity countrywide.

From end of 2016 a larger multi-sector emergency response approach has been put in place, following a surge in return from Pakistan. Interventions in WASH and NFI have been initiated in the Eastern Region specifically, with the aim to develop such capacity at national level as well and expand similar activities to other areas where needs are present.

Following years of development efforts, and the strengthening of the health system; there is now the need to return to more sustained humanitarian emergency interventions following the recent IDP and returnees crises, with the need to deliver integrated multi-sector interventions.

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As part of our activities in Afghanistan, we are looking for a Pharmacist in Kabul.

Under the supervision of the Medical Coordinator, the Pharmacy Advisor provides technical support to the medical department to ensure the overall functioning of the PUI pharmacies at central, base and project level, securing an adequate and timely supply of quality medications, medical consumables and medical equipment to PUI projects.

In collaboration with the medical and logistic departments he/she will review current process and management organization and will provide guidance to improve proper pharmaceutical management (procurement, storage, distribution, inventory, consumption, and data management) for the entire mission, both at the coordination level and at operational bases.

The Pharmacy Advisor will work closely with the medical department and the logistics team, but also with the project team, to ensure the supply chain drugs, consumables and medical items is timely, reliable and well documented at all levels.

Following the work recently done by a Pharmacist Advisor over 3 months (from Aug. to Nov. 2017), the implementations of his recommendations, guidelines and Standards of Procedures (SOP) will be enforced and monitored at all levels. Additional SoP will be developed.

  • Data collection, treatment and analysis
  • Supply management at mission level
  • Stocks management
  • Supply management of bases and Health structures
  • Technical support
  • Reporting / meeting

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Training and Experiences


  • Pharmacy Degree
  • Medical Degree

Professional Experience

  • Humanitarian
  • International
  • Technical – Pharmacy management

Knowledge and Skills

  • Good training skills, knowledge of project management


  • Pack Office (Word, Excel)
  • Advanced excel

Qualités du candidat

  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative and take responsibility
  • Resilience to stress
  • Diplomacy and open-mindedness
  • Good analytical skills
  • Organization and ability to manage priorities
  • Proactive approach to making proposals and identifying solutions
  • Ability to work and manage professionally and maturely
  • Ability to integrate into the local environment, taking account of its political, economic and historical characteristics


English – Mandatory

Proposed Terms

Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 3 months

Starting date: Decembre 2017

MONTHLY GROSS INCOME: from 1 815 up to 2 145 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PU

COST COVERED:** Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

IN**S**U**R**A**N**C**E:** including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

HOUSING in collective accommodation

DA**I**L**Y LIVING** EX**P**E**N**S**E**S:** (« Per diem »)

BRE**A**K P**OLICY**: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months + break allowance

PAID LEAVES POLICY: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

To know more about our job offer, look at the complete job description on our website!

How to apply:

Please, send your application (Resume and Cover letter) to Emmanuelle Gracia, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates at with the following subject: “Pharmacist – AFG”