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Project Director, Cervical Cancer Project

Johannesburg (South Africa) | UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Job title: Project Director, Cervical Cancer Project

Department: HIV/TB

Based in: South Africa (international allowances are not available)

Up to 25% international travel

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 be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from family planning to NCDs 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!

PSI anticipates being awarded a multi-year year, $10+ million project to build markets for new screening and preventive treatment technologies in multiple African countries. Targeting women with HIV and those at high risk of HIV infection, this project will strengthen markets for the use of new technologies in cervical cancer prevention.

Sound like you? Read on.

PSI is seeking an experienced Project Director who will manage and oversee implementation of project activities and coordinate multiple partners. The Project Director should have: significant senior leadership experience, track record in leading large public health programs, including financial management and international development experience; a demonstrated track record in successfully managing government, donor, and sub-grantee relations; a commitment to capacity building; a strong understanding of market development approaches; and experience and expertise in cervical cancer screen and treat programming in low and middle income countries. The successful candidate will have experience in operational research and implementation science, implementing pilots or demonstration projects on cervical cancer prevention among women living with HIV and those at risk for HIV, knowledge of the latest evidence on cervical cancer prevention and screen and treat algorithms, cervical cancer prevention, and donors that fund this work. This position will be based in South Africa, Johannesburg and will require strong coordination with PSI platform program coordinators, teams, and implementing partners in southern and western Africa, and coordination among global technical research teams. This person will report to the director of the HIV/TB department, while working closely with the associate director HIV/TB/ Project Director Unitaid HIV Self-Testing as well as the senior technical advisor from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), in addition to other technical teams.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

  • Serve as main point of contact/representative of the project to the donor and consortium members.
  • Develop project-wide and country specific implementation work plans including timelines and assigned roles and responsibilities for all consortium members and sub-awardees; manage the roles of all consortium members and sub-awardees including through appropriate delegation to other members of the core PSI management team.
  • Ensure the appropriate regulatory authorities are an integral part of the planning and implementation process.
  • Assist in design, implementation and oversight of research and program activities, working closely with research and implementing teams across the consortium.
  • Ensure all project deliverables, as stated in the contract, are achieved on time and to the highest standard.
  • Provide effective guidance and support to technical members of the in-country management teams, as well as short–term technical consultants.
  • Supervise program management and financial management role including oversight of:

  • Donor financial reports, project budgets, monitoring of project expenditure, compliance of financial systems and controls with donor standards

  • Tracking and achievement of all project deliverables per the contract

  • Sub-contract development and negotiations with consortium members

  • Lead the design and implementation of the documentation and dissemination strategy of project research results and program learnings through workshops, working papers and the Internet.

  • Ensure high-quality periodic reporting in line with the donor and PSI requirements.

What are we looking for?

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

  • Measurement: You use hard evidence to make decisions and guide your work. You set clear goalposts in advance and explain clearly if you need to move them.
  • Pragmatism: You'll strive to deliver the best possible result with the resources available. You won't be paralyzed by a need to make things perfect.
  • Honesty:** You own your mistakes and are open about your shortcomings – it's the only way you'll learn and improve.
  • Collaboration: You'll quickly establish a mental map of whom you can rely on for what, on your team, at headquarters, and in our country offices – if you try to do it all yourself, you won't succeed.
  • Trust: You accept limits to your sphere of control and give colleagues the benefit of the doubt
  • Commitment: You are in it for the long-haul and want to grow with the organization, just like PSI serves its consumers and partners with host-country governments through thick and thin

The basics

The candidate shall possess an advanced degree (MPH, MD, MBBS, PhD, MBA or equivalent education, or master's level degree with additional years of experience) in public health or clinical sciences. In addition, s/he will possess:

  • At least 10 years of experience in programmatic and financial management of large, complex donor-funded health programs.
  • At least three years of previous professional experience in African settings.
  • Exceptional managerial and operational experience, preferably managing complex, multi-national/regional activities involving coordination with multiple program partner institutions.
  • Fluency in oral and written English

What would get us excited?

  • Broad understanding of public health in Africa with knowledge of cervical cancer prevention and control in African settings.
  • Must be comfortable in representing the program vis-à-vis various audiences and stakeholders, including government, donors, sub-grantees, multilateral. organizations, beneficiary communities, the media and civil society.
  • Capacity-building experience in a developing country.
  • Experience with advocacy and institutional development within government and non-government channels.
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, extensive computer skills, interpersonal and cross-cultural skills, and be highly motivated and organized.
  • Fluency in oral and written French
  • Preference will be given to candidates with significant experience in private sector consumer and/or pharmaceutical marketing and improving market dynamics preferably in emerging economies; a command of the cervical cancer testing and diagnostics landscape; and an understanding of PSI country platform contexts and operating realities.
  • References will be required

Due to high volume of applications, only finalists will be contacted. Curious about your status? Please log into your iCIMS account to find out.


  • 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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  • Organization: PSI - Population Services International
  • Location: Johannesburg (South Africa) | UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
  • Grade: Senior - Internationally recruited position - Senior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2018-09-06

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