PQMD Opportunities and Internships

PQMD Opportunities


As part of PQMD’s commitment to learning and knowledge sharing in the field of global health, specifically around the challenges and opportunities of donations of medical products, equipment, and services, the organization occasionally posts employment opportunities and internships. While positions are usually contributing to the achievement of specific project objectives, PQMD aims to provide those who hold the internships with the opportunity to gain practical experience working with NGOs and global corporations that are leaders in the field.

Opportunities are listed below. If you are interested in a position with PQMD and don’t see an appropriate opportunity but feel you have the qualifications that might meet current or future needs of the organization, please email us by sending your resume and a letter explaining your interest. Link to email form.

Current Opportunities


Senior Director, Global Policy

Senior Director, Global Policy Partnership for Quality Medical Donations is currently seeking a Senior Director of Global Policy work with the PQMD Executive Director, PQMD’s Program Director of the Community of Practice, PQMD staff and members, as well as the CoP developer to develop the membership and populate the work of the five pillars of the Community of Practice.

Description of PQMD

PQMD is a highly respected global alliance of 42 corporations and non-profit organizations leading the development and championing of high standards in medical supply, equipment and service donation. PQMD seeks to enhance access to healthcare in underserved communities and in areas affected by disaster or in need of humanitarian assistance. It is governed by a Board of Directors representing the Member corporations and non-profit organizations. PQMD staff and operations are located in Annapolis, MD.

History of PQMD

The formation of PQMD dates back to 1996 against the backdrop of inappropriate medical product donations being shipped globally to countries already burdened by diseases, disasters or weak health care systems. At that time, the World Health Organization [WHO] increasingly concerned about this problem, published Inter-agency Guidelines intended to ensure future donations would be both appropriate and effective. However, parts of the Guidelines raised several concerns among relief and humanitarian agencies and healthcare firms. It was this environment that brought together in August 1996 representatives of four pharmaceutical and medical supply manufacturers and three non-profit organizations to address this concern as well as to begin work on the development of international guidelines without industry input. In April 1999, the alliance was formally organized into the non-profit corporation known as the Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD).

Mission Statement

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations is a unique alliance of Non-Profit and corporate organizations committed to bringing measurable health impact to under-served and vulnerable people through active engagement with global partners and local communities.

Statement of Vision

By assuring excellence in medical product donations and service delivery, geography and economic status are no longer barriers to everyone living a healthier life.

Statement of Mission

PQMD is a global alliance leading the development and championing of high standards in medical supply and service donation. PQMD seeks to enhance access to health care in underserved communities and in areas affected by disaster.

Project:  Senior Director, Global Health Programs

Half time to start; May work remotely

Job Description:    The Senior Director will work with the PQMD Executive Director, PQMD’s Program Director of the Community of Practice, PQMD staff and members, as well as the CoP developer to develop the membership and populate the work of the five pillars of the Community of Practice. The Senior Director will direct platform efforts, expansion and content development.  In addition, the SD will work with the Executive Director on both PQMD Education and Global Policy Forums and support the work of the Knowledge and Innovation Committee.

Direct Report:  This position will report to the Executive Director. The Senior Director will oversee the responsibilities of the Director of the Community of Practice, the webmaster, dialogue facilitator and thematic experts.

Tasks/Deliverables:  A timeline and work plan will be developed to realistically manage the tasks within time and budget constraints based on 20 hours a week.

Primary responsibilities

  • Design and execute the Community of Practice curriculum:  The curriculum includes content development and thematic leadership for a series of activities and program speakers/participants necessary to attract key stakeholders and grow community of practice membership and attendance;
  • Support a Volunteer Core Innovation Team and support this team in meeting regularly to determine the direction of the Community of Practice;
  • Identify and assist securing necessary donor support for the project to include donor research, proposal writing, and budgeting for sustainable financing;
  • Assist the Executive Director with the organization and content of educational forums.

Additional responsibilities

  • Provide health policy content expertise and serve as a resource for PQMD’s activities, research, provider tools/resources, and/or case studies;
  • Develop and maintain working relationships and collaborate with relevant health policy and international organizations that advance PQMD’s mission;
  • Collaborate with PQMD staff in analyzing content, translating data content and other emerging proposals;
  • Coordinate and assist in the development of the resource library;
  • Publish a quarterly newsletter beginning in fall 2018 and develop global health influencer target list for newsletter distribution;
  • Assist the Executive Director with the organizational working groups as necessary. 

Term:  The position is available immediately.

Salary: Salary will be based on experience and qualifications.  The position will be considered an employee and PQMD will cover any tax obligations on behalf of the staff person.  Should this position become full time, a salary will be renegotiated based on available resources.

Benefits:  Part-time employees are not eligible for any benefits.

The Partnership for Quality Medical Donations (PQMD): PQMD is a unique alliance of non-profit and corporate organizations committed to bringing measurable health impact to under-served and vulnerable people through active engagement with global partners and local communities. Through five integrated pillars of work, we envision and act towards a higher standard of excellence in medical product donations and health care service delivery, so that geography and economic status are no longer barriers to everyone living a healthier life. In the past year, our members:

○          Worked in every region of the world, reaching over 180 countries

○          Provided healthcare aid & access to upwards of 50M people around the world

○          Engaged 120,000+ volunteers across more than 344 emergencies, domestic and international

In 2017 members responded to many needs, including the devastation left by Hurricane’s Harvey, Irma, and Maria, as well as the East Africa Famine, flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone, and the continued needs of the Syrian refugee crisis.

How to Apply:

For more information, or to apply, please send your resume and cover letter no later than July 15 to contact@pqmd.org.