Global Public Health
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.
USP is an independent nonprofit organization with nearly 200 years of experience developing quality standards for medicines. Through its global public health programs, USP strengthens medicines quality assurance systems, increases the supply of quality-assured medicines, and develops capacity to detect and remove poor-quality medicines from the market. By sharing scientific expertise and providing technical support and leadership, USP helps local regulators improve and sustain local health systems and enables manufacturers to supply quality-assured essential medicines for years to come. Through these efforts, USP is able to help detect and identify poor quality health products in disease areas such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases, as well as helping safeguard the maternal, newborn, and child health sectors.
USP was recently awarded the Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+), a USAID-funded global program designed to sustainably strengthen medical product quality assurance systems in low-and-middle income countries. PQM+ is currently in the process of starting up activities in Senegal and is seeking a Dakar-based consultant to provide in-country oversight of the day-to-day project implementation by working with LNCM, DPM, USAID and other stakeholders. S/he will work under the guidance of the program manager for West Africa and in coordination with technical staff at USP headquarters in Rockville, MD.
Provide in-country oversight of the day-to-day project implementation by working with LNCM, DPM, USAID and other stakeholders.
Work with USP to assist DPM in setting up a PMS unit that would oversee the implementation of routine PMS.
Monitor the work of the PMS unit and report back to USP.
Provide on-ground logistics support to plan workshops to develop national guidance on RB-PMS and introduce the SATTA tool to LNCM.
Assist in finalizing the national guidance for RB-PMS and PMS plan.
Work with program manager to assist the LNCM leadership monitor the implementation of the SATTA tool.
Support USP technical experts in the execution of activities under the project while in Senegal.
Attend monthly USAID meetings and submit meeting report
Attend all meetings and workshops organized under the project.
Provide periodic updates to the program manager on LNCM, DPM activities and assignments.
Facilitate all logistics arrangements for USP project staff and international technical experts when in-country.
Other assignments requested by the program manager/deputy director.
Monthly activity-based report to USP program manager
Minutes and sign-in sheet of meetings attended on behalf of the project
Trip reports of within country and out of country technical support travels (if applicable)
Minimum Job Requirements
Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical/life science or related field.
Prior USAID experience in global health programming and knowledge of USAID rules and regulations preferred
At least 5 years professional experience working in a Quality Control laboratory either within a pharmaceutical manufacturing company or a medicines regulatory authority.
At least 2 years’ experience in project management support/coordination.
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
Ability to work independently and to effectively liaise with relevant parties, including government and non-government stakeholders.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills with attention to detail
Must be proficient in English and French and possess excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
Must have basic project management skills.
Computer proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet.
Firm knowledge of the operations of drug regulatory authorities and national quality control laboratories.
Understand the basics of monitoring and evaluation of program activities.
High level of integrity and commitment to quality.
Must possess ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to write lucid technical and management reports in English, preferred.
Ability to travel within Senegal
Period Of Performance
The period of performance for this consultancy will begin in June and run through September 30, 2020 .
Please send CV, 3-References, and Hourly Rate to Pascal Echeverri, Senior Procurement Specialist, at GPH_Procurement@USP.org by the closing date of 06/26/2020 .
When submitting your application, write “ Senegal – Regulatory Systems Consultant ” in the email Subject Line.