Country Representative - Population Services Intl. Papua New Guinea

PSI is a leading global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.

PSI's core values are a belief in markets and market mechanisms to contribute to sustained improvements in the lives of the poor; results and a strong focus on measurement; speed and efficiency with a predisposition to action and an aversion to bureaucracy; decentralization and empowering our staff at the local level; and a long term commitment to the people we serve. PSI has programs in 67 countries. For more information, please visit.

PSI seeks candidates for Papua New Guinea (PNG) Country Representative, to provide senior management support to PSI’s global mission. Over the past five years PSI PNG has expanded operations from a staff of 8 to a staff of 60 and is expected to grow modestly in the next several years. Program focus is on sexual and reproductive health, sanitation, hygiene, and malaria, with the intent to move towards a Community Case Management approach and increased targeting of non-communicable diseases. This full-time position is based in Port Moresby, PNG, and reports to the Regional Director for Asia/Eastern Europe.

RESPONSIBILITIES External Relations • Represent PSI to national government agencies; key stakeholders such as UN agencies, private sector partners and NGOs; and donors in host country. • Manage public relations efforts such as the development of annual reports, success stories, press releases and fact sheets; host donor visits; and supervise the development of any other PR publications or activities. • Ensure that PSI is an active participant of national and partner working groups, committees, the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) and any other relevant bodies as appropriate. • Establish and /or maintain a local Advisory Board
Program Development • Develop long-term strategic plans with Advisory Board, and appropriate platform staff. • Analyze potential new program areas and opportunities for innovation. • Lead new business efforts, including developing and maintaining excellent relationships with donors and relevant stakeholders. • Develop clear objectives with staff that are linked to platform minimum standards, platform strategic plan and donor deliverables. • Oversee the creation of annual marketing plans and the development of evidence-based programming. • Review and approve research conducted in support of programs, and evaluate the effectiveness and sustainability of program activities. • Coordinate with appropriate PSI headquarters technical departments to ensure that program activities follow best practices. • Ensure that PSI projects are contractually compliant, including meeting all reporting requirements and deliverables.

Human Resources Management • Establish management structure to support program activities and to meet minimum standards. • Ensure that induction and job training is provided to all staff. • Provide adequate pay and benefits to retain qualified staff within the limits of donor budgets and following a platform salary matrix that is competitive with industry standards. • Establish and follow a regular performance evaluation system for all staff. • Ensure that senior managers are leading Capacity Building efforts • Directly manage and mentor staff members, as per the platform’s management structure.

Financial and Internal Controls • Develop and manage both annual and project budgets in accordance with donor and PSI/W regulations. • Ensure regular review of expenditures against project budgets at the departmental level. • Ensure the application of internal controls over the procurement, use and protection of resources. • Ensure that all PSI financial policies and procedures are followed and validated by internal evaluations and external audits. • Develop economies of scale and other cost efficiencies through a supply chain system that includes a stringent risk management plan and minimum standards of performance. • Meet PSI minimum standards for implementing financial systems and submitting monthly financial reports to headquarters.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• At least five years work experience in a developing country; • Significant fundraising, personnel, operational and financial management experience, with a technical background in marketing, advertising, or communications a plus; • Demonstrated strengths in strategic organizational leadership and external relations; • Proven ability to develop and mentor staff; • Experience developing and executing behavior change communications or marketing campaigns; • Knowledge of international development and health issues; • Familiarity with Global Fund, AusAID, ADB and USAID as well as the international donor community; • Excellent cross-cultural and interpersonal skills; • Excellent oral and written communication skills; • Relevant post-graduate degree (MBA, MIA, MPH, etc.) or equivalent experience; • Fluency in English
How to apply: 
** The term of the post is expected to be for three years. This post is open to spouses and families, though it is a challenging security environment.  Closing date:  09 Mar 2012

To apply visit. No calls or emails, please. PSI is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from qualified individuals without regard to race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, or disabilities.

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