Population Services International

Washington, DC, United States, 20036

Application Deadline (optional): 
March 12, 2017

Director of Programs and Integration, Breakthrough-ACTION

Marketing Department

Based in Washington DC

Up to 25% international travel

Reports to the Global Marketing Director

Who we are

We are 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 lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives to HIV testing. At PSI, we aim to make markets and systems work at scale and sustainability for those most in need. Social and behavior change is foundational to PSI's work. We have built our approach on more than 40 years of experience and believe that an understanding of the user's enabling environment and marketplace, combined with employing complementary disciplines to better understand human behavior, help us achieve the greatest health impact possible.

There are over 9,000 “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.

There are over 9,000 “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!

We are looking for an experienced Director of Programs and Integration to oversee the management and overall performance of the program teams for an estimated $300 million global project for Social and Behavior Change (SBC) beginning in mid-2017. The project will cut across health areas, supporting countries in achieving desired improvements in health and development outcomes, including increasing demand for family planning (FP) satisfied with modern contraception; ending preventable child and maternal deaths (EPCMD); achieving and maintaining an AIDS-Free Generation (AFG); and achieving a malaria-free world.

The Director of Programs and Integration will be responsible for ensuring effective bi-directional communication and learning between project headquarters and field offices, including diffusion and application of core-funded research and resources through country programs and vice versa. S/he will further ensure communication and collaboration across technical, operational, and/or regional teams at project headquarters, through both development of knowledge management systems and work processes, and fostering a culture of collaboration. S/he will support the Project Director and Deputy Director in developing and socializing a shared project vision, mission, and identity.

In addition to managing programs for Breakthrough-ACTION, The Director of Programs and Integration will also be responsible for liaising with sister project Breakthrough-RESEARCH for all relevant activities and research to promote the success of the project. Collaboration is key, and s/he will be responsible for developing and maintaining knowledge management systems to promote communication across teams and amongst stakeholders.

The Project Director should have significant technical health experience; leadership, management, and international development experience; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing programmatic teams; experience overseeing knowledge management systems; a strong interest in private sector and innovative approaches to development and SBC; and experience successfully implementing large, global awards.

Our ideal candidate has exposure to market approaches, experience with consumer and market research and human centered design. This position will be based in Washington, D.C. with 25% travel.

Confirmation of position contingent upon award. Tentative start date July 1, 2017.

Your contribution Who We Are

  • Provide technical oversight and strategic direction for program implementation and development
  • Develop cross-departmental teams and a spirit of collaboration, including with the regional teams at PSI Headquarters, country teams and technical teams, to effectively manage program implementation
  • Monitor program results according to Breakthrough-ACTION and annual workplans, and maximize positive outcomes; provide course correction guidance as needed
  • Provide technical recommendations and ensure key technical assistance, including systems strengthening support is provided as and when needed, to enhance the effectiveness and sustainability of Breakthrough-ACTION programs.
  • Maintain effective and regular communication with consortium and implementing partners and donor, and the PSI Washington technical and support network.
  • Oversee and ensure maintenance of knowledge management systems and activities across technical, operational and regional teams.
  • Expand, monitor and identify opportunities for increased impact, new programming, improved efficiency and cost effectiveness and ensure best value for money
  • Support development and approval of requisitions, annual research plans, advocacy strategies for health areas, log frames, and donor reports
  • Responsible for public health technical inputs into project design
  • Build capacity of the programmatic team through effective coaching, training and supervision

What are we looking for?

  • You have a Master's degree in public health, communication, or related field
  • You have at least fifteen (15) years of experience either managing or providing technical support to large and complex international health projects with significant social and behavior change components, of which at least five (5) years in total must have been based/in residence in LMICs
  • You have experience in development and oversight of knowledge management systems and work processes
  • You are a Senior technical advisor in at least one of the project's priority health areas (FP/RH, HIV/AIDS, MCH, malaria), gender or youth; with sufficient understanding of all these areas to direct integrated efforts.
  • You have experience in knowledge management and disseminating communications across platforms, offices and stakeholders
  • You have managed implementation of an award of similar size, scope and complexity
  • You have experience implementing standardized programs across multiple countries and managing teams in multiple countries from a distance
  • You have knowledge and understanding of USAID relevant policies, goals and strategies, and experience interacting with US government agencies, including overseas offices
  • You are willing to travel approximately 20-25% during the life of the program.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • Fluency in English required, French preferred.

What would get us excited?

SBC experience. You believe in the power of behavior change, and have worked on projects that have used this approach and demonstrated impact.

Understand the value of knowledge management: You understand that capacity building and knowledge management work hand in hand and that good knowledge management is more than 'build it and they will come.” Engagement strategies and understanding the end user are keys to the successful KM systems you have worked on.

Collaborative leader. You provide space for teams to work independently and try new things yet are able to inspire a shared vision for the project. You cultivate vibrant exchanges where diverse perspectives enrich outcomes.

A Strategist and an Innovator. You are creative, innovative and a strategic thinker. You are open to new thinking and processes and are eager to find ways to make them work. You are intrigued by the challenge of bringing together complementary disciplines and new thinking in practical ways.

A Connector. You have experience working with diverse stakeholders on a project, from Ministries of Health, to partners, to global health donors. You acknowledge and understand the viewpoints of each group yet are able to make tough calls and communicate constructive feedback, no matter the group.


  • Exempt
  • 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.

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