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Program Manager
at US Pharmacopeia

Location: Rockville, MD (hybrid working arrangement)


USP’s mission is to improve global health through public standards and related programs that help ensure the quality, safety, and benefit of medicines. Our core values are to foster stewardship, act courageously, have a passion for quality, and commit to others. USP aspires to be a diverse, inclusive, and innovative organization that empowers and engages staff to contribute to our mission. We seek people who embrace our mission and values, will reinforce them, and contribute to our culture of mutual trust and respect as we collaborate to build a healthier world.

The Program Manager is an individual contributor reporting to the Senior Director, Program Delivery responsible for managing a portfolio of donor-funded projects in USP’s Global Health Programs (GHP) Department using best practices to ensure client/donor satisfaction.  More specifically, the Program Manager will provide day-to-day management of assigned projects, including developing workplans, deploying project managements tools and processes, monitoring project activities against budgets, drafting progress reports among other tasks, to ensure high quality results. S/he will need to work independently and strategically, coordinating closely with the project team, particularly the technical staff and in-country consultants, as applicable.  In addition, the Program Manager will contribute to and lead, as requested, on improving Program Delivery owned project management systems, processes, resources and/or tools to promote quality, efficient and client-focused project implementation.



Project Management 

  • Manages assigned donor-funded projects to include projects funded by international donors, such as USAID, Global Fund, WHO, World Bank, etc. and potentially projects funded by US government domestic donors

  • Holds operational accountability for the timely and successful implementation of the portfolio of projects to include leading cross-functional project management teams with technical, M&E, finance and other relevant staff, development of workplans, drafting of progress reports, collection and tracking of M&E data, and providing quality control support for project deliverables

  • Works closely with technical staff to identify opportunities for innovation, harmonize approaches, and maintain high quality standards in activity implementation.

  • Proactively identifies issues/risks, including facilitation of resolution with appropriate management staff

  • Develops project budgets and monitors project expenditures to ensure activities are implemented within budget and prepares pipelines/projections as needed, and in collaboration with Finance staff  

  • Manages consultants, vendors, and subrecipients/contractors, as applicable while ensuring compliance to donor rules and regulations and USP policies

  • Partners with the GHP External Engagement and Communications to develop and implement project communications plan and collaborates with project teams to ensure documentation of project activities, highlighting technical and programmatic innovation, achievements, and impact  

  • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with relevant donors and key stakeholders; and represents USP at key stakeholder meetings.

Program Delivery Process and Systems 

  • Identify improvements and implement changes, as appropriate, to project management systems, processes, resources and tools USP needs to successfully delivery on their project commitments to clients

  • Lead and own, as assigned, GHMS division-wide systems to support more effective project management

  • Conduct trainings and hold regular office hours on various program delivery systems, resources and toolkits, to include the development and/or enhancements of training materials and job aides


  • Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, public health, or related field required

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive experience managing donor-funded public health projects; an equivalent combination of experience and education may be substituted.

  • Experience working with high-level officials in donor agencies, international organizations, local government agencies, such as ministries of health.



  • Master’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences, public health, or related field

  • Experience working with international non-governmental and with projects in low- and middle-income countries

  • Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes

  • Ability to work independently and manage multiple workflows, while effectively managing project timelines and deliverable schedules.

  • Must possess ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment

  • Significant experience as a team player and commitment to influence change through a partnership approach

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to work in cross-cultural settings  

  • Ability to travel both domestically and internationally at least 30% of the time.

  • Evidence of broad problem-solving effectiveness (has successfully learned and applied learning in new areas multiple times)

  • French language skills preferred

HOW TO APPLY:  Please send your cover letter and resume to with the subject title “USP Program Manager”

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