Chief of Party, Zimbabwe

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Population Services International
Apply by 1 August 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 2 July 2018

Job Description

Chief of Party

Southern Africa

Based in Zimbabwe

Reports to Country Representative

Who we are

With over 45 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 8,000 “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/Zimbabwe works hand-in-hand with the Ministry of Health and our historical funding partners (PEPFAR through USAID, UKAID through DfID, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNITAID, the Maverick Collective) to drive program innovation within PSI and more broadly in the national programs we support. We deliver programs in condom social marketing, sexual and reproductive health, TB screening and treatment, HIV prevention and treatment. Our highly integrated HIV/SRH program delivers cervical cancer screening and treatment, short-term and long active reversible contraceptives and services for survivors of sexual violence. It has also blazed trails along the HIV clinical cascade reaching key populations and hard-to-reach, high risk men and youth with innovative testing approaches, ART and PrEP. Finally, having kick started the national VMMC program with PSI innovations funding, PSI/Zimbabwe contributes up to 75% of National Program results annually.

We Lead with Evidence. As the regional focal country for PSI’s Evidence initiative, Zimbabwe remains at the forefront of multiple Evidence work streams including DHIS2, the Health Network Quality Improvement System (HNQIS), new approaches for Data 2 Action (D2A), layered client-level service tracking and e-referral systems for connecting with Sara.

We are looking for a Chief of Party (COP) to help plan and coordinate all activities under an anticipated 5 year USAID-funded cervical cancer screen and treat program targeting HIV positive women on treatment at high volume sites.

The COP will have overall responsibility for coordination of all project activities and staff. S/he will be responsible for technical leadership and administrative oversight of the program and will serve as the principal institutional liaison to USAID and the Ministry of Health and Child Care. S/he will manage a team of senior staff and partners to ensure technical quality, timeliness, compliance and efficiency of all program activities under the program. The Chief of Party will demonstrate a seamless partnership, regular and transparent communication with the assigned AOR.

This position is contingent upon donor funding. Local Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

Main Responsibilities:

  • Strengthen national program capacity in cervical cancer screen and treat, including integration of screen and treat into existing HIV treatment structures at all levels.
  • Lead administrative oversight of the program, including compliance from annual workplanning through routine reporting to closeout.
  • Oversee technical design and quality implementation, strengthening the capacity for Ministry-led coordination and implementation at all levels.
  • Ensure responsive, evidence-based, and client-centered programming and decision making.
  • Coordinate all project staff and activities, including financial management, expenditure analysis and reporting versus budget.
  • Serve as the principal institutional liaison to USAID, the Government of Zimbabwe and other key stakeholders.
  • Work closely with the Government of Zimbabwe and other relevant institutions to ensure buy-in and sustainability of the interventions by the close of the program.
  • Ensure strategic alignment of project objectives to country priorities.
  • Oversee program monitoring, evaluation and learning, including effective knowledge management and dissemination of results in local and international fora.

What are we looking for?

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree or higher in Public Health or equivalent degree. MD preferred.
  • Minimum 10 years of progressively increasing experience in health programming in sub-Saharan Africa, with demonstrated experience in designing, implementing and managing health service projects of up to $5M/year.
  • Previous experience as a USAID Chief of Party or Deputy Chief of Party on PEPFAR-funded program of comparable size and scope.
  • Demonstrated understanding of HIV/AIDS programming in Zimbabwe and or/sub-Saharan Africa, and knowledge of cervical cancer screen and treat interventions, including knowledge of recent innovations in the space.
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities with a depth and breadth of technical and management expertise.
  • Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain productive working relationships with a wide network of partners and stakeholders, including government, international donor agencies, private sector, local NGOs, and community-based organizations.
  • Demonstrated strategic vision, professional reputation and interpersonal skills and outstanding written and oral presentation skills in English are required.
  • References will be required
  • Women and minorities strongly encouraged to apply


  • International Exempt

*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.


About the Organization

About PSI: PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations, in over 65 countries to lead healthier lives. Over 150 staff in the Washington D.C headquarters, 100 overseas expatriate staff and almost 8,000 local staff work to execute PSI’s critical and innovative programs worldwide. Health Impact and Donors: PSI has a unique focus on measurable health impact much like successful corporations measure profitability. Measuring the results of PSI’s health interventions isn’t as simple as counting lives saved. PSI employs an entire team of researchers to continuously evaluate PSI performance against evidence-based objectives and verifiable indicators. Such strict measurement of PSI performance is what sets the organization apart from others in the field and feeds into the design of innovative, targeted and cost-effective interventions. By utilizing the DALY (Disability Adjusted Life Year) system, PSI estimates that in 2009 alone, its programs directly prevented more than 156,000 HIV infections, 2.6 million unintended pregnancies, almost 150,000 deaths from malaria and diarrhea and 19 million malaria episodes. In addition, roughly 25,000 patients were treated for TB. With a focus on decentralized management and local experts, innovative programs and successful benchmarking, PSI is proud of its long term commitment to serve those most in need. PSI is supported by several major donors including: governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund, various United Nations agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals. Areas of PSI focus: HIV: PSI has HIV programs in over 60 countries around the world. Interventions, which include social marketing of HIV products and services and targeted HIV communications, are based upon a commitment to produce measurable health impact and an emphasis upon rigorous research and evaluation. Although condom social marketing and targeted communications remain the cornerstones of PSI's work to address the HIV pandemic, country programs also implement an increasingly comprehensive range of interventions in response to the changing needs of specific country contexts and populations. PSI is increasingly implementing innovations such as male circumcision services and targeted communications for concurrent sexual partnerships and injection drug use interventions. TB: Tuberculosis (TB) is a curable and preventable illness, yet it remains a major cause of death worldwide. It is one of the biggest killers of women of reproductive age and the most common cause of death among people living with HIV/AIDS. PSI provides a variety of innovative TB and TB/HIV-related services, engaging private providers in diagnosis and treatment and integrating HIV counseling and testing with TB services. It also creates innovative behavior change communications campaigns to increase awareness of TB and TB/HIV and to promote healthy behaviors. Child Survival: Vulnerable children are one of PSI’s most important target groups. According to the WHO, nearly 10 million children under the age of five die each year – more than 1,000 every hour. Tragically, about two-thirds of child deaths are preventable through practical, low-cost interventions. PSI works to improve child survival by helping developing countries address water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia and HIV with prevention and treatment education and products. PSI’s child survival programs improve the health and save the lives of children under five in more than 30 countries. Reproductive Health: In over 30 countries throughout the world PSI empowers women and couples to lead healthier lives by providing access to innovative family planning and maternal health products and services. Every year, there are more than 60 million unintended pregnancies and more than 500,000 women die from pregnancy-related causes. In 2008 alone, PSI prevented an estimated 3.1 million unintended pregnancies and 15,000 maternal deaths, and enabled millions of couples to plan their families. Over the past three decades, PSI has expanded the contraceptive methods in its portfolio from male condoms and oral contraceptives to include injectable contraceptives, intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUD), emergency contraception pills, implants, female condoms, voluntary sterilization, and fertility awareness methods such as the Standard Days Method using Cyclebeads®. PSI’s RH platform has also grown to address maternal mortality through the prevention of post-partum hemorrhage and sepsis, and the prevention of unsafe abortion. Clean Water: Access to clean water is a challenge in almost all of the countries PSI operates in. Increasing awareness of water borne diseases and accessibility to treated water are a core part of PSI’s efforts across its health areas. PSI and its many partners are working together to promote the Safe Water System, a water quality intervention that employs proven, easy-to-use and inexpensive solutions such as household water treatment appropriate for the developing world. Household water treatment and safe storage ensures that each sip of water is safe to drink. Household water treatment can be adopted quickly, inexpensively, at national scale in both development and emergency situations, making an immediate difference on the lives of those who rely on transporting to and storing water in their homes. Malaria: PSI provides malaria control support to national Ministries of Health in over 30 countries worldwide. PSI tailors its malaria control programs to the unique environment in each country and the needs outlined by the Ministry of Health to achieve the Abuja Targets and MDGs. PSI’s malaria control programs include delivery of insecticide treated mosquito nets, pre-packaged malaria treatment, behavior change communications and operational research.

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