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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) PQMPlus Technical Writer in Rockville, Maryland


Summary of the Position

The Science 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. This position will coordinate with technical and field teams to develop high-quality written deliverables under the leadership of the PQM+ Sr. Technical Director.

This nonsupervisory position is responsible for ensuring that PQM+’s written technical products (i.e., gap assessments, lab SOPs, WHO PQ dossiers, regulatory guidelines) are clearly written for a variety of audiences, technically sound, and logically presented using text, tables and graphics. This position works closely with PQM+ headquarters technical staff and PQM+ field-based staff to produce accessible products that comply with USAID, USP, and host-country branding requirements. This position will also mentor technical staff on good writing practices and revise/edit text as needed to produce clear, clean deliverables. The science writer will also liaise with PQM+’s communications team to identify important, compelling content to highlight via external dissemination channels. The successful candidate will bring deep expertise in science or technical writing and regulatory and manufacturing best practices to support this rapidly expanding global health program.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with PQM+’s technical and field office teams to create high-quality written content to meet client needs, on schedule and on budget.

  • Work closely across the program with technical and field teams (subject matter experts) to identify the type of document (i.e., SOPs, gap assessments, national guidelines, and training materials) that will best meet client needs and then author a clear, concise, and technically accurate product.

  • Translate technical terms and processes into lay terms and language for non-technical audiences, including donors and country stakeholders. Consult with subject matter experts to synthesize significant themes and technical progress made across program objectives for inclusion in presentations and quarterly reports.

  • Manage the technical document preparation and review process. Liaise closely with PQM+’s Editor to develop a schedule for editorial review to ensures deadlines are met.

  • Work with graphic designers to create diagrams, charts, infographics and other visual aids to assist readers in understanding PQM+’s technical work and approaches and also to highlight important activities and achievements.

  • Coordinate with the Sr. Communications Manager to identify important content for external dissemination and produce clear, accessible language for use in communications products.

  • Prioritize projects in a fast-paced environment.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, technical writing, or equivalent experience as a science or technical writer

  • Five (5) years of experience as a science or technical writer

Skills Sought

  • Proven track record of successfully delivering succinct and easily understandable documents translating complex or scientific concepts under deadline.

  • Expertise in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint

  • Native English speaker and writer – or equivalent

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • USAID and/or international development experience

  • Ability to translate technical content into clear concepts for graphics

  • Pharmaceutical sector experience

  • Publication in peer-reviewed global health journals

  • USAID marketing and branding experience

  • Ability to synthesize large quantities of complex technical information into a highly readable and concise narrative.

Supervisory Responsibilities


The following COVID-19 provisions will apply to selected candidate(s) hired:

As a condition of employment with United States Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

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) 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