The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior Program Manager in Monrovia, Liberia
Summary of the Position
The Senior Program Manager, Liberia will provide direct support to the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) program, a cooperative agreement between USP and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in Liberian to promote access to and supply of quality-assured pharmaceutical products and achieve the PQM+ goal towards sustainably strengthening medical product quality assurance systems. The Senior Program Manager is responsible for providing strategic management and technical leadership to achieve program and country goals and ensure that activities are based and informed by country needs and priorities
Roles and Responsibilities
• Provides management and technical leadership of the PQM+ program through the support of the Director, West Africa, the Deputy Program Director and the technical team under the Technical Director; ensures strategic, programmatic and contractual integrity of PQM+ projects in Liberia.
• Supports the development of work plans and budget and oversees the implementation of programmatic activities at country level in order to meet PQM+ programmatic objectives.
• Tracks spending and monitors pipeline, ensuring that expenses are charged appropriately.
• Collaborates with the in-county team, regional and HQ staff to ensure the documentation of the program activities, highlighting technical and programmatic innovations, strengths, results and impact at local and international forums, technical briefs, in peer review journals etc.
• Leads and participates in assessment teams to evaluate and provide recommendations on medicines quality assurance and quality control capabilities in countries as requested.
• Develops strong relationship with USAID Liberia and other partners in the country.
• Works closely with technical team, country program team, to identify opportunities for innovation, harmonize approaches, and maintain high quality standards in activity implementation.
• S/he will also collaborate with other international and local partners that work in the country to jointly achieve public health program goals. Designs programs and create business opportunities for program growth and sustainability.
• Represents USP at local conferences and meetings and provide technical guidance to donor and partners as required.
• Articulates PQM+’s objectives and mission to various stakeholders to promote the mission of the PQM+ program.
• Provides critical input into the monitoring and evaluations of assigned programs and requires strong communication and coordination with regional staff, support departments within PQM+ and USP HQ.
• Coordinates with PQM+ partners in Liberia.
• Provides leadership to ensure that PQM+ work plan implementation and operational activities are following USP and USAID policies, procedures and practices; recommends improvements to processes and controls to improve compliance and mitigate risks
• Proactively raises any risks to USP PQM+ leadership team, helping to identify resolution, and developing strategies to mitigate future issues.
• Fosters a culture of inclusion that encourages employee contribution, respect, and support of all types of individuals.
• Bachelors degree in pharmaceutical sciences, public health, or related field required
• 8 years of progressive experience in managing public health programs in low- and middle-income countries particularly in the West Africa region;
• 5 years’ experience leading USAID-funded or other donor funded global health program implementation and project management
• Experience working with high-level officials in funding agencies, international organizations, private foundations, ministries of health.
• Strong communication skills and fluent in English language.
• Experience working with international non-governmental organizations and national diseases programs strongly preferred in low- and middle-income countries, particularly those in West Africa
• Extensive understanding of how medicine regulatory systems function in low- and middle-income countries
• Demonstrated experience working with and familiarity with USAID required.
• Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes
• Ability and desire to work well with diverse employees and customers in a cooperative and friendly manner.
• Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to travel at least 30% of the time.
• Able to work flexible hours when needed. In addition to normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, serves on a team to provide 24 hour a day, 7 days a week response to emergency alarm calls and can be available on short notice to support requests during unusual hours, especially early or late in the day during the business week.
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 Administrative
Job Type Full-Time