Senior Design Strategists

Apply by 23 March 2017
Mid-level , Short-term contract assignment
Posted on 2 February 2017

Job Description

Job title Short-term Consultants – Senior Design Strategists

Engagement Up to120 days (TBC) spread over 29 weeks starting in Q2 2017

Based in Location Remote/Home office (75%) + Field-work in Somalia (25%)

Department East Africa

Reports to the HCD Lead Consultant and SBC Advisor

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!

PSI commenced Somalia’s first large-scale and dedicated demand-creation program (Tusan Wade) for healthcare. The program will design key demand-creation strategies and touch-points in order to drive uptake of health service utilization, preventive behaviours, and treatment-seeking behaviours. Tusan Wade, a DFID funded Demand Creation project program is designed to achieve increased community awareness of, and demand for, health services and promote appropriate health, Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) as well as optimal hygiene practices.

In collaboration with the MOH, a round of early formative design research has just been completed in order to devise our design strategy for 2017 and beyond. In 2017, several small teams will work to design demand creation initiatives.

We are looking for several senior Design Strategy experts with solid experience in design strategy consulting, and also ideally in design leadership for development projects. We are currently filling several roles on the team. Each role will play a pivotal part in the design research, concept development, prototyping, testing and iteration, and project management of an immensely complex and nascent field of work for Somalia’s marginalized populations.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution


You will be responsible for the design research, concept development, prototyping, testing and iteration, and project management of an immensely complex and nascent field of work for Somalia’s marginalised populations.

IN ADDITION to the above, you will also be expected to:

  • Work with the HCD Lead Consultant and Social Behavior Change Communications Advisor, PSI Somaliland research team and Ministry of Health stakeholders.
  • Help prepare internal, regional and donor sharing documents and reports on the program’s process
  • Build Innovation Team Capacity - Work with the PSI Somaliland team through hands-on practice implementing HCD through prototyping
  • Promote creativity and open ideas through team assignments, team makeup and other relevant team building and development strategies
  • Pitch in as necessary, to make the work happen

What are we looking for?

  • Minimum 5 years practical work experience in Design Strategy / HCD / UCD in a consultancy setting and ideally in a leading role, on all key parts of the design process including:
  • Design Research
  • Synthesis
  • Idea Generation & Concept Development
  • Rapid prototyping in both low and medium resolution
  • Testing concepts/prototypes with users
  • Building and presenting insights, findings, and recommendations
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience working in the developing world, specifically with poor users (with at least one year in Africa)
  • Design/Project Lead on Design Strategy projects, with emphasis on developing world projects


Please send all three of the following documents to Please note that if any one item is missing, the application will not be considered.

  • Cover Letter highlighting your relevant experience
  • CV that speaks to the above skills requirements
  • Portfolio of recent work that demonstrates your multifaceted design skills, especially in the development sphere


  • Short-term ConsultantPSI 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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