Population Services International

Deputy Project Director, Unitaid IPTi

Posted Date 2 months ago(7/29/2020 12:17 PM)
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Technical Health Areas
Position Location: City
West & Central Africa
Position Location: Country
Cote d'Ivoire


Job title: Deputy Project Director: Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Infants*

Department: Malaria Department

Based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

* Position contingent upon funding

Start date: Q1 2021


Up to 30% travel. Reports to the Project Director


Who we are

With over 50 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. 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 marketers from the fast-moving consumer goods industry - all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

PSI is seeking an experienced, dynamic Deputy Project Director to lead a multi-country intervention aimed at improving uptake of intermittent preventative treatment in infants (ITPi) for an anticipated Unitaid award. PSI has a rapidly expanding portfolio of malaria programs in over 30 countries, worldwide, which accounts for more than a third of the total business of the organization. PSI’s global strategy focuses on improving consumer powered healthcare through shaping market systems, shifting policy and funding and strengthening global capacity. For the Malaria Department this means moving quality malaria case management closer to consumers; bringing next generation ITNs to market; scaling response driven surveillance to accelerate malaria elimination progress and maximizing the value of drug-based prevention interventions, such as IPTi.    


Your contribution

The Deputy Project Director will support the Project Director with the overall leadership and managerial oversight for the project and support timely implementation and reporting of activities. The Deputy Project Director will be based in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire and will support the implementation of the operational pilots across several countries in the region. The Deputy Project Director will liaise with in-country staff, National Malaria Control Programs, national immunization programs and Consortium members to ensure effective implementation of this project.


You will:

  • Provide support to the Project Director on the overall project leadership and management.
  • Manage and supervise the work of country focal points and lead the day-to-day operations of multi-country operational research pilots.
  • Support the organization and development of content for country-level project design workshops
  • Lead the work planning process and support the project financial management, including, budgeting, expenditure tracking, and financial reporting.
  • Ensure that the project policies and procedures align with PSI Global Services Finance, Procurement, Grants and Contracts policies, procedures and requirements, and proactively identify and manage any potential conflicts to ensure compliance with the necessary regulations and Unitaid contract requirements.
  • Design and implement internal systems that ensure accurate and timely reporting on programmatic performance of the project.
  • Support the knowledge management component of the project.


What are we looking for?

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

Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.

Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.

Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.

Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.


The basics:

  • A Master’s degree related to health, social sciences, or development.
  • At least 10 years of professional experience working with developing countries, with at least 3 years of experience supporting or managing bilateral or multi-country Demonstrated knowledge of managing or supporting Unitaid grants preferred.
  • Experience with drug-based prevention or EPI preferred.
  • Effective English and French oral and written communications skills required.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check. 

What would get us excited?

Experienced manager: You have been a Project Director/Deputy Director before, Unitaid experience strongly preferred.

An Influencer: You have a demonstrated ability to work with multiple stakeholders to achieve intended outcomes.

Adaptable: You are comfortable with adaptive management approaches and are willing to change approaches based on evidence.


  • 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.


ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: newhiresupport@psi.org or call (202)785-0072.


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