Population Services International

  • Director of Malaria

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(4/10/2018 10:36 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Technical Health Areas
    Position Location: City
    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
    Position Location: Country
    United States

    TITLE: Director of Malaria

    DEPARTMENT: Malaria & Child Survival

    REPORTING TO: SVP (Malaria and Child Survival) & Chief Evidence Officer


    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!

    PSI is seeking an experienced, dynamic Director of its Malaria Department to oversee PSI’s rapidly expanding portfolio of malaria programs in over 30 countries, worldwide, which accounts for more than a third of the total business. PSI’s new global strategy focuses on improving consumer powered healthcare through shaping market systems, shifting policy and funding and strengthening global capacity. For the Malaria Department this means moving quality malaria case management closer to consumers; bringing next generations LLINs to market; scaling response driven surveillance to accelerate malaria elimination progress and maximizing the control value of drug-based prevention interventions.    


    The Director will play a key leadership role within PSI’s headquarters in Washington DC; providing strategic guidance and management oversight to a highly motivated team of technical advisors and program support staff. The Director will chair the Malaria Management Team which provides a platform to influence policy and practice, not just at HQ level but across PSI’s global network of country programs. Furthermore, the Director will lead PSI’s liaison role with external partners to effectively position PSI as a thought leader and leading implementing partner in the malaria control and elimination sphere. The Director will also be responsible for delivering the goals associated with major awards from The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), including VectorLinks and VectorWorks, awards from the Global Fund to fight AIDS TB and Malaria (GFATM), an upcoming LLIN market facilitation project funded by UNITAID as well as several additional bilateral awards from DFID and other funding partners.


    The position is based in Washington DC, and reports to the Senior Vice President (Malaria and Child Survival) & Chief Evidence Officer who is based in Nairobi.


    Sound like you? Read on to find out more.


    Your contribution

    You’ve got the passion, energy and experience in malaria control and elimination to help drive a new global strategy through a customer centric team that balances pragmatism with technical excellence. Your team is focused on the ultimate goal of ensuring that the organization actively learns from its cutting-edge programs in the field and manages its knowledge at all levels using state of the art processes, tools and technology to maximize impact on global health policy and practice. You will:


    • As leader of the Malaria Management Team, be responsible for developing and delivering the annual malaria operations plan to support PSI’s 5-year global strategy to improve consumer powered health care.
    • Align and coordinate a high functioning malaria team which includes a selection of well-known  global malaria experts working in different programs in different parts of the world and ensure the whole offering to the global fight against malaria is greater than the sum of the parts.
    • Promote PSI’s malaria thought leadership agenda including coordinating PSI’s presence and evidence-based influence on policy and practice at global level.
    • Support local PSI staff to work closely together with country malaria control programs and national level communities of practice towards accelerated malaria control and elimination.
    • Promote and support countries to raise funding to launch new interventions and scale up existing programs through assistance with program design and proposal development.
    • Provide strategic leadership for the Malaria Department in headquarters, ensuring strong coordination between HQ global services departments.
    • Lead the Malaria Department’s capacity building efforts at HQ and in the field, including the design, and delivery of an annual technical advisor workshop to improve platform performance in delivering malaria control and elimination programming.
    • Lead PSI’s malaria related coordination efforts with key donors and external partners including: USAID, WHO, RBM, AMP, GFATM, BMGF, UNICEF and others.
    • Provide in-country technical assistance to country programs, working with local teams to strategize, develop and fundraise for new programmatic areas in addition to implementation support to improve the quality of existing programs.


    What are we looking for?

    We are looking for someone with:

    • Technical knowledge and credibility: Demonstrated global malaria leader with established international reputation for excellence in malaria control/elimination.
    • Experience: Have worked for at least 10 years in the global health sphere with at least 4 years of experience in a developing country.
    • Leadership skills: Able to provide vision and direction to affect change in a diverse and decentralized global health organization.
    • Management skills: A clear record of successfully managing and developing a team of motivated professionals.
    • Fundraising track record: Proven ability to develop winning malaria proposals submitted to the agencies representing the major sources of international development assistance for malaria.
    • Networking: A mature and active professional network that can be leveraged to provide opportunities for partnership and access to technical resources to continue to develop PSI’s malaria control portfolio.
    • Credentials: Post-graduate degree e.g. MBA, MPH, MD, PhD in a related field.
    • Language skills: Fluent English is essential. French is highly desirable.
    • Flexibility: Ability to travel up to 30%.


    • Exempt 

    *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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