Project Lead

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Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
Apply by 21 January 2017
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 22 December 2016

Job Description


Family Planning and Reproductive Health Department

Based in Washington, DC

Up to 20-25% international travel

Reports to the Director, Family Planning and Reproductive Health

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 an experienced Project Lead to plan and coordinate all activities for a multimillion dollar global Reproductive Health project beginning in 2017*. The project will focus on increasing access to and changing social norms around family planning (FP) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services, improving the policy environment for FP and SRHR and reducing death and injury from unsafe abortion.

The Project Lead should have significant leadership, management, and international development experience particularly in sub-Saharan Africa; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing partner relations; a strong interest in private sector and innovative approaches to development; and experience successfully implementing reproductive health programs centered around increasing both demand and access to voluntary contraceptive services and safe abortion. This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and will report to the Director for Family Planning and Reproductive Health. The Project Lead will have multiple direct reports and will coordinate with regional staff and country-level teams located primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

  • Oversee the design and implementation of a multi-country, comprehensive reproductive health program in partnership with consortium partners
  • Manage relationships with the project partners and other key stakeholders
  • Ensure project deliverables are achieved on time and to the highest standard
  • Manage sub-contract development and negotiations
  • Ensure the effective use and coordination of resources and compliance of the project’s financial systems and controls per PSI and donor standards
  • Develop country specific implementation plans including timelines and assigned roles and responsibilities in partnership with country-level team leads and local stakeholders
  • Lead internal and external program planning and reporting, including annual work planning with PSI country office teams and project sub award partners
  • Provide or facilitate technical leadership to programs in the areas of social norms, social marketing, FP/RH service delivery, safe abortion, adolescent sexual reproductive health, health financing and policy change
  • Provide effective guidance and support to regional staff and members of the in country management teams and staff assigned to the project
  • Represent the project and PSI at relevant donor meetings as well as regional and global reproductive health conferences and technical meetings.

What are we looking for?

  • Masters degree in public health, social sciences, international development, business, or related field
  • 8+ years experience in the implementation and management of international development projects with a preference for sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience implementing standardized programs across multiple countries and managing teams in multiple countries from a distance
  • Exceptional managerial and operational experience, preferably managing complex multi-national, donor funded activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions
  • Strong experience working in international health, especially on safe abortion and FP/RH supply and demand side interventions, including private sector and community based approaches.
  • Willingness to travel approximately 20-25% during the life of the program with higher levels likely in the first year
  • At least four years of experience living or working in a developing country is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with managing DFID projects and/or performance-based contracts preferred

Fluency in English required; French language skills are a plus.

References will be required.


  • Exempt
  • Level 5

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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