Somaliland Programme Manager


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Job description

Job title
Somaliland Programme Manager

70% time in Mogadishu and Garowe
30% time in Hargeisa

Contract type
Full Time, fixed term to 31st December 2018, with potential for extension

$34,000– $40,000 p.a. depending on experience

Reporting to
Somaliland Country Director

Key relationships
Supervisory responsibility: 1 project officer and up to 4 Technical Advisors
Liaison/partnership working: key partner organisations and stakeholders in Somaliland, UK and elsewhere.

Job purpose

Position summary
The Programme Manager will lead all aspects ofproject management for THET’s work Somaliland, Puntland and South Central. In particular they will lead on the delivery of THET’s role in the Somali Health and Nutrition Programme (SHINE), as well as provide inputs to the SPHEIR Prepared for Practice project. This will include but is not limited to; conducting assessments, planning & designing quality programme activities, resource allocation & management, overseeing activity implementation, monitoring and evaluation through, managing partner relations, and managing organizational capacity development interventions for THET partners in Somaliland. The post holder will also oversee all quarterly reporting to donors and play a key role in new business, fundraising and programme development and expansion. The post holder will also deputise for the Country Director.
About THET
THET is a specialist global health organisation that educates, trains and supports health workers through global health partnerships, strengthening health systems and enabling people in low and middle income countries to access essential healthcare. In 2000, the THET programme in Somaliland began working with health institutions already working in country to improve the provision of health services in Somaliland. THET works in partnership with institutions in Somaliland and the UK to draw from the invaluable experience of partners working within both health care systems. THET Somaliland takes an integrated approach to Human Resources for Health and works at three levels:
·         Individual health workers
·         Civil society institutions
·         Government
For more information about THET, please visit,

Main duties and responsibilities

Specific tasks of the Programme Manager
1.       Project Planning and Design

Lead the development and or review of annual work plans and budgets.
Organize meetings with partners to discuss annual work plans and budgets to ensure alignment with project log frames and MoH HSSPs.
Review project management toolsand share them with the partners as and when necessary.

2.       Programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation

Ensure the timely implementation of activities, helping to ensure quality of delivery, and assist the team in addressing any challenges.
Ensure the adherence to financial, procurement, partnership support agreements, safety & security and programme quality requirements at all levels of implementation.
Together with the Finance Manager, review spend against the budget and support the team to take appropriate actions where necessary.
Work with other team members to complete wrap up of any projects, ensuring external evaluations are completed and final reports of the highest quality are delivered to donors.
Work with the UK based staff to manage the assignment of UK NHS health professionals/ volunteers to support implementation of capacity development activities in Somaliland.
Ensure the documentation and sharing of best practices and case stories during the course of activity implementation.
Work with the Country Director to review and / or develop programme strategies and policy documents.
Keep an up-to-date risk inventory and take appropriate and timely mitigation measures.

Specific project activities for SHINE
·         Lead the implementation of the health systems capacity assessment in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central, assessing the quality of care, workforce and governance and leadership.
·         Develop acosted capacity development plan and secure validation by each Ministry of Health
·         Deliver the capacity development plan in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central.
3.       New programme development and expansion

Work with the Country Director and UK team to conduct scoping studies for new programmes or expansion of existing projects.
Participate in the development of concept notes and proposals for funding
Participate in donor liaison meetings.

4.       Human Resources Management

Directly supervise 1 project officer and up to 4 technical advisors.
Support the capacity development needs of the staff in line with the available resources and THET mission and programme strategy for Somaliland.
Conduct periodic staff appraisals and share recommendations with the Country Director.

5.       Stakeholder management

Manage the implementation of partnership and capacity development interventions and other key activities with THET partners.
Represent THET at external meetings with donors, UN, NGOs and partners as designated by the Country Director in Somaliland, Puntland, South-Central, UK and Nairobi and maintain positive relationships.
Support the programme team to resolve any challenges that may occur from time to time when working with THET partners.


Person specification

University honours Degree in a related field
Masters level qualification preferably MSc. Public Health or International Development from a reputable institution

Significant programme management experience within the health sector, preferably in Somalia, Puntland or Somaliland
Experience of conducting health sector capacity assessments in the east Africa region (preferably Somalia, Puntland or Somaliland)
Experience with bi- or multi-lateral donor requirements especially with UN Agencies, DFID and European Commission.
Proven experience in writing successful proposals with excellent writing skills and attention to detail.
Experience of working with other organisations to deliver programme
Experience of leading and managing a team
Previous success in fundraising and programme growth
Evidence of significant capacity and capability building skills
Experience in developing and negotiating MOUs with partner organisations and then managing the delivery through partners
Experience of working with senior technical advisors, consultants and those who volunteer their time to support programme delivery
Experience of working with the Health Authorities in Somaliland, Puntland or South-Central

Excellent knowledge of good practice in Global Health in Somalia
Knowledgeable in the international development field, preferably in the African context
Knowledgeable in the HRH capacity building and health workforce education fields
Network of contacts which would be beneficial to THET’s expansion
Sound knowledge of relevant key partners and donors strategies, priorities and ways of working in the health field

Excellent interpersonal skills, high level of integrity and good moral conduct.
Proven leadership and motivational skills
Excellent command of written and spoken English.
Computer literacy with a high level of knowledge and practice using Microsoft Office.
Good conceptual and analytical skills.
Ability to work within tight deadlines for proposal development / reporting.
Ability to develop vision and strategy
Ability to develop the skills an capacity of others (individual and organisational)
Working knowledge of written and spoken Somali

Strong commitment to THET’s cause and values
Highly motivated self-starter.
Flexible and adaptable.
Intercultural sensitivity and awareness

The candidate must be able to travel outside Somaliland including to the UK, although it is recognized that visas may be required
Be willing to work in insecure areas and travel to rural areas.


Closing date for applications
Interested candidates can apply by submitting a cover letter stating why they are interested in this position, what they would bring to the role and demonstrating how they fit the person specification.
This letter should be submitted with a CV to, not later than Sunday 1st July 2018, 5:00pmEAT.
THET is an equal opportunity employer and any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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