Pharma-Lab Specialist

at Solthis
Published September 11, 2022
Location Freetown, Sierra Leone
Category Consultancy  
Job Type Full Time  




Solthis is registered and has been operating in Sierra Leone since 2011 where our teams have been providing comprehensive technical support at both health facility, national and community levels to improve quality of HIV care.


From 2022, Solthis will support the implementation of the New Funding Model 3 (NFM3) to accelerate the achievement of 95-95-95 targets in Sierra Leone by 2024.


The intervention through quality-oriented capacity building approaches, will complement the national healthcare workers’ capacity building activities such as on-site training, clinical mentorship, supportive supervision and coordination planned by the NACP & NAS in the NFM3. It will focus on strengthening the capacity of healthcare workers (HCW) (at Health Facilities (HF) and Key Population Drop-In Centers (DIC)) levels and DHMT staff to provide quality of HIV services delivery including 2 prevention, HTS, ART, eMTCT, DSD, EID, Viral Load, TB/HIV etc.


It will also strengthen the Supply chain management and laboratory component to improve the accessibility and availability of HIV commodities at health facilities and DICs, and to support DHMT to allocate the available resources in the best possible way to minimize service provision disruption. Finally, the intervention will support health information management and systems and use of data to improve HIV related indicators and the Global fund performance framework.


The intervention will be implemented in seven districts including Wester Area (Rural and Urban), Port Loko, Bombali, Tonkolili, Bo and Kenema Districts.




Pharma-Lab specialist support the New Funding Model 3 (NFM3) implementation in HIV field.


Based in Freetown and under the responsibility of the Medical Coordinator his/her main responsibilities are:


Ensuring adequate supplies at service delivery point: stock management, completion and submission of RR&IV forms.

To provide technical assistance to NACP and to the central HIV reference laboratory in HIV commodities management

Strengthen laboratory testing for EID and Viral Load and other HIV service-related laboratory testing, including demand creation, sample collection, transportation and turn-around-time, timely delivery of results to clients and monitoring of viral suppression.

To facilitate cohesive and supportive collaboration between the health facilities and the central structures (Reference laboratory, HIV program, Central Warehouse) building confidence and teamwork among those involved.

Specific Tasks and responsibilities


Provide technical, supervisory and programmatic support to NACP in the elaboration and updates of national HIV guidelines, recommendations, strategies, SOPs in regards to ARVs and other related commodities management, including Laboratory ones.

Provide technical Support to the National ART Pharmacist Coordinator as well as the National Logistics Coordinator in their monitoring and supervision tasks

Participate and provide technical support to the National HIV Quantification and to the National Laboratory Technical Working Groups and the Community Consultative Group

Provide support to District Health Management Team (DHMT) to analyse reports from facilities, to elaborate distribution plans of ARVs and other commodities and to prevent any stock-out

Identify training needs and build the capacities of the key actors

Organize and conduct classroom and/or on-site trainings, post training follow-up Provide on-site mentoring.

Strengthen the organization and communication between the pharmacists, the counsellors and laboratory staff

Participate in the definition, follow-up and reporting of project indicators related to pharma & Lab activities: design and monitoring of tools, quality data-collection and data-analysis.

Participate in the compilation of annual project and donor reports.

Assist Head of Mission and Medical Coordinator in fundraising and/or expanding/developing new program



Initial training: Pharmacist


Experience: You must have at least minimum 5 years' experience in PSM and Laboratory systems strengthening and experience in


Designing implementing and monitoring of health activities related to pharmacy and laboratory - Mentoring of health professionals in HIV commodities management

Qualities & Skills:


Familiar with Adult education, Group facilitation

Ability to dialogue with health authorities at different level (national and district)

Ability to animate and dispense trainings

Facilitates adult meetings/participatory workshops

Good writing and synthesis skills

You will also need to demonstrate


Good interpersonal skills, diplomacy and anticipation.

Ability to manage stress

Autonomy and proactivity

Ability to work in partnership and network

Other :


Languages*: English required, French is an asset*

Computer skills*: including the usual software (Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.)*

Salary: Depending on experience in a similar position between 1600 euros and 1750 euros gross per month




Perdiem and housing allowance

Medical coverage, repatriation insurance, provident fund.

33 days paid leaves per year


How to apply

Composition of the file: CV, letter of application and 3 references (former managers)


To be sent by email the subject "Name Firstname – Pharma Lab ATNFM3".

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