Job Title: HIV Self- Testing Market Analyst
Department: HIV Department
Based in USA or South Africa, Johannesburg
Reports to the Project Director, STAR Initiative
Up to 35% international travel.
Who we are
We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from malaria treatment and prevention to HIV testing.
There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds - from doctors, epidemiologists and professionals from the medical industry to artists from the music business - all with unique skills we bring to the job.
Since 2015, PSI has led implementation of the UNITAID HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative. STAR is a multi-country project designed to evaluate and scale effective, efficient and ethical HIVST distribution models to increase testing coverage and achieve public health impact. In STAR’s first phase (2015-2017), the Initiative catalyzed the HIVST market, building increased demand among global donors and country governments and expanding supply of HIVST products. Under STAR, WHO released normative guidance on HIVST in December 2016. Over 1.2 Million HIVST were distributed in Southern Africa since inception of the project.
In July of 2017, the STAR Initiative expanded to South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland and began scale-up in the existing STAR countries. As part of this expanded scope of work the STAR Initiative will work at global level to better understand HIVST demand, monitor supply-side trends and track rapidly changing enabling environments. Simultaneously, the Initiative will expand its impact by supporting market development activities in a minimum of 5 additional countries (2 in Asia; 3 in Africa). This includes support for guideline development, operational planning for scale-up and the establishment of regulatory frameworks.
Implementation of the STAR Initative, including this expanded scope, is a flagship effort under PSI’s new global strategy. Lessons learned from implementation of the STAR Intiative will inform global strategy execution across a diversity of health markets and health products & services.
This position will be based in either the USA or South Africa, with frequent travel to project countries. The position reports to the Project Director, with an esimtated start date of September 2018.
Sound like you? Read on.
The HIVST Market Analyst will oversee PSI’s global HIVST market development agenda, under the supervision of the STAR Initiative Project Director. The Analyst will be responsible for improving PSI’s understanding of trends in HIVST demand and supply through demand forecasting and manufacturer engagement. This includes development of a global demand forecast which will be used to inform recommendations for global market shaping interventions, particularly related to the introduction of blood-based HIVST. The Analyst will also lead our collaboration with the World Health Organization and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to understand and improve the enabling environment for HIVST. In collaboration with PSI’s self-testing technical experts, several other consortium partners ( SFH, CHAI and WITSRHI, LSTM) and other local partners , the Analyst will also support market development activities at country level in support of national agencies.
More specifically, you will shape the future of the HIV self-test market in project countries, and at global level, by:
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
Our ideal candidate will possess:
What would get us excited?
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.