Candidates should -
(a) be registered with the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong established under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance, Chapter 138;
(b) hold a valid Practising Certificate issued by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong;
(c) have two years' relevant post-registration experience (Note 1); and
(d) have met the language proficiency requirements of 'Level 1' or above results in the two language papers (Use of Chinese and Use of English) in the Common Recruitment Examination ("CRE") or equivalent (Note 2), and be able to communicate in Cantonese / Chinese and English.
(1) Relevant experience acquired after registration with the Pharmacy Boards in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada and USA may be accepted as post-registration experience.
(2) (a) Candidates' results in the Use of Chinese ("UC") and Use of English ("UE") papers of CRE are classified as 'Level 2', 'Level 1' or 'Fail', with 'Level 2' being the highest.
(b) 'Level 5' or above and 'Level 4' in Chinese Language of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination ("HKDSEE") are accepted as equivalent to 'Level 2' and 'Level 1' results respectively in the UC paper of CRE. 'Level 5' or above and 'Level 4' in English Language of HKDSEE are accepted as equivalent to 'Level 2' and 'Level 1' results respectively in the UE paper of CRE.
(c) Grade 'C' or above and Grade 'D' in Chinese Language and Culture or Chinese Language and Literature of the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination ("HKALE") are accepted as equivalent to 'Level 2' and 'Level 1' results respectively in the UC paper of CRE. Grade 'C' or above and Grade 'D' in Use of English of HKALE or in English Language of the General Certificate of Education (Advanced Level) ("GCE A Level") are accepted as equivalent to 'Level 2' and 'Level 1' results respectively in the UE paper of CRE.
(d) Candidates with an overall band of 6.5 or above with no subtest score below band 6 obtained in the same sitting in the Academic Module of the International English Language Testing System ("IELTS") within the two-year validity period of the test are considered as having met the English language proficiency requirement of the Registered Pharmacist position. The IELTS test result must be valid on any date during the application period, i.e. from 1 April 2021 to 19 April 2021.)
A Registered Pharmacist is mainly deployed on -
(a) COVID-19 related duties, including overseeing the operation of the dispensaries in Quarantine Centres, provision of professional support in relation to COVID-19 vaccines, etc;
(b) Coordinating between the pharmacy of Hospital Authority and respective medical posts at the Quarantine Centres in the arrangement of medication refilling and other drug-related issues for the persons under quarantine;
(c) undertaking inspection, licensing, investigations, pharmaceuticals and proprietary Chinese medicines registration and other related duties in respect of medicines;
(d) undertaking drug monitoring, drug procurement and related duties;
(e) taking charge of a dispensary / pharmacy unit; and
(f) assisting Senior Pharmacists in administrative duties.
(Remarks: May be required to
(1) work irregular hours or perform shift duties to provide 24-hour coverage, work on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays;
(2) perform duties at boundary control points and Quarantine Centres; and
(3) attend duties during emergencies.)
Terms of Appointment:
Successful candidates will be appointed on non-civil service contract terms of up to one year. Renewal of contract will be subject to the service need of the Department and the performance of the candidate.
Candidates appointed are eligible for 14 days' paid annual leave. Other benefits such as rest days, public holidays (or substituted holidays), maternity / paternity leave and sickness allowance, where appropriate, will be granted in line with the Employment Ordinance (Cap. 57).
(a) Candidates must be permanent residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at the time of appointment unless specified otherwise.
(b) As an Equal Opportunities Employer, the Government is committed to eliminating discrimination in employment. The vacancy advertised is open to all candidates meeting the basic entry requirement irrespective of their disability, sex, marital status, pregnancy, age, family status, sexual orientation and race.
(c) Non-civil service vacancies are not posts on the civil service establishment. Candidates appointed are not on civil service terms of appointment and conditions of service. Candidates appointed are not civil servants and will not be eligible for posting, promotion or transfer to any posts in the Civil Service.
(d) The entry pay, terms of appointment and conditions of service to be offered are subject to the provisions prevailing at the time the offer of appointment is made.
(e) Where a large number of candidates meet the specified entry requirements, the recruiting department may devise shortlisting criteria to select the better qualified candidates for further processing. In these circumstances, only shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend recruitment examination and / or interview.
(f) It is Government policy to place people with a disability in appropriate jobs wherever possible. If a disabled candidate meets the entry requirements, he / she will be invited to attend the selection interview / written examination without being subject to any further shortlisting. Applicants who have declared disabilities found suitable for appointment may be given an appropriate degree of preference over other applicants whose suitability for appointment is considered comparable to that of the former. The Government policy and other related measures on employment of persons with disabilities are set out in the booklet ‘Employ People Based on Their Abilities - Application for Government Jobs by Persons with Disabilities’ which is available for reference on the Civil Service Bureau's website at http://www.csb.gov.hk under ‘Administration of the Civil Service - Appointments’.
(g) Holders of academic qualifications other than those obtained from Hong Kong institutions / Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority may also apply but their qualifications will be subject to assessments on equivalence with the required entry qualifications. They should submit copies of their official transcripts and certificates by mail to the above contact address indicated.
(h) Towards the application deadline, the on-line system would likely be overloaded due to large volume of applications. To ensure timely completion of your on-line application, it is advisable to submit the application as early as possible.
How to apply:
Application forms [G.F. 340 (Rev. 3/2013)] are obtainable from any Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of District Offices, Home Affairs Department or any Job Centres of the Employment Services Division, Labour Department. The said form can also be downloaded from the Civil Service Bureau’s website at http://www.csb.gov.hk. On-line application can also be made through the Civil Service Bureau’s website.
The application period for the position of Registered Pharmacist is from 1 April 2021 (Thursday) to 19 April 2021 (Monday). Applicants should state in detail in the application form their requisite qualifications attained together with the relevant post-registration experience, and registration number in the Register of Pharmacy and Poisons Board of Hong Kong established under the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance, Chapter 138. Applications submitted in person or by post should reach the above contact address indicated. Please specify ‘Application for the position of Registered Pharmacist in the Department of Health’ on the envelope. To avoid delayed or unsuccessful delivery of applications by post, please ensure that the correct address is clearly printed or written on the envelope and sufficient postage has been affixed before posting. Mail items bearing insufficient postage will not be delivered to this Department and will be returned to the sender or disposed of by the Hongkong Post, where appropriate. Applicants will bear any consequences arising from paying insufficient postage. Applicants may also apply online through the Civil Service Bureau’s website (http://www.csb.gov.hk). Applications submitted by fax or e-mail will not be accepted.
Applicants should also submit copies of the relevant transcripts / diplomas / certificates / other qualification documents together with the completed application forms.
For applicants who apply on-line, they should submit copies of the required supporting documents by post to the contact address indicated on or before 26 April 2021 (Monday). Please clearly mark on the envelope ‘Application for the position of Registered Pharmacist in the Department of Health’, and quote the online application number on the envelope and every page of the copies of the documents. Please do not send originals of transcripts / certificates.
If candidates fail to provide the supporting documents as required, their applications will not be considered. Applicants are encouraged to provide their email addresses on the application forms. Candidates who are selected for recruitment examination / interview will normally receive an invitation (by email or by post) in about ten weeks from the closing date for application. Those who are not invited for recruitment examination / interview may assume that their applications are unsuccessful.
Appointments Section, Department of Health, Room 1807, 18/F, Wu Chung House, 213 Queen's Road East, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.