Strategic Communications and Advocacy Manager for Delivering Innovation in Self-Care
Based in Nairobi, Kenya
Reports to the External Communications Senior Manager, Advocacy, with a dotted line to Project Director Delivering Innovation in Self-Care (DISC)
Travel: Post-COVID-19 Protocols: 15%
Who We Are?
With over 50 years of experience, working in over 40+ 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 powered healthcare.
There are over 5,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and experience. All with unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.
PSI’s External Communications (EC) department positions PSI as a thought-leader and development NGO of the future. We nurture strategic relationships with donors and partners, support internal and in-country teams with external relations and raise funds for PSI. We work hard and laugh a lot together.
We are looking for a Strategic Communications and Advocacy Manager to support the DISC project. This position is a key part of the Evidence and Learning team in the DISC project– a $18-million five-year self-care project made possible with the generous support of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF).
Reporting to EC’s Senior Manager for Advocacy and to DISC’s Project Director, you will collaborate to refine and execute DISC’s content strategy, which includes earned and owned media, digital and traditional outreach, as well as media relations.
The DISC project is working with consumers, healthcare providers, governments and health systems in Nigeria and Uganda to catalyze voluntary self-injection of DMPA-SC contraceptives and promote additional forms of self-care. The investment aims to better understand the conditions under which consumers and providers will demand self-care interventions, and the feasibility of delivering high quality, cost-effective self-care services at scale.
As a flagship project of PSI, DISC is part of PSI’s organizational pursuit of universal health coverage through innovative and sustainable solutions that meet the actual health needs of people in low and middle-income countries. We believe all people can and should have control of their sexuality, sexual health, and fertility and that this is best achieved when people have greater voice, choice and agency over the processes and services that most affect them. Our mission is clear: every woman and girl – and every man and boy – should have access to the products, information and services they need to plan for the families, and lives, they desire. Access to quality-assured contraception and safe abortion where it is legal is part of that package.
The Strategic Communications and Advocacy Manager will be an integral member of the DISC and EC teams to fine-tune and implement the project’s communication and advocacy strategy. This position will be filled by a highly competent communications professional with sophisticated decision-making abilities and a great attitude while working with a team that really likes each other. You will be open to constructive coaching to stretch and grow your skill set while bringing an important voice to the team that allows for others to grow through your advice and strategies.
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.
What would get us excited?
How to Apply
Applications must contain a resume and cover letter addressed to the Senior Manager, Advocacy. Applicants already based in Kenya are highly preferred. Must be willing to provide professional references upon request.
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.