Population Services International

  • Project Director, Adolescents 360 (A360)

    Posted Date 3 months ago(8/3/2018 11:39 AM)
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    Project Director, A360

    Department: Family Planning (FP) and Reproductive Health (RH)

    Based in Washington, DC or Nairobi, Kenya

    Up to 25% international travel

    Reports to the Director, FP/RH


    Who we are


    With over 45 years of experience, working in over 40 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!


    Are you looking to be a transformational leader in adolescent reproductive health programming? PSI is looking for a Project Director for Adolescents 360 (A360) to oversee the project’s scale-up phase. A360 is a project revolutionizing the way adolescent girls access contraceptives. Launched in January 2016, A360 is a four-year project that aims to increase voluntary, modern contraceptive use among adolescent girls (15-19 years old) in Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Tanzania. A360 is reimagining and redefining the way sexual and reproductive health programs are designed and delivered for adolescent girls and young women. This means shifting from a typical model where programmers design programs to one where youth and adults from a range of disciplines design programs together. A360 is co-funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Children's Investment Fund Foundation. PSI leads A360 with a core consortium of partners. 


    The A360 Project Director should have significant leadership, management, and international development experience particularly in sub-Saharan Africa; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing donor and partner relations; a strong interest in innovative approaches to development; and experience successfully implementing and scaling up family planning programs centered around increasing both demand and access to voluntary contraceptive services. 


    This position requires teamwork, coordination, creativity, flexibility, and a can-do attitude! We want someone who can roll up their sleeves to make things happen, manage multiple and competing priorities, enjoy their work, and liaise diplomatically and effectively with multiple stakeholders and diverse teams.  You are able to see the big picture while understanding program details.


    Sound like you? Read on


    Your contribution 


    The A360 Project Director will work closely a team of programmatic and technical advisors, country programs and partners as well as members of the FP/RH team, other technical departments (i.e. Marketing, Evidence) and communications teams to ensure program design and implementation meet PSI and donor standards and follow global best practices. More specifically, the Project Director will:


    • Oversee the scale-up of the multi-country, comprehensive adolescent reproductive health program in partnership with project partners, donors and other key stakeholders.
    • Ensure project deliverables are achieved on time and to the highest standard.
    • Ensure the effective use and coordination of donor resources and the compliance of the financial systems and controls following the Foundations’ standards.
    • Develop country specific implementation plans including timelines and assigned roles and responsibilities in partnership with local stakeholders.
    • Lead internal and external program planning and reporting including annual work planning with sub award partners.
    • Provide technical leadership to user-centered behavior change communication activities and adolescence reproductive health service delivery.
    • Provide effective guidance and support to technical members of the in-country management teams and staff assigned to the project.
    • Identify opportunities for dissemination and replication of the A360 approach both internal to PSI as well as within the broader FP/RH community.
    • Identify creative partnerships to expand programming.
    • Play a transformational role in the adolescent reproductive health programming.


    What are we looking for? 


    The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

    • Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
    • Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
    • Honesty: You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
    • Collaboration: You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
    • Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt
    • Commitment:  You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin


    The basics

    • You have a Masters degree in public health, social sciences, international development, business, or related field.
    • You have 10+ years of professional experience, with at least 4 years of overseas work experience in implementing family planning and reproductive health programs with a preference for sub-Saharan Africa.
    • Exceptional managerial and operational experience, preferably managing complex multi-national, donor funded activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
    • Experience testing innovative project interventions; experience in human center design interventions is a plus.
    • You are fluent in English.
    • You have strong facilitation, presentation and public speaking skills.
    • You are organized, have strong communication skills and can manage multiple priorities.
    • You are willing to travel and get work done-- sometimes on short notice.
    • At least four years of experience living or working in a developing country is highly preferred.
    • Familiarity with managing BMGF or CIFF programming is preferred.
    • You are able to analyze data to tell an effective story.
    • References will be required.


    What would get us excited? 

    • Experience communicating effectively in international organizations; getting things done while always keeping multiple stakeholders happy.
    • Someone who is serious and yet doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
    • An advocate. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, international organizations, or global health donors in the areas of FP/RH.
    • Someone who is versatile and ready to jump right in, fill gaps when and where needed, and manage a full plate efficiently and effectively all while seeing the big picture.
    • A demonstrated passion for adolescent sexual reproductive health.



    • Exempt


    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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