Job Title: Program Officer
Department: PMI Impact Malaria
Based in: Washington, DC
Reports to: Country Operations Director
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.
The US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) Impact Malaria project is PMI’s flagship global malaria service delivery project, helping to improve the quality and increase the delivery of malaria diagnosis and treatment services in up to 27 countries around the world. PMI Impact Malaria is a USAID contract hosted and led by PSI as the prime contractor.
The PMI Impact Malaria (IM) project under Population Services International (PSI) seeks a Program Officer (PO) to join its team. The PO should have management and international experience, relevant language skills, and be capable of thoroughly understanding and successfully implementing international health programs under a contract.
The PO will have wide‑ranging responsibilities working with PSI staff at all levels and across departments both in Washington and overseas. The PO will provide project management and operational support to a portfolio of countries. The person in this role will serve as a key liaison between the country teams, the headquarters project team, subcontractors, and PSI technical and service departments. The position requires flexibility, strong organizational skills, and a willingness to assume varied duties.
Sound like you? Read on.
- Work with the headquarters IM project team and field offices on the development of country workplans and project deliverables.
- Serve as the primary contact to country offices and as a liaison between project leadership in country, headquarters IM project staff, PSI technical and functional departments, and subcontractors.
- Provide support to program implementation and advise headquarters IM staff on process improvements, capacity building needs, risk mitigation, project development, and strategic issues.
- Monitor contract compliance across project countries.
- Work closely with the Finance Team to provide financial management support to the country offices including budgeting, forecasting, and monitoring project expenses and annual budgets against programmatic scope of work.
- Provide results-oriented technical assistance to country offices on matters related to budget development, subcontract management and compliance, and general project management support, as needed.
- Support programmatic and financial reporting process, ensuring quality submissions and document retention.
- Facilitate monthly meetings with the project and country teams to review programmatic accomplishments, challenges and financial updates.
- Advise project team on relevant issues, particularly related to international travel, approval of staff, procurement, etc.; keeping them informed of significant developments and/or risks.
- Reinforce the development of robust systems for monitoring subcontractors’ financial performance and risk and support the country team by sharing relevant tools and building strong capacity within PSI national staff.
- Ensure Patriot Act and Transparency Act reporting and compliance.
- Coordinate closely with the headquarters IM project technical team to ensure delivery of high quality malaria prevention and treatment interventions in line with PMI global guidance and IM approved approaches.
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
- At least 5 years of experience working with increasing responsibilities in public health, international development, or a related field.
- Relevant graduate degree in public health, international relations, etc.
- Experience working with USAID contracts and program implementation; multi-country experience strongly preferred.
- In-country experience living or working in a developing country.
- Excellent English writing and presentation skills for writing complex, multi-faceted workplans and reports in a clear and concise manner. Provide attention to detail.
- Solid knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the subcontractor management lifecycle.
- Strong financial acumen to be able to track financials and contribute to project forecasting and variance analysis.
- A keen sense of urgency and strong work ethic, positive mindset, and comfort with the ambiguity and pace of a dynamic and bureaucratic environment.
- A passion for the elimination of malaria and improving the lives of the women, men and children the project serves.
- Proven ability to work collaboratively across departments and with both “dotted” and “solid” line reporting and communication relationships.
- Fluency in French strongly preferred.
- Ability and willingness to travel as needed.
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.THe successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
- 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.