Communication Advisor - VMMC

Population Services International, Lilongwe, Malawi

Skill Required:, Media and Communication
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2019

Job Description

Communications Advisor, VMMC

Based in Malawi

Reports to Chief of Party, VMMC

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 Communications Advisor to help us design, roll-out and implement communication strategies to promote increased uptake of VMMC among males aged 15-29. Implementation of the program is expected to be in 4 to 5 districts in southern region of Malawi. PSI Malawi is expected to expand availability and accessibility of VMMC services, ensure their quality, and increase demand for VMMC within the targeted age group of young men aged 15-29 years. Implementation will also strengthen linkages between VMMC and other relevant HIV, health and social services.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

The Communication Advisor will lead the design, roll-out and day-to-day management and implementation of communication strategies and interventions to promote increased uptake of VMMC. S/he shall have depth and breadth of technical expertise and experience in designing and implementing comprehensive health communication interventions, and related capacity strengthening.

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:

  • Master’s Degree or higher in public health, social and/or behavioral sciences or a related field, with emphasis on community-level health communication, promotion and/or education.
  • Minimum 7 years’ experience in the East and Southern Africa region with progressively increasing responsibility designing, implementing and assessing large scale health communication programs.
  • Deep expertise in evidence-driven, theory-based, behavioral HIV prevention interventions.
  • Familiarity with innovative, interdisciplinary approaches such as human-centered design and behavioral economics for increasing demand for and use of health products and services.
  • Prior experience with building community competency to improve health, and participatory methodologies for engaging beneficiaries in planning and implementing local-level activities.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.

What would get us excited?

  • 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.
  • Experienced Advisor.You have with a demand creation team in large complex HIV project before. You have worked in Southern or East Africa.
  • Capacity Builder.You have experience in building local technical capacity in demand creation
  • 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.
  • Multi Tasker and proactive individual. You have ability to work with local structures, technical team, other implementing partners and donor.
  • USAID experience. You have experience working with any PEPFAR project and in the demand creation section for a service delivery team.


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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