Somalia: Senior Design Strategists

Organization: Population Services International
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 04 Mar 2017

Job title Senior Design Strategists

Department East Africa

Based in Location Nairobi/ Somaliland/ Somalia

Reports to the HCD Lead Consultant and SBC Advisor

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 be healthy by providing access to products and services that range from mosquito nets 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 commenced Somalia’s first large-scale and dedicated demand-creation program (Tusan Wade) for healthcare. The program will design key demand-creation strategies and touch-points in order to drive uptake of health service utilization, preventive behaviours, and treatment-seeking behaviours. Tusan Wade, a DFID funded Demand Creation project program is designed to achieve increased community awareness of, and demand for, health services and promote appropriate health, Maternal Infant and Young Child Nutrition (MIYCN) as well as optimal hygiene practices.

In collaboration with the MOH, a round of early formative design research has just been completed in order to devise our design strategy for 2017 and beyond. In 2017, several small teams will work to design demand creation initiatives.

We are looking for several senior Design Strategy experts with solid experience in design strategy consulting, and also ideally in design leadership for development projects. We are currently filling several roles on the team. Each role will play a pivotal part in the design research, concept development, prototyping, testing and iteration, and project management of an immensely complex and nascent field of work for Somalia’s marginalized populations.

Sound like you? Read on.

Your contribution


You will be responsible for the design research, concept development, prototyping, testing and iteration, and project management of an immensely complex and nascent field of work for Somalia’s marginalised populations.

IN ADDITION to the above, you will also be expected to:

  • Work with the HCD Lead Consultant and Social Behavior Change Communications Advisor, PSI Somaliland research team and Ministry of Health stakeholders.

  • Help prepare internal, regional and donor sharing documents and reports on the program’s process

  • Build Innovation Team Capacity – Work with the PSI Somaliland team through hands-on practice implementing HCD through prototyping

  • Promote creativity and open ideas through team assignments, team makeup and other relevant team building and development strategies

  • Pitch in as necessary, to make the work happen

What are we looking for?

  • Minimum 5 years practical work experience in Design Strategy / HCD / UCD in a consultancy setting and ideally in a leading role, on all key parts of the design process including:
    • Design Research
    • Synthesis
    • Idea Generation & Concept Development
    • Rapid prototyping in both low and medium resolution
    • Testing concepts/prototypes with users
    • Building and presenting insights, findings, and recommendations
    • Minimum 2 years’ experience working in the developing world, specifically with poor users (with at least one year in Africa)
  • Design/Project Lead on Design Strategy projects, with emphasis on developing world projects


Please send all three of the following documents to Please note that if any one item is missing, the application will not be considered.

  • Cover Letter highlighting your relevant experience
  • CV that speaks to the above skills requirements
  • Portfolio of recent work that demonstrates your multifaceted design skills, especially in the development sphere


  • Consultant

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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