Technical Advisor, Reproductive Health: PSI Niger
West and Central Africa
Based in Niamey, Niger
Reports to the Country Representative
Who we are
With over 45 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 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.
PSI/Niger was founded in 2013 and is a leader in social marketing and health communications. PSI/Niger uses health communications techniques to improve health practices in the domains of reproductive health, HIV and malaria. We are a group of highly dedicated individuals who are proud to work through our programs and with the Minister of Health to provide quality health services to the Nigerian people.
The Women’s Health Project focuses on working in the private and public sector to reduce maternal mortality through the reduction of unsafe abortion, including post abortion care and harm reduction services, and increase access to long term reversible family planning services. The project works with a network of private clinics in increase service quality, as well as providing training and coaching to public sector clinics.
We protect our clients’ sexual & reproductive health rights by ensuring informed choice, voluntarism, client confidentiality & privacy, client safety and continuity of care, and increased access to harm reduction information.
PSI/Niger seeks qualified, dynamic Reproductive Health Technical Advisor (TA) with experience leading and implementing family planning and reproductive health projects. The successful candidate will have proven skills in project design and management including; planning, deliverables monitoring, budgeting and financial oversight, and be able to lead and advise a diverse team on the ground. This position will be based in Niamey, Niger and will report to the Country Representative.
Sound like you? Read on.
Provide technical assistance to PSI Niger in the following areas:
- Developing and executing strategy to increase access to family planning and post abortion care services through the private and public sector
- Lead and coordinate programmatic and financial reports
- Analyze monthly research dashboard to monitor results and adjust activities and strategy accordioning
- Lead communication with WHP Core team based in Washington, DC
- Advocating for and leading harm reduction activities and supporting safe abortion within the legal context
- Providing leadership and guidance to the Women’s Health Project Manager in PSI Niger
- Implementing franchised family planning and post abortion care services
- Coordinating technical training and continuous quality assurance support for new and existing health franchises in Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCs), harm reduction counseling, and Post Abortion Care (PAC) with misoprostol and MVA
- Working with relevant PSI staff to ensure procurement of misoprostol and family planning commodities and assuring quality testing
- Working with relevant PSI Niger staff on sales and distribution strategies and medical detailing training and strategies
- Developing and implementing strategies for increasing uptake of long-term methods (IUDs and implants)
- Knowledge management efforts and lesson sharing across PSI platforms
- Strong knowledge/experiences in supportive supervision and coaching, monitoring and evaluation
- Strong knowledge/experiences in budget control and management
- Build local capacity by mentoring national staff on project management, planning, reporting, deliverables
- Tracking and budget design and management
- Working with government, NGO, and commercial entities
- Responsible for supporting local Program Manager for financial and other reporting as required by donors and PSI/Washington
- Any responsibilities requested by the Country Representative
What are we looking for?
- You have at least 5 years’ experience in managing international health and/or Family Planning and Reproductive health projects and PAC/safe abortion programs
- You have an MPH or relevant degree in Family Health or equivalent experience in related field
- You have proven success in management of complex operations in a challenging developing country environment
- You have experience in managing and motivating staff
- You have experience in working with government institutions, officials, and advocating for family planning issues
- You have social franchising experience
- You are fluent in written and spoken French and English
- You have experience working in private and non-profit institutions
- You have experience with tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, QuickBooks, Lawson, or similar
- You have experience in capacity-building in a developing country
- You are familiar with and understand marketing and/or social marketing concepts and approaches
- You are familiar with and understand medical ethics principles
- You are willing and able to work/address issues related to family planning and safe abortion
- You are familiar with the international donor community
- You are a good coach
What would get us excited?
- The successful candidate will be a passionate about women’s rights and not afraid to advocate for and tackle tough issues, such as access to safe abortion.
- A creative, innovative and strategic thinker, and will have: excellent communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; a passion for private sector approaches to development; and proven ability to produce results
A love for compliance but the flexibility to meet program needs. You like to play by the rules but you understand the importance of being flexible to get things done
Team Player: You know how to connect several diverse groups of people to get things done
Self-Starter: You are not afraid to jump in from the start and get your hands dirty with minimal direction
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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 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.