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Deputy Director, Malaria & Child Survival

April 5, 2014 - 14:53 -- Joshua Best

PSI is seeking an experienced, dynamic Deputy Director of its Malaria and Child Survival Department (MCSD) to oversee PSI’s rapidly expanding portfolio of MCS programs. PSI is one of the largest global health organizations and its malaria and child survival programs account for about half of its business. PSI has delivered over 200 million long lasting insecticidal nets in 36 countries through a range of delivery channels and is building on 40 years of experience in private sector health service provision to scale up diagnosis and treatment of malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea through a range of private providers in 26 African and Asian countries as well as through community based health worker channels in 6 countries. We are now applying market based approaches to scale up access to improved sanitation, address nutritional deficiencies, transform antimalarial markets and pilot the introduction of new interventions, such as chlorhexidine, as part of a comprehensive maternal and neonatal package around birth. 

The Deputy Director will play a key leadership role within PSI’s headquarters in Washington DC; providing management oversight and strategic guidance to a highly motivated team of technical advisors and program support staff. The Deputy Director serves on the MCSD Senior Management Team which provides a platform to influence policy and practice, not just at HQ level but also across PSI’s global network of more than 60 country programs employing over 9,000 staff. Furthermore, the Deputy Director will play an important liaison role with external partners to effectively position PSI as a key thought leader and leading implementing partner in the malaria and child survival sphere.

The position is based in Washington DC, and reports to the Senior Vice President (Malaria and Child Survival) who is based in Nairobi.


  • As part of the MCSD Management Team, be responsible for delivering PSI’s 5 year MCS strategy, and annual operations plan to meet health impact and funding targets across the spectrum of malaria and child survival programs.
  • Lead PSI’s efforts to scale up programming in WASH, Nutrition and Neonatal health through provision of strategic guidance, program design support and management of PSI’s HQ based technical team.  
  • Represent PSI at key working groups in the MCS sphere, particularly the UN Commission for Life Saving Commodities, Roll Back Malaria and the Diarrhea & Pneumonia Working Group. 
  • Provide strategic leadership for MCSD in headquarters, ensuring strong coordination between HQ global services departments.
  • Directly support PSI country programs to raise funding to launch new interventions and scale up existing programs through assistance with program design and proposal development.
  • Lead MCSD metrics engagement by working with the Program Analytics team to develop and utilize models to target effective interventions and measure PSI’s health impact in MCS.
  • Lead PSI’s MCS related coordination efforts with key donors and external partners including: USAID, UNICEF, WHO, RMNCH Trust Fund, BMGF, GAIN, CIFF and others.
  • Provide in-country technical assistance to country programs, working with local teams to strategize, develop and fundraise for new programmatic areas in addition to implementation support to improve the quality of existing programs.


We are looking for someone with:

  • Technical knowledge: Demonstrable technical expertise in one or more of PSI’s MCS programmatic priority areas (WASH, nutrition, neonatal health or malaria/pneumonia/diarrhea case management).
  • Experience: Have worked for at least 8 years in the international development sphere with at least 4 years in a developing country.
  • Leadership: Able to provide vision and direction to affect change in a diverse and decentralized organization.
  • Management skills: A clear record of successfully managing and developing a team of motivated professionals.
  • Networking: A mature and active professional network that can be leveraged to provide opportunities for partnership and access to technical resources to continue to develop PSI’s MCS portfolio.
  • Credentials: Post-graduate degree e.g. MBA, MPH, MD, PhD in a related field.
  • Language skills: Fluent English is essential. French is highly desirable.
  • Flexibility: Ability to travel up to 30%.

The successful candidate has excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills; the ability to work efficiently and independently under pressure; and a passion for achieving results.


  • Exempt
  • Level 5

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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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