Senior Technical Advisor, Self-Care at Population Services International (PSI)

Population Services International (PSI) -  We strive to make it easier for people living in the developing world to lead healthy lives and plan the families they desire by making quality health products, services and information more affordable and accessible.  We use our social marketing DNA and expertise to help shape functioning consumer-powered health market systems where quality, affordable care is closer to people’s communities and homes, accelerating progress toward Universal Health Coverage.   

There are over 5,000 “PSI’ers” around the world. We’re a diverse group with an unusually wide range of backgrounds - from medical professionals to music business entrepreneurs- all with unique skills we bring to the job.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Title: Senior Technical Advisor, Self-Care

Job ID: 2020-3125
Location: Abuja, Nigeria
Department: Health Systems Accelerator
Reports to: Director, Health Systems Accelerator
Open to: candidates who are currently authorized to work in Nigeria and do not require work authorization.
Status: Exempt

Detailed Description

  • We are looking for an experienced, dynamic Senior Technical Advisor for Self-Care. This is an exciting, new cross-cutting position at PSI, representing the boldest expression of our consumer-powered healthcare vision. In this role, you’ll be building a coalition of stakeholders including government officials, NGOs, and community organizations who are committed to advancing self-care in support of Universal Health Coverage. You will also coordinate PSI’s technical, research and programmatic self-care portfolio.
  • You’ll interact and share learning between and beyond multiple projects and teams at PSI that deliver elements of self-care, from whole projects dedicated to HIV self-testing or DMPA-SC self-injection, to large programs that may have HPV DNA self-sampling as a smaller subset of the work, through to advocacy projects that are focused at a national or global level on advancing self-care across multiple health areas including safe abortion.
  • You will be the thread that can bring all these together and make the whole much more than the sum of the parts!
  • You will also advise country teams on deliberate and systematic ways to advance self-care programs in such a way that has impact at country level but also enhances global knowledge on self-care.
  • You will play a role in external engagement and representation in collaboration with health area technical advisors and project directors.   

Your Contribution:

  • Act as a strategic advisor to PSI's Senior Manager, Advocacy, and PSI staff chairing the Evidence and Learning Working Group to set the strategic vision of the Self-care Trailblazers Group in close collaboration with the Steering Committee and project team and maintain overall accountability for achieving project outcomes.
  • Oversee the development of a comprehensive technical strategy for self-care interventions at PSI, outlining 1) “for who, when, and where” self-care is most effective and appropriate and 2) develop or support relevant implementation frameworks and guidance that help implementers of self-care programs, MoHs or other stakeholders to deliver quality, sustainable, increasingly integrated, self-care  
  • Provide technical guidance and leadership on the development and dissemination of self-care technologies and approaches as well as the role of new technologies in shaping self-care markets across PSI’s global network, noting that the guidance and leadership sought is often not only about one intervention, but about how to adopt a consumer powered yet health systems/market based approach to self-care, often across multiple interventions and health areas
  • Guided by a drive to show thought leadership, write blogs, papers, articles, presentations and convene stakeholders in such a way that advances the self-care community of practice and self-care as an approach to healthcare and UHC
  • Co-chair PSI’s internal self-care working group and engage with relevant teams from Health Areas, Quality of Care, Strategy and Insights, External Communications and Country Programs.
  • Work in partnership with PSI’s Strategy and Insights team and other PSI partners in the self-care space (such as PATH, JSI, Jhpiego, FHI360, Imperial College, UK) to build, deepen, and share the self-care evidence base  
  • Contribute to fundraising efforts for self-care programs, Identify, develop, and disseminate relevant program design, implementation, best practices, technologies, and monitoring and research information for self-care interventions, working closely with the evidence and digital health teams
  • Represent PSI in international and US domestic fora including inter-agency technical working groups and task forces focusing on self-care, conferences, and meetings.

What Are We Looking For?
The basics:

  • Relevant Master's or Doctoral degree (MPH, MD, PhD, ScD).  
  • At least 10 years of work experience on sexual reproductive health programming with increasing responsibility and leadership.   
  • Exceptional coalition-building with public and private stakeholders and SRH advocacy experience at global, regional and country levels.  
  • Ability to coordinate and work effectively with diverse stakeholders in numerous locations and levels, including private partners, donors, government officials and bodies, technical experts, civil society organizations, community members and organizations and project support staff.
  • The successful candidate will be confident, articulate and persuasive; a proactive self-starter and creative thinker with the ability to effectively lead, inspire and collaborate; have excellent communication, presentation, analytical, organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills; and bring a passion for self-care to the position.   
  • This role requires a high degree of emotional intelligence and agility as it requires multiple matrixed reporting lines.
  • Demonstrated experience with setting the vision and strategy for program design and implementation for sexual reproductive health programming.  
  • Prior experience with organizational fundraising.  
  • At least two years of experience working overseas in a developing country.
  • Fluency in English required, and proficiency in French, Portuguese or Spanish an advantage
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills and ability to work well across multiple teams.
  • Excellent facilitation skills across complex issues, with the ability to bring together diverse views, find common ground and achieve results.

The candidate we hire will embody PSI’s corporate values:

  • Collaboration: You can work independently but thrive across a range of cross-functional teams.  You believe in drawing out significant expertise at PSI and beyond to co-create strategy using on-the-ground insights
  • Trust: You trust that your manager and team(s) will support you and care deeply about gaining that same trust from your teammates.  And you trust in your own and others ability that over time, all the many threads of self-care programming can be made into something larger, greater and more sustainable.  You have the patience, persistence and willingness to navigate the uncertainty this requires
  • Pragmatism: You dive in and maintain momentum even when things are ambiguous; you don’t let perfect get in the way of good enough.
  • Honesty: You aren’t afraid to speak up and speak your mind, but you are also open to other insights and viewpoints - this position needs somebody that a lot of people trust and engage with, inside and outside of PSI
  • 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 committed to PSI’s success, strategy and direction.




How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their comprehensive Resume with a Cover Letter as One Word or PDF document to the e-mail address: using the position title and location as the subject of the e-mail.
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  • References will be required. Must be authorized to work in the above location.  N.B. PSI will not consider work visa sponsorship for this position.
  • Applications are received and reviewed on a rolling basis. *Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.
  • 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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