Population Services International

  • Senior Technical Advisor, Family Planning/Reproductive Health

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/6/2018 1:33 PM)
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    Washington, DC
    Washington, DC
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    United States

    Senior Technical Advisor - Family Planning - SIFPO2

    Family Planning and Reproductive Health Department

    Based in Washington, DC

    Up to 25% international travel

    Reports to the Director of SIFPO2 project at PSI


    Who we are

    We are 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 lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives.


    There are over 7,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds  - from the medical industry to the music business - all with unique skills we bring to the job.


    Join us!

    The Family Planning (FP) and Reproductive Health (RH) Department supports programs in 37 countries (and counting) to deliver high-quality family planning and services to women and girls. We protect our clients’ sexual & reproductive health rights by ensuring informed choice, voluntarism, client confidentiality & privacy, client safety and continuity of care.  SIFPO2 is a USAID-funded 5- year multi country program focused on family planning service delivery.


    The Senior Technical Advisor (Sr TA) for SIFPO2 is passionate about improving the lives and women and their families by ensuring access to contraceptive products and services and is experienced in implementing family planning programs.


    The Sr TA is a strategic leader and implementer in women’s health with at least 10 years’ experience working in international development with a focus on family planning and a demonstrated track record of successfully managing donor and partner relations. S/he will also develop strong liaisons with PSI Regional Directors, country programs and other organizational senior leaders.  The Sr TA is someone who is comfortable facilitating a meeting with USAID staff and other implementing partners, and equally capable of helping a country team with all the technicalities and bureaucracy of good project management – we want someone able and happy to do both!


    Note, currently the position is funded until April 2020, with extension subject to additional funding.  PSI typically has a broad range of FP/RH projects that require senior technical assistance. 


    Sound like you? Read on.


    Your contribution


    You will be a key technical representative and resource for PSI’s Support for International Family Planning and Health Organizations 2: Sustainable Networks (SIFPO2) program. This five-year USAID-funded program is designed to strengthen family planning programs and other health services worldwide, with a focus on strengthening private sector channels including social franchise/private sector networks, but increasingly expanding into mobile outreach, public sector support and CHW/CBD programs


    As part of this role, you will represent PSI at external forums with USAID and other implementing partners, collaborate with other technical departments (e.g. Evidence and Marketing) as well as country offices, as well as shape the delivery of SIFPO2’s work and its contribution to PSI’s wider FP/RH strategy.  More specifically, you will:


    • Design, oversee and manage a selection of interventions funded via SIFPO2 to expand access to LARCs and PMs in the context of informed choice in close coordination with the Director of SIFPO2.
    • Oversee 3-4 Field programs being delivered under SIFPO2 including provision of financial, contractual and technical oversight; this is done in close coordination with the Senior TA, Deputy and Director of SIFPO2
    • Work closely with Senior Technical Advisor for SIFPO2 on management of the project’s core workplan, including setting technical direction, tracking that activities are delivered on time and to budget, and supporting communication of project achievements to USAID and other key stakeholders.
    • Identify and disseminate technical learnings to key stakeholders at international, regional and country level and lead on content development, delivery of PSI’s technical content (in conjunction with other team members), and collaboration with other USAID implementing partners for 2-4 technical meetings in 2019, focused on priority FP/RH topics.
    • Contribute to the PSI/SIFPO2’s existing partnerships and efforts in areas such as task-sharing
    • Influence the context in which PSI conducts family planning programming through supporting the production of high-quality technical and programmatic briefs and other external-facing FP technical products.
    • Provide in-country technical assistance on family planning programming, as needed.

    Other tasks as assigned by the Senior Technical Advisor and/or other senior members of the SIFPO2 team.


    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:

    • You have a Master’s degree or higher in relevant subject areas
    • You have 10+ years of professional experience, with at least 2 years of overseas work experience in implementing family planning programs.
    • You have experience implementing programs funded by USAID
    • You have the ability to work fluently in English with French language skills a plus.
    • You are willing to travel and get work done in hard places such as Liberia or Mali
    • You have strong facilitation, presentation and public speaking skills.
    • You are organized, have strong communication skills and can manage multiple, competing priorities in a fast paced environment.
    • References will be required.
    • Must be authorized to work in the United States.  N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship and relocation expenses will not be covered for this position.
    • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.


    What would get us excited?

    FP/RH Service Delivery Knowledge: You have managed LARC service delivery programs and have a keen sense of what is needed to ensure high quality, productive programs.


    A problem solver. You are able to quickly diagnose problems and propose practical solutions in collaboration with key stakeholders.


    Team player: You are nice to work with, can take the highs and the lows, you enjoy the job and are a more of  glass half full than glass half empty kind of person, an attitude that helps if we are to succeed in the complex environments we work in  (in exchange we aim to be the same for you!)


    And a good writer.  We really appreciate good writers!



    • 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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