Director of Programs, Mozambique

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Washington, DC
Apply by 30 June 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 31 May 2018

Job Description

Job title Director of Programs

Department PSI/Mozambique

Based in Maputo

Reports to the Country Representative

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets to HIV testing.

There are over 9,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. It’s a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds - from the medical industry to the music business - all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

A Director of Programs is sought to lead PSI Mozambique’s portfolio of activities related to family planning, sexual and reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS. The Director will manage a portfolio of community based health promotion and clinical service delivery interventions, as well as, manage external relations and partnerships. PSI Mozambique programming is dynamic and flexible, continuously adapting to field level insights, as well as, quantitative analysis.

With support from the government of Mozambique and international donors such as the Embassy of the Netherlands, DFID, USAID and UNFPA and various private foundations, PSI has worked in Mozambique for more than 20 years. Since 1994, we have implemented social marketing, social franchising and behavior change communication to deliver prevention and treatment products and services across a wide range of health areas including HIV/AIDS, family planning, malaria, and water-borne diseases.

This position will be based in Maputo, Mozambique, reporting to the Country Representative, with an estimated start date of August 2018.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution


  • Program Management
    • Provide strategic leadership for the implementation and growth of PSI/Mozambique’s project portfolio through ensuring strategic alignment with national priorities, detailed planning, and coordination throughout across PSI’s 6 country offices and partners. While maintaining an unwavering focus on providing aspirational health care to our customers.
    • Lead internal and external planning and reporting, including national and provincial annual work plans, as well as, quarterly progress reviews.
    • Analyze and continuously improve project implementation through rigorous attention to qualitative and quantitative data.
    • Maintain effective and regular communication with donors, implementing partners, and government entities.
    • Manage the submission of high-quality periodic reporting in line with donor and PSI requirements (Quarterly and Annual Status reports, quarterly financial reports, forecasting etc…)
    • Ensure health impact is achieved and donor deliverables are met within the project timeframe and budget
    • Oversee the development of synthesizing and disseminating lessons learned from projects between implementing partners
    • Ensure sound financial management including programmatic budgeting, spending projections and monitoring of payments
    • Expand, monitor and identify opportunities for increased impact, improved efficiency and cost effectiveness and ensure best value for money
    • Ensure the effective use and coordination of donor resources and the compliance of financial systems and controls with relevant donor standards
    • Build capacity of country team to effectively manage and carry forward implementation
  • External Relations & Partnerships
    • Interface with donors, project partners and stakeholders to represent PSI programs and ensure alignment with national strategies
    • Develop and maintain strong external relations, in particular with government, donors, and public and private sector partners
    • Participate in technical work groups, including, but not limited to, family planning and safe abortion
  • Technical Support
    • Deliver recommendations on technical assistance and systems strengthening that could be applied to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability PSI/Mozambique’s programs
    • Monitor programs’ results and ensure programs provide high quality technical services, meets annual targets and maximize positive outcomes
    • Provide technical oversight and strategic direction for program implementation and development
  • Support the Country Representative and other staff in strategic planning and overall institutional development.

What are we looking for?

  • Master’s degree in relevant field (MBA, MSW, MPH) or equivalent experience
  • Technical expertise in the area of HIV, reproductive health, maternal and/or child health preferred
  • At least 10 years demonstrated staff management and project oversight experience
  • Familiarity with international health, development issues and the international donor community
  • Experience developing and managing budgets
  • Ability to work effectively in partnership with a variety of audiences and organizations
  • Excellent writing, presentation and interpersonal communication skills preferred
  • Experience managing, implementing, and evaluating large complex projects involving the collection, analysis and presentation of health and population data that covers the full range of technical, field and administrative skills required for successful implementation of HIV, reproductive health, maternal and/or child health programs
  • Works well independently and in teams
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative skills
  • Well organized, strong attention to detail, and ability to multitask
  • Fluency or strong working knowledge of oral and written Portuguese and English.


  • Exempt

To Apply

Application Deadline: Applicants should submit their CV before 06/21/2018 highlighting relevant experience, as well as, a cover letter.

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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