Population Services International is hiring a
Project Director, USAID REACH Malaria
Based in Washington D.C. or US-remote eligible (within PSI’s 27 approved states)
10-25% international travel
Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Eligible
Reports to Chief Delivery Officer
Who we are
Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 4,500 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 35 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.
Reaching Every At-risk Community and Household with Malaria Services (REACH Malaria) is an anticipated five-year, $213 million, global activity managed from Washington, DC, intended as the follow-on for PSI’s successful PMI Impact Malaria program. REACH Malaria will support the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), as well as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Missions and Bureaus with malaria programs, to provide implementation support services and technical assistance to countries to accelerate progress in comprehensive delivery of facility and community-based malaria services, including malaria case management, prevention of malaria in pregnancy (MiP), seasonal malaria chemoprevention (SMC), health systems strengthening, data collection and use for service delivery, and other malaria prevention interventions.
PSI seeks a Project Director, USAID REACH Malaria, who will provide vision, direction, leadership, and management for an anticipated 5-year global malaria service delivery project. The Project Director will lead the REACH malaria team on day-to-day tasks, and serve as the Consortium’s representative, responsible for project oversight. This role will readily respond to questions, concerns, and comments raised by the donor, and the Project Director will be responsible for the technical supervision of all aspects of contract work, including consultant and subcontractor identification and management, dissemination of information, and submission of reports and other contract deliverables. The Project Director will model effective leadership behaviors and provide overall direction to the REACH Project.
-Provide overall leadership for REACH Malaria country-level buy-ins and routine report development. 30% of Time anticipated
-Ensure strategic REACH Malaria workforce planning, identify and pipeline talent, and ensure a diverse, innovative and high-performing REACH Malaria team. 20% of Time
-Manage stakeholder relationships at the highest level, national malaria programs, PMI thought leaders, and consortium partners. 20% of Time
-Supervise and develop REACH Malaria team members. Make recommendations on personnel actions, including performance management. Set team and individual goals. Prioritize, organize, delegate, and coordinate the flow of work. Enhance individual employee performance through frequent and timely communication and support. 20% of Time
-Oversee technical supervision of REACH Malaria contract, including consultant and subcontractor identification and management, dissemination of information, and submission of reports and other contract deliverables. Closely monitor progress, course correcting when necessary and providing regular updates to the Chief Delivery Officer. 10% of Time
Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change. This is also not an exhaustive list of all tasks that an incumbent is expected to perform but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included above. PSI reserves the right to revise job profiles at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities.
What are we looking for?
-Master's degree (or international equivalent) related to health, social sciences, or development.
-At least 15 years of professional experience working with developing countries, with at least 5 years of senior level experience leading complex, multi-country projects.
-At least 7 years of supervisory experience
-Demonstrated capacity to operate within the malaria international community and function as a leader on matters of malaria control and prevention in developing countries
-Demonstrated knowledge of U.S. Government or international development organization policies and procedures as they relate to international development preferred.
-Able to manage a portfolio of massive, complex, and rapidly-evolving projects. Able to build scalable models of project delivery and can quickly evaluate projects with limited data, and course correct to maximize impact.
-Advanced program management skills, including financial and budget management.
-Excellent strategic and analytical skills. Able to diagnose complex problems, generate effective solutions and communicate compelling strategic courses of action.
-Excellent leadership, employee development and management skills. Knowing when to coach, when to advise and when to provide specific direction related to multiple disciplines and functions.
-Excellent customer service, relationship building/management and consensus building skills.
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills. -Ability to interact professionally in one or more of the following foreign languages (Spanish, Portuguese, or French) preferred.
-Proficient in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
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. For domestic positions: Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.
PSI has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to provide a hazard free employment and work environment in our commitment to our employees. Candidates offered a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to their start date and their employment will be contingent on this. Candidates needing a medical or religious accommodation should let their recruiter know.
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