Population Services International (PSI)

Deputy Project Director (Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Infants)

Population Services International (PSI)

Job Description

  Job title: Deputy Project Director: Intermittent Preventive Treatment in Infants* Based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire * Position contingent upon funding Start date: July 1st 2021 Up to 20% travel. Reports to the Project Director Who we are

Population Services International (PSI) is the world's leading non-profit social marketing organization. We are a diverse group of over 5,000 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 40 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using it's global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer empowered healthcare.

Join us!

PSI is seeking an experienced, dynamic Deputy Project Director to lead a multi-country intervention aimed at improving uptake of intermittent preventative treatment in infants (ITPi) for an anticipated Unitaid award. PSI has a rapidly expanding portfolio of Malaria programs in over 27 countries, worldwide, which accounts for more than a third of the total business of the organization. PSI's global strategy focuses on improving consumer powered healthcare through shaping market systems, shifting policy and funding and strengthening global capacity. For the Malaria Department this means moving quality malaria case management closer to consumers; bringing next generation ITNs to market; scaling response driven surveillance to accelerate malaria elimination progress and maximizing the value of drug-based prevention interventions, such as IPTi.


Your contribution

The Deputy Project Director will support the Project Director with the overall leadership and managerial oversight for the project and support timely implementation and reporting of activities. The Deputy Project Director will be based in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and will support the implementation of the operational pilots across several countries in the region. The Deputy Project Director will liaise with in-country staff, National Malaria Control Programs, National Immunization Programs and Consortium members to ensure effective implementation of this project.

You will:
  • Provide support to the Project Director on the overall project leadership and management.
  • Manage and supervise the work of country focal points and lead the day-to-day operations of multi-country operational research pilots.
  • Support the organization and development of content for country-level project Design workshops
  • Support the Project Director to convene country level Advisory Groups and to strategically work with key stakeholders to ensure the project meets its policy and sustainability objectives
  • Support the work planning process, performance management, Knowledge Management and strategic communications
  • Support the knowledge management component of the project.

What are we looking for?

  • A Master's degree related to health, social sciences, or development, medical degree preferred
  • At least 7 years of professional experience working with developing countries, with at least 1 years of experience supporting or managing bilateral or multi-country projects.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of managing or supporting malaria programming.
  • Experience with drug-based prevention or EPI preferred.
  • Effective English and French oral and written communications skills required. Portuguese language skills desired but not critical.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
  • Must be eligible to work in Cote d'Ivoire.
What would get us excited?

Experienced manager: You have managed malaria programs before, Unitaid experience strongly preferred.

An connector: You have experience working with Ministries of Health, and Global Health organizations with public and private sector experience.

Adaptable: You are comfortable with adaptive management approaches and are willing to change approaches based on evidence.


  • Exempt
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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