In-Country Consultant Opportunity
USP was recently awarded the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+), a USAID-funded global program designed to sustainably strengthen medical product quality assurance systems in low-and-middle income countries. PQM+ is currently in the process of starting up activities in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is seeking a Kinshasa-based consultant to provide in-country oversight of the day-to-day project implementation by working with the medicines regulatory authority, Autorité Congolaise de Réglementation Pharmaceutique (ACOREP), the national quality control laboratory (LAPHAKI), USAID, and other stakeholders. S/he will work under the guidance of the program manager for West Africa and in coordination with technical staff at USP headquarters in Rockville, MD. The anticipated period of performance for this consultancy will begin in February and run through September 30, 2021.
Scope of Work:
· Provide in-country oversight of the day-to-day project implementation by working with ACOREP, LAPHAKI, USAID, and other stakeholders.
· Participate in direct implementation of PMS activities.
· Represent USP in all PMS-TWG meetings.
· Assist in finalizing PMS protocols.
· Facilitate sampling and screening of PMS samples.
· Monitor testing of PMS samples to ensure is it conducted as per project timelines.
· Provide on-ground logistics support to plan workshops, meetings, training, etc such as PMS dissemination workshop and QC/QMS training sessions.
· Attend training sessions for ACOREP and LAPHAKI personnel.
· Provide on-ground logistics support for any capacity building activity under the PQM+ project.
· Support USP technical experts in the execution of activities under the project while in DRC.
· Attend monthly USAID meetings and submit meeting report.
· Attend all meetings, trainings, and workshops organized under the project.
· Provide periodic updates to the program manager on ACOREP, LAPHAKI activities and assignments.
· Facilitate all logistics arrangements for USP project staff and international technical experts when in-country.
· Other assignments requested by the program manager/deputy director.
· Monthly activity-based report to USP program manager.
· Minutes and sign-in sheet of meetings attended on behalf of the project.
· Trip reports of within country and out of country technical support travels (if applicable).
· Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical/life science, or related field.
· Prior USAID experience in global health programming and knowledge of USAID rules and regulations preferred.
· At least 5-years professional experience working in a Quality Control laboratory either within a pharmaceutical manufacturing company or a medicines regulatory authority.
· At least 2-years’ experience in project management support/coordination.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
· Ability to work independently and to effectively liaise with relevant parties, including government and non-government stakeholders.
· Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with attention to detail.
· Must be proficient in English and French and possess excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
· Must have basic project management skills.
· Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet.
· Firm knowledge of the operations of drug regulatory authorities and national quality control laboratories.
· Understand the basics of monitoring and evaluation of program activities.
· High level of integrity and commitment to quality.
· Must possess ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
· Ability to write lucid technical and management reports in English, preferred.
· Ability to travel within DRC.
Period of Performance
The anticipated period of performance will begin in February and run through September 30, 2021.
Please send CV, 3-References, and Hourly Rate to Pascal Echeverri, Senior Procurement Specialist, at GPH_Procurement@USP.org by the closing date of January 29, 2021.
When submitting your application, write “DRC Regulatory Systems Strengthening Consultant” 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 is an independent nonprofit organization with nearly 200 years of experience developing quality standards for medicines. Through its global public health programs, USP strengthens medicines quality assurance systems, increases the supply of quality-assured medicines, and develops capacity to detect and remove poor-quality medicines from the market. By sharing scientific expertise and providing technical support and leadership, USP helps local regulators improve and sustain local health systems and enables manufacturers to supply quality-assured essential medicines for years to come. Through these efforts, USP is able to help detect and identify poor quality health products in disease areas such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases, as well as helping safeguard the maternal, newborn, and child health sectors.