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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Director, Laboratory Programs in Rockville, Maryland


Summary of the Position

The Director, Laboratory Programs is responsible for stewarding and continuously improving technical programs that work to strengthen diagnostic and medicines quality control laboratories and related services. (S)he actively participates in industry dialogue to stay at the forefront of market trends and significantly expand GHMS’ core offerings in QA/QC for medicines quality control, as well as new offerings in clinical diagnostics labs, market surveillance, and field-based detection technologies into adjacent areas. (S)he collaborates with the New Business team to design and write technical narrative approaches for proposals, as well as thought leadership pieces for external dissemination.

The Laboratory Programs Director ensures quality delivery within a global matrix of technical resources that provide technical assistance across all areas of laboratory services.

A successful Director, Laboratory Programs will do the following:

  • Develop trusted relationships with new and existing funders and partners

  • Successfully bring in new work to deepen GHMS’ work in core areas and maintain reputation as a leader

  • Design and deliver technical programs consistently recognized as best-in-class by donors and funders

  • Identify high-potential adjacent areas in which to expand GHMS work and successfully build a portfolio

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Technical oversight and thought leadership (40-50% time)

  • Provides expert technical support to technical resources on programs related to lab services

  • Ensures consistency and quality of delivery across programs in technical focus area

  • Promotes adoption of industry best practices among ongoing programs

  • Leverages network and experience to maintain and draw on a current roster of high-quality technical consultants and ensure consistent and high-quality delivery of services

  • Business development (20 – 30% time)

  • Develops relationships with key potential clients, including donors, national labs, and government ministries

  • Represents GHMS’s technical leadership in lab services at external forums

  • Works with stakeholders to develop new opportunities and collaborate with Senior Technical Director to follow through on identified leads

  • Collaborates with Partnerships & Growth team to generate technical thought leadership content

  • Designs and contributes to writing high-quality technical approaches for proposals in response to EOIs/RFIs/RFAs/RFPs

  • Product expansion (20 - 30% time)

  • Drives strategic thinking for lab services focus area

  • Identifies opportunities to expand beyond diagnostic lab systems into adjacent health products

  • Works with Senior Technical Director to follow up and evaluate adjacent opportunities

  • Lead additional work on the new areas of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and the roll out of COVID-19 diagnosis and surveillance tools

  • Works with the Global Health Technical Program (GHTP) team to expand beyond current technical offering to emerging infectious diseases (EID) and pandemic preparedness

Basic Qualifications


Bachelors degree in pharmaceutical sciences, public health, medical laboratory technology or related field required.


  • Ten (10) experience supporting donor-funded projects in health-related fields

  • Five (5) years demonstrated experience in supporting both clinical diagnostic laboratories and medicines control laboratories or related areas

  • Five (5) people management experience

Skills Sought

  • Experience in at least one of the following health verticals with high donor importance: HIV, malaria, TB, NTDs, AMR, MCH

  • Existing relationships with key global health donors and implementing partners (USAID, GFATM, CDC, private foundations, World Bank, DFID, DFAT, etc)

  • Demonstrated thought leadership in laboratory services

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Exceptional people management skills, including ability to seamlessly manage virtual teams

  • Demonstrated success writing proposals and winning large bodies of donor-funded work

  • Willingness to travel at least 25% of the time

  • Donor-facing program design

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree preferred

  • Experience implementing donor-funded programs in both Asia and Africa

  • Experience implementing USAID- and/or CDC-funded programs

  • Fluency in French, Portuguese or Arabic

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Senior Laboratory Services Manager

  • Functional l oversight across all technical resources responsible for implementation of projects in laboratory services

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Technical Programs

Job Type Full-Time