Senior Compliance Manager, Foundation

Population Services International, DC, United States

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject ManagementResearch and Analysis
Closing Date for Applications: 
1st February, 2019

Job Description

Senior Compliance Manager

Foundation Markets

Based in Washington, D.C.

Up to 25% international travel

Reports to the Senior Director, Foundation Markets

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 be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets to HIV testing.

There are over 7,000 “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!

Population Services International (PSI) seeks a Senior Compliance Manager for the Foundation Markets portfolio. The Senior Compliance Manager should have significant compliance, grant management, subrecipient management, capacity-building experience, experience working both in headquarters and the field, and relevant language skills. S/he should have experience working in challenging operating environments.

The Senior Compliance Manager will have wide‑ranging responsibilities working with PSI staff at all levels, both in Washington and overseas, providing guidance and support in the areas of audit compliance; grant compliance across a wide variety of donors; subrecipient management and compliance; overall country risk review and mitigation; and institutionalizing best practices and lessons learned at an organization-wide level, thus contributing to “One PSI” network standards of compliance excellence.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

Support Platforms to Address Audit Findings and Prevent Future Findings

  • Track all internal and external audit findings, identify trends, and work with country offices to identify immediate solutions;
  • Support country offices to implement systems and procedures that will prevent recurrent findings, with an emphasis on simple and timely, yet transparent solutions.

Help Country Offices Achieve Programmatic Success Through Grant Compliance

  • Act as a central resource for Foundation Market country offices, in conjunction with Headquarters’ Grants & Compliance Department, to build offices’ contractual understanding of their grants and identify more efficient yet compliant implementation strategies;
  • Assist in constructing conversations “in the donor’s language” where compliance concerns exist and need to be addressed with the donor.

Drive Excellence in Subrecipient Management

  • Work with Foundation Market countries and Headquarters’ Grants & Contracts department to ensure that tools and systems in place are adapted toward intense monitoring and management of subrecipient compliance, while avoiding administrative burden and bureaucracy.

Monitor and Mitigate Country-Level Risk

  • Work with each Foundation Market country office to establish and perform PSI- and donor-specific risk register reviews, ensure their timeliness, and monitor the implementation of risk mitigation actions;
  • Compile pertinent information for PSI Senior Management, with the goal of regularly reviewing performance, escalating concerns, and agreeing upon necessary mitigation actions.

Contribute to “One PSI” Network Standards of Compliance Excellence

  • Liaise with Headquarters’ functional departments and senior management to institutionalize Foundation Markets lessons learned and best practices as standardized approaches to compliance excellence throughout the PSI network;
  • Assist in the roll-out of these standardized approaches to PSI Market Groupings outside of Foundation Markets.

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

Our ideal candidate will possess:

  • MBA, MPH, or other relevant graduate degree
  • At least ten years of experience working in a combination of grant management, subaward management, and/or compliance, with at least 5 years in the field and 5 years in a headquarters environment
  • Intimate knowledge of and experience working on Global Fund, US government, DfID, and other donor projects, including relevant policies, grant making and program implementation at PSI; multi-country experience required
  • Proven skill developing and implementing organizational systems and procedures, with a specific strength in the area of capacity-building
  • A keen sense of urgency and strong work ethic, positive mindset, and comfort with the ambiguity and pace of a dynamic and bureaucratic environment
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively across departments, cultures, and languages, and with both “dotted” and “solid” line reporting and communication relationships
  • Strength in problem-solving and simplifying complicated problems
  • Working proficiency in French required
  • Ability and willingness to travel (up to 25%)
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
  • References will be required.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.


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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