Organization Information

Reports to: Head, Medical Support Services
Directorate/Department/Organ: Medical and Health Services (MHSD)
Division: Medical Support Services
Number of Direct Reports: 1
Number of Indirect Reports: 1
Job Grade: P3
Number of Positions: 1
Contract Type: Regular
Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Purpose of Job

To provide technical support for the management, implementation and oversight of all AU Pharmacy operations.

Main Functions

  • Provides support in the preparation and Implement the programmes developed out of the Division’s strategic plan;
  • Ensures effective coordination and implementation of Unit’s plans and activities at various levels;
  • Liaises with Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and other relevant stakeholders on relevant matters;
  • Prepares and develops reports, budget and work programmes related to the functioning of the Division;
  • Provides support to develop resource mobilization strategy with stakeholders’ coordination;
  • Manages and supervises direct reports to ensure their effective performance as per organization’s performance management policy and system;
  • Conducts complex analysis and generate accurate reports in a timely manner for the Division and AU’s internal use;
  • Liaises with the various Departments/Units of the Commission for coordination and alignment purposes;
  • Prepares budgets for the Division in accordance with relevant frameworks. Support the promotion of the activities of the Division including preparing leaflets, guidelines and fact sheets as may be required;
  • Contributes in the development of strategies, policies, programmes and plans.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Dispenses drugs prescribed by Physicians.
  • Provides information to patients and advice regarding drug interactions, side effects, dosage, and proper medication storage.
  • Answers to questions and respond to queries on medications from clients.
  • Supports Doctors in the selection of medicines in the management of patients.
  • In collaboration with the Physicians, monitor adherence to therapy of chronic diseases and work with them to optimize treatment outcomes.
  • Oversees, and allocates activities of employees engaged in dispensing prescribed medications and other pharmaceutical products for patient care, according to laid down procedures in a professional manner.
  • Manages the inventory of essential drugs; orders and maintain stock levels at all times.
  • Consults with Physicians, quantifies and forecasts pharmaceutical requirements of medical supplies for procurement.
  • Initiates and be fully involved in the procurement processes of pharmaceutical products in collaboration with the Procurement Division.
  • Maintains established procedures concerning quality assurance, security of controlled substances, and disposal of hazardous waste drugs.
  • Develops and implements methods and procedures for monitoring work activities, such as preparation of records of expenditures, progress reports, etc.
  • Prepares Pharmacy unit budget and share it with the Head of Division, Medical Support Services.
  • Evaluates employee performance, and recommend interventions where necessary.
  • Trains and mentors interns and other medical personnel on matters pertaining to pharmacy.
  • Participates in continuing medical education programs for Medical staff.
  • Ensures 24 hour AU Pharmacy coverage on a shift basis (for day time, night time, weekends and public holidays).
  • Ensures smooth running of the AU Pharmacy.
  • Performs any other duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor.

Academic Requirements and Relevant Experience

  • Master’s Degree in Pharmacy from a recognized University with 7 years’ post qualification working experience as a registered Clinical Pharmacist, work experience within a government hospital, private practice, University Teaching Hospital or international organization as unit, team, section, or department head or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in similar studies with ten (10) years relevant experience
  • Working in a clinical pharmacy role as at the time of application which 3 years should be at supervisor level;
  • Must be registered/ licensed to practice as a Clinical Pharmacist in his/her home Country or Country of residence. Documented training in health commodities and Supply Chain Management.

Required Skills

  • Ability to communicate with medical staff, clients and care givers politely.
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Records management and confidentiality skills
  • Planning, organizational and leadership skills.
  • Communication skills and ability to work in teams in a complex, multi-cultural, multi ethnic environment to achieve unit goals.
  • Computer literacy skills: proficient with various stock management systems, software packages and Hospital Information Systems.
  • Oral, reporting and presentation skills.
  • Proficiency in one of the AU working languages, fluency in another is an added advantage.

Leadership Competencies

Strategic Insight
Developing Others
Change Management
Managing Risk

Core Competencies

Building Relationship
Foster Accountability Culture
Learning Orientation
Communicating with Influence

Functional Competencies

Conceptual Thinking
Job Knowledge and information sharing…
Drive for Results
Continuous Improvement Orientation


The appointment will be made on a regular term contract for a period of three (3) years, of which the first twelve months shall be considered as a probationary period. Thereafter, the contract will be for a period of two years renewable, subject to satisfactory performance and deliverables.


The AU Commission is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are strongly encouraged to apply.

Proficiency in one of the AU working languages (Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili, Portuguese, and Spanish) is mandatory and fluency in another AU language is an added advantage


Indicative basic salary of US$ 37,453.00 (P3 Step1) per annum plus other related entitlements e.g. Post adjustment (46% of basic salary), Housing allowance US$ 22,932.00 (per annum), and education allowance (100% of tuition and other education-related expenses for every eligible dependent up to a maximum of US$ 10,000.00 per child per annum), for internationally recruited staff and a maximum of $3,300 per child per annum for locally recruited staff.

Applications must be submitted no later than March 20, 2024 11h59 p.m. EAT.
-Only candidates who meet all job requirements and are selected for interviews will be contacted.
-Consideration will be given only to those candidates who have submitted a fully completed online application with a curriculum vitae (CV), an African passport, and the required academic qualifications, such as Diplomas, Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and any relevant certificate in line with the area of expertise.
-The African Union is an equal opportunity employer, and female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
-Candidates from less represented countries within the African Union are strongly encouraged to apply for positions that fit their profiles. These countries include Algeria, Angola, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Comoros, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Sahrawi D.R., Sao Tome and Principe., Seychelles, Somalia and Tunisia.

Requisition ID: 2108