Population Services International

  • Deputy Country Representative, Madagascar

    Posted Date 2 months ago(6/20/2019 3:50 PM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Country Program Operations
    Position Location: City
    Southern Africa
    Position Location: Country

    Title: Deputy Country Representative, Programs

    Department: Foundation Markets

    Based in Antananarivo, Madagascar  

    Reports to the Country Representative, PSI/Madagascar


    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 7,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds, experience, and unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do. 


    Join us!


    PSI Madagascar is a top-performing PSI country program that creates measurable health impact. PSI Madagascar has a diverse donor base and a wide range of products and interventions. PSI/Madagascar has a solid donor base and is well-positioned for further growth. The platform’s Malaria & Child Survival programs include integrated and established prevention and treatment interventions in malaria and diarrheal disease and new activities for pneumonia treatment and nutrition. FP/RH activities include a wide range of short- and long-term method products and services as well as basic maternal health care services and cervical cancer detection and referral.  HIV/STI prevention and treatment activities in this concentrated epidemic include product and communication interventions focused on distinct target audiences: youth and high risk groups (female sex workers, high-risk men and men having sex with men).


    We are looking for a Deputy Country Representative (DCR), Programs based in Antananarivo, Madagascar to lead implementation of PSI’s Global Fund and USAID/PMI Impact Malaria awards in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH). The DCR should have significant management and international experience with international donors, particularly The Global Fund, an interest in private sector approaches to development, relevant language skills, and be capable of managing a diverse staff.  We are looking for someone with a proven track record of delivering results in multi-million-dollar field offices and fast paced environments under challenging conditions. PSI’s Madagascar program is highly impactful and highly rewarding for those who thrive when given a serious management challenge. 

    The DCR will have full programmatic and financial responsibility for both existing Global Fund grants (Malaria and HIV) and the USAID/PMI’s funded Impact malaria project In addition to proven skills in managing large scale health projects, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to lead finance and program teams and to maintain excellent partnerships with donors, the government and other key stakeholders. The DCR will report to the Country Representative, Madagascar.



    Sound like you? Read on. 


    Your contribution 

    The DCR, Programs will assume strategic, programmatic and operational management and oversight for key Madagascar grants with special focus on the two, large Global Fund projects.  The DCR, Programs will be responsible for achieving a high level of project performance while assuring compliance with regulations across a range of donors, with special focus on The Global Fund, and financial/administrative best practices. Specific tasks are:


    Program Planning and Execution

    • Provide quality and timely management of project lifecycle for all current donor projects including meeting programmatic and financial deliverables;
    • Work with PSI Madagascar program and finance staff to administer SR contracts and monitor SR performance, including the continued development of SR tracking and reporting systems for programmatic, administrative and financial operations, as well as any contractual negotiations or remediary actions (as applicable);
    • Supervise evidence-based research activities to support health program decisions to evaluate and measure program effectiveness and to maximize health impact.


    Financial and Internal Controls

    • Support the Finance Director in ensuring that PSI and donor requirements regarding financial oversight and controls are met and ensure collaboration with appropriate teams in PSI/W;
    • Develop and manage annual and project budgets in accordance with donor and PSI/W regulations;
    • Meet reporting and compliance requirements as required by donors and PSI/Washington;
    • Ensure that all PSI financial policies and procedures are followed and validated by internal evaluations and external audits;


    • Foster and manage effective relationships with Subrecipients (SR), the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), Local Fund Agent (LFA), Madagascar government, the GF in Geneva, other relevant donor representatives and appropriate PSI/Washington Departments including the Procurement, Finance, Contracts and HIV and Malaria and Child Survival Departments.

    Capacity-building and Management

    • Design and implement high impact and sustainable SR capacity-building activities based on routine SR assessments (where applicable), to increase ownership and management of their subawards and achieve project deliverables, with a focus on accountability, transparency and quality.

    New Business Development

    • Identify and assess new partners for program implementation;
    • Organize country team responses to global, regional and country-level fundraising pertaining to Global Fund grants and all malaria grants;
    • Liaise with PSI/W for all fundraising opportunities and agree on priorities and next steps;
    • Communicate PSI global and country strategy to local donors, partners and authorities with a view to identifying strategic overlap and opportunities.


    Fulfill other management functions as required by the Country Representative.


    What are we looking for?


    The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s 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

    • Significant programmatic and managerial experience in one or more of the following areas: reproductive health/family planning and neonatal care, malaria prevention and treatment and HIV/STI prevention.
    • Relevant post-graduate degree (MBA, MPA, MPH, MD, PhD) or equivalent experience; special consideration will be given to candidates with a proven track record that combines strong management and technical skills;
    • At least 7 years of experience managing people, budgets and international public health programs of similar size in Sub-Saharan Africa;
    • You have significant demonstrated fundraising, personnel and financial management experience;
    • You might have successfully managed Global Fund grants as a Principle Recipient (PF).
    • Strong knowledge and respect for a complex and deepening compliance environment and the ability to assure PSI/Madagascar meet such requirements;
    • Proven leadership demeanor: calm under pressure, diplomatic, and decisive;
    • Fluency in French and English with excellent writing skills;
    • Proficiency in word processing, the use of Excel, and data analysis.
    • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
    • References will be required.


    What would get us excited?

    You get things done. You have experience managing International Prime Awards and/or Subawards in a developing country. You know how to “just get it done” while navigating the demands of ensuring compliance with award terms and conditions, including financial, programmatic and contractual deliverables, in a challenging work environment.

    Problem solver. You have a proven ability to work collaboratively across departments, cultures and languages, as well as think out of the box to creatively and efficiently solve complex problems.


    A connector. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, community-based and international organizations, and global health donors. You are a team player and a leader, and have strong interpersonal skills that allow you to effectively interact with all players within the project life cycle.


    Capacity-builder. You are passionate about building national ownership of programs and implementation, and will strive to build the capacity of both internal staff and partners, where applicable, to advance this objective.


    Highly organized. You pay great attention to detail, particularly when abiding by policies and procedures set by funders.



    • Full-time   

    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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