Population Services International Sr. Technical Advisor, Ethiopia Jobs

Population Services International Sr. Technical Advisor, Ethiopia Jobs

Closing date: 09 Aug 2019


Position Title: AYSRH Senior Technical Advisor

Department/Program: Adolescents and Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health (AYSRH)

Reports to: Country Representative

Based in Addis Ababa

Who we are

We're Population Services International (PSI), the world's leading nonprofit 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.

We are a $560m enterprise based in Washington, DC, operating in the private and public sectors in more than 65 countries.

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.

Join us!

PSI/Ethiopia is an innovative network member of PSI with a team of more than 240 people passionate about marketing and dedicated to serving Sara! Since 2003, we have marketed products and led programs to prevent and treat HIV, improve reproductive health for youth and adolescents, build markets for sanitation and support the health system to deliver non-communicable diseases services.

At PSI/Ethiopia we do more than simply provide products and services, we seek to create true change – by making markets work for the poor – to increase the use of critical health products and services that are available, affordable, and desirable to the most vulnerable Ethiopian people.

We are looking for a charismatic technical leader, a strategist, an innovator, an effective communicator and an excellent “people” connector. ALL in one individual!

You are an expert in AYSRH programming and have experience working with adolescents and youths, and you love learning. You are able to analyze complex data and information and have the skill to package those into a “final product” that is appealing and easy to consume. You are a leader but enjoy “leading from behind”.

You have experience in development and have a good understanding of the best marketing practices applied to behavior change. You love connecting people and working in large and complex teams.

Sounds like you? Read on!


Your contribution

You will work under the supervision of the Country Representative, supporting the leadership of our AYSRH department to deliver a large program that aims at scaling-up the adoption of modern contraception among girls in Ethiopia through integration within the existing government systems:

More specifically you will:

  • Design the “integration” piece: you will need to answer the question “How might we integrate our Smart Start solution into the existing government systems? This implies understanding how things work, developing a clear roadmap and adjusting it as implementation happens

  • Be the expert of AYSRH: you will be the AYSRH “guru” within the team, bringing global policies and learnings into the Ethiopia context, to make them work for our consumers here. In close collaboration with the FP and SRH Global Teams, you will establish AYSRH thought leadership in the program and support the team to learn from your experience and knowledge.

  • Cultivate and manage donor's relations: you will be the primary interface that communicates with the donor. This implies fostering clear and effective communication with the Program Director and the team so that you are always up to date. It also means building a
    solid rapport with the donor, understand their expectations and needs and ensuring that they request are met in a timely and quality fashion.

  • Enrich the UCD journey: you will work closely with our Learning and Adaptation team, learn the UCD way and enrich their experience with a mix of technical expertise and innovative thinking. You will contribute to the journey we started and make the consumer experience easier for the people we serve.

  • Learn and share: you will work with our Knowledge Management department to package the learnings from the program and tell our story in a compelling way, sharing it beyond Ethiopia, to make Smart Start and Ethiopia Primary Health Care system, champions of innovative programming and adaptive learning.

  • Launch self-injectable: you will lead the introduction of DMPA-SC in Ethiopia, from design to implementation through the potential scale-up. You will work with our global team to capitalize on the groundwork already done and contribute to the self-care global agenda.Qualifications

    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.

    The basics:

  • Master's in public health, or a related field;
  • Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in SRH, past work with adolescents and youth would be a plus
  • Experience managing donors like CIFF, BMGF, GAC
  • Experience in “institutionalization” of programs/projects within government systems, possibly in developing countries
  • Good understanding of marketing, UCD and behavior change; hands-one experience would be a plus
  • Fluency in written and oral English
  • Excellent presentation skills
  • References will be required

    The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check

    What it takes to succeed

  • A self-starter. You have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision; you are someone who is proactive in looking for new opportunities;
  • A communicator. You have excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal
  • Fire in the belly. You bring energy and passion in what you do;
  • Team player. You 'play well' with others and have proven ability to obtain buy-in from multiple stakeholders and create change;
  • Leader. You are a visionary role model able to work from behind, with the ability to inspire those around you to achieve their maximum;
  • Curious and Flexible. You're an information sponge and understand what worked yesterday won't necessarily work today (or tomorrow), that each context is different. You have an ability to adapt quickly to these changing environments;
  • Desire to Make the World a Better Place.
  • You have a passion to create change in the world and believe in providing better health solutions to the poor. You are a safe abortion advocate


  • Exempt
  • PSI is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals regardless of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation or disability.


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