Theory of Change Consultant

Rockville, Maryland, United States
Apply by 15 March 2018
Posted on 13 February 2018

Job Description

USP seeks to develop a theory of change/pathways of change in order to more clearly articulate its programmatic strategy moving forward. USP does have an organizational Theory of Change and this consultancy would focus on work funded by donors, regulators and the private sector with a particular focus on lower and middle income countries.

Summary The Consulting team will lead the development of a theory of change for the work described above.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Desk review: become knowledgeable of existing donor-funded results framework, technical strategies, achievements, challenges and lessons learned through review of documentation and discussions with staff
  • Design a realistic plan for developing and overarching ToC for USP’s flagship donor-funded program with a focus on future developments in the field of quality-assurance of medical products globally. At a minimum, the plan must include:
      • Level and type of involvement from USP staff and stakeholders
      • Context and evidence gathering plan and process
      • Developing a problem tree
      • Developing a solution tree
  • Establishing the pathways of change
  • Facilitate a session(s) on health system strengthening using USAID’s vision as well as WHO’s as a way to lay the foundation for framing the ToC
  • Facilitate theory of change development sessions
  • Draft an overarching theory of change write-up/narrative and visuals/diagrams, including visuals for selected pathways of change


  • Workshop agenda for health system strengthening session
  • Theory of Change plan and schedule
  • Theory of Change development sessions agenda
  • Minutes documenting input provided by participants from the workshop/sessions on Theory of Change and significant discussion points
  • Theory of Change write-up, including for specific pathways of change with a view to future programming as well as a specific ToC for USP’s current flagship program in LMICs – this will include a draft to allow for a round of revisions by USP and then a final product (potential applicants should consider including an opportunity to review the draft in-person with key USP staff as well as external experts)
  • Theory of Change visuals/diagrams, including for specific pathways of change


  • At least one expert in Health System Strengthening with in-depth knowledge of USAID’s strategy around HSS as well as WHO’s approach to HSS
  • Demonstrated experience designing theories of change and articulating theories of change in writing, visually and in results frameworks
  • Experience with design, monitoring and evaluation approach of USAID
  • Experience of at least one member of the team in health systems strengthening programming is essential
  • Experience with medicines quality assurance or pharmaceutical sector
  • Experience in facilitating workshops

Please send full offer to include plan, cost and timeline to Jenn Cardno by February 20, 2018.

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’s focus on global public health extends to lower and middle-income countries with work in over 20 countries through donor-funded programs. USP focus 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. While the focus has been on strengthening quality-assurance systems for medical products, the ToC will help identify key adjacencies for programmatic expansion.

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