Technical Director, ZAPIM II

  • Mid-level, Full-time staff position
  • Posted on 29 July 2020
  • Harare, Zimbabwe
  • Closing on 28 August 2020
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Job Description


Job Title: Technical Director, Zimbabwe ZAPIM II Activity

Department: Anglophone Africa, PSI/Zimbabwe

Based in Harare, Zimbabwe

Reports to Chief of Party, ZAPIM II Activity

*Contingent upon funding

Who we are

With over 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.

Join us!

PSI seeks a Technical Director to provide technical guidance on the design, introduction, and implementation of malaria control and elimination strategies under an anticipated $25M 5-year USAID/PMI-funded project with PSI/Zimbabwe. The project will support capacity building of National Malaria Control Program in all areas of malaria prevention and treatment in control and elimination settings.

Sound like you? Read on.


Your contribution

The Technical Director will be responsible for providing technical guidance on design, introduction, and implementation of malaria control and elimination strategies under the USAID/PMI Zimbabwe ZAPIM II Activity. PSI anticipates the project will provide technical assistance to the Government of Zimbabwe to implement malaria vector control, service delivery, surveillance, social and behavior change, and operational research.

The Technical Director will be responsible for supporting the COP and DCOP to ensure that project activities are implemented according to international and national guidelines and best practices. The Technical Director will also be responsible for ensuring quality of malaria control and elimination strategies implemented by the ZAPIM II Activity. The Technical Director will also be responsible for strengthening the technical capacity of national programming, program staff and any sub-partners.

Key Responsibilities:

Under the supervision of the COP and in line with Government of Zimbabwe, USAID and PSI policies, guidelines and best practices, the Technical Director will be responsible for:

  • Monitoring the publication of new evidence at the global and regional level on malaria control and elimination strategies.
  • Developing analytically sound and comprehensive reports on the design, introduction, and implementation of malaria control and elimination strategies in Zimbabwe, in line with national program strategies and guidelines.
  • Supporting coordination mechanisms across consortium partners to ensure adherence to Zimbabwean and global guidelines and best practices for malaria control and elimination, and responsiveness to the National Malaria Control Program.
  • Mentoring internal project and external program staff in Zimbabwean and global best practices in malaria control and elimination.
  • Ensuring that project activities are implemented in line with Zimbabwean program strategies, guidelines and plans, and WHO guidelines and best practices for malaria control and elimination.
  • Continuously building the capacity and knowledge of program staff.
  • Developing partnerships and relationships with key in-country, regional and global technical stakeholders and thought leaders.
  • Support the project team to prepare annual work plans and reports.
  • Collect, distill, and disseminate malaria control and elimination best practices to inform the broader community of practice.

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:

  • Master’s degree in public health, epidemiology, or equivalent field. Doctorate an advantage.
  • At least 8 years’ experience working on malaria control and elimination, preferably in Zimbabwe or an elimination setting.
  • Minimum of 3 years of supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated global malaria technical knowledge with established reputation for excellence in malaria control and elimination. Familiarity with the Zimbabwean MoHCC and National Malaria Control Program strategies, priorities and approaches a plus.
  • Ability 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.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of malaria control and experience in managing a malaria program.
  • Sound technical knowledge of malaria and vector control policy and context in Zimbabwe or another similar context
  • Experience mentoring others in best practices and the development of malaria control and elimination strategies
  • Excellent writing and presentation abilities.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.


  • 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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