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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior Advisor, Pharmaceutical Strategy in Rockville, Maryland


Summary of the Position

The Senior Advisor, Pharmaceutical Strategy is a highly visible role responsible for overseeing development and implementation of approaches that support policy analysis, pharmaceutical sector strategic planning, resource mobilization and private sector engagement activities within the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) program.

PQM+ is a USAID-funded, USP-implemented cooperative agreement which includes objectives to strengthen pharmaceutical quality assurance policies, optimize financial resources for medical product quality assurance and to increase the supply of quality-assured essential medical products of public health importance.

To advance these objectives, PQM+ supports regulators and manufacturers in lower- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in strategic and business planning and supports the development of country and regional pharmaceutical sector planning and implementation. The Senior Advisor would provide overall functional expertise towards informing and implementing this work in collaboration with PQM+ country stakeholders, program leaders and other partners.

This work will involve, not only hands-on project level engagement but also the development and continuous improvement of technical approaches that can be transferred and applied across relevant PQM+ projects.

The role will directly report to the PQM+ Technical Director and functionally report into USP Strategy.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop and continuously update understanding of issues facing regulators in the LMIC setting and determine models for resource mobilization and strategic and business planning that will support these authorities to sustainably fulfill their public health mandate

  • Lead in the design of work processes and tools to support pharmaceutical policy analysis and strategic planning using inputs from assessment reports, institutional development plans, and stakeholder engagement

  • Develop and continuously update understanding of sustainability challenges and potential solutions for global manufacturers producing essential public health medicines and for manufacturers operating in the LMIC setting

  • Lead in implementation of major strategic planning projects under PQM+ Codify and continuously update strategic planning approaches for regulators, laboratories and pharmaceutical manufacturers

  • Proactively identify opportunities to support PQM+ countries to improve resource mobilization or support pharmaceutical sector growth and work with team for inclusion in annual work planning process

  • Represent PQM+ as thought leader in the space, deploying new insights that advance understanding of challenges and potential solutions relevant to sustainable resource mobilization for LMIC regulators, sustainable manufacture of essential medicines and pharmaceutical sector development

  • Capture and share knowledge and lessons learned from projects and other initiatives with appropriate audience(s). Creates documentation to preserve information, experiential data, and knowledge relevant to future projects.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Eight (8) years related experience

  • Four (4) years of experience in a strategic role or at least 3 years working in a top tier strategic consulting firm required.

  • Experience managing or leading complex projects

  • Experience working internationally/ across a variety of cultural settings

  • Strong executive presence

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong written and oral communications skills

  • Ability to negotiate with and influence senior stakeholders, while driving a project to completion

  • Strong time management, project management skills (i.e. deadline management, follow-up mechanisms, overview instruments)

  • Comfort in ambiguous situations, with ability to clarify project scope and define path forward

  • Strong PowerPoint and Excel skills

  • Teamwork and leadership skills

  • Experience in international development or global public health

Supervisory Responsibilities


COVID-19 Provisions

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 1 st , 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) 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