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Program Manager – Temporary, Southern Africa

Population Services International – Washington, DC 20036

Department Southern Africa Based in Washington, D.C. Reports to the Deputy Director for Southern Africa Who we are

        • We’re 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.

          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!

          The Southern Africa (SA) team is known for our social enterprises and innovations in HIV- related work, including self-testing and VMMC. Currently, we have programs operating in Lesotho, Madagascar, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, Angola and Mozambique.

          PSI seeks seeks qualified, dynamic candidates with significant expertise in project management including; planning, budget design & tracking, deliverables monitoring and compliance. This position requires working knowledge of various funders including CDC, DoD, USAID, DFID and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The position also entails supervision of direct reports and dotted line report for covering the position of Program Manager for the Southern Africa Region , specifically for supervising the Senior Financial Analyst and Associate Program Managers covering South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho, Zimbabwe and our newest Social Enterprise for up to five months of maternity coverage.

          Sound like you? Read on.

          Your contribution

          Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

          • Ensuring that the various technical, operational, financial and administrative needs of Swaziland, Lesotho, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the Social Enterprise are being met by liaising with the Associate Program Managers (APM) and developing relationships with the field and support departments;
          • Provide guidance to APMs and assist with annual operating budgets for platforms listed above.
          • Assisting with managing communications with overseas staff when necessary.
          • Providing guidance to Associate Program Managers with respect to problem solving.
          • Supporting and contributing to New Business Development opportunities, including supporting Associate Program Managers with developing donor budgets and leading on cost proposals.
          • Reviewing programmatic reports
          • Supporting the Associate Program Managers in budget management across all country platforms listed above, including budget realignments, cost-extensions, and no-cost extensions.

          What are we looking for?

          The Basics:

          • Relevant Master’s degree (MBA, MPA, MPH, etc) or equivalent experience
          • 5+ years of experience related to international development (international health preferred) and at least two years working in a developing country
          • Exceptional problem-solving and organizational skills
          • Significant experience in developing and monitoring budgets; experience with pay for performance awards a plus
          • Demonstrated management capacity in a fast paced work environment
          • Demonstrated experience with international donors and familiarity with international development and health issues; experience with USAID, CDC, DOD, DFID, and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation highly preferred
          • Fluency in English is required

          What will get us excited?

          The successful candidate will be a creative, innovative and strategic thinker, and will have: excellent communication, analytical, organizational, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills; a passion for private sector approaches to development; and proven ability to produce results

          • Budget guru. You love budgets and numbers and are excited to develop, monitor, and update project budgets to align with program needs.
          • A love for compliance but the flexibility to meet program needs. You like to play by the rules but you understand the importance of being flexible to meet our ultimate goal of health impact
          • Team Player: You know how to connect several diverse groups of people in order to get things done
          • Self-Starter: You are not afraid to jump in from the start and get your hands dirty with minimal direction and you are not afraid to ask questions
          • Work hard, play hard. You support the idea that the team that works hard should play hard. We like people with a team attitude who smile and encourage others through both easy and tough tasks.


          • Exempt
          • Must be authorized to work in the United States. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this positon

          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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