Population Services International

Program Management Unit (PMU) Director, South Sudan

Posted Date 3 months ago(11/27/2017 3:52 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Country Program Operations
Position Location: City
East Africa
Position Location: Country
South Sudan


Job title: Program Management Unit (PMU) Director 

Department: Country Office

Based in: Juba, South Sudan

Reports to the: Country Representative

Requires up to 15 % Local and International Travel


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!

With support from the government of South Sudan and international donors such as DFID, Global Fund, and USAID, PSI has worked in South Sudan for almost 15 years. Since 2001, we have implemented social marketing and behavior change communication to deliver prevention and treatment products and services across a wide range of health areas including HIV/AIDS, malaria, pneumonia and water-borne diseases. PSI is the national primary recipient for Global Fund Malaria and DFID on the malaria and Integrated Community Case Management grant.


The Program Management Unit (PMU) Director will help us manage the GF and DFID grants and support the Country Representative (CR) in this role. This will be a senior PSI official based in the South Sudan overseeing the Unit’s expatriate staff and technical advisors, with CR ensure coordination with the South Sudanese Ministry of Health (MoH) and lead new business development activities. The successful candidate will strengthen relationships with the MoH and existing  and future program partners.


Your contribution


Be responsible for the overall development, management (financial, administrative, and programmatic), implementation, and with Country Representative, the representation of PSI’s activities in South Sudan.


Build Institutional Strength

  • Foster institutional development of PMU through strategic planning and program development.
  • Promote effective relations with the Ministry of Health and sub recipients and partners.
  • Build the strength of existing and new activities and expansion of the health program’s portfolio.
  • Maintain and foster external relations with strategic partners such as government institutions.

Lead Program Planning and Execution

  • Provide quality and timely management of project lifecycle for all current donor projects including meeting programmatic and financial deliverables.
  • Develop and steward annual and specific project budgets consistent with both organizational and donor requirements.
  • Meet financial and other reporting requirements for donors and PSI Washington.
  • Monitor development and implementation of annual work plans.
  • Serve as a catalyst for the creation of new health products and services.
  • Develop innovative distribution systems and/or maintain the existing ones at a high level of effectiveness.
  • Track distribution figures from Sub Recipients / consortium partners as well as the partner’s performance
  • Ensuring an efficient and effective total Supply Chain Management.
  • Supervise evidence-based research activities to support health program decisions in order to evaluate and measure program effectiveness and to maximize health impact.

Manage Talent

  • Manage direct reports
  • Build local technical, management, and leadership capacity.
  • Develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of the team and PSI assets in all aspects of its work according to best practices, PSI operating standards, and field realities.
  • Liaise with the Country Representative on crucial events, incident reporting and security policy.
  • Promote and demonstrate an ethical environment in line with PSI’s values of honesty and acting with integrity. Support the application of appropriate internal controls to protect PSI’s assets.


What are we looking for?

  • At least 7 years of experience managing people, budgets, and public health programs.
  • Advanced degree in business, finance, public health or health sciences.
  • Previous experience of living and working in a developing country – preferably in Africa.
  • Demonstrated successful experience managing global health programs in a challenging operating environment preferred. 
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience in managing relationships and contractual obligations for international donors, preferrably Global Fund and DFID. 
  • Previous experience managing operational components of malaria prevention, treatment and diagnosis programs. 
  • Passionate in building local technical, management and leadership capacity.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English.
  • Personnel and financial management experience, international business, strategic management and product distribution.
  • References required.

Experienced manager. Past experience in managing large projects with multiple partners.

Capacity Builder. Experience in building institution, local technical, management and leadership capacity.

Collaborative manager. Ability to inspire a shared vision for the PSI staff. Proven experience in helping staff learn, grow, and thrive in their work.

A connector. Experience working with Ministries of Health, health care companies, or global health donors. Ability to spot trends and keep the PSI global headquarters informed about health needs and opportunities in South Sudan.

A Strategist and an innovator. Creative, innovative and a strategic thinker. Strong interest in private-sector approaches to development and a proven ability to produce results.



  • Exempt

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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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