Deputy Country Representative, Operations PSI/Niger

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Population Services International
Niamey, Niger
Apply by 5 April 2018
Senior-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 March 2018

Job Description

Title: Deputy Country Representative, Operations – PSI/Niger

Department: West and Central Africa

Based in Niamey, Niger

Reports to the 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.


PSI/Niger was founded in 2013 and is a leader in social marketing and health communications. PSI/Niger uses health communications techniques to improve health practices in the domains of reproductive health, HIV and malaria. We are a group of highly dedicated individuals who are proud to work through our programs and with the Minister of Health to provide quality health services to the Nigerian people.

We protect our clients’ sexual & reproductive health rights by ensuring informed choice, voluntarism, client confidentiality & privacy, client safety and continuity of care, and increased access to harm reduction information.

Join us!

PSI seeks highly qualified candidates for the position of Deputy Country Representative for Operations for PSI Niger. S/he will provide cross-departmental leadership to and strategic management of PSI Niger’s Finance, Procurement, and Administration Departments and will coordinate closely with the Internal Audit, Human Resources and Programs leads for PSI Niger.

This full-time position is based in Niamey, Niger and reports to the Country Representative, Niger. Niger is a family friendly post.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

  • Provide leadership and oversight to PSI/Niger’s Operations teams including finance, procurement, administration and grants and contracts
  • Review existing systems and improve the overall effectiveness and speed of the finance, administration, and supply chain management teams
  • Ensure compliance with internal control systems
  • Collaborate with the Internal Auditor to investigate and resolve any suspected compliance violations or audit problems; Minimize fraud via active monitoring and close coordination with internal and external audits
  • Ensure compliance including sub recipient monitoring and management of subrecipient files
  • Provide capacity development and mentoring to all finance, procurement and admin staff through both formal and informal mechanisms.


  • Strengthen the capacity of PSI Niger’s finance function by providing technical support and oversight in the areas of budgeting, reconciliation, donor reporting, and financial analysis, both at the departmental level and between PSI Niger and PSI Washington
  • Establish systems of financial monitoring and reporting to ensure programmatic compliance of PSI Niger and its partners with donor and grant budgets, particularly relating to contract and subcontract administration


  • Ensure compliance with existing procurement policies
  • Oversee the procurement function’s international and local procurements, avoiding any stock-outs for PSI/Niger products and ensuring rapid turn-around on local purchases

Administration and Sub Grant Management

  • Oversee the administration and office management functions in all field offices to ensure customer satisfaction is improved.
  • Oversee warehouse management of commodities and stock to include supply chain management and forecasting of all PSI commodities
  • Centralize Sub Grant management process.
  • Ensure grants management includes value for money analyses of economy, efficiency, and effectiveness to improve reporting

What are we looking for? Is this you?

Inspired Leadership: You are an inspired leader with 4+ years’ experience managing complex teams in a challenging country setting.

Leading Operations Team: You have demonstrated results in managing large projects ($10M+) with focus on at least 2-3 of the following operations areas: finance, procurement, administration, grants and contract.

Demonstrating Results: You have a track record demonstrating leadership generating tangible results in mobilizing private sector solutions in serving social needs in a developing country.

Forging Partnerships: You are able to coordinate and work effectively with diverse stakeholders in numerous locations and levels, including private partners, donors, government officials and bodies, technical experts, civil society organizations, community members and organizations and project support staff.

Flexible Change Agent: You are a proactive leader who catalyzes innovation by both, leading and working through others.

Curious: You are an information sponge and understand what worked yesterday may not necessarily work today (or tomorrow), that each context is different.

Simplify: You quickly distill complexity to essential and simple concepts and approaches.


  • Relevant post-graduate degree (MBA or another) preferred
  • 4 years’ experience in development, at least 2 in a developing country
  • Prior supervisory experience required; Experience leading teams at a senior level and building staff capacity
  • Significant experience in programmatic and financial management of large ($10m+/year) donor funded programs, including demonstrated focus on operations management
  • Solid judgment and diplomatic skills and proven ability to prioritize
  • Experience with financial management of large donor-funded programs including USAID
  • Experience with QuickBooks Enterprise preferred
  • Experience with inventory management preferred
  • In depth experience in budget development and management, finance analysis and contract management;
  • Experience managing grants involving multiple implementing partners, both international and local
  • Knowledge of PSI systems and procedures – especially contracts and procurement – a major advantage
  • Team-building experience in a developing country; previous work experience in West Africa a major advantage
  • Excellent communication and writing skills, fluency in French and English essential


  • Full-time

*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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