Senior Technical Writer, Global Business Development

at US Pharmacopeia

Reports to:  Director, Global Business Development

Department:  Global Health

Location:  Rockville, MD

Summary of the Position

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).The Senior Technical Writer will be knowledgeable about global health, and will stay abreast of developments in USP key 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 by supporting current project portfolio.

Roles and Responsibilities


Proposal Writing & Design – 60%

  • Serve as a core member of proposal teams as a lead writer for 8-12 bids/year.

  • 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. Lead concept development of compelling graphics that explain complex messages clearly. Lead in creating outlines and proposals that are compliant and competitive.

  • Harmonize or one-voice drafts written by multiple writers as needed. Revise drafts in response to feedback and comments in collaboration with the proposal team.

  • Review proposals during color teams or conduct compliance reviews of bids when required.

  • Travel to conduct reconnaissance for proposals as needed.  


Maintain Subject Matter Expertise – 20%

  • 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.

  • Develop, write, edit and improve quarterly and annual reports for existing project portfolio – with an eye to future projects.

  • Engage members of proposal teams to become familiar with the subject matter. Critically evaluate proposed solutions to identify weaknesses and suggest areas for improvement. 

  • When not writing proposals, responsibilities will be developing capacity statements, success stories and other communication materials.

  • 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. 


Process & Systems Strengthening – 20%

  • Translate technical information and jargon into clear, easy-to-read text.

  • Support the development of tools and training materials for other writers. Conduct training and mentor other writers.


This role offers work-life balance and flexibility with non-traditional business hours (9-5pm).


Basic Qualifications

  • 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.


Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.


Supervisory Responsibilities



Please send your cover letter and resume to with the subject title “USP Sr Technical Writer ”