Population Services International

Program Manager (Temporary), Southern Africa

3 weeks ago
Job ID
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Country Program Operations
Position Location: City
Washington, DC
Position Location: Country
United States


Job title Program Manager – Temporary Coverage

Department Southern Africa

Based in Washington, D.C.

Reports to the Deputy Director for Southern Africa


Who we are

With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.


There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.


Join us!

The Southern Africa (SA) team is known for our social enterprises and innovations in HIV- related work, including self-testing and VMMC.  Programming also includes family planning, malaria, WASH and non-communicable disease screening and treatment.  Currently, we have programs operating in Lesotho, Madagascar, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique and a continuing partnership with our network member in Namibia.


PSI seeks seeks qualified, dynamic candidates for a temporary full-time Program Manager for the Southern Africa regional support team.  The timeframe for this temporary posting begins around February and lasts for 3-4 months thereafter.  The position requires significant expertise in project management including; planning, budget design & tracking, deliverables monitoring and compliance.  A working  knowledge of various funders including CDC, DoD, USAID, DFID, Dutch and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is strongly preferred.  The position also entails  supervision of two Associate Program Managers


Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that the various technical, operational, financial and administrative needs of Zambia, Mozambique, Madagascar, Angola and Namibia are being met by liaising with the Associate Program Managers (APM) and developing relationships with the field and support departments;
  • Provide guidance to APMs and assistance in oversight of the programs listed above.
  • Assisting with managing communications with overseas staff when necessary.
  • Providing guidance to Associate Program Managers with respect to problem solving.
  • Supporting and contributing to New Business Development opportunities, including supporting Associate Program Managers with developing donor budgets and leading on cost proposals.
  • Reviewing and commenting on programmatic reports
  • Supporting the Associate Program Managers in budget management across all country programs listed above, with budget realignments, cost and no-cost extensions and other administrative, financial and programmatic matters arising.
  • Some international travel to the region may be required


What are we looking for?

The Basics:

  • Relevant Master’s degree (MBA, MPA, MPH, etc) or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience related to international development (international health preferred)
  • Two years working in a developing country strongly preferred
  • Exceptional problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Significant experience in developing and monitoring budgets; experience with pay for performance awards a plus
  • Demonstrated management capacity in a fast paced work environment
  • Demonstrated experience with international donors and familiarity with international development and health issues; experience with USAID, CDC, DOD, DFID, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation highly preferred
  • Fluency in English is required; fluency in French and/or Portuguese highly desired.

What will get us excited?


The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, and will have: excellent communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; a passion for private sector approaches to development; and proven ability to produce results

  • Budget guru. You love budgets and numbers and are excited to develop, monitor, and update project budgets to align with program needs.
  • A love for compliance but the flexibility to meet program needs. You like to play by the rules but you understand the importance of being flexible to meet our ultimate goal of health impact
  • Team Player: You know how to connect several diverse groups of people in order to get things done
  • Self-Starter: You are not afraid to jump in from the start and get your hands dirty with minimal direction and you are not afraid to ask questions
  • Work hard, play hard. You support the idea that the team that works hard should play hard. We like people with a team attitude who smile and encourage others through both easy and tough tasks.


  • Exempt
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this positon

*Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.


PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of actual or perceived race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, personal appearance, matriculation, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions or breastfeeding, genetic information, amnesty, veteran, special disabled veteran or uniform service member status or employment status.


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