Senior Medical Advisor, VMMC

Population Services International, DC, Malawi

Skill Required:, Monitoring and EvaluationProject/ Programme Management
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th March, 2019


Job Description

Medical 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 Medical Advisor to be a lead expert on all clinical aspects of VMMC service delivery within the VMMC program. S/he will provide guidance on appropriate technical and programmatic approaches for scale-up and support the COP in day-to-day implementation of service delivery. 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 Medical Advisor will be the lead expert on all clinical aspects of VMMC service delivery within the VMMC program. S/he will expert guidance on appropriate technical and programmatic approaches for scale up of safe VMMC services and support the COP in day-to day implementation of services. S/he will also recommend improvements in the safety and quality of VMMC services and engage in mentoring of clinical 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:

  • Medical degree preferred; nursing degree with clinical experience considered as an alternative.
  • Master’s degree in health management, public health or related discipline also highly desired.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience with international health and HIV/AIDS programs, inclusive of at least 3 to 5 years’ experience in resource-challenged settings in a technical leadership role.
  • Prior experience in implementing VMMC programming in East and Southern Africa region preferred.
  • Demonstrated expertise in clinical quality assurance and improvement systems in a developing country context.

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 experience working with VMMC providers and have expertise in quality assurance.
  • Mentor:You have experience in coaching and mentoring of clinical teams.
  • 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 Southern or East Africa.

STATUS: 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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