Pharmaceutical Technician Job Vacancies at the International Rescue Committee – 4 Positions

Requisition ID: req46570

Job Title: Pharmaceutical Technician – 4 Positions

Sector: Health

Employment Category: Fixed Term

Employment Type: Full-Time

Open to Expatriates: Not Applicable

Location: Kibondo, Tanzania

Work Arrangement:

Job Description


Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to serious humanitarian crises around the world and helps victims to survive and rebuild their lives.

For over half a century, Tanzania has been a country of asylum, hosting one of the largest refugee populations in Africa.  Currently, the country hosts approximately 287,903 Burundian and Congolese refugees, many of whom arrived in 2015 as the crisis in Burundi increased. To date, refugees continue to co-exist with the host communities in Kigoma region expressing multiple reasons and needs. Within this context, IRC provides protection and basic assistance in the areas of Safety (comprises of Protection and Rule of Law, Women Protection and Empowerment, and Child Protection), Health (mental health and psychosocial support services and reproductive health), and Education.

Job Overview:

The Pharmaceutical Technician will be an integral part of the health programs in the Kigoma Region, contributing to the delivery of high-quality primary healthcare services. They will be responsible for managing and providing pharmaceutical drugs  to patients as per their prescription from the clinical officer, they will also ensure that there is a constant supply of drugs and make requisitions as needed. They will have an overall duty of  assisting in operational and programmatic aspects and collaborating closely with key actors in the field including the Ministry of Health, UN agencies, and other NGOs.

Major Responsibilities: Key Areas

Dispensing and Patient Interaction

  • Dispense prescribed medication to patients as per the doctor’s order, ensuring accurate measurement, packaging, and labeling.
  • Provide patient counseling about medication usage, potential side effects, precautions, and answer relevant queries.

Inventory Management

  • Handle medication and pharmaceutical supplies inventory, ensuring accurate storage, adequate stock, and adherence to expiration dates.
  • Select drugs and supplies in relation to available diagnosis data in the registry.

Record Keeping and Administrative Duties

  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date patient and medication records, stock status, and ensuring adherence to healthcare regulations and patient safety.
  • Coordinating shipments for smooth pharmacy operations.
  • Maintain accurate and up-to-date consumption data in order to establish maximum – minimum inventory control systems.

Professional Collaboration

  • Collaborate closely with pharmacists, doctors, and other healthcare professionals, communicating important information about medication usage, contraindications, and potential drug interactions.

Compliance and Safety

  • Ensure adherence to local, state, and federal laws, and the specific rules and regulations of the health post or pharmacy.
  • Maintain compliance with health and safety regulations in the workplace, including maintaining cleanliness and safety in the dispensary area.
  • Continuing Education
  • Stay updated with the latest information in the pharmaceutical industry, participating in relevant workshops, training programs, and continuous education initiatives as necessary.

Key Working Relationships:

  • Position Reports to: Pharmacist and Clinical Officer in Charge
  • Position directly supervises:  
  • Other Internal and/or external contacts: Ministry of Health, UN agencies, and other NGOs

Pharmaceutical Technician Job Vacancies at the International Rescue Committee – 4 Positions


  • Diploma in Pharmacy
  • Registered with the Pharmacist  Council of Tanzania and possess a valid practicing license.
  • Over two (2) years working experience working in a health facility.
  • Experience in Humanitarian populations is desired.

Demonstrated Skills and Competencies

  • Strong clinical skills.
  • Team-oriented with excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work under pressure in a stressful environment, displaying resilience, compassion, and diplomacy.
  • Active teammate with good interpersonal skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Self-motivated with the ability to work under minimal supervision.

Language: English and Swahili

Working Environment: Security level yellow – The situation in most of the country is calm. Some parts of Kigoma region experience insecurity-highway banditry.

Professional Standards: The IRC and IRC workers must adhere to the values and principles outlined in the IRC Way – Standards for Professional Conduct. These are Integrity, Service, and Accountability. In accordance with these values, the IRC operates and enforces policies on Beneficiary Protection from Exploitation and Abuse, Child Safeguarding, Anti Workplace Harassment, Fiscal Integrity, and Anti-Retaliation.

Commitment to Diversity and InclusivityIRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity.  We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

IRC is an Equal Opportunity EmployerIRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status or disability. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform crucial job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

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