Vacancy at PSI ZAMBIA


Technical Advisor, Strategic Behavior Change Communications
Department: Southern Africa
Based in Zambia
Reports to the Chief of Party

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 lead healthier lives and plan the families they desire by marketing affordable products and services that range from mosquito nets to contraceptives 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 seeks motivated, dynamic candidates with significant technical expertise in social and behavior change communication in the health field for the position of Technical Advisor for SBCC under an anticipated 5-year CDC-funded demand creation project for HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment in Zambia.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution
You will be seconded to PSI’s network member, Society for Family Health as the Technical Advisor, Strategic Behavior Change Communication. You will:
 
  • Oversee development, management, and implementation of data-driven, combination HIV prevention activities; including demand creation for an HIV prevention package, provision of HIV testing services, and strong referral systems and adherence support
  • Develop and disseminate effective national and regional targeted communication strategies for males 15-29 and older, and other key populations, using a mix of communication channels
  • Oversee capacity building and transition plan for demand creation with the government, health care workers, and other partners
  • Collaborate closely with SFH Research, Monitoring, and Evaluation department to ensure programs are designed and managed based on evidence and incorporate new approaches/ innovative techniques
  • Ensure linkages between the project and other PEPFAR and non-PEPFAR funded programs for HIV and health in Zambia
  • Effectively collaborate with all key partners and stakeholders throughout the life of the project
  • Oversee the development and harmonization of program messages, materials, and related training curriculum
  • Provide on-site technical assistance to the design and implementation of project activities.
  • Build local capacity of selected entities (government and/or civil society) in design, implementation and evaluation of SBCC programming.
  • Support Chief of Party in reporting to donor and representation of the project externally at events, conferences and meetings.
  • Assist in development of appropriate communication and information strategy to support and/or advocate program development.

What are we looking for?
The basics
  • Master’s degree in communication, public health, a related area or equivalent experience
  • Seven years of professional experience at senior management level in international settings
  • Significant strategic behavioral communication experience, especially interpersonal and mid-media communications incorporating new approaches/ innovative techniques
  • Prior technical support and/or program implementation experience in social and behavior change communication, community based programs, community health worker management, and capacity building, especially for HIV prevention, care, and treatment
  • Understanding of behavior change theories and their application to program design
  • Strong data for decision making experience
  • Familiarity with PEPFAR strategies, as well as other international donors
  • Proven ability to work with government officials and key stakeholders in accordance with national policies
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Experience and excellence in working with diverse teams
What would get us excited?
Human centered design experience. You have applied human centered design (HCD) approaches in your work, or better yet, have integrated HCD into an existing approach or process.

Marketing experience. You believe in the power of markets, and have the ability to analyze them and assess strengths and weaknesses

Collaborative leader. You provide space for teams to work independently and try new things yet are able to inspire a shared vision for the project. You cultivate vibrant exchanges where diverse perspectives enrich outcomes.

A Connector. You have experience working with diverse stakeholders on a project, from Ministries of Health, to partners, to global health donors. You acknowledge and understand the viewpoints of each group yet are able to make tough calls and communicate constructive feedback, no matter the group.

A Strategist and an Innovator. You are creative, innovative and a strategic thinker. You are open to new thinking and processes and are eager to find ways to make them work. You are intrigued by the challenge of bringing together intuitive and empirical paradigms in practical ways.

*Zambian Applicants only.

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