The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior Technical Writer, Global Business Development in Rockville, Maryland
The Senior Technical Writer will be lead writer on new business opportunities including supporting technical design development and drafting technical narrative for proposals and concept notes in support of opportunities from a broad spectrum of donors (USAID, CDC, DFID, WHO, DFAT, foundations and corporations). As an individual with subject matter knowledge of USP key areas of work, the Senior Technical Writer will stay abreast of developments in these technical areas (quality assurance/quality control for medicine, clinical laboratories, pharmacy system strengthening, supply chain and vaccines), working with others in the team to increase USP’s visibility among donors and partners. The successful candidate will support strategic planning leveraging existing USP work to expand into new technical areas.
Roles and Responsibilities
Serve as a core member of proposal teams as a lead writer.Lead in creating outlines and proposals that are compliant and competitive.
Actively lead/participate in developing technical strategy and design including facilitating or participating in design sessions.Incorporate input from subject matter experts, at HQ and in country, into technical design and narrative.
Engage members of proposal teams to become familiar with the subject matter. Critically evaluate proposed solutions to identify weaknesses and suggest areas for improvement.
Conduct desk research and interviews/work with technical experts, including locals and home office and project staff, to gather up-to-date information on the context/operating environment, the client and innovative approaches to development. Travel to conduct reconnaissance for proposals as needed.
Stay informed of client policies and initiatives and developments in key sectors, including medicine quality assurance and control, clinical labs, pharmacy system strengthening, vaccines and supply chain.
Translate technical information and jargon into clear, easy-to-read text.
Lead concept development of compelling graphics that explain complex messages clearly.
Revise drafts in response to feedback and comments in collaboration with the proposal team.
Harmonize or one-voice drafts written by multiple writers as needed.When not writing proposals, responsibilities will be developing capacity statements, success stories and other communication materials.
Review proposals during color teams or conduct compliance reviews of bids when required.
Support the development of tools and training materials for other writers. Conduct training and mentor other writers.
Working during non-traditional business hours (9-5pm) is required at times including weekends, holidays and after hours to account for global time zones.
Bachelor’s degree in public health, journalism, or a related field.
8+ years of project design and proposal writing experience.
Demonstrated success in writing winning proposals for USAID and CDC.
Proven track record of developing technical strategy and design for USAID, CDC, Global Fund, DFID, CDC, Gates and/or other donors.
Master’s degree in public health, journalism, or a related field.
Expertise in global health is required and experience in systems strengthen and pharmaceutical management preferred Excellent writing and editing skills and strong organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills are required.
Ability to work effectively in teams and a demonstrated ability to multi-task and work well under time constraints is required.
Experience working in global public health in developing countries.
Ability to travel internationally: 10-15%
Experience managing projects or similar high-level engagement on donor-funded projects.
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.
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Job Category Technical Programs
Job Type Full-Time