The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Chief of Party PQMPlus (Rwanda) in Kigali, Rwanda
Summary of the Position
The Chief of Party is the Country lead management position for the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) Program, a Cooperative Agreement between the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP). The Chief of Party provides overall in-country leadership for strategy, management, and program implementation to achieve the PQM+ goal towards sustainably strengthening medical product quality assurance systems. (S)he ensures consistent, effective, and compliant country program operations and the timely delivery of products that meet work plan objectives that are aligned with the priority needs of the country quality assurance systems and stakeholders’ expectations. The Chief of Party serves as the primary liaison with USAID, relevant government agencies, and key stakeholders to ensure achievement of program deliverables, and to ensure that PQM+ activities complement on-going initiatives. The Chief of Party will manage a team of staff in achieving program results while maintaining operational excellence.
Roles and Responsibilities
Provides strategic leadership and oversight for overall management of the PQM+ country program. This includes but is not limited to leading program design and developing work plans, leading overall implementation of project activities, and setting performance targets to meet priority needs of the country quality assurance systems and stakeholders’ expectations.
Leads the implementation of program activities, monitor program progress, account for deliverables, monitor that the implementation of PQM+ activities are of high quality, and produce timely quarterly and annual progress reports
Accountable for the overall program operations, financial and contractual management, and compliance with USAID regulations.
Oversees 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 in a timely manner.
Oversees all human resources and personnel management issues and tasks, including recruitment, onboarding of local staff and performance management to ensure compliance of established policies and procedures
Represent the PQM+ Program and increase the program’s visibility among key stakeholders through networking and active participation at relevant meetings and forums; engage with other Implementing Partners to take advantage of opportunities for leveraging existing initiatives and sharing of best practices.
Develops and maintain strong working relationships with senior government officials, head of Agencies, leaders of pharmaceutical associations, donors, and other in-country stakeholders.
Master's degree in a health-related field required
Minimum of 10+ years of professional experience in the successful implementation of donor-funded programs with a minimum of 8 years’ relevant experience leading and managing diverse teams on USAID- funded global health program implementation and project management.
Knowledge of regulatory requirements related to the development and manufacture of biologics
Demonstrated knowledge of USAID rules, regulations and reporting requirements
Deep understanding of pharmaceutical management issues in public health programs and challenges for meeting global health objectives.
Pharmacist, medical doctor or other health profession qualification highly desirable
Understanding of GMP manufacturing of biologics, including vaccines
Understanding of compatibility and stability studies
Understanding of cold chain monitoring
Understanding of fill/finish and packaging processes for mRNA vaccines
Direct experience with and understanding of WHO vaccine pre-qualification and/or other regulatory authority registration processes
Strong people management skills, including of virtual, matrixed teams
Excellent client relationship management skills
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work in cross-cultural settings.
Ability to demonstrate highest degree of ethics and integrity.
Ability to travel up to 25% time.
Country staff, technical specialists, finance & administrative support staff
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Job Category Technical Programs
Job Type Full-Time