Population Services International

Senior Communications and Fundraising Consultant

Posted Date 2 months ago(3/4/2021 4:48 PM)
Job ID
# of Openings
Global Fundraising & External Communications
Position Location: City
Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Position Location: Country
United States


Senior Communications and Fundraising Consultant

Date of Assignment: 30 business days starting ASAP in March 2021

Based in Washington D.C., USA

Up to 0% international travel

Reports to Vice President, Global Fundraising


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.


Join us!

PSI’s External Communications (EC) department positions PSI as a development NGO of the future and thought leader working towards Universal Healthcare for all. We nurture strategic relationships with donors and partners, support global services and in-country teams with external relations and provide strategic advocacy support. We work hard and laugh a lot together.


We are looking for a Senior Communications and Fundraising Consultant to:


  • Conduct qualitative, internal in-depth interviews with
    • PSI’s CEO, CDO
    • Outgoing EC Director
    • EC Senior Managers (and full team panel or several panels with junior members who are integral to execution)
    • Vice Presidents of Strategy & Insights, Social Enterprise, Africa, Latin America & Asia, OpEx, Malaria, Sexual and Reproductive Health
    • Key communications collaborators such as but not limited to security, strategy, and insight exchange.
  • Conduct benchmarking/organizational analysis and where possible, qualitative in-depth interviews with external, organizations (of comparable focus/size—INGO or private sector) regarding their communication functions (internal, external, crisis, advocacy) experience and strength in class.
    • What is the market opportunity and need for us to accomplish our goals?
      • Influence and Positioning
      • Best practice by others
      • Is there something missing that no one is doing?
      • What “best” practices are less effective—in which we should not invest.
  • Provide technical opinion/recommendations based on insights inclusive of, but not limited to:
    1. Advocacy
    2. Strategic communications
    3. Design
    4. Crisis communications
    5. Internal communications
    6. Public relations
    7. Technical writing and publishing capacity 
    8. Project management for communications

Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution


  • Develop and present summary in written and in presentation form covering:
    1. Summary of best practices experienced
    2. Summary of risk/challenges experienced
    3. Recommendations
    4. Varying departmental structure and strategy profiles
    5. Varying leadership profiles


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.


The basics:

  • Experience working within a large INGO focused on International Development, preferably Global Health
  • A minimum of 10 years managing internal communications teams at a large global organization
  • A bachelor or master’s degree in communications, advocacy, policy or related fields is required
  • Proven experience overseeing production of high-quality multi-media global communications campaigns.
  • Must have excellent messaging and public speaking abilities, and the ability to assess them in junior and senior staff.
  • Ability to lead groups of disparate viewpoints. 

What would get us excited?

  • Experience with global health, both technical programming and advocacy, across at least 2 the following program areas: COVID-19, HIV/TB, Digital Health, Malaria, Non-communicable Diseases, Social Enterprise, Sexual and Reproductive Health, WASH
  • Demonstrated experience managing a communications department of at least 10-12+ individuals at a private or non-profit organization of 1,000+ people. Experience in both NGO and private sector a huge plus.
  • Experience working with large, multinational and intercultural teams.
  • A do-er who can get their bearings quickly 


  • Exempt
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position. 
  • References will be required. 
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check. 


*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.


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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