Population Services International

Project Director, Unitaid ITPi

Posted Date 2 months ago(7/29/2020 1:19 PM)
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Job title: Project Director: Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Infants*

Department: Malaria Department

Based in Washington DC or Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire

Start date: Q1 2021

Up to 30% international travel. Reports to the Director, Malaria

* Position contingent upon funding and donor approval



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 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 Project Director will provide overall leadership and managerial oversight for the project and ensure timely implementation and reporting of activities. The Project Director will be based in Washington D.C. or Abidjan, and will liaise with National Malaria Control Programs, national immunization programs, and Consortium members to ensure effective coordination and implementation of this project.


You will:

  • Provide overall project leadership, management, and technical oversight
  • Serve as a key liaison with Unitaid, country governments, project stakeholders, and counterparts in the public sector
  • Collaboratively create and implement a strategic, long-term programmatic vision
  • Manage and supervise the work of key project personnel and consortium partners
  • Oversee the work planning process, performance management, knowledge management and strategic communications
  • Oversee day-to-day operations of multi-country operational research pilots
  • Oversee project financial management, including, budgeting, expenditure tracking, and financial reporting


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 12 years of professional experience working with developing countries, with at least 3 years of senior level experience supporting or leading complex, multi-country projects.
  • Experience implementing Malaria projects strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated capacity to operate within the malaria international community strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of managing or supporting Unitaid grants preferred
  • Effective English oral and written communications skills,
  • Ability to interact proficiently in French is required.
  • References will be required.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position. 
  • The successful canddiate will be required to pass a background check.

What would get us excited?

Experienced manager: You have been a Project Director/Deputy Director of a multi-country project before, or a COP of a large bilateral award. Unitaid experience strongly preferred.


A connector: You have experience working with Ministries of Health, and global health organizations with public and private sector experience.


  • 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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