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Senior Proposal Writer, Global Business Development

United States Pharmacopeia
Rockville, MD
Start date
Nov 6, 2023

Job Details


USP seeks a Senior Global Health Proposal Writer to serve as a key member of our Global Health Programs (GHP) team. This staff member will work across multiple teams in the U.S. and globally to successfully execute USPs GHP growth strategy. The Senior Global Health Proposal Writer will serve as lead writer for the Global Business Development team, with responsibilities including:

  • Drafting proposal content and one-voicing proposals.
  • Writing capability statements and other stock language describing USPs core global health technical areas (e.g., local pharmaceutical manufacturing; medicine quality assurance/quality control; laboratory systems strengthening for diagnostic [clinical] and quality control laboratories; pharmacy system strengthening; resilient global health supply chains, and vaccines).
  • Drafting concept notes and other collateral for global health donors such as USAID, DFAT, Global Fund, CDC, DFID, WHO, various foundations and corporations.

The Senior Global Health Writer will have strong knowledge about global health and the donors supporting this work and is willing to learn about USPs key technical areas, as well as stay abreast of developments in these technical areas during their tenure. This staff member will work with Global Business Development staff and Global Health Technical Programs staff to increase USPs visibility among donors and partners through a range of cogent, thought-provoking, well-written products.

How will YOU create impact here at USP?

Proposal Writing & Design 60%

  • Lead in creating compliant and competitive outlines and proposals for 8-12 bids a year.
  • As lead writer, serve as a core proposal team member.
  • Participate in technical strategy and design meetings, including whiteboarding and design sessions.
  • Incorporate input from subject matter experts located in corporate headquarters in Rockville, MD and from our project country teams around the world.
  • 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.
  • Harmonize or one-voice drafts written by multiple writers as needed.

Maintain Subject Matter Expertise 20%

  • Engage with staff technical experts to become familiar with the subject matter.
  • Conduct desk research and interviews/work with technical expertsincluding country team, headquarters, and project staff to gather up-to-date information on the context/operating environment, the client, and innovative approaches to development.
  • When not writing proposals, responsibilities will be developing capacity statements, and other collateral for donor engagement.
  • Stay informed of client policies and initiatives and developments in USP key technical areas.

Process & Systems Strengthening 20%

  • Translate technical information and jargon into clear, easy-to-read text.
  • Update and develop of tools and training materials for other writers.
  • Conduct training and mentor other writers.
  • Contribute to BD teams continuous improvement efforts by providing inputs on how overall BD systems and processes can be strengthened from the writers perspective.

USPs 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.

Who USP is Looking For?

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of our mission, commitment to excellence through inclusive and equitable behaviors and practices, ability to quickly build credibility with stakeholders, along with the following competencies and experience:

  • Bachelors degree in public health, journalism, or a related field.
  • 5+ years of proposal writing experience.
  • Demonstrated success in writing winning proposals for USAID or other donors.

Additional Desired Preferences

  • Masters degree in public health, journalism, or a related field.
  • Expertise in global health is required and experience in systems strengthening 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.
  • Network of global health writers who can be used as consultants for writing surge support (should the need arise) is preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities



USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing is protected.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired):

As a condition of employment with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021, must be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our workfrom the standards we make to the partnerships and conversations we cultivate. An environment where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

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

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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) consistent with the contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Technical Programs

Job Type Full-Time


USP is an independent, scientific nonprofit organization focused on building trust in the supply of safe, quality medicines. We are working to strengthen the global supply chain so that the medicines people rely on for health are available when needed and work as expected. We do this through establishing public scientific standards and programs that help ensure billons of people around the world have access to safe and quality products.

USP aspires to be a diverse, inclusive, innovative, and engaging organization that empowers and engages staff and volunteers to contribute to its mission to improve global health. We are committed to creating a culture where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, family status, and where they can contribute their full potential to accomplish our mission.

At USP, you’ll join a talented and diverse team of 1,200 scientific, technical and public health professions, working in state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with the world’s leading experts from industry, academia, healthcare, and government to address public health challenges and advance cutting-edge innovation.

Whether you’re helping to establish new USP standards, creating key resources to address emerging health issues, or providing critical technical assistance in the developing countries, you’ll be inspired by the positive impact your work has on building public trust and a healthier tomorrow.

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