Program Manager- West Africa
Promoting the Quality of Medicines
USP’s West Africa Promoting Quality Medicine (PQM+) Program Manager will be responsible for providing strategic management and technical leadership in USP’s PQM+ countries to achieve program and country goals and ensure that activities are aligned with each country’s needs and priorities. S/he will need to work independently and strategically, coordinating closely with USP HQ as well as in-country consultants. S/he needs to be able to problem solve and be willing to roll up their sleeves to accomplish objectives on time. S/he will work out of USP’s Nigeria or Ghana office.
Roles and Responsibilities
- Provides technical and management leadership to West African countries through the support of the Deputy Program Director and the technical team under the Technical Director; ensures strategic, programmatic and contractual integrity of PQM+ projects in assigned countries.
- Develops work plans, assigns budget in the work plans, and oversees the implementation of programmatic activities at country levels in order to meet PQM+ programmatic objectives for the region.
- Collaborates with the in-county teams and HQ staff to ensure the documentation of the program activities, highlighting technical and programmatic innovations, strengths, results and impact at local and international forums, technical briefs, in peer review journals, and communications.
- Leads and participates in assessment teams to evaluate and provide recommendations on medicines quality assurance and control capabilities in countries as requested.
- Develops strong relationship with USAID missions and other partners in the region.
- Works closely with technical and country program team to identify opportunities for innovation, harmonize approaches, and maintain high quality standards in activity implementation.
- Collaborates with other international and local partners in-country to jointly achieve the public health program goals. Designs programs and create business opportunities for program growth and sustainability.
- Represents USP as a speaker or a participant at local and international health and donor communities and provides technical leadership and insight on PQM+.
- Articulates PQM+’s objectives and mission to various stakeholders to promote the mission of the PQM+ program.
- Provides critical input into the monitoring and evaluations of assigned programs and requires strong communication and coordination with field staff, support departments within PQM+ and USP HQ.
- Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, public health, or related field required
- Minimum of 6 years of progressive experience in managing public health programs in low- and middle-income countries particularly in the West Africa region; an equivalent combination of experience and education may be substituted.
- Experience working with high-level officials in funding agencies, international organizations, private foundations, ministries of health.
- Fluency in writing and speaking English and French required
- Master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, public health, or related field preferred
- Experience working with international non-governmental organizations and national diseases programs strongly preferred in low- and middle-income countries, particularly those in West Africa
- Extensive understanding of how medicine regulatory systems function in low- and middle-income countries
- Demonstrated experience working with and familiarity with USAID required.
- Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes
- Must possess ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
- Ability to travel both domestically and internationally at least 30% of the time.
- Significant experience as a team player and commitment to bringing about change through a partnership approach
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.
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Job Category Promoting the Quality of Medicines