Chief of Party DREAMS, Malawi

Population Services International, DC, Malawi

Job Description

Chief of Party – The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) initiative AGYW

Based in Blantyre, Malawi

Reports to Country Representative Malawi

The position is contingent upon funding and donor approval

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 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!

Malawi is a small country, heavily reliant on agriculture as a source of income and food. Being one of the poorest countries with a population of over 17 million, the public sector faces enormous challenges to support and sustain quality health services.

Formed in 1994 with its core programs in HIV prevention and reproductive health, PSI/Malawi has grown into the country’s leading social marketer. Today, PSI/Malawi’s portfolio includes a range of products and services to include HIV self-testing, voluntary medical male circumcision, water-borne disease prevention, malaria prevention, male condoms (Chishango), female condoms (Care and Whisper), family planning services and products (Safe Plan) and Tunza franchise clinics.

We are looking for a Chief of Party to help us provide leadership and serve as a liaison to USAID and national MoH staff. The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) initiative AGYW services and HIV case finding program main focus is to increase uptake of integrated health services targeting AGYW (i.e SRH/HIV, and STI/GBV screening and linkage to treatment), and expanded case-finding and linkage to ART for HIV positive men and young people. These activities will be implemented in selected southern region districts, Malawi

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

The Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored and Safe (DREAMS) initiative AGYW services and HIV case finding COP shall provide overall leadership, strategic vision and direction, program management and oversight, and will serve as principal liaison to USAID and national MoH staff.

What are we looking for?

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

The basics

S/he will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • A Master’s degree or higher in a relevant discipline; an advanced degree in a clinical or public health discipline (medicine, nursing, epidemiology) is
  • At least 5 years of senior-level experience leading large-scale, complex HIV and/or public health programs, including supervision of technical staff, preferably in East and Southern Africa.
  • An additional 10 years of progressively increasing responsibility working in HIV prevention, family planning/reproductive health or related fields internationally, preferably in sub-Saharan Africa. Specific experience working with HIV testing and SRH service delivery
  • Demonstrated ability to establish professional relationships and to work collaboratively with host government agencies, donors, civil society and
  • Strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, including ability to develop and communicate a common vision to diverse partners and foster collaboration across a multi-disciplinary
  • Prior experience managing PEPFAR and/or USAID-funded agreements or
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check

What would get us excited?

  • Experienced manager. You have been a CoP or DCoP of a large complex HIV project before. You have worked In Southern or East Africa.
  • Capacity Builder. You have experience in building institution, local technical, management and leadership capacity.
  • A connector. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, or global health donors. You are able to identify new donors and partners for programs.
  • A Strategist and an innovator. You are creative, innovative and a strategic thinker. You have a strong interest in service delivery and a proven ability to produce results.
  • User of data for decision making: You have that skill to spot data trends within a program and use it to improve strategies.
  • Multi Tasker: You have the ability to keep track of several tasks within your program while keeping your team informed.


Exempt: Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.

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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