Project Director (Chief of Party), Zimbabwe
Based in Harare, Zimbabwe
Up to 15% international travel

Work From Almost Anywhere Status = N/A
Reports to Country Representative

Who we are
Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 4,500 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 35 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using its global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer empowered healthcare.
Join us!
PSI has worked in Zimbabwe since 1998 to help Zimbabweans live healthier lives and to plan the families they desire. With programs in HIV biomedical prevention and sexual and reproductive health and rights, PSI is increasingly shifting to a health system strengthening approach, supporting the mixed health system in Zimbabwe to bring care closer to the Zimbabwean people we seek to serve. With a history of driving innovations in HIV biomedical prevention such as VMMC and pre-exposure prophylaxis, PSI supports market development, clinical service delivery, digital health and insight driven program design and behavioral interventions designed to shift harmful social norms. Current efforts seek to shift from vertical partner-led programming to more horizontal and integrated GoZ and Ministry of Health led programming, with interventions designed to strengthen health system pillars around management and coordination, financing, service delivery, demand, strategic information, and quality. PSI is seeking a Chief of Party with significant system strengthening experience who will be responsible for leading an upcoming USAID system strengthening activity in the MNCH space.

PSI seeks a Project Director that will be responsible for leading successful project implementation throughout the project lifecycle from start-up to close-out. Accountable for delivery of all aspects of the projects, including technical implementation, financial and administrative compliance and oversight and supervision of project staff. Oversee project team to ensure that country level implementation is provided with a high standard of excellence, achieving its set goals and targets and within budget. Provide high level technical thought leadership and has the managerial capacity to strategically manage risk, monitor finances, and ensure each phase of work is started or completed on time. Responsible for using evidence to improve project design and implementation. As the leader of a single-country project, liaise with national stakeholders, such as Ministry of Health officials. Primary point of contact for the project donor and also assures the strategic alignment of the project with PSI Global Strategy.


Your contributions

· Program Leadership & Management, including financial oversight, compliance, and management of a consortium of partners (if applicable). 35% of the Time

o Lead data-informed and insight-driven program design and implementation and administrative oversight of the program, including compliance from start up through routine and annual work planning and reporting to closeout, working in harmony with funder counterparts

o Coordinate all project staff and activities, including financial management, expenditure analysis and reporting versus budget.

· People Management 15% of the Time

· Thought Leadership / Knowledge Management and Technical Leadership on the project (unless the project has a Technical Director). 15% of the Time

o Oversee quality implementation, strengthening the capacity for Ministry-led coordination and implementation at all system levels and across system pillars.

o Ensure responsive, evidence-based, and client-centered programming and decision making.

o Oversee program monitoring, evaluation, and learning, including effective knowledge management and dissemination of results in local and international fora.

· External Representation. 10% of the Time

o Oversee sub granting and subrecipient management and monitoring with consortium partners.

o Work closely with the Government of Zimbabwe and other relevant institutions to ensure buy-in and sustainability of the interventions by the close of the program.

o Ensure strategic alignment of project objectives to country priorities.

· Internal Representation and coordination. 10% of the Time

· Fundraising (with non-project funds). 5% of the Time

· Donor Liaison. 10% of the Time

o Serve as the principal institutional liaison to USAID, the Government of Zimbabwe, and other key stakeholders.

Time percentages listed above are not exact. They are estimates and may change. This is also not an exhaustive list of all tasks that an incumbent is expected to perform but is instead a summary of the primary responsibilities and requirements of the job. The incumbent may be asked to perform duties not included above. PSI reserves the right to revise job profiles at any time based on changes to the required job responsibilities.”




What are we looking for?

· Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field (e.g., MD, MSc, MBA, MPA, MPH), or equivalent

· At least 10 years of related experience managing budgets and international public health programs. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted.

· At least 5 years of supervisory experience

· At least 7 years program management for global health projects in low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) preferred, including COP or DCOP key personnel experience on a USAID or donor funded program or equivalent with another funder

· At least 5 years in the relevant technical field of the project preferred

· At least 3 years living and working in LMICs preferred

· Proven success in management of complex operations, under specific donor awards and procedures, in a challenging, developing country environment

· Ability to manage agreements and all required programmatic and financial reporting requirements, including sub-grants management.

· Ability to monitor and assess performance of self, other individuals, and / or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

· Demonstrated strategic thinking and planning skills, with emphasis on the ability to operationalize and oversee the execution of workplans.

· Strong leadership skills, with a demonstrated ability to collaborate and work across teams and roles. Ability to persuade and motivate people and teams. Passion for building technical, management and leadership capacity of direct staff, partners, and system players.

· Experience developing capacity of government entities, staff, and other organizations.

· Demonstrated experience in managing government and donor relations.

· Ability to work effectively and sensitively in a cross-cultural context.

· Strong written and oral communication skills. Fluency in English with excellent writing skills.

· Demonstrated experience in health system strengthening in a similar setting

· Demonstrated fundraising experience.

· Excellent diplomatic skills and proven ability to work effectively with government officials, partners, donors, and stakeholders at high levels

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

Measurement:You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
Pragmatism: You’ll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won’t be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
Honesty:You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it’s the only way you’ll learn and improve.
Collaboration:You’ll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won’t succeed.
Trust:You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt.
Commitment:You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin.

References will be required. The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

PSI has implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate to provide a hazard free employment and work environment in our commitment to our employees. Candidates offered a position will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to their start date and their employment will be contingent on this. Candidates needing a medical or religious accommodation should let their recruiter know.

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.

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