Director Laboratory Services -National Drug Authority Jobs in Uganda

The National Drug Authority (NDA) is an independent body that was established by the National Drug Policy & Authority Act Cap- 206 , Laws of Uganda (2000 Edition) to regulate Human & Veterinary Medicines & other healthcare products. NDA’s mandate is to ensure quality, safety & efficacy of human & veterinary medicines & other healthcare products through the regulation & control of their production, importation, distribution & use.

In order to effectively fulfill its mandate, the Authority is looking for proficient persons with required the skills attitude & qualifications to fill the following position.

Post: Director Laboratory Services
Vacancies: One (1)
Department: Directorate of Laboratory Services
Reports to: Secretary to the Authority
Direct reports: Manager Medicines, Manager Medical Devices, Manager Laboratory Quality Management Systems
Salary scale: NDA B
Location: National Drug Quality Control Laboratory-Mulago.

Job Purpose:
· To manage & co-ordinate all operations & administration of the Directorate of Laboratory Services & provide overall direction while ensuring that regulated products are correctly analyzed to enable NDA make evidence-based decisions. 
· To ensure timely quality control testing of all samples in conformity with ISO/IEC 17025 international standard & the relevant WHO guidelines 

Duties & Responsibilities: 
· To coordinate the development of the Directorate’s annual budget & ensure effective budget management with the objective of ensuring value for money. 
· Collaborate with other Directorates in furtherance of vision, mission, goals & strategic objectives of NDA. 
· Engage relevant stakeholders, identifying opportunities for synergy & developing the structures for collaboration. · Manage the performance & development of staff in the directorate, provide effective leadership & ensure support through motivation & other strategies to enable effective delivery of services. 
· To organize resources required for timely analysis of regulated products & ensure release of accurate analytical test results to permits; correct conclusion about the quality of the samples analyzed (of medicines, medical devices & public health products) & serves as an adequate basis for timely administrative & legal actions by NDA. 
· Ensure that processes, systems & procedures needed for quality enhancement of the services of the directorate are established & implemented in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17025 standard, WHO Good Practices for Quality Control Laboratories & other relevant international & national standards & practices. 
· To ensure that risks are identified & appropriate actions taken to avoid the risks or minimize the negative impact(s) on the operations of the Directorate & NDA in general & provide feedback for regulatory decision making on marketed pharmaceuticals analyzed. 
· To monitor & evaluate performance of the Directorate against agreed targets & objectives, & ensure adequate, processes, systems, specifications & controls over the resources needed for quality service delivery. These include; personnel, equipment, chemical reference substances, chemicals & reagents, reference books among others. 
· To coordinate laboratory management reviews & audits (financial & technical), & ensure timely implementation of corrective & preventive actions & respond to queries arising from audits & complaints. 
· Promote initiation & execution of projects including research & programs to enhance performance of the Directorate. This may be achieved by collaborating with other laboratories, regulatory & law enforcement agencies, manufacturers of pharmaceutical & other health products & the public to enhance drugs & health products quality control & assurance. 
· Foster collaboration & partnerships with stakeholders including; academic institutions, industries, regional laboratories & others to promote information sharing, gain knowledge & access to test methods, chemicals & reagents & innovative laboratory tools. 
· Provide advice to the SA on matters pertaining to resources, specifications, processes systems and. new practice/developments within the Directorate which may have an impact on the effective & efficient delivery of activity targets 
· Ensure maintenance of health & safety standards within the Directorate; adhere to national & international safety standards & guidelines. 
· To ensure cooperation with other Directorates to foster collaboration & build inter support systems to facilitate efficiency in NDA services delivery. 
· Undertake any other responsibilities, tasks or activities as assigned by the Secretary to the Authority from time to time.

· Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy plus a Masters’ degree in Pharmaceutical Analysis. · A post graduate diploma in management studies · Registration with relevant professional body

· A minimum of Twelve (12) years post qualifying experience in Quality Control & Quality Assurance of pharmaceuticals five (5) of which should have been at a senior managerial position preferably in a regulatory environment. .

Key Competencies
· Proficiency in Quality Control testing of medicines, public health chemicals, medical devices & related products. 
· Good understanding of ISO/IEC 17025 standard & WHO Good Practices for Quality Control Laboratories. 
· Proven ability to use computerized & automated laboratory equipment. 
· Good understanding of National, Regional & International Standards, norms & practices as they relate to Drug Regulation & Control. 
· Proven experience in Good Manufacturing Practice 
· Product dossier assessment/evaluation skills. 
· High moral integrity · Good analytical skills

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, copies of academic qualifications with your Curriculum Vitae (CV) indicate three (3) referees of whom one (1) should be your current or your most recent employer ,either electronically to the e-mail address-

Or hand delivered to

National Drug Authority office,
First Floor,
Plot 19 Lumumba Avenue opposite TWED PLAZA.
Your application must be addressed to the:
Head Human Resources & Administration, National Drug Authority.
Please indicate the vacancy you are applying for in either the email subject or on the cover of the envelope for hand delivered applications.

Application Deadline: Submit not later than 5.00p.m on 10 January, 2018
National Drug Authority is an equal Opportunity Employer.
Please note that only shortlisted & successful candidate will be contacted.