Sexual Reproductive Health Technical Advisor

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 21 July 2020
  • Washington, DC, District of Columbia, United States
  • Closing on 20 August 2020
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Job Description


Technical Advisor

Department: Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)

Based in Washington, D.C.*

Up to 25-30% international travel

Reports to the Deputy Director of SRH

**We encourage and will consider candidates based in one of PSI’s regional or country offices but the candidate must be eligible to work in the country where s/he is based.

Who we are

We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. With our 50 years of insight, PSI reimagines how to bring quality healthcare closer to those who need it most. That is why PSI’s global goals drive towards ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. We believe all people can and should have control of their sexuality, sexual health and fertility. That is best achieved when people have greater voice, choice and agency over the processes and services that most affect them.

There are over 7,000 “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!

The Sexual and Reproductive Health Department within PSI’s Global Support Services supports programs in 37 countries (and counting) to deliver high-quality sexual reproductive health programs with and for women, men, girls and boys.

We are looking for a Technical Advisor to provide SRH technical assistance and strategic guidance with a particular focus on Adolescents and Youth to PSI programs in the field, provide new business development support throughout the PSI network, and provide technical representation at a variety of fora. This full-time position reports to the Deputy Director of SRH. Up to 30% international travel is required and includes travel to a diverse countries such as Niger, Pakistan, Malawi, Burundi, and Cote d’Ivoire to work with PSI’s teams on the ground. This position requires teamwork, coordination, creativity, flexibility, and a can-do attitude!

We want someone who can roll up their sleeves to make things happen, manage multiple and competing priorities, enjoy their work, and liaise diplomatically and effectively with multiple stakeholders. You don’t need to be able to insert an IUD to advise this program, but you do need to be passionate about and have at least two years of field experience in implementing sexual and reproductive health service delivery programs. You’ll also have the professional and emotional maturity to interact with diverse teams, manage complex FP and sexual health technical issues and represent PSI.


Your contribution

The SRH Technical Advisor works closely with the SRH Director, members of the SRH team, the Market Group Teams, Global Medical Director, other technical departments (i.e. Marketing, Evidence) and country offices to ensure program design, implementation and learning meet PSI’s standards and follow global best practices. More specifically, you will:

  • Provide remote and in-country technical assistance to build the capacity of PSI in-country teams to effectively deliver results aligned with evidence based best practice on a diverse range of AYSRH programs, including modern contraception and safe abortion programs.
  • Develop and roll out tools to improve program implementation and learning as identified and needed.
  • Contribute to the identification, development and monitoring of strategic SRH priorities and opportunities in consultation with the SRH Deputy Director, SRH Director and other key internal stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of PSI’s adolescent and youth programming and learning in line with global best practices.
  • Contribute to New Business Development (NBD) opportunities by developing new contacts and funding sources, identifying new project/product opportunities, leading and writing proposals, providing technical review to country proposals, and designing new programmatic interventions.
  • Support the Department in strengthening PSI contributions to national and global advocacy initiatives for youth programming.
  • Identify and write technical and programmatic briefs as appropriate and disseminate and promote sharing of SRH information and initiatives relevant channels.
  • Act as the department liaison to the Youth Task Team and contribute to the realization of our ICPF+25 commitment.
  • Represent PSI’s SRH work externally as needed through partner and donor meetings, conferences, dissemination of case studies, etc.

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.

The basics

  • You have a Master’s degree or higher in relevant subject areas.
  • You have 5-7 years of professional experience, with at least 2 years of overseas work experience in implementing family planning and reproductive health programs, preferably in contraceptive and safe abortion service delivery projects.
  • Strong, up to date knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, policies and programmatic practices and the latest developments in AYSRH.
  • Experience in meaningful youth engagement and human center design approaches
  • You are fluent in English with strong written and spoken French language skills.
  • Your technical and proposal writing skills are excellent, with a strong attention to detail.
  • You have strong facilitation, presentation and public speaking skills.
  • You are organized, have strong communication skills and can manage multiple priorities.
  • You are able to work independently or as a member of the team with an ability to thrive in a matrix organization and fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of relevant stakeholders within the SRH community of practice, donors and their strategies.
  • You are willing to travel and get work done in hard places such as Pakistan, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and Nigeria – sometimes on short notice.
  • References will be required.
  • PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship; Relocation expenses and / or expatriate benefits will not be covered for this position.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

What would get us excited?

  • A bit of life experience – it’s up to applicants to interpret what this means; there is no correct answer – it just means you have a story to tell!
  • Experience communicating effectively in international organizations; getting things done while always keeping multiple stakeholders happy.
  • Someone who is serious and yet doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
  • An advocate. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, international organizations, or global health donors to address issues, challenges and opportunities to expand universal access to contraception and safe abortion.
  • Someone who is versatile and ready to jump right in, fill gaps when and where needed, and manage a full plate efficiently and effectively.

STATUS: 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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