PSI seeks a Project Director to lead a forecasted global social and behavior change (SBC) research project. This project will focus on strengthening the generation and utilization of SBC evidence that has the potential to address the agency of individuals and communities to improve the uptake and continuation of healthy behaviors. The Project Director will set and deliver the overall strategic vision for the project, drawing on the expertise of a strong consortium of partners. By leveraging existing and developing new partnerships with communities, governments, private sector actors, local universities and policy makers, the Project Director will lead a responsive evidence agenda that will support the production of new evidence and the utilization of research findings to take proven SBC approaches to scale. He/She/They will ensure project relevance and sustainability by upholding the principle of centering local leadership in project strategy development, design, staffing, implementation, and evaluation.

Your contribution

  • Lead the project strategy, technical approach, and activities to expand SBC research, monitoring, evaluation, research utilization, and capacity strengthening.
  • Lead technical and operational management of a large USAID-funded global SBC research award, including fostering partnerships and relationship with USAID stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership and foster an ethos of collaboration and complementarity among an expert consortium of multi-disciplinary partners. Leverage global and local SBC expertise, within and outside the project consortium, to set priorities, identify and address evidence gaps, and facilitate alignment and delivery on project strategy.
  • Incorporate adaptive management throughout project implementation to facilitate continuous quality improvement of project activities and approaches.
  • Ensure appropriate staffing and supervision across the project team, including technical and operational staff, to support successful and efficient delivery of project outcomes.
  • Secure and oversee USAID Mission field buy-in activities at regional and local levels. Ensure compliance with USG regulations and PSI policies.
  • Supervise and support the effective management of financial resources and program budgets.
  • Support the development of monitoring and evaluation plans and implementation mechanisms to accurately reflect project goals and objectives.
  • Represent the project and organization to USAID and other external stakeholders.

What are we looking for?

  • At least 12 years of experience in a senior-level management role, leading and implementing global health and/or development projects with significant SBC programming or applied research components in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia.
  • Doctoral degree in public health, social and behavioral science, health communication, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated expertise and technical leadership in one or more of the project’s priority health areas (i.e., FP/RH, MCH, nutrition), gender empowerment, and agency.
  • Experience leading and managing U.S. government-funded projects, (e.g., USAID, CDC, or PEPFAR).
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and facilitate diverse partnerships among global and local actors across health and development areas to conduct and advance applied research.
  • Applied experience with various quantitative and qualitative research methods to design, monitor and evaluate SBC programs. Expertise or familiarity with implementation research and digital/mobile data collection methodologies required.
  • Strong background and commitment to strengthening local capacity to conduct and utilize behavioral research in SBC or service delivery
  • Knowledge of the behavioral sciences, including behavioral economics, social psychology, and others, and approaches such as human-centered design and social norms theory.
  • Knowledge or interest in SBC indicator frameworks and indicator development, including the measurement of agency, empowerment, equity, and client experience of care.
  • Knowledge of or interest in health systems, including their structure, health sector workforce, national health insurance schemes, and private sector health service providers in LMICs.
  • Collaborative leadership approach, strong communication skills, and supportive management style. Ability to manage and support a diverse, skilled, global, multidisciplinary team across several time zones.
  • Ability to travel 10-20% of the time.
  • Position includes direct supervision of up to 5 direct reports (both technical and operational) and matrix management of up to 5 reports.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States.

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.

About Population Services International

Population Services International (PSI) is the world’s leading non-profit social marketing organization.  We are a diverse group of over 5,000 entrepreneurial development professionals located in over 40 countries committed to making it easier for all people to lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire. PSI is using it’s global presence and 50+ years of experience to help reimagine healthcare. We are working to shape market systems, shift policy and funding, and strengthen global capacity to better support consumer empowered healthcare.