Deputy Director, STAR Self Testing, HIV, Covid-19, and Hepatitis C

Based in Washington DC

Up to 10 % international travel

Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Eligible

Reports to Project Direct STAR Self-Testing, Associate Director HIV and TB

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 been awarded a multi-year operations research project to increase availability and demand for self-testing for HIV, Covid-19 and Hepatitis C in a total of 15 LMIC. Specifically, the project will seek to develop the evidence base to support cost effective, market driven models designed to improve access to self-testing and enable more timely and efficient linkages to treatment, care and support for self-test users with reactive results.

For HIV Self-Testing (HIVST) the project will provide targeted technical support to accelerate the adoption of HIVST in 7 countries; develop country-level investment cases; provide catalytic procurement of HIVST commodities; provide technical support for the implementation of operational plans; share available evidence for decision-making; and work with regulatory authorities. The project will have implications for HIVST scale-up in other LMICs outside of the seven focus countries.

For Hepatitis C self-testing, the research project will serve to increase awareness about Hepatitis C, the mode(s) and risks of HCV transmission and the need for increased diagnosis and serve as catalyst for Hepatitis C self-testing by demonstrating that HCVST increases diagnosis, uptake of Hepatitis treatment and cure rates of Hepatitis C treatment in infected individuals, complementing existing Hepatitis C testing and treatment programs by further reducing transmission of Hepatitis C. Piloting and subsequent scale-up of effective Hepatitis C models through real world implementation in 5 countries in Asia and Africa will maximize use while also providing evidence on consumers’ ability to successfully link to care and treatment services.

For Covid-19 self-testing, the project will improve access to, and uptake of effective COVID-19 test and treat solutions within health care systems in 7 LMICs. This will be achieved through rigorous evidence gathering on acceptability, feasibility and cost- effectiveness of existing and upcoming tools, use cases and delivery models to inform global and national guidance, strengthened national level policies, guidance and strategies accessible to sub-national levels, integration of COVID-19 test, isolate and treat solutions within existing systems to support cost-effective delivery and funding secured for transition and scale-up, increased clarity and visibility on procurement, supply and demand forecast for COVID-19 diagnostic tools.

PSI seeks a Deputy Project Director, who supports the Project Director to lead the overall delivery of the project, providing oversight for project implementation and ensuring project deliverables are delivered on time, within budget, and with high technical quality. The Deputy Project Director will supervise a team of operational managers, and officers. He/She will ensure the project is aligned with PSI strategic priorities and contributes to PSI’s thought leadership objectives and ensures the project operates with minimal financial, contractual, and reputational risk.


Your contributions

· Manage project staffing, roles and responsibilities and professional development of staff. 15% of the Time

o Oversees a small operational team including the Project Assistant and Subaward Manager

· Manage project finances including oversight of the development of budgets, tracking spending, financial projections, and financial reporting. 10% of the Time

o Unitaid donor financial reports, project budgets, monitoring of project expenditure, compliance of financial systems and controls with donor standards

o Tracking and achievement of all project deliverables as per the contract(s)

o Sub-contract development and negotiations with consortium members

· Manage project results, including support and/or oversight to senior country program staff in programmatic and financial execution of project activities. 15% of the Time

· Oversee project compliance with donor and PSI policies, including subaward management. 10% of the Time

o Oversee the prime award and any subaward implementation, ensuring compliance with PSI and donor standards and timely submission of agreement requirements.

o Leading planning and implementation of external assessments, field visits and/or audits

o Represent project in all financial and administrative aspects to the donor, consortium partners, auditors, and PSI HQ

· Develop strategic approaches and workplans to achieve project deliverables. 10% of the Time

· Oversee programmatic and financial reporting. 15% of the Time

· Relationship building and engagement with donors and internal and external partners. Represent the project and internal and external fora. 15% of the Time

o Facilitating HQ cross-departmental support for the program.

· Contribute to and oversee of communications, thought leadership, and knowledge management. 10% of the Time

o Facilitates cross-platform communications, implementation, and adherence to workplan, reporting and compliance requirements.

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 such as a MPH, MBA, MSc, MHA, MPA, or equivalent

· At least 8 years of related experience. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted.

· At least 5 years experience working on multi-country, multi-region awards and extensive experience with SR (international and national) oversight.

o Significant experience in project management, organizational development, and health programming.

o A demonstrated track record in successfully managing sub-grantee relations; a commitment to capacity building; and a strong interest in private sector approaches to development

o Deep knowledge and experience working with Unitaid awards and programs funded by Unitaid

· At least 3 years supervisory experience.

· At least 5 years program management for global health projects in low or middle-income countries (LMICs) preferred.

· At least 3 years experience in the relevant technical field of the project preferred.

· At least 2 years experience living/working in 2+ LMICs preferred.

· Ability to effectively lead, manage, mentor, and coach teams.

· Strong leadership abilities and skills.

· Innovative thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills that lead to practical, effective delivery strategies to accomplish project activities, outputs, outcomes, and project impact.

· Organization and attention to detail.

· Financial and budget management: Unitaid donor reporting and financial management experience on large donor budgets ($20M and up)

· Knowledge of relevant funder regulations.

· Excellent skills in oral and written communications

· 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. For domestic positions: Must be authorized to work in the United States.

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.

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: newhiresupport@psi.org or call (202)785-0072.

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