Country Representative/Impact Malaria Advisor, Sierra Leone (Temporary)

Population Services International, Freetown, Sierra Leone

Job Description

Title: Temporary Country Representative/Impact Malaria Advisor
Based in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Reports to Country Operations Director, Impact Malaria

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 8,000 “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!

PSI is implementing the USAID IMPACT Malaria (IM) under USAID’s President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) providing implementation support and technical assistance to countries for malaria service delivery in health facility and community settings. Working with national governments and PMI, IM will identify efficiencies and standardize best practices in the scale up of malaria case management, the control of malaria in pregnancy (MIP), and the introduction of other malaria drug-based approaches.

PMI recently began activities in Sierra Leone in 2017/2018, in collaboration with the National Malaria Control Program. With FY17 funding, PMI elected to buy in to the global service delivery mechanism—Impact Malaria.

We are looking for a Temporary PSI Country Representative/Impact Malaria Advisor based in Freetown, Sierra Leone to lead the start-up of country office and implementation of Impact Malaria activities. The temporary CR/IM Advisor should have significant management and international experience with USAID and other donors. We are looking for someone with a proven track record of delivering results in field offices and fast paced environments.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

The Temporary Country Representative/Impact Malaria Advisor, reporting to the Country Operations Director of Impact Malaria Project, will assume responsibility for the start-up of PSI office, registration, hiring of staff and beginning implementation of IM activities. The Temporary PSI/IM Advisor will be responsible for achieving activities while assuring compliance with regulations and financial/administrative best practices. S/he will provide organizational start-up assistance to put systems and staffing in place as well as supporting IM start-up Specific tasks include:

Institutional Set up of Office

  • Registering PSI in-country,
  • Setting up offices,
  • Developing a local employee handbook,
  • Setting up accounting, IT and administrative systems that are communicating with PSI/HQ,
  • Participate in recruiting and then onboard and mentor COP when hired

Project Start-Up

  • Participating in partner and stakeholder meetings in Freetown and the project regions as needed
  • Recruiting and hiring local employees for project
  • Managing activities to meet programmatic and financial deliverables
  • Procuring any Vehicles and other project equipment, field office space if needed, and other duties as identified.

Risk Management:

  • Perform risk assessments
  • Develop systems to ensure the safety and security of staff
  • Liaise with the Global Security Department and Regional Director
  • Promote and demonstrate an ethical environment in line with PSI’s values and of honesty and acting with integrity

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:

  • You have a Master’s degree in international development, public health or a related degree
  • You have at least 10 years of experience in international development
  • You have lived and worked in a developing country
  • You have significant demonstrated experience in government and donor relations and collaboration in the health field – malaria preferred
  • Understanding of country office systems including finance and administrative reporting
  • Previous USAID COP experience or demonstrated strong management skills
  • Familiarity with USAID Acquisition mechanisms (Contracts)
  • Familiarity with West Africa
  • Experience working on or managing malaria projects
  • Fluency in English

What would get us excited?

  • Experienced manager. You have been a Country Director or Resident Advisor of a project before and have participated in country level start-up of programming.
  • Capacity Builder: You have experience in building teams, setting up systems, empowering local technical, management and leadership capacity.
  • Collaborative manager. You are able to inspire a shared vision for tackling the malarial issues in Sierra Leone. You have successfully helped your staff learn, grow, and thrive in their work.
  • A connector. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, health care companies, and other implementing partners. You are able to listen to identify gaps and work with local leaders to creatively address gaps.


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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