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 was 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 seeking a Monrovia-based consultant to facilitate the implementation of medicines quality assurance systems interventions. S/he will work under the guidance of and in coordination with technical staff at USP headquarters in Rockville, MD, to coordinate with in-country stakeholders, ensure the timely delivery of activities, and provide progress reports contributing to high quality results and the overall success and integrity of the program. The period of performance for this consultancy will begin mid-September and run through December 31, 2020.
· Work with the PQM+ technical team to support in-country activities.
· Liaise with national stakeholders in Liberia to organize and advance PQM+ technical work.
· Meet regularly with the PQM+ technical team and program management team to review progress.
· Provide inputs to quarterly reports and other ad hoc reports as requested.
· Supervise the allocation of program resources to meet the needs of the program. Manage risks and issues that may arise during program implementation.
· Represent PQM+ at country meetings and provide presentations as requested.
· Implement relevant USP policies, processes, and procedures to ensure compliance to USAID requirements and quality work products.
· Manage information exchange and maintain good relationships and regular communication with technical assistance recipients, WHO and technical partners, donors, and stakeholders in the pharmaceutical sector.
· Proactively anticipates, identifies, and facilitates resolution of potential project issues and risks relating to delays in implementation of project activities.
· Other duties as assigned.
· Monthly submission of detailed activity report and other relevant work products as applicable including meeting minutes, and briefing/debriefing reports.
· Master’s Degree in Public Health, or related field
- Knowledge of USAID policies and procedures and prior management of USAID-funded activities or programs
- Experience with medicine quality assurance in Liberia.
· Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple workflows, while effectively managing project timelines and deliverable schedules.
· Proven skills in group facilitation, team building, and partner coordination.
· Ability to build relationships and interact effectively with technical experts, other partners and donor agencies.
· Prior experience and success working in complex environments, with teams whose members are physically located in different time zones and geographic areas.
· Fluency in English, with excellent written and verbal communication skills.
· Professional and able to communicate effectively with colleagues and key external stakeholders.
· Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with strong attention to detail.
· Ability to demonstrate the highest degree of ethics and integrity.
· Ability to work in cross-cultural settings.
Period of Performance
The anticipated period of performance for this consultancy is September 14, 2020 –December 31, 2020
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 24, 2020. When submitting your application, write “Medical Product QA Consultant - Liberia” 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.