NACOSA : Post Basic Pharmacist Assistant

Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Sunday, 17 February, 2019
Opportunity type: 

Post Basic Pharmacist Assistant  

Vacancy                     Post Basic Pharmacist Assistant
Role description            
(max 100 words)
NACOSA is looking for a suitably qualified candidate within South Africa to provide administrative and pharmacy related support on the NACOSA HIV and TB programmes: Sex Work (SW); Adolescent Girls & Young Women (AGYW); People who inject drugs (PWID), University Campus Clinics (UCC), Gender-based Violence (GBV) and Community Responses & Systems (CRS) as programmatically required and aligning with Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP).
Location Pretoria or Cape Town
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Deadline 24h00 on Sunday, 17 February 2019

South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world – over 7 million people. To turn the tide on HIV and AIDS, we need to bring all sectors of society together and strengthen the community systems that support people.

NACOSA is a networking organisation that brings communities together to tackle HIV and its impact on vulnerable people. We have a 19 year track record of working with donors, government and communities to strengthen community systems and turn the tide on HIV, AIDS and TB.

We do this through mobilizing our network of over 1,700 organisations, promoting dialogue between government and affected people, building capacity with accredited training, mentoring and technical assistance and channeling resources to support service delivery on the ground, particularly for children and youth, key populations and women and girls.


The Post Basic Pharmacy Assistant position supports and delivers on NACOSA’s AGYW, SW, PWID, GBV and CRS Programmes implemented in South Africa, reporting to the Clinical Manager.
The main duties of the role are:

  • Perform administration functions in relation to health products and equipment procurement.
  • Assist pharmacist in dispensing medication orders to contracted implementers.
  • Manage NACOSA health products store and stock management in line with GPP, including receiving, labelling, storing, repacking of products, issuing/distributing and recording of health products and equipment for NACOSA offices and contracted implementers according to the SOP.
  • Communicate with relevant personnel at implementer sites to ensure timely distribution of health and pharmaceutical products.
  • Support with compiling, keeping and maintaining inventory of the above health products and equipment and assist the pharmacist and/or clinical manager in the retrieval of accurate, concise, applicable data relating to stock usage.
  • Maintains established policies and procedures concerning quality assurance, security of controlled substances, and disposal of hazardous waste drugs.
  • Monitor consumption data, requisitions and stock cards of health and pharmaceutical products at implementer level including HIV & Syphilis Rapid Diagnostic Test kits, Pre- Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), Pima CD4 Monitoring accessories (with PSM Mentor)
  • Assess dispensing rooms of implementers for compliance to GPP.
  • Co-facilitate PSM training for implementing partners and assisting them to become GPP compliant and NiMART authorized/PrEP ready
  • Network and liaise with key role players and stakeholders including the Department of Health at national, provincial and local levels.
  • Submit reports and data to the Clinical Manager and locum Pharmacists as required.


We are looking for a mature and experienced person with a successful track record of health and pharmaceutical  product management.

  • Post Basic Pharmacy Assistant qualification
  • 5yrs relevant post qualification experience
  • NIMART and Dispensing certification is required
  • Knowledge of HIV/AIDS and TB programmes and RTQI
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English. Proficiency in one or more South African languages besides English a distinct advantage.
  • Understanding of the NGO sector and big donor processes/requirements will be advantageous.
  • South African national or permanent residence is preferred. 
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Competent in MS Office Suite.

Personal qualities:

  • Must be accurate and have an eye for detail.
  • Be able to follow instructions and detailed procedures.
  • Sensitive to issues around key populations at risk for HIV and gender/sexuality diversity.
  • Can work without supervision, and flexible to cope with changing circumstances and time pressures.
  • Be able to work independently, be highly organised, deadline driven and efficient with planning skills.
  • Willingness to travel extensively.
  • Ability to work well in a team environment, and to coordinate multiple inputs to tight deadlines, with a variety of internal and external stakeholders.

Remuneration will be competitive, based on skills and experience.

To apply:

CLOSING DATE: 17 February 2019


  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. If you have not been contacted within 2 weeks consider your application as unsuccessful. NACOSA reserves the right not to make any appointment in this position.
  • NACOSA respects the privacy of its stakeholders and will treat all personal information provided in line with our recruitment policy and in accordance with the Protection of Personal Information Act.
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