Country Representative, Kenya
Job TypeFull Time
Job FieldAdministration / Secretarial
Reports to the Regional Representative, East and Southern Africa

Department: Global Operations – Africa

*Must be authorized to work in country of hire*

Join us!

PSI is implements cutting edge programming in Kenya to improve women’s access to vital reproductive health services, WASH, HIV prevention and treatment, NCDs and malaria programming. For this position, PSI offers both an opportunity to manage and grow our exciting portfolio in Kenya through our network of partners as well as to further develop innovative and relevant programs in the reproductive health sphere. We are looking for a seasoned leader with solid strategy development, new business development and relationship management skills and has demonstrated success in multiple complex, multi-cultural work environments.

The Country Representative will act as PSI’s senior representative and has overall responsibility and accountability for PSI’s programs. PSI programs in Kenya are mostly implemented through in-country partners across Kenya. As leader of PSI programs in Kenya, the Country Representative represents PSI to government, key stakeholders and donors, manage and support staff growth and develops and explore new business opportunities. The Representative will also work closely with the PSI Global Operations – Africa, Program Management Team (PMT) and Global Services Office (GSH) in Nairobi to ensure contract compliance, prepare, manage and execute program budgets, support administrative and logistical needs, marketing plans and work plans; ensures adherence to PSI minimum standards; and assures the effective implementation of the program overall.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution

This Includes, But Is Not Limited To

You will be responsible for the overall development, management (financial, administrative, and programmatic), and representation of PSI’s activities in Kenya.

  • Lead institutional development through strategic planning, program development, human resource planning and staff capacity building. Lead on sustainability approaches, market development and private sector engagement activities.
  • Ensure compliance of all activities (i.e. financial, minimum standards, program quality assurance, donor regulations) and that all audit recommendations are implemented according to schedule. Proactively perform risk assessments to identify and mitigate risks, including operational, financial, legal, contractual, reputational and safety and ensure mitigation actions are implemented.
  • Oversee program budgets, financial and internal controls; assure timely and accurate financial reporting as required by PSI/Washington and donors.
  • Fundraise for existing and new activities and expansion of the health program’s portfolio.
  • Maintain and foster strong external relations with strategic partners such as government, development partners, implementing partners and UN agencies, among others.
  • Develop and enforce field office administrative policies. Promote an ethical environment in line with PSI’s values.
  • Maintain a working culture that fosters diversity, equity and inclusion. Develop and maintain systems that ensure the safety and security of staff and assets in all aspects of work per best practices, PSI operating standards, and field realities.
    What are we looking for?

The Basics

  • Bachelor’s Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field required.
  • Master’s Degree (or international equivalent) in a related field (i.e. MBA, MPA, MPH) preferred.
  • At least 10 years of related experience managing budgets and international public health programs required.
  • At least 5 years of experience managing people required.
  • Demonstrated work experience in similar operating environments.
  • Demonstrated experience in government and donor relations and collaboration.
  • Demonstrated experience in business development.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience.
  • Fluency in English with excellent writing skills. Foreign language skills required depending on location.
  • Demonstrated leadership and passion for building technical, management and leadership capacity.
  • References will be required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to pass a background check.
  • 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.




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About Population Services International

We have been measurably improving the health of Kenyans since 1989. Our approach harnesses the vitality of the private sector to improve health outcomes for "Sara” - our archetype that focuses our interventions. We address the most serious health challenges affecting resource-poor and vulnerable communities in Kenya, including HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and family planning, and the greatest threats to children under five including malaria, diarrhea, pneumonia and malnutrition.