Project Lead

Population Services International (PSI), Washington DC, United States

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
21st January, 2017

Job Description


Family Planning and Reproductive Health Department

Based in Washington, DC

Up to 20-25% international travel

Reports to the Director, Family Planning and Reproductive Health

Who we are

We're Population Services International (PSI), the world's leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives to HIV testing.

There are over 9,000 “PSI'ers” around the world. It's a diverse group of entrepreneurs and professionals with an unusually wide range of backgrounds - from the medical industry to the music business - all with unique skills we bring to the job.

Join us!

PSI seeks an experienced Project Lead to plan and coordinate all activities for a multimillion dollar global Reproductive Health project beginning in 2017*. The project will focus on increasing access to and changing social norms around family planning (FP) and sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services, improving the policy environment for FP and SRHR and reducing death and injury from unsafe abortion.

The Project Lead should have significant leadership, management, and international development experience particularly in sub-Saharan Africa; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing partner relations; a strong interest in private sector and innovative approaches to development; and experience successfully implementing reproductive health programs centered around increasing both demand and access to voluntary contraceptive services and safe abortion. This position will be based in Washington, D.C. and will report to the Director for Family Planning and Reproductive Health. The Project Lead will have multiple direct reports and will coordinate with regional staff and country-level teams located primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

  • Oversee the design and implementation of a multi-country, comprehensive reproductive health program in partnership with consortium partners
  • Manage relationships with the project partners and other key stakeholders
  • Ensure project deliverables are achieved on time and to the highest standard
  • Manage sub-contract development and negotiations
  • Ensure the effective use and coordination of resources and compliance of the project's financial systems and controls per PSI and donor standards
  • Develop country specific implementation plans including timelines and assigned roles and responsibilities in partnership with country-level team leads and local stakeholders
  • Lead internal and external program planning and reporting, including annual work planning with PSI country office teams and project sub award partners
  • Provide or facilitate technical leadership to programs in the areas of social norms, social marketing, FP/RH service delivery, safe abortion, adolescent sexual reproductive health, health financing and policy change
  • Provide effective guidance and support to regional staff and members of the in country management teams and staff assigned to the project
  • Represent the project and PSI at relevant donor meetings as well as regional and global reproductive health conferences and technical meetings.

What are we looking for?

  • Masters degree in public health, social sciences, international development, business, or related field
  • 8+ years experience in the implementation and management of international development projects with a preference for sub-Saharan Africa
  • Experience implementing standardized programs across multiple countries and managing teams in multiple countries from a distance
  • Exceptional managerial and operational experience, preferably managing complex multi-national, donor funded activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions
  • Strong experience working in international health, especially on safe abortion and FP/RH supply and demand side interventions, including private sector and community based approaches.
  • Willingness to travel approximately 20-25% during the life of the program with higher levels likely in the first year
  • At least four years of experience living or working in a developing country is highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with managing DFID projects and/or performance-based contracts preferred

Fluency in English required; French language skills are a plus.

References will be required.


  • Exempt
  • Level 5

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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