Program Manager, West and Central Africa

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Population Services International
Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 4 July 2018
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 4 June 2018

Job Description

Job title Program Manager – Temporary Coverage

Department West and Central Africa

Based in Washington, D.C.

Reports to the Regional Director for West and Central Africa

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 lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives 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!

PSI seeks seeks qualified, dynamic candidates with significant expertise in project management including; planning, budget design & tracking, deliverables monitoring, and technical familiarity with sexual & reproductive health for covering the position of Program Manager for its West and Central Africa region for three to four months (mid-July to mid-November) of maternity coverage.

S/he will be responsible for delivering financial, programmatic, and organizational support for country programs, connecting platforms with functional and technical departments in PSI/Washington; managing a small program support team; providing strategic planning support; fostering relationships with key donors; and developing new business opportunities for PSI.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that the various technical, operational, financial and administrative needs of the assigned country and regional programs are being met by liaising and developing relationships with technical and support departments;
  • Holding monthly meetings with the assigned country teams to review health impact, monitoring achievement against targets, and tracking obstacles/challenges to achievement; burn rates; other programmatic or financial issues as they come up;
  • Assisting in maintaining, and strengthening donor relations;
  • Supporting and contributing to New Business Development opportunities, including developing new contacts and funding sources, identifying new project/product opportunities, writing proposals, developing donor budgets, and designing new programmatic interventions;
  • Reviewing programmatic reports; and donor deliverables
  • Supporting the budget management across all assigned countries and regional awards, including budget realignments, cost-extensions, and no-cost extensions
  • Supervise and mentor a team of 2 Associate Program Managers with attention to opportunities for growth and development;
  • Advise Regional Director on relevant issues; keeping them informed of significant developments and issues pertaining to the country programs or impacting operations overall

Your contribution

Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that the various technical, operational, financial and administrative needs of the assigned country and regional programs are being met by liaising and developing relationships with technical and support departments;
  • Holding monthly meetings with the assigned country teams to review health impact, monitoring achievement against targets, and tracking obstacles/challenges to achievement; burn rates; other programmatic or financial issues as they come up;
  • Assisting in maintaining, and strengthening donor relations;
  • Supporting and contributing to New Business Development opportunities, including developing new contacts and funding sources, identifying new project/product opportunities, writing proposals, developing donor budgets, and designing new programmatic interventions;
  • Reviewing programmatic reports; and donor deliverables
  • Supporting the budget management across all assigned countries and regional awards, including budget realignments, cost-extensions, and no-cost extensions
  • Supervise and mentor a team of 2 Associate Program Managers with attention to opportunities for growth and development;
  • Advise Regional Director on relevant issues; keeping them informed of significant developments and issues pertaining to the country programs or impacting operations overall

What are we looking for?

The Basics:

  • Relevant Master’s degree (MBA, MPA, MPH, etc) or equivalent experience
  • 5+ years of experience related to international development (international health preferred) and at least two years working in a developing country
  • Exceptional problem-solving and organizational skills
  • Significant experience in developing and monitoring budgets
  • Demonstrated management capacity in a fast paced work environment
  • Demonstrated experience with international donors and familiarity with international development and health issues; experience with USAID assistance and acquisition awards highly preferred
  • Fluency in English is required and a high level of proficiency in French is required.

What will get us excited?

The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, and will have: excellent communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; a passion for private sector approaches to development; and proven ability to produce results

  • A love for compliance but the flexibility to meet program needs. You like to play by the rules but you understand the importance of being flexible to meet our ultimate goal of health impact
  • Detail-oriented. You make sure things are done right and have an eye and flair for professional presentation.
  • Team Player: You know how to connect several diverse groups of people in order to get things done
  • Self-Starter: You are not afraid to jump in from the start and get your hands dirty with minimal direction and you are not afraid to ask questions

STATUS

  • Exempt
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this positon

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.

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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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