Senior Advisor II, Technical

Based in Washington, DC

10-25% international travel

Work From Almost Anywhere Status = Eligible

Reports to Director, Health Systems

[Subject to funding]

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 40 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 powered healthcare.

Join us!

Through its Health Systems Accelerator (HSA), PSI intensifies its support to governments in low- and middle-income countries in their efforts to move towards Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The HSA provides technical leadership around health systems strengthening (HSS), builds PSI’s capabilities in HSS at global and country level, convenes key internal and external stakeholders to co-design cutting edge, scalable solutions, and shapes the larger HSS space to become more consumer powered.

PSI seeks a Senior Advisor II, Health Security that will Support the technical functions of PSI’s HSA, including managing the implementation of health security activities in line with PSI and global best practices. Lead the design of health security activities and strategy of the HSA. Lead or may manage internal capacity building efforts across the PSI network. An internal and external thought leader and renowned expert in their field.


Your contributions

  • Representation: Develop and maintain relationships with external partner organizations and donors. Influence the context in which PSI works through representation at relevant technical working groups, conferences, workshops, and policy-oriented forums. Assist in fostering, maintaining and strengthening internal strategic partnerships in collaboration with relevant departments and technical area leads in support of the Director, Health Systems. 25% of the time
  • Technical: Lead the development of the HSA’s technical activities and strategy. Provide remote and in-country technical assistance to build capacity of network members to effectively deliver results in line with PSI and global best practices and the HSA’s technical strategy. Analyze evidence to determine best practices. Provide subject matter expertise in health security to the HSA. Lead the implementation of the HSA’s workplans. 20% of the time
  • Thought Leadership / Knowledge Management: Recognized internally and externally as highlevel subject matter expert, who drives thought leadership across PSI. Share technical knowledge and expertise to increase capacity in health security. Drive the utilization of evidence-based tools and innovations to improve the PSI network’s performance and reputation in health security.
  • 15% of the time
  • Fundraising: Proactively look for funding opportunities, develop and maintain relationships with donors. Provide technical input into proposals and develop strategies for proposals. Serve as the technical lead writer for proposals and lead technical discussions and negotiations with donors.
  • 15% of the time
  • People Management: May manage people; provide coaching and mentoring to staff. 15% of the time
  • Program Management: Lead a team or individually manage technical workstreams. Provides subject matter expertise while ensuring that all milestones and deliverables are met. 10% of the time

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., MPH, MSc, MPP, MPA, MBA)
  • Doctorate Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field preferred At least 15 years of related work experience § Demonstrate technical expertise in health security.
  • Ability to provide thought leadership in health security.
  • Ability to contribute to the internal and external body of evidence in health security.
  • Ability to provide strategic technical assistance to PSI network.
  • Ability to share knowledge internally and externally with communities of practice; represent PSI externally.
  • Ability to distill complex technical concepts into strategic goals, objectives, and approaches; demonstrate strategic decision-making
  • Ability to design solutions to complex technical challenges.
  • Ability to manage the execution of complex technical projects or initiatives.
  • Ability to manage teams of technical advisors to achieve technical objectives.
  • Ability to lead the development of technical approach for proposals and foster new business leads and identify and act on potential new business opportunities.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability.
  • Demonstrate emotional intelligence and ability to collaborate with colleagues.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft 365. Familiarity with a quantitative or qualitative data analysis program preferred.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, both verbal and written. Proficiency in a relevant language other than English preferred.
  • Cultural humility and respect.

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. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.

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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