Senior Technical Advisor, Self-Care

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 4 March 2020
  • District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 3 April 2020
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Job Description


Job title Senior Technical Advisor, Self-Care

Department Strategy
Reports to: Director, Strategy

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI). We strive to make it easier for people living in the developing world to lead healthy lives and plan the families they desire by making quality health products, services and information more affordable and accessible. We use our social marketing DNA and expertise to help shape functioning consumer-powered health market systems where quality, affordable care is closer to people’s communities and homes, accelerating progress toward Universal Health Coverage.

There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We’re a diverse group with an unusually wide range of backgrounds – from medical professionals to music business entrepreneurs- all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

PSI is looking for an experienced, dynamic Senior Technical Advisor for Self-Care. This is an exciting, new cross-cutting position at PSI, representing the boldest expression of our consumer-powered healthcare vision, In this role, you’ll be responsible for proactively leading and coordinating PSI’s technical, research and programmatic self-care portfolio. You’ll interact and share learning between and beyond multiple projects and teams at PSI that deliver elements of self-care, from whole projects dedicated to HIV self-testing or DMPA-SC self-injection, to large programs that may have HPV DNA self-sampling as a smaller sub set of the work, through to advocacy projects that are focused at a national or global level on advancing self-care across multiple health areas. You will be the thread that can bring all these together and make the whole much more than the sum of the parts! You will also advise country teams on deliberate and systematic ways to advance self-care programs in such a way that has impact at country level but also enhances global knowledge on self-care.

You’ll provide leadership for self-care strategy, leveraging and supporting the many leaders alongside you in this space, you’ll lead relevant new business development, strategic partnerships and external engagement, representing PSI on technical working groups, task force committees, external meetings and conferences. You’ll drive PSI’s strategic thinking on what needs to be done to maximize quality self-care and its contribution to UHC.

Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution
  • Oversee the development of a comprehensive technical strategy for self-care interventions, outlining 1) “for who, when, and where” self-care is most effective and appropriate and 2) develop or support relevant implementation frameworks and guidance that help implementers of self-care programs, MoHs or other stakeholders to deliver quality, sustainable, increasingly integrated, self-care
  • You will provide deliverables and value to the three projects currently direct funding this position, a contribution that includes:
  • Provide technical guidance and leadership on the development and dissemination of self-care technologies and approaches as well as the role of new technologies in shaping self-care markets across PSI’s global network, noting that the guidance and leadership sought is often not only about one intervention, but about how to adopt a consumer powered yet health systems/market based approach to self-care, often across multiple interventions and health areas
  • Guided by a drive to show thought leadership, write blogs, papers, articles, presentations and convene stakeholders in such a way that advances the self-care community of practice and self-care as an approach to healthcare and UHC
  • Serve as a working member of the Self-care Trailblazers Group - both the advocacy and technical working groups (a group of organizations convened by PSI, committed to advancing quality self-care for sexual and reproductive health) and support these groups with agreed specific deliverables on a case by case basis
  • Co-chair PSI’s internal self-care working group and engage with the primary healthcare team as a core member.
  • Work in partnership with PSI’s Evidence team and other PSI partners in the self-care space (such as Jhpiego, FHI360, Imperial College, UK) to build, deepen, and share the self-care evidence base
  • Oversee and coordinate the development, roll out and review of quality assurance for self-care, in collaboration with the Global Medical Director and the Quality Agile Team, including protocols, quality assurance standards, and ensure these are aligned with global standards and best practices.
  • In partnership with project and Evidence teams, maintain an overview of and coordinate where applicable the development, roll out and review of digital health/marketing in support of for self-care
  • More general contributions include:
  • Lead fundraising efforts for self-care programs, working closely with PSI’s country teams and fundraising teams across the organization.
  • Strengthen the capacity of country teams to develop, implement, adapt and evaluate self-care interventions through remote and in-country technical support.
  • Identify, develop, and disseminate relevant program design, implementation, best practices, technologies, and monitoring and research information for self-care interventions, working closely with the evidence and digital health teams
  • Collaborate with and support PSI’s Global Business Systems teams to manage routine data collection and reporting; support country teams to analyze and monitor data for improved decision making.
  • Represent PSI in international and US domestic fora including inter-agency technical working groups and task forces focusing on self-care, conferences, and meetings.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with other PSI teams/projects (e.g. Market Groups, Quality Assurance, Health Area Teams, Marketing, Evidence, Digital, Global Projects) to develop and disseminate self-care-related examples of case studies, journal publications, conference abstracts, and presentations via various media channels.

What are we looking for?

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

Collaboration: You can work independently but thrive across a range of cross-functional teams. You believe in drawing out significant expertise at PSI and beyond to co-create strategy using on-the-ground insights

Trust: You trust that your manager and team(s) will support you and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates. And you trust in your own and others ability that over time, all the many threads of self-care programming can be made into something larger, greater and more sustainable. You have the patience, persistence and willingness to navigate the uncertainty this requires

Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous; you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.

Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind, but you are also open to other insights and viewpoints - this position needs somebody that a lot of people trust and engage with, inside and outside of PSI

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 committed to PSI’s success, strategy and direction.

The basics:

  • Relevant master’s or doctoral degree (MPH, MD, PhD, ScD)
  • At least 10 years of work experience in service delivery, operations research, and/or fundraising,
  • At least two years of experience working overseas in a developing country.
  • Fluency in English required, and proficiency in French, Portuguese or Spanish an advantage
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills and ability to work well across multiple teams.
  • Excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

The successful candidate will be confident, articulate and persuasive; a proactive self-starter and creative thinker with the ability to effectively lead, inspire and collaborate; have excellent communication, presentation, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills; and bring a passion for self-care to the position. This role requires a high degree of emotional intelligence and agility as it requires multiple matrixed reporting lines.


  • Exempt

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.

ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: or call (202)785-0072.


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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