Gender Consultant (individual or agency)
Delivering Innovation in Self-Care (DISC)
Reports to: Deputy Director, DISC
Period of Performance: September 2020 – March 2021 (possibility of extension)
Note: Interested communications agencies should submit a proposal by August 26, 2020 as described in the RFP, posted here: rb.gy/bw23fe. Individual consultants should apply via PSI’s iCIMS portal by the same deadline.
Who we are
Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. We work to make it easier for people in the developing world to lead healthy lives and plan the families they desire. We’re reimagining healthcare, developing health market systems where more consumer voices, at all income levels, are shaping the development of increased consumer choices – where technology-driven, affordable, quality drugs, devices, diagnostics and information move closer to peoples’ communities and homes. We believe consumer-powered healthcare is a cost-effective sustainable path toward health for all without financial hardship.
There are over 8,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We’re a diverse group of professionals and entrepreneurs with an unusually wide range of backgrounds – all with unique skills we bring to the job.
Delivering Innovation in Self-Care (DISC) is a five-year intervention funded by the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF) that works with consumers, healthcare providers, governments and health systems in Nigeria and Uganda to catalyze voluntary self-injection of DMPA-SC contraceptives and promote additional forms of self-care. The investment aims to better understand the conditions under which consumers and providers will demand self-care interventions, and the feasibility of delivering high quality, cost-effective, self-care services at scale.
Sexual behavior and reproduction are conditioned by power dynamics and predominant societal ideas around gender-specific lifestyle priorities. Prevalent notions about an individual’s level of autonomy over their healthcare decisions in turn affect their consumer behavior and whether they, their partner(s) or their peers are (or should be) interested in using contraceptive self-care products such as Depot-medroxyprogesterone acetate – subcutaneous (DMPA-SC). We are looking for a Gender Consultant (either an individual or a firm) who can advise DISC to develop a Gender Strategy that will shape various aspects of project implementation by understanding and addressing the multifaceted ways in which gender norms influence people’s sexual behavior and healthcare decisions and can affect whether, how, and why people choose self-care products and services. The Gender Advisor Consultant will help shape a DISC gender approach that looks at specific gender-related factors that influence self-care in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly vis-à-vis self-injection of DMPA-SC. The Consultant will review and contribute to mass media campaign materials that are aimed at reaching birth-spacing mothers and young urban & peri-urban women to generate awareness of and demand for contraceptive self-care.
This role is expected to be remote during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Gender Consultant will be expected to catch up quickly on the project’s progress to date and contribute niche expertise to the gender strategy formation process, in close consultation with project leadership and technical staff. The Consultant will be supervised by the DISC Deputy Director.
Sound like you? Read on.
- In partnership with remotely based and field-based project leadership and technical staff, support the development of a DISC gender strategy that underscores ways in which the project can be gender transformative in its approach to encouraging women to self-inject DMPA-SC
- Advise on best approach for incorporating gender strategy into DISC communications, campaign design, and training of health providers
- Shape DISC’s gender strategy by applying best practices and insights learned from other interventions regarding the intersection between gender norms, self-care and SRH in DISC countries (currently Nigeria and Uganda)
- Create a structured approach to assessing gendered elements within DISC marketing campaign messaging, to ensure that DISC’s Marketing Agencies are “on message” in terms of both adapting to local gender norms while maintaining a gender transformative stance
- Build capacity and develop expertise of DISC staff on highly niche and technical aspects of gender transformative approaches, as relevant to self-care and DMPA-SC scale-up
- Highlight and advise on gender-related risks, e.g. potential danger of gender-based violence against women accessing DISC messaging or services.
- Facilitate a gender workshop for relevant PSI sexual and reproductive health (SRH) projects – TBD
- Review and advise on gender aspects of project technical deliverables as needed
What are we looking for?
The candidate or firm we select will embody PSI’s corporate values:
- Results Oriented: You use evidence to make decisions and guide your work to achieving measurable results. 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 – you know 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.
- At least 10 years of specialized experience focused on gender for global health interventions; deep expertise in global gender inequities and gender stereotypes that impact health system functioning
- Previous experience with SRH and/or Social Marketing projects required; preference for expertise with contraception and self-care
- Deep professional experience in Sub-Saharan African countries, including Nigeria, Uganda and/or similar contexts is desirable
- Strong data analytics and measurement capabilities, with a comprehensive understanding and gender aspects of project monitoring & evaluation, including using gender indicators for social behavior change communications (SBCC)
- Familiarity with gender strategies and priorities of key global health donors, e.g. CIFF, BMGF, etc., as well as gender priorities within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
- Demonstrated cross-cultural sensitivity and ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries
- An exceptional focus on results, with a high degree of personal initiative
- Fluency in English
- Relevant degree, e.g. graduate degree in public health or social sciences preferred.
What would get us excited?
Virtual Collaboration Guru. You excel at working a part of a geographically dispersed team, making effective and innovative use of digital forums to proactively communicate and coordinate with project teams remotely.
Women’s Rights and Self-Care Advocate. You are passionate about making people’s healthcare experience as ‘frictionless’ as possible by equipping them with everything they need to meet their own healthcare needs, thereby empowering users and reducing strain on formal healthcare systems.
User-centered mindset. You embrace user-centered design processes, always keeping the end user’s needs and desires top of mind.
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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.