International Advocacy Director

28 Jan, 2021


International Advocacy Director

US Pharmacopeia
Rockville, MD


The International Advocacy Director develops and implements plans and initiatives with multi-lateral, global and regional healthcare and consumer coalitions and groups and governmental organizations to advance the supply of quality medicines to people around the world. This leader helps to envision, establish and maintain sustainable and impactful engagements with key agencies and stakeholders. The work includes identifying and monitoring policy trends, leading stakeholder coalitions, and shaping the policy environment to advance the USP mission of improving public health through the utilization of public quality standards, building the capabilities of regulators and industry to produce quality assured medicines and advocating for investment and policy reforms to enable access to quality medicines.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develops and executes international policy and regulatory advocacy strategy and initiatives that advance quality medicines, dietary supplements and foods.
  • Builds collaborative relations and sustains USP’s affiliation with key multilateral organizations and international advocacy forums, as well as stakeholder organizations that engage with them.
  • Provides counsel to USP’s divisions and programs on key policy trends and initiatives; and works collaboratively across the organization to develop strategies and positions to respond as appropriate.
  • Engages and provides leadership in global coalitions and initiatives aimed at creating a sense of urgency around poor-quality medicines, advocating for access to safe and quality medicines for everyone.
  • Represents USP at policy advocacy discussions, linking quality to the priority issues of the global health agenda and raising awareness of the key role of pharmacopeial standards as an integral part of the patient safety net.
  • Provides thought partnership to team lead and mentors members of the USP’s international functional team on regulatory policy advocacy to improve global health systems.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BS in preferably public health, medicines regulatory policy, law, public policy or other relevant fields.
  • Ten (10) years of experience in international relations or in public health working internationally.
  • Five (5) years of professional experience building relationships with key stakeholders in a science-based organization
  • Demonstrated experience working with and knowledge of major international institutions and policy making processes (the World Health Organization (WHO), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the International Council on Harmonisation (IHC), and others.)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree
  • Excellent and demonstrated communications skills, including in public forums. Cultural skills, facilitation, presentation, and reporting skills.
  • Demonstrated success working in a global, matrixed organization.
  • Knowledge of the life sciences industry especially in areas of regulatory affairs, government affairs, public policy and product quality.
  • Knowledge of global regulatory and policy environments; understanding of multilateral organizations, regulatory cooperation initiatives, health ministries, government agencies, pharmacopeias, and relevant stakeholders.
  • Strong policy analysis skills.
  • Proven aptitude for building relationships, credibility and trust with stakeholders, and creating a collaborative work environment.
  • Solution-oriented and innovative; can identify creative options for resolving issues that respond to multiple stakeholder interests and needs.
  • Self-motivated and proactive with a sense of urgency.
  • Ability to influence others without direct authority.
  • Availability to work remotely with accommodation for time zones and ability to travel post-pandemic.

Supervisory Responsibilities

This is an individual contributor role.

USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 15 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start
  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately
  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles.

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world’s top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP brings together more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver its mission to strengthen the supply of safe quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under a specific written agreement with USP.

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c)

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Job posted: 2021-01-28