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Consultancy to review the ‘Nursing and Midwifery standards of Somaliland’

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Consultancy to review the ‘Nursing and Midwifery standards of Somaliland’


THET and Kings Global Health Partnerships (KGHP) have been supporting Somaliland health professional education since 2000, building capacity by facilitating collaboration between health professionals and institutions in the UK and Somaliland.

Led by King’s, the Prepared for Practice project seeks to address Somaliland’s health workforce crisis through an integrated approach to health education system reform. Working at an individual level with students, at an institutional level with medical, nursing and midwifery schools within the University of Hargeisa, Amoud University and Edna Adan university, and the national level with the ministries of education and health and development, the partnership seeks to graduate a new generation of health workers, and bring about sustainable, systemic change that will transform education for the health workers of the future. Prepared for Practice is part of the UK aid-funded Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) programme (www.spheir.org.uk), which is supported by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO).

THET’s specific role has been to support the Somaliland Government and regulators to improve the policy and regulation of higher medical education. The Prepared for Practice project is now supporting the recruitment of a local national consultant to review the National Health Profession Council (NHPC) medical schools standards.

National Health Professions Council: In 1999, an Act of the Republic of Somaliland Parliament was passed to establish the National Health Professions Commission (NHPC). The Act defined the functions of the Council as registration of health professionals and licensing health facilities. The main functions of NHPC are registering and listening of health professionals, licensing of health care facilities, and Accrediting of health training programs, to ensure that health professionals, health training programs, and health care facilities meet the required standards set out by the NHPC to improve the quality of health services to the Somaliland community.

NHPC developed a generic standard guideline in 2014 to assess all health training institutions and assessed 12 health training institutions, 9 out of the 12 schools were Nursing and Midwifery schools in Somaliland. NHPC realized that the generic standard guidelines do not reflect the scope of practice of the different health cadre’s production in Somaliland

Currently, NHPC wants to review the standard generic tool and produce quality Nursing/Midwifery standard tool to assess nursing/midwifery school in Somaliland. During the review process, the consultant will review other standard tools, for example, nursing and midwifery standards of east African countries and global standards.

Role Purpose

The aim of this exercise is to review the NHPC generic tool of standards for Health Training Institutions and develop a standard tool that is specific for Nursing and Midwifery schools of Somaliland. The local consultant will work closely with NHPC team and alongside an external Kings Volunteer, which will provide remote

support, and will have relevant expertise on regulation. The consultancy will be carried out in stages and the requirement is set out below:

Scope of Work/ Work Assignments:

The consultant will be responsible for:

Reviewing the generic existing NHPC Standards that has been developed in 2014 and nursing and midwifery university standards.

Reviewing other existing Standards in the neighbouring countries (East Africa Standards and Ethiopia standards and global Nursing and midwifery standards)

Based on the above findings, producing a comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery Standards for Nursing and Midwifery schools as well as scoring tools that help NHPC to take a decision based on the scoring tabulation outcome,

Training NHPC regulatory staff and assessment team on the newly reviewed Nursing and Midwifery standards and scoring tools


The consultant is expected to work closely with NHPC, THET and Kings College Volunteer. The local consultant and the volunteer are expected to consultant relevant institutions including MoHD, MoE, NCHE and medical universities, the following deliverables are expected from the local consultant with the contracted period to share with THET and NHPC.

Completed training and orientation for NHPC staff and technical team in the use of the updated standards and scoring tools.

Interim report on the reviewed standards of Nursing and Midwifery standards

Comprehensive Nursing and Midwifery standards and scoring tools produced.

Final report.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  A Nurse/ Midwife with minimum 10 years of professional work experience in the field of Medical

Education and standards and regulation.

  Bachelor or Master of Education will be added value.

Evidence of standards in a field related to Nursing and Midwifery Education. Computer literate in using Microsoft word, excel and internet.

Excellent oral and written communication in English. Excellence the oral and written Somali language

Personal Competencies

  Ability to exercise sound technical judgment.

  Substantive knowledge of on regulation and situation of Medical Education of Somaliland

Strong interpersonal skills-including but not limited to the ability to work under pressure with restrictive timelines and to establish and maintain effective relationships with people.


Submission of Applications

Interested candidates are requested to submit cover letter, CV and detailed work plan and technical proposals to recruitment-som@thet.org on November 3rd, 2020 latest 23:59pm (E.Africa Time).

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