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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior Technical Advisor PQMPlus in Islamabad, Pakistan


The Senior Technical Advisor position for the USAID-funded Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) program provides cross-cutting management and technical support for the implementation of the activities of the PQM+ Program. The STA supports the Chief of Party (CoP) in developing work plans, developing work plans, implementation activities, timely reporting on program progress, and overall management of the country office. In the absence of the COP, s/he shall act as the point of contact to the government agencies, USAID, implementing partners, and stakeholders regarding the day-to-day implementation and management of PQM+ activities in the country. The S/he will assist the COP in evaluating and documenting program progress, proposing solutions to ensure effective program implementation, and providing technical guidance and direction to the technical team on achieving agreed-upon targets and long-term strategic objectives.


Under the supervision and direction of the Chief of Party –the STA:

  • Supports the Chief of Party to provide leadership for the management of PQM+ Program portfolios funded by USAID Mission(s) field support.

  • Support CoP for coordination of the country's work plan development, collection of inputs from key stakeholders, and the alignment of proposed activities to PQM+ result areas and the country's health priorities.

  • Draft and oversee 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 promptly.

  • Support CoP for implementation of program activities and manages and coordinates the delivery of the PQM+ technical activities to achieve agreed-upon deliverables and targets according to approved work plans and in support of national strategic objectives in health.

  • Assists the CoP in promoting strong relationships with the USAID Mission, health ministry officials, government agencies, partners, and stakeholders.

  • Provides high-level inputs and advising through participation in national committees in the pharmaceutical sector.

  • Provides oversight for the documentation of program deliverables, ensuring quarterly and annual progress reports are submitted timely and are of good quality.

  • Evaluate program activities' implementation and recommend appropriate actions and/or course corrections.

  • Provide support in supervising and evaluating PQM+ technical and/or operations staff.

  • Ensures program operational excellence; provides basic operations guidance to staff as needed

  • Performs other activities for the successful program implementation of PQM+ in the country.

  • Helps facilitate collaboration and coordination between government agencies active in pharmaceuticals and the PQM+ office.


  • Master's degree in a health-related field including Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Health, Management Sciences, or related field of study required.

  • Minimum of 07 years of professional experience at a senior level in medicine regulations, government health program management, or non-government health-related technical program management on USAID-funded global health program implementation and project management.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules, regulations, and reporting requirements


  • Expertise in regulatory systems strengthening is preferred

  • Familiarity with health systems strengthening is of added advantage.

  • Physician, pharmacist, or other health professional qualifications are 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 strengthen preferred

  • Strong people management skills, including in virtual, matrixed teams

  • Excellent client relationship management skills

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to work in cross-cultural settings.

  • Ability to demonstrate the highest degree of ethics and integrity.

  • Ability to travel up to 40% time.



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About USP

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP brings together more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver its mission to strengthen the supply of safe quality medicines and supplements worldwide. USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.

Job Category Technical Programs

Job Type Full-Time