UK-Med Register – Pharmacist

Are you a qualified Pharmacist with knowledge of the distribution of medicinal products and an interest in working to support emergency humanitarian response?

Role: Pharmacist

Hours: Register role, so no guarantee of work.  If deployed, work will be full-time

Pay: If deployed, starting rate expected to be £808 – £929 per week (£3500 – £4025 per month)

Location: Able to travel internationally at short notice


UK-Med is a humanitarian INGO that has been responding to disasters and health emergencies for more than 20 years.  We train medical teams, both in the UK and worldwide, so they are ready to respond when epidemics, conflict and natural disasters hit.  When Ebola struck West Africa in 2014, we recruited and trained UK doctors and nurses who helped local medical teams and other NGOs to bring the outbreak under control.  We are core partners, providing the clinical component of the UK Emergency Medical Team (UK EMT) in line with WHO standards.

Our responses are staffed from our Register of surge responders.  Register members undergo extensive training and vetting in advance, so they can be quickly deployed to where they are most needed.  Register members who join a response team are offered a fixed-term contract for the response and paid in line with our globally benchmarked pay scales.

We are seeking up to 20 new people to join our Register to be available to deploy in Pharmacist roles.  You will be able to make yourself available to travel and work internationally at short notice for 4-6 weeks at a time (longer availability may be an advantage).

Our ideal candidates will be experienced humanitarian Pharmacists with a strong understanding of the pharmaceutical supply chain who understand what it takes to set up a pharmacy store and dispensing system in a new context.  UK-Med surges health teams and temporary health facilities into humanitarian contexts anywhere in the world.  Our pharmacists need to be able to set up and run a comprehensive pharmacy system in temporary health facilities ranging from outbreak treatment centres to field hospitals.

You will be determined, high performing, compassionate and collaborative, as well as being committed to learning and supporting others to learn.  Language skills will be an advantage.

We offer excellent learning opportunities and occasional opportunities to work in international humanitarian responses.

To express your interest:

We strongly recommend that you read the Candidate Information Pack – Pharmacist- December 2022 before applying for this role.

This vacancy will close as soon as we have received enough strong applications.  Please apply as soon as possible, and no later than Friday 6 January 2023

The questions you will be asked to answer are:

  • How many years of experience do you have in humanitarian Pharmacist roles?
  • Please describe any experience you have of managing Pharmacy in health facilities in low resource environments (150 words maximum)
  • Please describe any experience you have of stock and warehouse management (150 words maximum)
  • Please explain how you plan to be available for deployment with UK-Med i.e., what are your commitments e.g., work, family and how can you be confident that you can leave these at short notice? (150 words maximum)

UK-Med is committed to safeguarding of our personnel and beneficiaries and has a zero-tolerance approach to sexual exploitation and abuse.  We conduct thorough vetting before any appointment is confirmed.

UK-Med is committed to the principles of diversity, equality, and inclusion.  We strive to provide an inclusive and supportive environment where employees feel respected and supported to be able to fulfil their potential.

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