Vacancy Brief Description
1. The Director General (People Management), Ministry for Health invites applications for the post of Pharmacy Technician in the Ministry for Health.
2.1 This appointment is subject to a probationary period of six (6) months.
2.2 The salary for the post of Pharmacy Technician is Salary Scale 13, which in the year 2020 is, €16,985, rising by annual increments of €335.5 up to a maximum of €18,998 per annum.
2.3 A Pharmacy Technician will progress to Salary Scale 12 (which in the year 2020 is €18,142 x €354 - €20,266 per annum) on completion of five (5) years service in the grade or whole time equivalent, subject to satisfactory performance.
2.4 A Pharmacy Technician will progress to the grade of Senior Pharmacy Technician in Salary Scale 11 (which in the year 2020 is €19,350 x €375.17 - €21,601 per annum) on completion of five (5) years service in the grade of Pharmacy Technician in Salary Scale 12 or whole time equivalent, subject to satisfactory performance.
2.5 An appointee will be entitled to such other benefits and subject to such other conditions and obligations as may be stipulated in any pertinent agreement between the Government and the competent union.
3.1 The duties of Pharmacy Technician include:
i. drawing up of calls for quotations and tender documents, placement and follow-up of orders of pharmaceutical items and checking of deliveries;
ii. coordinating and assisting in the distribution processes of pharmaceuticals, including stock rotation and redistribution and following up of product recalls;
iii. monitoring of purchasing and procurement functions, inventory levels and consumption of items. Being responsible of regular stock-takes and stock-rotation;
iv. dispensing of items according to medical prescription, to entitled patients, under the supervision of a pharmacist;
v. assembling, preparing and distributing of pharmaceuticals, in response to requests from wards;
vi. assisting in the preparation of extemporaneous items;
vii. performing repackaging operations from bulk oral dosage forms under the supervision of a pharmacist and in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures. This includes compilation of necessary documentation, cleaning and quality assurance checks and maintenance of facilities and equipment used;
viii. exchanging and topping up of CPR drawers;
ix. managing of sterile fluids section, including supply of sterile fluids to wards and internal entities;
x. coordinating of and contributing to ward top-up system including organization and maintenance of ward clean utility room and organizing and performing of regular audits;
xi. involving in the coordination of the Major Accident Section. This includes maintenance of stock reserved for major accidents, ensuring stock rotation and preparation of additional on-site stock for special events;
xii. contributing and assisting in the preparation, labelling and compounding of chemotherapy drugs, sterile and non-sterile formulations after a recognised period of training and supervision;
xiii. contributing in the process of boarding out of expired stocks;
xiv. assisting in the coordination of quality control systems relating to compounding activities and medical gases and calibration, validation and cleaning of respective facilities and equipment;
xv. participating and administrating of evaluation process of incoming Schedule V and Medicines Approval Section applications;
xvi. participating in and contribution to the development of pharmaceutical policies, review and updating of Government Formulary List, formulation and amendments of medicinal products specifications and computation of pharmaceutical pricing;
xvii. contributing to the processing of exceptional treatment requests;
xviii. compiling of evidence-based reports and assessments, as necessary, related to pharmaceuticals;
xix. assisting in the necessary training of other Pharmacy Technicians;
xx. contributing to the compilation of standard operating procedures;
xxi. contributing to the provision of an accurate and efficient pharmaceutical service within the pharmaceutical section of the Ministry for Health, where one is deployed;
xxii. participating in any internal and external training or meetings as required to perform his or her duties appropriately;
xxiii. performing any necessary clerical and administrative support duties;
xxiv. performing duties related to the grade and any other suitable duties which may be requested by senior staff members where and when necessary;
xxv. making use of the Information Technology Systems which may be in operation within the Ministry for Health;
xxvi. performing any other duties according to the exigencies of the Public Service as directed by the Principal Permanent Secretary;
3.2 An appointee may be required to perform duties in any of the health care services of the Government of Malta at the discretion of the Management.
4.1 By the closing time and date of this call for applications, applicants must be:
- citizens of Malta; or
- citizens of other Member States of the European Union who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters of employment by virtue of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
- citizens of any other country who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment by virtue of the application to that country of EU legislation and treaty provisions dealing with the free movement of workers; or
- any other persons who are entitled to equal treatment to Maltese citizens in matters related to employment in terms of the law or the above-mentioned EU legislation and treaty provisions, on account of their family relationship with persons mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c); or
- third country nationals who have been granted long-term resident status in Malta under regulation 4 of the “Status of Long-Term Residents (Third Country Nationals) Regulations, 2006” or who have been granted a residence permit under regulation 18(3) thereof, together with family members of such third country nationals who have been granted a residence permit under the “Family Reunification Regulations, 2007”.
The advice of the Department of Citizenship and Expatriate Affairs within the Identity Malta Agency should be sought as necessary in the interpretation of the above provisions.
The appointment of candidates referred to at (b), (c), (d) and (e) above would necessitate the issue of an employment licence in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation. Jobsplus should be consulted as necessary on this issue.
Applications will also be considered from candidates who are third country nationals and do not satisfy the criteria set out in paragraph 4.1 (i), provided that they satisfy the requirements stated in paragraph 4.1 (ii) to 4.3. The appointment of such candidates would necessitate the issue of an employment licence in so far as this is required by the Immigration Act and subsidiary legislation.
(ii) (a) proficient in the Maltese Language. However, candidates who do not possess proficiency in the Maltese language will still be considered but must provide evidence of basic proficiency in the Maltese Language before confirmation of appointment, which is six (6) months, by being successful in the examination in Basic Medical Maltese for the Healthcare Profession Part 1 of the University of Malta. The course officially leading to this examination is the Course in Basic Medical Maltese for the Healthcare Profession Part 1 run by the Department of Maltese of the University of Malta. Pharmacy Technicians engaged who would have not obtained this certification within the probationary period of six (6) months, will be given a onetime extension of six (6) months to successfully obtain this certification, prior to confirmation of their appointment. Any related course and assessment fees are to be paid by prospective selected candidates. However, such expenses may be claimed through the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) Scheme.
(b) proficient in the English Language;
• by providing proof by the interview date, that the primary qualification was undertaken in the English Language;
• by providing by the interview date, a valid certificate of IELTS (International English Language Testing System) of average band score of 6 or above in the listening, reading, writing and speaking domains. A certified equivalent qualification to IELTS (Overall Band Score 6) e.g. GCSE/ Cambridge: Grade C, TOEFL (IBT): 60-80, CEFR: B2 will also be accepted.
• by providing documentation showing at least 6-month Full Time Equivalent certified work experience as a Pharmacy Technician in the United Kingdom, Ireland or any other English Speaking country where English is the primary and/ or the official language.
(iii) registered with the Pharmacy Council of Malta as Pharmacy Technician;
(iv) in possession of an appropriate qualification at MQF Level 4 with a minimum of 120 ECTS/ECVET credits or equivalent or a comparable recognized qualification.
Public Officers applying for this post must be confirmed in their current appointment.
4.2 Qualifications at a level higher than that specified above will be accepted for eligibility purposes, provided they meet any specified subject requirements.
Moreover, candidates who have not yet formally obtained any of the above-mentioned qualifications will still be considered, provided that they submit evidence that they have been approved for the award of the qualifications in question, or successfully completed the necessary ECTS/ECVET credits, or equivalent, taken as part of a recognized higher MQF level program of study, as required in the afore-mentioned eligibility criteria, by the closing time and date of the call for applications.
Furthermore, candidates who have not yet formally obtained or have been approved for the qualification and registration specified in paragraphs 4.1(iii) and 4.1(iv) or as being indicated in 4.2 will still be considered provided that they submit evidence that they will obtain or be approved for such qualification and registration by the end of December 2020. If selected, such candidates must produce the qualification and registration indicated before appointment. If the deadline is not met, the successful candidate will be disqualified from the result.
4.3 Public Officers holding a grade in a particular stream, and who were granted Officer in Scale status by virtue of a Grievances Unit decision in the same scale as that of a higher grade in that stream, are eligible to apply for grades open to officers holding such higher grade within the stream that carries the same scale as that of the Officer in Scale status.
The years of service since the effective date of appointment as Officer in Scale are reckonable for the purpose of satisfying any requisite years of service stipulated in calls for applications.
Any other eligibility requisites for the post must be met in terms of this call for applications.
4.4 Applicants must be of conduct which is appropriate to the post applied for (applicants who are already in the Malta Public Service must produce an updated Service and Leave Record Form (GP 47) issued not earlier than one (1) month from date of application; those applying from outside the Service must produce a Certificate of Conduct issued by the Police or other competent authority not earlier than one (1) month from the date of application and state whether they have ever been in Government Service, giving details).
4.5 Applicants must be eligible to take up their due appointment, in terms of 4.1 to 4.4 above, not only by the closing time and date of this call for applications but also on the date of appointment.
4.6 Prospective applicants should note the requirement to produce MQRIC recognition statements in respect of their qualifications from MQRIC, or other designated authorities, as applicable, as per provisions applicable to this call for applications (see link below).
- All Calls for Applications close at 19:00 on the respective closing dates unless otherwise stated.
- In case of conflict in interpretation of any part/s of a call for applications, the final interpretation should be that of the published Maltese version of the call for applications