Project Director, Malawi MOMENTUM
Based in Lilongwe, Malawi
10% domestic travel
Reports to Deputy Country Representative Programmes
Who we are
Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 5,000 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 40 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using its global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer empowered healthcare.
Malawi is a small country, heavily reliant on agriculture as a source of income and food. Being one of the poorest countries with a population of over 18 million, the public sector faces enormous challenges to support and sustain quality health services.
Formed in 1994 with its core programs in HIV prevention and reproductive health, PSI/Malawi has grown into the country’s leading social marketer and service provider. Today, PSI/Malawi’s portfolio includes a range of products and services to include HIV self-testing, voluntary medical male circumcision, water-borne disease prevention, malaria prevention, male condoms (Chishango), female condoms (Care and Whisper), Youth Alert Radio and social media platforms, integrated SRHR/family planning mobile outreach services including youth and adolescent friendly services and products and Tunza franchise clinics.
PSI seeks a Project Director that will be responsible for leading successful project implementation throughout the project lifecycle from start-up to close-out. Accountable for delivery of all aspects of the projects, including technical implementation, financial and administrative compliance and oversight and supervision of project staff. Oversee project team to ensure that country level implementation is provided with a high standard of excellence, achieving its set goals and targets and within budget. Provide high level technical thought leadership and has the managerial capacity to strategically manage risk, monitor finances, and ensure each phase of work is started or completed on time. Responsible for using evidence to improve project design and implementation. As the leader of a single-country project, liaise with national stakeholders, such as Ministry of Health officials. Primary point of contact for the project donor and also assures the strategic alignment of the project with PSI Global Strategy.
-Program Leadership & Management, including financial oversight, compliance, and management of a consortium of partners (if applicable). 35% of the Time
-People Management 15% of the Time
-Thought Leadership / Knowledge Management and Technical Leadership on the project (unless the project has a Technical Director). 15% of the Time
-External Representation. 10% of the Time
-Internal Representation and coordination. 10% of the Time
-Fundraising (with non-project funds). 5% of the Time
-Donor Liaison. 10% of the Time
Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change.
What are we looking for?
-Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) MSc, MPH, MBA, MHA, MPA or equivalent
-Malawi nationals preferred, but not required
-At least 10 years related work experience in public health or related field. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted.
-At least 5 years supervisory experience.
-At least 7 years program management for global health projects in low or middle-income countries (LMICs) preferred.
-At least 5 years in relevant technical field of the project in maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) and at least two of the following technical fields ( Family planning (FP)/Reproductive Health (RH); nutrition; water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH); and/or malaria) preferred.
-At least 3 years living and working in LMICs preferred.
-Proven success in management of complex operations, under specific donor awards and procedures, in a challenging, developing country environment.
-Ability to manage agreements and all required programmatic and financial reporting requirements, including sub-grants management.
-Ability to monitor and assess performance of self, other individuals, and / or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
-Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills, with emphasis on the ability to operationalize and oversee the execution of workplans.
-Strong leadership skills, with a demonstrated ability to collaborate and work across teams and roles. Ability to persuade and motivate people and teams.
-Experience developing capacity of government entities, staff, and other organizations.
-Demonstrated experience in managing government and donor relations.
-Ability to work effectively and sensitively in a cross-cultural context.
-Strong written and oral communication skills.
-Excellent diplomatic skills and proven ability to work effectively with government officials, partners, donors, and stakeholders at high levels.
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.
References will be required. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
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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