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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Editor/Writer in Rockville, Maryland


The Editor/Writer will support 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 Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), which aims to strengthen medical product quality assurance systems and improve the supply of quality-assured medical products in low- and middle-income countries. The PQM+ Editor/Writer will support the implementation of PQM+’s communications plan under the leadership of the PQM+ M&E Director and Senior Communications Manager.

This nonsupervisory position is responsible for editing PQM+ documents, such as technical reports, as well as writing PQM+ communications content, including short success stories and fact sheets. This position will also develop and monitor social media content for several platforms, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. This position works closely with PQM+ headquarters staff, PQM+ field-based staff, and USP’s global communications team to produce high quality, external-facing products that comply with USAID and USP branding requirements. The successful candidate will bring a strong toolbox of communications skills – editing, writing, social media development – to support this rapidly expanding global health program.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Edit technical documents and deliverables for the PQM+ program to support overall program objectives.

  • Draft material based on PQM+’s technical work to support communications and strategic engagement (i.e., fact sheets, technical briefs, newsletters, and success stories) within the context of USAID’s efforts to strengthen quality assurance systems for medical products.

  • Work directly with PQM+ staff, country stakeholders, and USAID Mission communications staff to support programmatic communication needs and identify content to share via communications channels.

  • Help to develop content for social media channels, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

  • Support PQM+ outreach including webinars and events management to highlight program capabilities, activities, and impact.

  • Provide other communications support as needed.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Communications, Journalism, English or equivalent professional experience

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience editing and copyediting technical documents

  • Strong writing skills with proven experience producing communications pieces, such as success stories.

  • Experience with social media platforms, such as Twitter and Facebook, in a professional setting.

  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment, with colleagues from different backgrounds and cultures, and with content written by non-native English speakers.

  • Ability to work as a collaborative team member and independently to produce quality materials within tight timeframes.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working for a USAID-funded project or USAID implementing partner strongly preferred

  • Experience editing technical documents related to global health, regulatory affairs, or health systems strengthening, strongly preferred.

  • Experience with social media management systems and analytics tools, such as Sprout Social

  • Knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style

  • Knowledge of and experience with Adobe Creative Suite

  • Design skills and experience (i.e., creating graphics and figures) preferred

USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 15 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles.

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.

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