The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide.
USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries. Since its founding in 1820, USP has helped secure the quality of the American drug supply.
Building on that legacy, USP today works with scientists, practitioners, and regulators of many nations to develop and revise standards that help protect public health worldwide. The USP Mission To improve global health through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines and foods.
1. Chief of Party
- Job Type: Full Time
- Qualification: MBA/MSc/MA, PhD/Fellowship
- Experience: 12 years
- Location: Abuja
Ref No: ID:1634-679
Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
Job Category: Global Public Health
- The Chief of Party is the Country lead management position for the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) Program, a Cooperative Agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).
- The Chief of Party provides overall in-country leadership for strategy, management, and program implementation to achieve the PQM+ goal towards sustainably strengthening medical product quality assurance systems. (S)he ensures consistent, effective, and compliant country program operations and the timely delivery of products that meet work plan objectives that are aligned with the priority needs of the country quality assurance systems and stakeholders’ expectations.
- The Chief of Party serves as the primary liaison with USAID, relevant government agencies, and key stakeholders to ensure achievement of program deliverables, and to ensure that PQM+ activities complement on-going initiatives.
- The Chief of Party will manage a team of staff in achieving program results while maintaining operational excellence. This position is contingent upon funding being awarded.
Roles and Responsibilities
Program leadership and oversight (50%):
- Provide strategic leadership and oversight for overall management of the PQM+ country program. This includes but is not limited to leading program design and developing work plans, leading overall implementation of project activities, and setting performance targets to meet priority needs of the country quality assurance systems and stakeholders’ expectations;
- Lead the implementation of program activities, monitor program progress, account for deliverables, monitor that the implementation of PQM+ activities are of high quality, and produce timely quarterly and annual progress reports;
- Accountable for the overall program operations, financial and contractual management, and compliance with USAID regulations;
- Oversees the accuracy, clarity, and quality of progress reports and other project documentation necessary for USAID reporting, ensuring they are completed in accordance with USAID and USP policies and procedures and submitted in a timely manner;
- In conjunction with program leadership, is instrumental in facilitating country startup, including mission buy-in, staffing, and logistics;
- Oversea all human resources and personnel management issues and tasks, including recruitment, onboarding of local staff and performance management to ensure compliance of established policies and procedures
- Manage teams of in-country and HQ staff to accomplish technical excellence in the delivery of program activities and in the M&E, learning, and communication of program results;
- Supervise a team of technical, program management and operations staff and ensure strong communication and coordination with PQM+ management and other relevant USP Rockville-based staff.
Stakeholder engagement (30%):
- Provide leading voice for advocacy on medicines quality assurance systems strengthening by active participation in national committees, advisory groups, and contribute to formulation of national policies in pharmaceuticals;
- Represent the PQM+ Program and increase the program’s visibility among key stakeholders through networking and active participation at relevant meetings and forums; engage with other Implementing Partners to take advantage of opportunities for leveraging existing initiatives and sharing of best practices;
- Develop and maintain strong working relationships with senior government officials, head of Agencies, leaders of pharmaceutical associations, donors, and other in-country stakeholders;
- Responsible for USAID relationship management, serving as PQM+ representative to USAID mission.
Risk management (20%):
- Reviews and implements USP PQM+ policies, procedures and practices; recommends improvements to processes and controls to improve compliance and mitigate risks
- Monitors and promotes compliance within country staff (e.g., through quarterly check-ins focused on issues and risks), flagging and mitigating potential risks early
- Proactively raises any risks to USP PQM+ leadership team, helping to identify resolution, and developing strategies to mitigate future issues
- Country staff, Technical specialists, Finance & admin resources, etc.
- Master’s degree in a health-related field required
- Minimum of 12+ years of professional experience in the successful implementation of donor-funded programs with a minimum of 8 years’ relevant experience leading and managing diverse teams on USAID- funded global health program implementation and project management.
- Demonstrated Knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and reporting requirements
- Deep understanding of pharmaceutical management issues in public health programs and challenges for meeting global health objectives.
- PhD in health-related field
- Expertise in health systems strengthening preferred.
- Physician, pharmacist, or other health profession qualification highly desirable
- Extensive experience leading effective, timely, and quality implementation of donor-funded (particularly USAID-funded) global health or international development projects
- Significant experience working with high level officials in USAID and country governments
- Existing relationships with key donors and implementing partners working on health and pharmaceutical systems strengthening preferred
- Strong people management skills, including of virtual, matrixed teams
- Excellent client relationship management skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work in cross-cultural settings.
- Ability to demonstrate highest degree of ethics and integrity.
- Ability to travel up to 25% time.
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2. Regional Lead
- Job Type: Full Time
- Qualification: MBA/MSc/MA
- Experience: 10 years
- Location: Abuja
Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
Job Category Global Public Health
- The Regional Lead, Partnerships & Growth is a key position reporting into the Partnerships & Growth team within the Global Public Health division.
- The Regional Lead (Advisor) will work closely with technical and program leads to increase donor recognition, investments and funding for GPH’s service offerings in Africa and to increase USP’s relevance in public health across Africa.
- This includes staying abreast of key developments in public health and more specifically in the pharmaceutical sector, including across the supply chain, regulatory functions and local manufacturing as well as broader country health strategies and plans.
- The Regional Lead will work closely with the VP for Partnerships & Growth, the SVP and other senior staff to further drive growth through market intelligence, advocacy and relationship-building in Africa.
- This externally facing role will interface with key external stakeholders across Africa, including, donors, partners and other influencers and governance bodies such as the African Union and the Regional Economic Communities and other regional networks. The Regional Lead will represent USP at key events and in forums throughout Africa, in coordination with the Global Public Health Leadership team and other key senior staff.
- The Regional Lead will work collaboratively with business development and project implementation teams to maintain positive relationships with key donors, partners and other relevant stakeholders, leveraging existing portfolios to influence investment levels as they relate to high priority sectors of interest for GPH.
Roles and Responsibilities
Grow and Diversify Revenue:
- Lead the development and roll-out of a cohesive Africa strategy focused on increasing USP’s funding pipeline and influence in key sectors related to public health and the pharmaceutical sector, building on the organization’s decades of work in the region and under the guidance of the VP, P&G, the SVP for Global Public Health, and other GPH technical leads
- With the business development lead, develop a clear and ambitious multi-year fundraising strategy, driving towards increased impact and reach across Africa
- Work closely with country and technical staff to build relationships with funders implementing partners to grow the Africa portfolio including helping country teams build strategic relationships and a broad understanding of the health situation in countries of operation with a focus on medical products and care and treatment programs more broadly
- Draft content for proposals and at times, lead the development of a sound project strategy for key funding opportunities
- With support from the Senior Manager for External Engagement, and in coordination with country and technical leads, optimize visibility at important donor, partner and government fora in key settings in Africa, including with the African Union/AUDA-NEPAD, UN and WHO regional offices, Gates, Global Fund, the World Bank, AfD, etc.
- Identify and foster new partnerships with local and regional NGOs, private sector companies, regional donors and influencers
- Represent GPH at key fora and ensure appropriate representation from across the organization in all key meetings and events in the region
- Inform, advocate and present on GPH offerings in support of diversification goals/increase funding for USP in the region – in coordination with country, program and technical staff
- Contribute to developing collateral materials as appropriate
- Masters’ degree in International Affairs, International Development or a closely related field or equivalent experience.
- Minimum of 10 years’ experience in international development, including 5-7 contributing significantly to new business efforts; at least 5 of those years in public health leading regional and/or multi-country approaches in Africa (program management/oversight and/or new business development efforts).
- Experience living and working in 2 or more countries in Africa
- Proven experience driving growth and increased visibility for an international NGO
- Ability to make significant contributions to development and execution of business plans, including marketing strategies and tactics.
- Demonstrated ability to negotiate, influence and manage risk.
- Demonstrated leadership ability and ability to be a team player at all levels.
- Proven ability to conduct competitive assessments and demonstrated ability to foster collaboration and influence teams in a matrixed environment.
- Excellent oral, written and presentation skills with ability to present to senior level executives and government representatives
- Experience in presenting before technical audiences.
- French language skills preferred
- Ability to travel up to 50%.
Application Deadline: Unspecified.