Director, Global Public Health Africa (924-679)

Rockville, Maryland, United States
Jul 19, 2017
Sep 20, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time

Director, Global Public Health (GPH) Africa, is responsible for growing and overseeing implementation of non-PQM donor-funded and USP-funded global public health programming in Africa.   The role, based in Africa, which sits on the GPH leadership team and reports directly to the SVP of Global Public Health, will be responsible for developing and implementing a growth strategy for the region, in collaboration with other GPH leadership.  The incumbent will be responsible for recruiting and supervising staff required to support new programming, as it is secured.   Additionally, the role will provide ad hoc support to other USP programs including donor-funded programs like the USAID funded PQM program.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Drive towards sustainable diversification:
    • Working with GPH and USP leadership team, defines and operationalizes a sustainable growth strategy for GPH Africa (to include development and execution of annual workplan for region)
    • Working in collaboration with Partnerships, Growth and Learning team, identifies and secures new donor-funded programming opportunities, outside of but potentially complementary to existing USAID-funded PQM programs.
    •  Collaborates with GPH leadership team and GPH Africa leadership to outline and operationalize a coordinated growth strategy for Africa that heavily leverages and builds on USP’s existing footprint on the continent, especially focusing on working with USP Ghana leadership to define and operationalize a plan to further amplify and leverage USP Ghana as a growth and advocacy platform
  • Represents USP and its GPH programs to key stakeholders, development partners and agencies: Identifies and builds alliances with key collaborators and stakeholders necessary to further USP’s programming and “impact” objectives in the region.
  • Align existing GPH programs with relevant global public health initiatives in Africa as appropriate to maximize USP impact and reach. This includes but is not limited to overseeing the African Medicines Quality Forum (AMQF), formerly NOMCoL Africa, working towards the objective of further integrating the program with existing continental activities and initiatives (e.g., NEPAD, AMRH) and increasing its impact and reach
  • Provides targeted support for PQM programming and ensures coordination of efforts:
  • Supports PQM programs in Africa, as requested by PQM leadership – e.g., represents USP/ PQM in critical stakeholder meetings or events, where required.
  • Works directly with relevant PQM and USP Ghana leadership to understand totality of GPH activities in region and to maximize coordination and complementarity
  • Directly oversees GPH’s non-PQM in country Africa programs:
    • Collaborates with GPH Technical Director to develop assessment and technical plan.
    • Defines and operationalizes resourcing/ staffing plans for new GPH programming in Africa, working in close collaboration with USP Ghana General Manager and PQM regional/ in country Africa leadership.
    • Directly oversees program delivery (in collaboration with GPH Technical Director who provides technical oversight) and associated staff (incumbent is to develop overall staffing plan to scale to growth)
    • Oversees program operations and monitoring in collaboration with GPH head quarter staff

Basic Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in Science, Public Health or relevant field
  • Minimum of ten (10) years of experience in public health program delivery (as an implementing partner)
  • At least 3 years experience as a people manager
  • Proven track record of scoping and successfully securing donor funding opportunities
  • Technical knowledge of drug quality assurance, quality control and GMP


Preferred Qualifications


  • Ability to work in matrixed environment
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to manage a team remotely
  • Ability to travel internationally at least 50% of the time
  • Experience with cultivating relationships with key donors and implementing partners (e.g., Global Fund, USAID, DIFID, BMGF, etc.)
  • Strong knowledge of key public health issues and trends, including in TB, HIV/ AIDS, NTD, MNCH, Malaria and AMR
  • Understanding of generic pharmaceuticals, including quality control and quality assurance
  • Knowledge of cGMP in the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry
Job Location Rockville, Maryland, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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