Country Representative, Guinea

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Population Services International
Conakry, Guinea
Apply by 6 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 7 March 2018

Job Description

Title: Country Representative, Guinea

Department: West and Central Africa

Based in Guinea

Up to 20 % international travel

Reports to the Deputy Regional Director, WCA

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 seeks dynamic candidates with attention to details and an operations acumen to close out the country office program in Guinea. The Country Representative (CR) will provide oversight to the PSI/Guinea staff and ensure a smooth close out of its Global Fund HIV/AIDS project currently being implemented. The Country Representative represents PSI to government, key stakeholders and donors; directs staff; ensures contract compliance; manages financial, administrative and logistical resources; prepares and executes budgets as needed during the close out. In addition to proven skills in organizational management, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to successfully close out projects in difficult operating environments. The CR will report to the Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa in Washington, D.C.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

The Country Representative will be responsible for the ongoing Global Fund HIV grant and office operations until project close out in the summer of 2018. In addition to close out activities, the CR will be responsible for ongoing management (financial, administrative, and programmatic and compliance), and representation of PSI’s activities in Guinea. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Manage the office and staff through the transition and closeout period ensuring existing project’s deliverables are met and operational and financial targets are met
  • Close out the current Global Fund grant award including notification and final financial and programmatic close out of project subrecipients;
  • Full close out of Guinea office in close coordination with PSI headquarters to include but not limited to: asset and inventory disposition, human capital (employee, contractual employee and liabilities accrued), finalization of outstanding legal issues, alerting all key external stakeholders including funders, government and other partners of PSI’s exit, annul outstanding contracts, exit office space, final audit and location of storage for final key documents for future audits.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What are we looking for?

The basics

  • At least 7 years’ management/work experience in a developing country; experience working in West Africa preferred;
  • Relevant post-graduate degree (MBA, MIA, MPH, etc.) or equivalent experience;
  • Experience closing out projects and/or country programs preferably in West Africa;
  • Knowledge of international development projects with emphasis on HIV/AIDs programming;
  • Proven ability to mentor staff as well as to transfer coaching skills to supervisors;
  • Familiarity with the Global Fund as well as other international donor community;
  • Proven leadership demeanor: calm under pressure, diplomatic, and decisive;
  • Fluency in French and English;
  • Proficiency in word processing, the use of Excel, and data analysis;
  • Excellent writing skills;


  • Exempt

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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