Job Title: Stakeholder & Donor Engagement Director
Position: Part-time or full-time for one year with possibility of extension
Travel: Up to 15% (when possible)
Deadline: Thursday 13th of May 2021
Who we are
Stichting PSI-Europe (‘PSI-Europe’) is an independent NGO, affiliated in name with Population Services International (PSI). The PSI network is comprised of local offices in over 50 countries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean, coordinated by PSI’s HQ in Washington DC, USA.
PSI-Europe’s mission is to support, promote and generate resources for the PSI network in its contribution to universal health coverage (UHC), through shaping policies and priorities of European donors and stakeholders. One of PSI-Europe’s flagship projects is setting the agenda for menstrual health & hygiene (MHH), as an integral part of SRHR and water & sanitation; whereby PSI-Europe provides technical expertise on MHH to the PSI network and other actors in the community of practice, and plays a key role in convening stakeholders to mobilize support for this theme.
For over 50 years, the PSI network has improved the health of poor and vulnerable people through intersectoral approaches that optimize local resources for sustained access to quality health programmes, products and services. With its new strategic direction (2021-2023), PSI is reimagining healthcare, by putting the consumer at the center, and wherever possible – bringing care to the front door. PSI works to fix market failures, shape future health markets and shift policy and funding to better support consumer powered healthcare. PSI’s thematic areas are: sexual and reproductive health and rights, HIV and Tb, malaria and water & sanitation. To support this work, PSI-Europe is diversifying the European stakeholder and donor base and raising its profile among key stakeholders in Europe.
There are over 8,500 “PSIers” 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. While PSI-Europe is a small (currently five employees) and agile team, we are and feel part of the larger PSI family. Do you want to join us? Then apply now!
PSI-Europe is looking for a Stakeholder & Donor Engagement Director, who will play a key role in identifying and engaging in opportunities with European stakeholders on topics that are relevant to PSI.
Menstrual health & hygiene (MHH), safe abortion, as well as broader health sytems strengthening and self-care and private sector collaboration therein are key topics for PSI-Europe to promote in Europe.
Closely working with and reporting to the Managing Director, the Stakeholder & Donor Engagement Director will primarily provide ongoing support under the framework of Project Ignite and the above-mentioned topics, of which the following are highlighted below:
- Menstrual Health and Hygiene. This project builds on PSI and PSI-Europe’s work funded by a High Net Worth Individual (HNWI), to develop the evidence base of the intersection between MHH and women and girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights and their access to water & sanitation. PSI-Europe is a thought leader on MHH in Europe and initiated various efforts to build the case on why and how to invest in MHH. The Stakeholder & Donor Engagement Director will work to leverage the outcomes of our MHH work to influence external key decision-makers to mobilize policy support and resources for MHH.
- Self-Care Trailblazers for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights. With support funding from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation and the Hewlett Foundation, this PSI initiative brings together various stakeholders to learn and help build the evidence on self-care for sexual and reproductive health and rights as well as advocate for the adoption of the WHO guidelines by governments in Africa and Asia. The Stakeholder & Donor Engagement Director will further promote this initiative among European stakeholders.
- PSI’s work under the Health Systems Accelerator (HSA). PSI works with governments and other strategic partners to strengthen mixed health systems that deliver quality primary health care, starting with assisted self-care as a key tier of the system, emphasizing private sector engagement, and using health financing and channel innovation as critical levers. PSI realizes the critical importance of leveraging digital technology to ‘wire’ the different actors – both public and private – and levels – from self-care all the way to secondary care facilities – of the system, bring essential health services and products closer to Saraand help her seamlessly navigate that system to receive affordable and quality health services as and when needed. The Stakeholder & Donor Engagement Director will elevate PSI’s HSA work among European stakeholders.
Funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ignite sparks change at every level of the health market so that young people can easily access contraception, post-abortion care and legal safe abortion services in Côte d’Ivoire, India, Kenya and Mozambique. The project is led by PSI and is implemented with the support of Triggerise. Project Ignite’s Project Director is based in the PSI-Europe office, and PSI-Europe manages the relationship with the donor. The Stakeholder & Donor Engagement Director will support Ignite’s Project Director in generating support for the project beyond the life-cylce of the project, which ends on the 30th of November 2021, among interested parties in Europe.
Sound like you? Read on.
The Stakeholder & Donor Engagement Director will provide ongoing strategic advocacy and fundraising support to the designated projects/topics, including:
- Work with key members of PSI(-Europe)’s technical and project teams to identify and optimize events and other engagement opportunities to influence key stakeholders and decision-makers.
- Coordinate advocacy response between technical PSI(-Europe) colleagues and local PSI network members.
- Identify opportunities to align with donors to mobilize support for PSI’s work.
- Develop tailored strategies for donor engagement and coordinate the involvement of key PSI network colleagues in the implementation of these strategies.
- Provide technical advocacy and communications support to the PSI-Europe team, particularly to Project Ignite’s Project Director and colleagues who work on MHH.
- Package key learnings from PSI and PSI-Europe, and other sources, to shape policy briefs, messaging and other communications.
- Support the development of a learning agenda, including developing and disseminating case studies based on advocacy learnings to share throughout the PSI network. Ensure that internal audiences are kept apprised of project updates through email marketing, brown bags, webinars and other vehicles for direct communications.
- Develop and produce a wide range of compelling written content to use for advocacy-related activities. Example materials could include: e-mail blasts, human interest stories, micro blog posts, infographics, social media interactions, video-blogs, podcasts, etc.
- Liaise with media, including fielding requests, media outreach and pitching, written opinion pieces in priority outlets, etc.
- Contribute to messaging for presentations, op-eds, briefing materials, talking points and speeches.
- Develop, write and edit materials for the web and social media, and oversee strategic deployment of social and digital communications campaigns.
- Ensure sound financial management of advocacy activities including programmatic budgeting, spending projections and monitoring of payments.
- Support development and delivery of timely donor and program reports.
What are we looking for?
The candidate we hire will embody the corporate values of the PSI network:
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 PSI 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.
- A Master’s degree in policy, public administration, communications or related fields is required.
- At least 5 years of experience in advocacy and fundraising with institutional and other donors, e.g. corporate partners, investment firms, foundations and individual givers in Europe;
- Understanding of and experience with international health advocacy.
- Proven experience producing a wide variety of high-quality communications products that are both stylish and substantive.
- Excellent English writing and editing skills and a portfolio of quality written products for a variety of formats (e.g., blogs, articles, op-eds, etc).
- Understanding of and experience with social and digital media (LinkedIn, Twitter, blogging) required.
- Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint) and Office 365.
- Excellent organizational and administrative skills with keen attention to detail and timeliness.
- Proven ability to develop routines to manage large workloads and organize work efficiently.
- Willingness to travel (mainly in Europe, when the COVID-pandemic restrictions are alleviated).
- The candidate should have the right to work in the Netherlands.
What would get us excited?
- A special interest in private sector and social enterprise approaches to development.
- Brings a network of European donor contacts
- Creative communicator capable of capturing complex ideas in written and spoken word, visuals, infographics and other forms.
- Strong interest in public health, menstrual health, women and girls and poverty alleviation.
- Able to juggle multiple competing deadlines without getting flustered and with a sense of humor.
- Highly self-motivated with a start-up mentality to work independently and in a collaboration with a small dedicated team.
- Experience with and excellence in working with multinational and intercultural teams.
- A proactive do-er who is flexible and can get their bearings quickly.
PSI-Europe 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, political affiliation, family status or responsibilities, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.
The Successful applicant will be asked to undertake an enhanced criminal record check. PSI-Europe is committed to safeguarding and does not tolerate sexual misconduct or other behavior that violates PSI-Europe’s Global Code of Business Conduct and Ethics.
We offer a dynamic and professional working environment with lots of opportunities to learn and grow. We offer a competitive salary and attractive benefits. We are a small and agile team, while part of the large global PSI family. This is an opportunity to grow and expand your career within the PSI network.
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