Population Services International

  • Team Lead/ Project Director, Kenya

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/27/2018 1:00 PM)
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    East Africa
    Position Location: Country

    Job title: Team Lead/ Project Director – Delivering Sustainable and Equitable Increases in Family Planning in Kenya

    Department East Africa

    Based in Nairobi with extensive travel in the field (including northen arid and semi-arid regions)

    Reports to the PSI Representative


    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 mosquito nets 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  and unique skills we bring to the job.  

    Join us! 

    PSI seeks highly qualified candidates for the position of Team Lead/ Project Director for the DFID funded upcoming Family Planning program, Delivering Sustainable and Equitable Increases in Family Planning in Kenya. The candidate will provide effective leadership and day-to-day management of this program. 


    About the upcoming program: Building on the success of DFID’s current programme, this program will place greater emphasis on reducing inequities and promoting sustainability, and the overarching goal is to support the Government of Kenya to establish the foundations for equitableand sustainable provision of family planning services. The programme will focus support and interventions in Low Contraceptive Prevelant Rate counties of Kenya, in particular counties in the north and north-east of Kenya, and on counties and urban settings (informal settlements) with high rates of unintended adolescent pregnancy.


    This full-time position will be based in Nairobi, Kenya and will report directly to PSI’s Representative but work closely with a diverse team of key technical and management personal on this program.


    *This position is contingent upon project award.


    Sound like you? Read on.


    Your contribution

    You will lead this project, working closely and collaboratively with key personnel responsible for technical, financial, and operational activities of the program. You will also lead the management of downsteam partners who will be part of this program. You will be directly responsible for the management and overall successful performance of this program.


    Provide technical oversight

    • Provide oversight of policy and technical guidance to implementing partners to ensure program deliverables are met
    • Lead internal and external program planning and reporting including annual work planning with technical and implementing partners, including capacity building and technical assistance
    • Use project, country, and donor data to analyze project progress, update strategies and improve implementation


    Lead program planning and execution

    • Provide quality and timely management of this program’s lifecycle including meeting programmatic and financial deliverables
    • Develop and steward project deliverables and budgets consistent with both organizational and donor requirements
    • Meet financial and other reporting requirements as required by DFID and PSI/Washington
    • Work colaboratively with all program team members
    • Prepare detailed donor reports and consolidate program partner reports on a quarterly basis or as needed by the donor
    • Monitor development and implementation of annual work plans, and serve as the catalyst for capacity strengthening at nationalan county level
    • Support evidence-based activities to support program decisions in order to evaluate and measure program effectiveness and to maximize health impact
    • Assist the PSI Representative with other duties as necessary


    Build relationships and capacity among partners

    • Provide overall oversight of the project and maintain effective and regular communication with donors, implementing partners, Kenya government entities, and the private sector
    • Serve as the focal point for engaging in policy dialogue with the MOH at central, and county levels in conjunction with donors on key issues relevant to increasing uptake for reproductive health and family planning services and products in the focus counties
    • Represent PSI and its partners in interactions with donors and government, NGO, public and private sector partners
    • Oversee the development of the program’s learning agenda, synthesizing and disseminating lessons learned internal and externally.


    What are we looking for?

    The basics

    • You have at least 10 years of work experience of managing a team in a developing country and project oversight experience.
    • Experience in Reproductive Health/ Family Planning implementation in Kenya and particularly in marginalized settings. Experience in Northen Arid regions of Kenya is a significant advantage
    • You have an MBA, MPH, MSC, MBA, MSW or other relevant advanced degree. An MPH is preferred.
    • You have lived and worked in a developing country.
    • You have demonstrated experience developing and managing budgets for International donors (e.g. DFID, USAID, KfW, Global Fund, CIFF, B&M Gates Foundation etc.).
    • You have experience and are passionate in building local technical, management and leadership capacity.
    • You are fluent in English.
    • You have significant project management, reporting, compliance, and leadership experience.
    • References will be required.
    • Must be authorized to work in Kenya. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.


    What would get us excited?


    Experienced manager. You have been a Chief of Party/ Team Lead/ Project Director of a large DFID/ USAID funded project before. You have ideally worked on related programs in Kenya.

    DFID experience. You understand DFID regulations and have experience implementing projects under DFID’s compliance standards.


    Capacity Builder: You have experience in building institutional, local technical, management and leadership capacity.


    High Emotional Intelligence: You have excellent people management, interpersonal skills and you are able to work in a diverse cultural environment with multiple stakeholders (including National and Country Health  Authorities, beneficiaries, implementing partners, program staff, donors) is a key behavioral characteristic. You exhibit patience where needed and tactfully manage tension or potential conflicts.    


    A strategist and an innovator: You are creative, innovative and a strategic thinker. You have a strong interest in private-sector approaches to development and a proven ability to produce results.

    Collaborative manager. You can inspire a shared vision for the project staff. You have successfully helped your staff learn, grow, and thrive in their work. You can help others resolve conflict and excel as a team.

    Connector. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, health care companies, or global health donors. You can identify new donors and partners for programs. You are able to spot health trends and keep the PSI global headquarters informed about needs and opportunities in Kenya. 


    Strategist and innovator. You are creative, innovative and strategic thinker. You have a strong interest in private-sector approaches to development and a proven ability to produce results.



    • 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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