Job title: Senior ITN Technical Advisor, VectorLink
Department: Malaria Department
Based in Washington DC/Remote
Up to 30% international travel. Reports to the Vector Control Operations Director, Prevention of Mosquito-Borne Diseases through VectorLink with a matrix reporting line to the Malaria Director, PSI.
Who we are
With almost 50 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 7,000 “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.
PMI VectorLink Program
Working across 23 countries in sub-Saharan Africa as well as Cambodia, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) VectorLink Project is equipping countries to plan and implement safe, cost-effective and sustainable life-saving malaria vector control interventions with the overall goal of reducing the burden of malaria. Proven to reduce malaria illness, severe disease, and death due to malaria in endemic areas, insecticide-treated nets (ITNs) protect people while they are sleeping from the bite of mosquitoes. PMI VectorLink supports ministries of health to achieve and maintain universal coverage of ITNs, delivered through all available channels. In some of the most remote areas of the world, PMI VectorLink is building capacity for evidence-based policy and decision-making, social and behavior change communication (SBCC), and monitoring and evaluation to increase ITN access and use.
We are looking for a Senior ITN Technical Advisor to plan, implement, provide technical assistance for and monitor and evaluate critical ITN delivery programs as part of an integrated vector control package in multiple countries, and in partnership with PSI country offices. To date, PMI VectorLink has supported ITN activities in 12 countries. For more information: https://pmivectorlink.org/technical-areas/long-lasting-insecticide-treated-nets/
The objectives of the project are:
- Direct implementation of, and/or technical assistance for implementation of proven, life-saving vector control interventions for mosquito-borne diseases, using an integrated approach to vector control.
- Provide support for data-driven decision-making and guidance to inform strategic deployment of vector control interventions for mosquito-borne diseases
- Strengthen the capacity of host countries to design, implement and monitor proven, life-saving vector-control interventions for mosquito-borne diseases
- Where preliminary evidence of efficacy and feasibility exist, pilot the scale-up of novel vector control interventions, methods or approaches that are under WHO review, or modifications to existing, proven vector control interventions for mosquito-borne diseases in real-world programmatic settings.
You will support participating countries by:
- Working with the VectorLink Vector Control Operations Director and VectorLink teams to develop clear guidance and workplans for the project’s role in mass and continuous ITN distribution and establish performance benchmarks for the project for each country supported by the project.
- Leading the development of planning documents, tools, and materials to support the implementation of ITN distribution campaigns.
- Ensuring contribution and collaboration of all relevant partners to develop country-specific and project-wide tools and approaches on ITN interventions.
- Coordinating with relevant team members and implementing partners to support forecasting, distribution, and monitoring of ITN delivery overall and by country
- Helping develop, maintain, and follow the indicators set in the work plan for ITN-related activities
What are we looking for?
The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:
Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.
Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates
Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.
Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.
Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.
Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.
- Forging Partnerships: You are able to coordinate and work effectively with diverse stakeholders in numerous locations and levels, including private partners, donors, government officials and bodies, technical experts, civil society organizations, community members and organizations and project support staff.
- Flexible Change Agent: You are a proactive leader who catalyzes innovation by both, leading and working through others.
- Curious: You are an information sponge and understand what worked yesterday may not necessarily work today (or tomorrow), that each context is different.
- Simplify: You quickly distil complexity to essential and simple concepts and approaches.
- Relevant post-graduate degree (MPH, MBA, MSc, ME, etc.);
- At least 10 years of experience working with public health programs in developing countries;
- Established reputation in the field of malaria programming; knowledge of the partnership landscape and familiarity with the international donor community;
- Demonstrated technical knowledge and experience in the field of malaria;
- Proven experience designing or managing an ITN delivery program;
- Demonstrated ability to contribute to the global vector control technical and policy debate;
- Strong writing and presentation skills;
- Fluency in written and spoken English; French an advantage.
- References will be required.
- PSI will consider work visa sponsorship for this position subject to legal eligibility requirements.
- The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
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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.