Deputy Chief of Party

USP Nepal

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. The Promoting the…

Job Information

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    Duty Station Kathmandu
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    Type of Appointment Full time
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    No. of Openings 1 opening
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    Job Experience : 7+ Years
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    Job Category NGO | INGO | Charity
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    Job Qualification : Master
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    Posted Date : Feb 06, 2021

Job Description

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.

The Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) program, funded by USAID and implemented by USP, improves access to quality-assured priority medicines and addresses the proliferation of poor- quality medical products in low- and middle-income countries. PQM+ will strengthen medical product quality assurance systems through cross-sectoral and systems strengthening approaches and the application of international quality assurance standards across the pharmaceutical system. By sharing scientific expertise and providing technical support and leadership, PQM+ helps create resilient and robust local health systems that address diseases like HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases, as well as improves maternal, newborn and child health.

USP is seeking for Deputy Chief of Party (DCoP) in support of PQM+ program implementation in Nepal.

Summary of the Position

The Deputy Chief of Party position for the USAID-funded Promoting the Quality of Medicines Plus (PQM+) program provides cross-cutting management and technical support for country implementation of the activities of the PQM+ Program. Deputy Chief of Party supports the Chief of Party in the development of work plans, implementation of activities, timely reporting on program progress, and overall management of the country office. In the absence of the COP, s/he shall act as the point of contact to the government agencies, USAID, implementing partners, and stakeholders regarding the day-to-day implementation and management of PQM+ activities in the country.

The Deputy Chief of Party supervises assigned technical staff, subject matter experts, and consultants to achieve program results and operational excellence. S/he will be responsible for assisting the COP in evaluating and documenting program progress, proposing solutions to ensure effective program implementation, providing technical guidance and direction to the technical team on achieving agreed-upon targets and long-term strategic objectives.

Roles and Responsibilities

Under the supervision and direction of the Chief of Party –the Deputy Chief of Party:

  • Supports the Chief of Party to provide leadership for the management of PQM+ Nepal Program portfolios funded by USAID Mission(s) field support.
  • Lead the coordination for the country work plans development, collection of inputs from key stakeholders, and the alignment of proposed activities to PQM+ result areas and the health priorities of the country.
  • Oversees the accuracy, clarity, and quality of progress reports and other project documentation necessary for USAID reporting, ensuring they are completed in accordance with USAID and USP policies and procedures and submitted in a timely manner.
  • Lead the implementation of program activities and manages and coordinate the delivery of the PQM+ technical activities to achieve agreed-upon deliverables and targets according to approved work plans and in support of national strategic objectives in health.
  • Assists the COP in promoting strong relationships with the USAID Mission, health ministry officials and government agencies, partners and stakeholders.
  • Provides high level inputs and advising through participation in national committees in the pharmaceutical sector.
  • Provide oversight for the documentation of program deliverables, ensure that quarterly and annual progress reports and submitted timely and of good quality, and evaluate the implementation of program activities, and recommends appropriate actions and course correction.
  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates PQM+ technical and/or operations staff assigned for supervision.
  • Ensures program operational excellence; provide basic operations guidance to staff as needed
  • Performs other activities for the successful program implementation of PQM+ in the country.
  • Help facilitate collaboration and coordination between government agencies active in pharmaceuticals and the PQM+ office.

Required Qualification & Experience

Basic Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a health-related field including Pharmaceutical Sciences, Public Health, or related field of study required.
  • At least 12 years’ work experience at senior level in medicines regulation, government health program management, or non-government health-related technical program management.
  • Extensive [5+ years] relevant experience leadership position in a USAID-funded global health program implementation and project management.
  • Previous Experience Working in the country 3-5 years.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in managing virtual teams based in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Expertise in health systems strengthening.
  • Physician, pharmacist, or other health profession qualification highly desirable
  • Proof of experience leading effective, timely, and quality implementation of donor-funded (particularly USAID-funded) global health or international development projects
  • Good understanding of and experience working with USAID compliance rules and regulations.
  • Significant experience working with high level officials in USAID and country governments.
  • Strong people management skills, including of virtual, matrixed teams.
  • Excellent client relationship management skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in cross-cultural settings.
  • Ability to demonstrate highest degree of ethics and integrity.
  • Ability to travel up to 40% time.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit cover letter, CV, and USAID Form 1420 (available at https://www.usaid.gov/forms/aid-1420-17) by email to GPHNepalRecruitment@USP.org clearly stating Deputy Chief of Party in the subject line of the e-mail.