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Job Title: National Consultant to update the Sudan Essential Medicines List
Salary: Attractive and Project Funded
Supervisor: Director, Directorate General of Pharmacy, FMOH
Duty Station: Khartoum
Duration: 3 months
Closing Date: 12 July 2017


The Directorate General of Pharmacy (DGoP), FMoH is the governant body that is responsible for managing the pharmaceutical sector in Sudan along with the National medicines and Poisons Board and the National Medical Supply Fund. The main duty of DGoP is to formulate and monitor all policies, guidelines related to the developing of pharmaceutical sector in Sudan, and to promote the rational use of medicine. Health is a fundamental human right, and reaching the universal health coverage is an important worldwide goal, but without the availability of necessary medicines this goal will be far to reach. Provision of essential medicine is one of the eight components that Alma Ata declaration has put for primary health care (SekharKar, et al; 2010). As definition, essential medicines are those satisfy the priority health care needs of the population. They are selected based upon public health relevance, efficacy and safety evidences, and comparative cost-effectiveness of medicines. They are meant to be available on adequate amounts, in the appropriate dosage forms, with assured quality and adequate information, and at a price that is affordable for all community members.

The concept of essential medicines has been introduced for the first time in 1977 by the World Health Organization (WHO), Sudan was of the first country to adopt this concept in 1981 as part of the Federal Ministry of Health national drug policy, since 1981 the essential medicine list (EML) was updated in a sporadic pattern in 1985, 1987, 1993, 2001, 2004, 2007, till the year 2014 where the last update was carried out by the DGoP.

 All these measures, programs and policies concerned with essential medicines are brought as solution to solve the problems of inequities in medicines distribution, poor quality of care and in provision of better management for medicines approaches.

EML should be updated each 2 years to cope with revolution and development of the health and the pharmaceutical sector to grantee the quality of data presented for the practitioners and to deliver its value as guide for the procurement and supply in the public sector, reimbursement schemes for medicine costs, medicine donations, and local production.

This activity is aimed at hiring a national consultant to update the national essential medicine list. The consultant will work in coordination with the Directorate General of Pharmacy (DGoP), and a task force representing all stake holders with the following scope and objectives:


  • To update the existing national essential medicine list according to new evidence and current standard treatment guideline and WHO model list.


  Duties and responsibilities:

Under the guidance and direct supervision of the Director General of Pharmacy and close collaboration with the Director of Planning and Polices Directorate – DGoP, the National Consultant will coordinate and follow up the updating of the Sudan Essential Medicines List with the following specific TORs:

  1. Stake holder’s analysis: 
  • Identifying targeted stakeholders
  • Communicate with stakeholders to define their roles

Deliverable:  List of stakeholders and their role in updating EML

  1. Committee formulation to identify medicines for inclusion, change or deletion in the national EML
  • Identify committee members
  • Set the TOR for the committee

Deliverable: list of committee members and their term of reference

  1. Setting guidance of medicines selection process
  • Set framework and guiding principles for the development of national essential medicines list.
  • Setting template to be used by subcommittees to include, change or delete medicines from EML


  1. Medicines Selection criteria.
  2. Form for inclusion, deletion or change of Medicines on the National Essential Medicines List.


  1. Selection of medicines to be included in the list
  • Review the national EML to identify currently included medicines
  • Define the gaps/discrepancies according to STGs, local data, and context
  • Identify Proposed regimen and route of administration


  1. Develop the first draft
  • Prepare the document according to the agreed format
  • Build consensus on the agreed selected medicines

    Deliverable: First draft of the Document
Minimum Qualification, Skills and Experience Required:


  1. Managerial skills
  2. Excellent analytical and writing skills;
  3. Excellent teamwork and management skills;
  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  5. Ability to supervises, guides, leads and schedules the work of others.
  6. Ability to organize, communicates, teach, and work with others in an effective manner.


  1. Pharmacist with minimum master degree on pharmacoeconomics and/ or clinical pharmacy.


  1. Minimum 20 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical sector.
  2. Experience in development and implementing of guidelines and protocols.
  3. Additional in-depth knowledge in any of the following areas is an advantage for selection: (i) Pharmacotherapy (ii) medicine procurement and supply chain (iii) cost analysis.
  4. Proven proficiency in the usage of computers and office software packages, experience in handling of web based management system.
  5. Preferably if had participated in EML updating.
  6. Familiarity with Government of Sudan and International donors program execution modalities, rules and regulations is a distinct asset,

Language Requirements:

Fluency in both written and spoken English and Arabic

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