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Head of Health Program – Somaliland

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Job Description

Head of Health Program- Somaliland

Organisation Overview

The Pharo Foundation (hereafter “the Foundation”) is a privately funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit Pharo Ventures. The Vision of the Foundation is an economically vibrant and inclusive Africa. The Mission is to achieve our vision by investing in Africa’s human and physical capital with a strong focus on job creation.

Established in 2011 as a UK based non-profit, the Foundation has since made a strategic shift to directly design and implement its own programmes to ensure greater engagement with communities, better results and increased accountability. The Foundation has carried out numerous projects in East Africa, with a focus on Ethiopia and Somaliland. The key themes for the philanthropic side of the Foundation are education, health, water and agriculture. At the end of 2019, the Foundation started its Pharo Ventures franchise to priorities sectors where the Foundation believes a real impact can be made by establishing self- sustaining businesses which focus on job creation.

Recognising health as a key aspect of human and economic development, The Pharo Foundation implements programmes that aim at increasing access and quality of health care, focusing on health infrastructure improvement and health professions capacity enhancement

Headquartered in London, the Foundation has an operational Head Office in Nairobi, Kenya with country offices in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and Assosa) and Somaliland (Hargeisa) and Rwanda (Kigali) with further expansion plans in East Africa.

Position Summary

Job Title: Head of Health Program

Reporting to: Country Representative

Functional Relationships: Somaliland Program managers & Director of Health (Kenya)

Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland

Contract Type: Permanent

Key Duties and Responsibilities

S/he will have the following key duties and responsibilities

Lead the design, implementation, monitoring and reporting of the Health component of Somaliland Program with a strong focus on enhancing the capacity of health facilities to provide

better service to the target communities.

Create networking relationship with all relevant government and other stakeholders to learn

national priorities in Health and to align the foundation’s interventions accordingly.

Assess the capacity of partner implementing agencies, health facilities, WASHCOs and other community-based groups, and design and implement appropriate capacity building plans.

Monitor legislations, policies and regulations affecting the health sector, focus on the possibility of providing high quality essential health service at cost and enhancing the capacity of health professionals

Lead the establishment and smooth operation of a new Pharo led health facilities

Provide overall technical leadership and direction for program activities aimed at significantly

improving the quality of health service in the target communities

Participate in conducting surveys and health assessment to identify gaps in health service delivery in the affected communities and provide feedback for program development according to the findings

Provide overall technical leadership and direction in the rolling out of appropriate hygiene and

sanitation messages in communities, schools and health facilities

Participate in the ongoing and systematic monitoring of Health Program to assess progress

against objectives, to continuously learn, and to take timely corrective actions, if necessary. Organize learning and experience sharing venues; and commission and/or participate in

research that could lead to enhance Health service.

Coach, mentor and build the capacity of the Health Program officer, facility heads and other

relevant staffs who will be responsible to implement the project activities at grass root level. Assess the capacity of partners in rural health facilities and design and implement appropriate

capacity building plans.

In collaboration with the respective teams, supervise and ensure timely implementation of

construction activities as per the quality and standard required for the purpose

Prepare project related documentations such as periodic reports, field monitoring reports,

stakeholder meeting minutes etc. as required.

Provide regular progress reports (weekly, bi-monthly, monthly, quarterly, bi-annually and

annually) and other situational reports.

Carry out any other duty as requested by the line manager.

Qualification Requirements:

  • Education

A Master’s/ advanced/ degree in Public Health or related field is required.

A combination of bachelor’s degree with additional 3 years of relevant work experience

(10 years in total)

  • Work Experience

A minimum of 7 years of relevant experience related to project requirements and any role at advisory and coordination level at an international organization level.

Experience in project design and management in the context of international organizations level.

Experience in studying, establishing, and supporting comprehensive health facilities Good computer skills: facility with MS Word, Excel, and email/internet software.

  • Language Requirements and other skills

Full working knowledge of English and Somali with good verbal and written communication skills is essential.

Experience in community participatory project planning, implementation and monitoring. Experience in managing, supervising and providing support to staff and volunteers.

Experience in proposal writing and research.

Behavioral Competencies

Capable of ‘’Thinking-out of the box’.’

Achieves quality results and service.

Commitment to a high standard of professional performance, integrity, and maturity to remain accountable for results.

Communicates information effectively. Practicing innovation and change

A creative and curious mind-set with an active interest in continuous learning, personal and professional growth.

Builds collaborative relationships.

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with individuals from all kinds of backgrounds Superb management skills: able to manage and motivate a wide variety of employees from diverse backgrounds in a professional and compelling manner Strong team player who also excels at working autonomously.

Demonstrated ability to communicate in writing and verbally with people. Perform other duties as required.

Salary and Benefits

The salary and benefits package is competitive and will commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Medical insurance is provided in accordance with The Pharo Foundation Health policy.

Application Procedure

This position is open to both female and male nationals from Somaliland.

The application deadline is January 15, 2022

Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and only complete applications will be considered. In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, we reserve the right to appoint before the deadline. For this reason, we encourage interested candidates to apply at the earliest possible time. Due to the high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates.

How to apply

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should submit their application through email to Recruiting.SL@pharofoundation.org with subject line “Head of Health Program”.


  1. A recent updated CV
  2. Cover letter to explain the experience you have gained that makes you believe that you are the most qualified candidate for the role (maximum 1,000 words).
  3. Your current or last benefit package and expected benefit package for this position.
  4. A list of minimum five (5) references with current email address and phone number.
  5. Copy of your qualification.



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