Consultant - Program Coordinator for Kyrgyzstan In-Country

  • Posted on 13 August 2020

Job Description

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. USP’s focus on global public health extends to lower and middle-income countries with work in over 20 countries through donor-funded programs. Our programs are focused on building the capacity of regulatory authorities and manufacturers in ensuring patient access to quality-assured essential medicines by providing: 1) technical assistance to manufacturers to increase the supply of quality-assured priority medicines for malaria, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis (TB), neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), and maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) products; and 2) capacity-building activities to regulatory authorities to fulfill their function in ensuring the supply of quality-assured medical products.

USP is a partner on the Cure Tuberculosis in the Kyrgyz Republic program. The goal of the project is to strengthen the Kyrgyz government’s ability to diagnose, treat, and cure people with Drug Resistant – Tuberculosis (DR-TB). USP will support the following objectives:

- Objective 1: Improve TB detection through strengthening TB laboratory system;

- Objective 2: Improve TB drug management.

USP seeks an in-country Program Coordinator Consultant to provide overall programmatic coordination and support to help implement the USP supported program activities. The period of performance for this consultancy will begin September 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021.

Key Responsibilities / Scope of Work:

· Liaise and coordinate program and technical activities with the Program Director in Rockville and in-country program team to provide program management support;

· Contribute to the development of project workplans and budgets;

· Contribute to the implementation of the prime approved activities including coordination with national counterparts, USP staff, Cure TB staff, and consultants;

· Contribute to the development of the quarterly, annual reports and other reports;

· Contribute to the reporting of the M&E data and submission of meads of verification;

· Provide English-Russian and Russian- English translation as needed;

· Assist with meeting logistics, including scheduling, drafting of agendas, sending appointments, taking, and circulating notes, and following up on action items after meetings;

· Assist in making hotel bookings for staff and consultants as needed, and work with travelers to format their trip reports and expense reports;

· Contribute to the hiring of and coordinate with other consultants as needed; and

· Perform other duties as assigned.

Deliverables

· Monthly reports and invoices; and

· Attend program calls.

Qualifications

· Bachelor’s Degree;

· Minimum of three (3) years of experience providing program management support for donor-funded global health programs or international development assistance programs;

· Strong program management skills with experience contributing to the development and monitoring of project work plans and reports;

· Articulate, professional, and able to communicate effectively with staff and consultants and key internal and external stakeholders;

· Experience providing English-Russian and Russian-English translation support for complex technical documents and trainings;

· Excellent writing skills including an ability to develop clear project documentation, reports, meeting notes, and written communications with internal and external stakeholders;

· Ability to work independently, as well as with cross-cultural and cross-functional teams;

· Willingness to travel at least 50% of the time;

· Advanced computer competence (e.g., MS Office);

· Fluency in English and Russian;

· Previous experience working with programs aiming to strengthen medicines quality assurance systems is preferred; and

· Kyrgyz national preferred.

Period of Performance

September 1, 2020 to September 30, 2022

Please send CV, 3-References, and Hourly Rate to Pascal Echeverri, Senior Procurement Specialist, at GPH_Procurement@USP.org by the closing date of August 26, 2020. When submitting your application, write “Consultant - Program Coordinator for Kyrgyzstan” in the email Subject Line.

About the Organization

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.

USP, through its global public health programs, strengthens health systems by providing technical assistance that improves access to quality medicines, protects patients and consumers from poor quality products, and supports workforce development. USP supports lower and middle income countries (LMICs) in strengthening regulatory systems, designing sustainable approaches to eliminate substandard and falsified medicines, building the capacity of manufacturers to increase the supply of quality medicines, and increasing collaboration and advocacy for quality through research and innovation.

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