Job title PSI Benin and ABMS Country Representative (CR)
Department Franco/Lusophone Africa
Based in Cotonou, Benin Reports to the Senior Director, Franco/Lusophone Africa Who we are With over 45 years of experience, working in over 60 countries, Population Services International (PSI) is the world's leading non-profit social marketing organization. PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. We are working to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer empowered healthcare.
There are over 7,000 “PSI'ers” around the world. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurial development professionals with a wide range of backgrounds, experience, and unique skills that we bring to the critically important work that we do.
Association Beninoise de Marketing Social (ABMS) is PSI's local affiliate in Benin and PSI Benin is PSI's local branch office. The Country Representative (CR) will oversee all aspects of PSI and ABMS, focusing on financial and internal controls, risk reduction and program delivery (family planning, HIV prevention and WASH). ABMS and PSI have close to 80 staff and receive funding from USAID, the Dutch government, private foundations and other international donors. The Country Representative represents PSI to government, key stakeholders and donors; directs staff; develops new business opportunities; ensures contract compliance; manages financial, administrative and logistical resources; prepares and executes budgets, marketing plans and work plans
With support from the Government of Benin and international donors, PSI has worked in Benin since 1992. We have implemented social marketing and behavior change communications to deliver prevention and treatment products and services across a range of health areas including HIV/AIDS, malaria, family planning and reproductive health, and WASH. Current revenue is about $7m annually, with potential for significant growth.
We are looking for a Country Representative (CR) based in Cotonou, Benin to lead implementation of PSI's awards in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH). The CR should have significant management and international experience with international donors, an interest in private sector approaches to development, relevant language skills, and be capable of managing a diverse staff. We are looking for someone with a proven track record of delivering results in multi-million-dollar field offices and fast paced environments under challenging conditions. PSI's Benin program is highly impactful and highly rewarding for those who thrive when given a serious management challenge.
The CR will have full programmatic and financial responsibility for all existing heath projects, as well as execute PSI's Global Strategy in Benin. In addition to proven skills in organizational management, the ideal candidate will have demonstrated ability to grow platform funding and health impact and to maintain excellent partnerships with donors, the government and other key stakeholders. The CR will report to the Senior Director, Francophone and Lusophone Africa in Washington, DC.
Sound like you? Read on.
Your contribution The CR/Benin will assume strategic, programmatic and operational management and oversight for Benin's grant portfolio. The CR/Benin will be responsible for achieving a high level of project performance while assuring compliance with regulations across a range of donors and financial/administrative best practices. Specific tasks are:
Program Planning and Execution
New Business Development
Financial and Internal Controls
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
Our ideal candidate will possess:
**What would get us excited?
Experienced manager. **You have been a Chief of Party of a large complex project or Country Director or Resident Advisor of a large development organization before. You can manage a diverse team of professionals to achieve results.
Relationship Builder. You have experience working with Ministries of Health and global health donors. You can identify new donors and partners for programs. You can spot trends and keep the PSI global headquarters informed about health needs and opportunities in Benin. You are diplomatic in cooling down emotionally charged environments. You are agile in your approach, able to quickly recognize, address and mitigate potential conflicts before they arise.
Capacity Builder: You have experience in building technical, management and leadership capacity.
Collaborative manager. **You can inspire a shared vision for staff. You have successfully helped your staff learn, grow, and thrive in their work.
Natural fundraiser. You have experience identifying business opportunities in the health sector or securing funds from a wide range of donors.
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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