Department: Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH)
Based in Washington, D.C.*
Up to 25-30% international travel
Reports to the Deputy Director of SRH
**We encourage and will consider candidates based in one of PSI’s regional or country offices but the candidate must be eligible to work in the country where s/he is based.
Who we are
We’re Population Services International (PSI), the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization. With our 50 years of insight, PSI reimagines how to bring quality healthcare closer to those who need it most. That is why PSI’s global goals drive towards ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health services. We believe all people can and should have control of their sexuality, sexual health and fertility. That is best achieved when people have greater voice, choice and agency over the processes and services that most affect them.
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.
The Sexual and Reproductive Health Department within PSI’s Global Support Services supports programs in 37 countries (and counting) to deliver high-quality sexual reproductive health programs with and for women, men, girls and boys.
We are looking for a Technical Advisor to provide SRH technical assistance and strategic guidance with a particular focus on Adolescents and Youth to PSI programs in the field, provide new business development support throughout the PSI network, and provide technical representation at a variety of fora. This full-time position reports to the Deputy Director of SRH. Up to 30% international travel is required and includes travel to a diverse countries such as Niger, Pakistan, Malawi, Burundi, and Cote d’Ivoire to work with PSI’s teams on the ground. This position requires teamwork, coordination, creativity, flexibility, and a can-do attitude!
We want someone who can roll up their sleeves to make things happen, manage multiple and competing priorities, enjoy their work, and liaise diplomatically and effectively with multiple stakeholders. You don’t need to be able to insert an IUD to advise this program, but you do need to be passionate about and have at least two years of field experience in implementing sexual and reproductive health service delivery programs. You’ll also have the professional and emotional maturity to interact with diverse teams, manage complex FP and sexual health technical issues and represent PSI.
The SRH Technical Advisor works closely with the SRH Director, members of the SRH team, the Market Group Teams, Global Medical Director, other technical departments (i.e. Marketing, Evidence) and country offices to ensure program design, implementation and learning meet PSI’s standards and follow global best practices. More specifically, you will:
- Provide remote and in-country technical assistance to build the capacity of PSI in-country teams to effectively deliver results aligned with evidence based best practice on a diverse range of AYSRH programs, including modern contraception and safe abortion programs.
- Develop and roll out tools to improve program implementation and learning as identified and needed.
- Contribute to the identification, development and monitoring of strategic SRH priorities and opportunities in consultation with the SRH Deputy Director, SRH Director and other key internal stakeholders.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of PSI’s adolescent and youth programming and learning in line with global best practices.
- Contribute to New Business Development (NBD) opportunities by developing new contacts and funding sources, identifying new project/product opportunities, leading and writing proposals, providing technical review to country proposals, and designing new programmatic interventions.
- Support the Department in strengthening PSI contributions to national and global advocacy initiatives for youth programming.
- Identify and write technical and programmatic briefs as appropriate and disseminate and promote sharing of SRH information and initiatives relevant channels.
- Act as the department liaison to the Youth Task Team and contribute to the realization of our ICPF+25 commitment.
- Represent PSI’s SRH work externally as needed through partner and donor meetings, conferences, dissemination of case studies, etc.
What are we looking for?
The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:
Collaboration: You can work independently, but thrive within a team.
Trust: You trust that your manager and team will have your back and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates
Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous and you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.
Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind.
Measurement: You set clear and challenging goals and hold yourself accountable to driving measurable results.
Commitment: You’re independent and a free thinker, but you’re ready to buy in to the direction of the team and commit to its success.
- You have a Master’s degree or higher in relevant subject areas.
- You have 5-7 years of professional experience, with at least 2 years of overseas work experience in implementing family planning and reproductive health programs, preferably in contraceptive and safe abortion service delivery projects.
- Strong, up to date knowledge of family planning and reproductive health principles, policies and programmatic practices and the latest developments in AYSRH.
- Experience in meaningful youth engagement and human center design approaches
- You are fluent in English with strong written and spoken French language skills.
- Your technical and proposal writing skills are excellent, with a strong attention to detail.
- You have strong facilitation, presentation and public speaking skills.
- You are organized, have strong communication skills and can manage multiple priorities.
- You are able to work independently or as a member of the team with an ability to thrive in a matrix organization and fast-paced environment.
- Knowledge of relevant stakeholders within the SRH community of practice, donors and their strategies.
- You are willing to travel and get work done in hard places such as Pakistan, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Mozambique, and Nigeria — sometimes on short notice.
- References will be required.
- PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship; Relocation expenses and / or expatriate benefits will not be covered for this position.
The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
What would get us excited?
- A bit of life experience – it’s up to applicants to interpret what this means; there is no correct answer – it just means you have a story to tell!
- Experience communicating effectively in international organizations; getting things done while always keeping multiple stakeholders happy.
- Someone who is serious and yet doesn’t take themselves too seriously.
- An advocate. You have experience working with Ministries of Health, international organizations, or global health donors to address issues, challenges and opportunities to expand universal access to contraception and safe abortion.
- Someone who is versatile and ready to jump right in, fill gaps when and where needed, and manage a full plate efficiently and effectively.
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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