Technical Advisor, Cameroon

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Population Services International
Yaounde, Cameroon
Apply by 5 August 2018
Mid-level , Full-time staff position
Posted on 6 July 2018

Job Description

Job title Technical Advisor seconded to ACMS (Association Camerounaise pour le Marketing Social)

Department West and Central Africa

Based in Yaoundé/Cameroon

Reports to: PSI/WCA Regional Director

Who we are

With over 45 years of experience, working in over 50 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 8,000 “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.

Join us!

We are looking for a Technical Advisor who will support the Social Marketing Organization ACMS in Cameroun in the implementation of a HIV/AIDS prevention project in Central Africa funded by KfW (Prévention de VIH/SIDA en Afrique Centrale, PPSAC phase V). Cameroon is one of the countries in this multi-country project. The overall goal is to help reduce the rate of HIV infections and transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases and to contribute to the reduction of stigma and social marginalization of PLWHIV through sustainable behavior change and the use of condoms within populations targeted.

ACMS is a non-governmental organization under the Cameroonian law and a member of the Population Services International (PSI) network since 1996. The organization currently has 247 employees of which 139 are full time staff and 108 are consultants. ACMS head office is based in Yaounde, and its regional agencies in the cities of Garoua, Bamenda and Douala. ACMS is recognized as one of the main actors in Cameroon in the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the promotion of Family Planning; through social marketing and distribution of family planning products. The technical consultant will be contracted by PSI to provide technical assistance to ACMS. In the past ten years, PSI has already served as an international consultant for ACMS in various phases of the KfW funded Family Planning and AIDS prevention projects.

You will work closely with the ACMS Executive Director and his team on all technical aspects of this new project. Operationally, you will work with the various ACMS Department Heads and teams to support the different tasks: provide technical assistance to the development and implementation of social marketing and communication strategies, train health care providers and community based agents; assist the overall administrative, technical and financial management of the project; assist procurement and contract related tasks; guide research, M&E as well as assess particular needs assessments for additional technical assistance.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

You will provide ongoing technical and operational assistance to ACMS and coordinate with PSI’s multidisciplinary team of experts and Headquarters backstopping teams that jointly support the implementation of ACMS project component in Cameroon.

You are an excellent team player and good manager with demonstrated substantial experience in social marketing. You also have experience in the administrative and financial management, as well as leading and facilitating internal and external audits, of projects and programs in French-speaking Africa. You have sound knowledge of procedures and practical experience in the implementation of German Financial Cooperation (KfW) projects and/or other development banks. You are used to coordinating short-term expert teams, multi-stakeholder work and working with multidisciplinary and multicultural teams.

What are we looking for?

  • You have significant experience in management and international development.
  • You have at least 7 years of senior management experience managing people, budgets and public health programs.
  • You have a post graduate degree in public health, human resource management, education, an MBA, or other relevant specialty.
  • You have experience working with KfW.
  • You have experience and are passionate and patient in building and strengthening local technical, management and leadership capacity.
  • You have excellent interpersonal and communications skills; you have the ability to effectively interact with ACMS senior management and to work collaboratively with the other regional consultants who be responsible for the global coordination of the program in all countries.
  • You have significant experience in strategic marketing, promotion and communication as well as product sales and distribution.
  • You have lived and worked in Francophone Africa.
  • You are fluent in both English and French.
  • References will be required.

What would get us excited?

Experienced manager. You have been a Country Director or Resident Advisor and managed large projects before.

Capacity Builder: You have experience in building institutions, local technical, management and leadership capacity.

Collaborative manager. You have successfully helped teams to learn, grow, and thrive in their work.

A connector. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, health care companies, or global health donors and technical partners.


  • Exempt
  • Position is contingent upon availability of funds

Target Start Date: 9/1/2018

*Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.

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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