Deputy Country Representative, Madagascar

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 20 June 2019
  • Antananarivo, Madagascar
  • Closing on 20 July 2019
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Job Description


Title: Deputy Country Representative, Programs

Department: Foundation Markets

Based in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Reports to the Country Representative, PSI/Madagascar

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 7,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds, experience, and unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.

Join us!

PSI Madagascar is a top-performing PSI country program that creates measurable health impact. PSI Madagascar has a diverse donor base and a wide range of products and interventions. PSI/Madagascar has a solid donor base and is well-positioned for further growth. The platform’s Malaria & Child Survival programs include integrated and established prevention and treatment interventions in malaria and diarrheal disease and new activities for pneumonia treatment and nutrition. FP/RH activities include a wide range of short- and long-term method products and services as well as basic maternal health care services and cervical cancer detection and referral. HIV/STI prevention and treatment activities in this concentrated epidemic include product and communication interventions focused on distinct target audiences: youth and high risk groups (female sex workers, high-risk men and men having sex with men).

We are looking for a Deputy Country Representative (DCR), Programs based in Antananarivo, Madagascar to lead implementation of PSI’s Global Fund and USAID/PMI Impact Malaria awards in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH). The DCR should have significant management and international experience with international donors, particularly The Global Fund, an interest in private sector approaches to development, relevant language skills, and be capable of managing a diverse staff. We are looking for someone with a proven track record of delivering results in multi-million-dollar field offices and fast paced environments under challenging conditions. PSI’s Madagascar program is highly impactful and highly rewarding for those who thrive when given a serious management challenge.

The DCR will have full programmatic and financial responsibility for both existing Global Fund grants (Malaria and HIV) and the USAID/PMI’s funded Impact malaria project In addition to proven skills in managing large scale health projects, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to lead finance and program teams and to maintain excellent partnerships with donors, the government and other key stakeholders. The DCR will report to the Country Representative, Madagascar.

Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution

The DCR, Programs will assume strategic, programmatic and operational management and oversight for key Madagascar grants with special focus on the two, large Global Fund projects. The DCR, Programs will be responsible for achieving a high level of project performance while assuring compliance with regulations across a range of donors, with special focus on The Global Fund, and financial/administrative best practices. Specific tasks are:

Program Planning and Execution

  • Provide quality and timely management of project lifecycle for all current donor projects including meeting programmatic and financial deliverables;
  • Work with PSI Madagascar program and finance staff to administer SR contracts and monitor SR performance, including the continued development of SR tracking and reporting systems for programmatic, administrative and financial operations, as well as any contractual negotiations or remediary actions (as applicable);
  • Supervise evidence-based research activities to support health program decisions to evaluate and measure program effectiveness and to maximize health impact.

Financial and Internal Controls

  • Support the Finance Director in ensuring that PSI and donor requirements regarding financial oversight and controls are met and ensure collaboration with appropriate teams in PSI/W;
  • Develop and manage annual and project budgets in accordance with donor and PSI/W regulations;
  • Meet reporting and compliance requirements as required by donors and PSI/Washington;
  • Ensure that all PSI financial policies and procedures are followed and validated by internal evaluations and external audits;


  • Foster and manage effective relationships with Subrecipients (SR), the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM), Local Fund Agent (LFA), Madagascar government, the GF in Geneva, other relevant donor representatives and appropriate PSI/Washington Departments including the Procurement, Finance, Contracts and HIV and Malaria and Child Survival Departments.

Capacity-building and Management

  • Design and implement high impact and sustainable SR capacity-building activities based on routine SR assessments (where applicable), to increase ownership and management of their subawards and achieve project deliverables, with a focus on accountability, transparency and quality.

New Business Development

  • Identify and assess new partners for program implementation;
  • Organize country team responses to global, regional and country-level fundraising pertaining to Global Fund grants and all malaria grants;
  • Liaise with PSI/W for all fundraising opportunities and agree on priorities and next steps;
  • Communicate PSI global and country strategy to local donors, partners and authorities with a view to identifying strategic overlap and opportunities.

Fulfill other management functions as required by the Country Representative.


What are we looking for?

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s 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

  • Significant programmatic and managerial experience in one or more of the following areas: reproductive health/family planning and neonatal care, malaria prevention and treatment and HIV/STI prevention.
  • Relevant post-graduate degree (MBA, MPA, MPH, MD, PhD) or equivalent experience; special consideration will be given to candidates with a proven track record that combines strong management and technical skills;
  • At least 7 years of experience managing people, budgets and international public health programs of similar size in Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • You have significant demonstrated fundraising, personnel and financial management experience;
  • You might have successfully managed Global Fund grants as a Principle Recipient (PF).
  • Strong knowledge and respect for a complex and deepening compliance environment and the ability to assure PSI/Madagascar meet such requirements;
  • Proven leadership demeanor: calm under pressure, diplomatic, and decisive;
  • Fluency in French and English with excellent writing skills;
  • Proficiency in word processing, the use of Excel, and data analysis.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
  • References will be required.

What would get us excited?

You get things done. You have experience managing International Prime Awards and/or Subawards in a developing country. You know how to “just get it done” while navigating the demands of ensuring compliance with award terms and conditions, including financial, programmatic and contractual deliverables, in a challenging work environment.

Problem solver. You have a proven ability to work collaboratively across departments, cultures and languages, as well as think out of the box to creatively and efficiently solve complex problems.

A connector. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, community-based and international organizations, and global health donors. You are a team player and a leader, and have strong interpersonal skills that allow you to effectively interact with all players within the project life cycle.

Capacity-builder. You are passionate about building national ownership of programs and implementation, and will strive to build the capacity of both internal staff and partners, where applicable, to advance this objective.

Highly organized. You pay great attention to detail, particularly when abiding by policies and procedures set by funders.


  • Full-time

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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