TITLE: Director of Malaria
DEPARTMENT: Malaria & Child Survival
REPORTING TO: SVP (Malaria and Child Survival) & Chief Evidence Officer
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 is seeking an experienced, dynamic Director of its Malaria Department to oversee PSI’s rapidly expanding portfolio of malaria programs in over 30 countries, worldwide, which accounts for more than a third of the total business. PSI’s new global strategy focuses on improving consumer powered healthcare through shaping market systems, shifting policy and funding and strengthening global capacity. For the Malaria Department this means moving quality malaria case management closer to consumers; bringing next generations LLINs to market; scaling response driven surveillance to accelerate malaria elimination progress and maximizing the control value of drug-based prevention interventions.
The Director will play a key leadership role within PSI’s headquarters in Washington DC; providing strategic guidance and management oversight to a highly motivated team of technical advisors and program support staff. The Director will chair the Malaria Management Team which provides a platform to influence policy and practice, not just at HQ level but across PSI’s global network of country programs. Furthermore, the Director will lead PSI’s liaison role with external partners to effectively position PSI as a thought leader and leading implementing partner in the malaria control and elimination sphere. The Director will also be responsible for delivering the goals associated with major awards from The President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI), including VectorLinks and VectorWorks, awards from the Global Fund to fight AIDS TB and Malaria (GFATM), an upcoming LLIN market facilitation project funded by UNITAID as well as several additional bilateral awards from DFID and other funding partners.
The position is based in Washington DC, and reports to the Senior Vice President (Malaria and Child Survival) & Chief Evidence Officer who is based in Nairobi.
Sound like you? Read on to find out more.
You’ve got the passion, energy and experience in malaria control and elimination to help drive a new global strategy through a customer centric team that balances pragmatism with technical excellence. Your team is focused on the ultimate goal of ensuring that the organization actively learns from its cutting-edge programs in the field and manages its knowledge at all levels using state of the art processes, tools and technology to maximize impact on global health policy and practice. You will:
- As leader of the Malaria Management Team, be responsible for developing and delivering the annual malaria operations plan to support PSI’s 5-year global strategy to improve consumer powered health care.
- Align and coordinate a high functioning malaria team which includes a selection of well-known global malaria experts working in different programs in different parts of the world and ensure the whole offering to the global fight against malaria is greater than the sum of the parts.
- Promote PSI’s malaria thought leadership agenda including coordinating PSI’s presence and evidence-based influence on policy and practice at global level.
- Support local PSI staff to work closely together with country malaria control programs and national level communities of practice towards accelerated malaria control and elimination.
- Promote and support countries to raise funding to launch new interventions and scale up existing programs through assistance with program design and proposal development.
- Provide strategic leadership for the Malaria Department in headquarters, ensuring strong coordination between HQ global services departments.
- Lead the Malaria Department’s capacity building efforts at HQ and in the field, including the design, and delivery of an annual technical advisor workshop to improve platform performance in delivering malaria control and elimination programming.
- Lead PSI’s malaria related coordination efforts with key donors and external partners including: USAID, WHO, RBM, AMP, GFATM, BMGF, UNICEF and others.
- Provide in-country technical assistance to country programs, working with local teams to strategize, develop and fundraise for new programmatic areas in addition to implementation support to improve the quality of existing programs.
What are we looking for?
We are looking for someone with:
- Technical knowledge and credibility: Demonstrated global malaria leader with established international reputation for excellence in malaria control/elimination.
- Experience: Have worked for at least 10 years in the global health sphere with at least 4 years of experience in a developing country.
- Leadership skills: Able to provide vision and direction to affect change in a diverse and decentralized global health organization.
- Management skills: A clear record of successfully managing and developing a team of motivated professionals.
- Fundraising track record: Proven ability to develop winning malaria proposals submitted to the agencies representing the major sources of international development assistance for malaria.
- Networking: A mature and active professional network that can be leveraged to provide opportunities for partnership and access to technical resources to continue to develop PSI’s malaria control portfolio.
- Credentials: Post-graduate degree e.g. MBA, MPH, MD, PhD in a related field.
- Language skills: Fluent English is essential. French is highly desirable.
- Flexibility: Ability to travel up to 30%.
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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 OrganizationAbout 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.