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Health Cluster CO-Chair- [Somalia/Somaliland] Country Office – Mogadishu

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Health Cluster CO-Chair- [Somalia/Somaliland] Country Office

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Somalia/Somaliland County Office

Technical Support Team 

LOCATION:  [Mogadishu ]
Child Safeguarding:

Level 3 – the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people


The purpose of the Co-coordinator role is to support and strengthen the coordination and performance of the Somalia Health Cluster and add value of NGO co-coordination by complementing the expertise, experience, capacity, competencies and skills of the Coordinator and the Lead Agency.

The Co-coordinator shall promote accountability to affected populations and adherence to quality standards and best practices. The role is guided by principles of partnership, collaboration, predictability and transparency

The co-chair will work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the cluster co-lead agency to provide leadership and facilitate the processes that will ensure a well-coordinated, strategic, adequate, coherent, and effective response. In holding the position, hosted by Save the Children International (SCI), the Cluster Coordinator will have specific responsibility for ensuring that the position is informed by the NGO perspective.

The accountabilities of the position set out below are aligned to the core functions of cluster delivery at the country level (i) Supporting Service Delivery (ii) Informing Strategic decision making (iii) Planning and Strategy development (iv) Advocacy (v) Monitoring and Reporting (vi) Contingency Planning and Preparedness.


Reports to: SCI Deputy Country Director Programe Development & Quality  

Dimensions: Save the Children works in almost all regions in Somalia/Somaliland with a current staff complement of approximately 450 staff and current expenditure of approximately US$60 million each year.

Staff directly reporting to this post: None   


Role and Responsibilities

  • The Co-coordinator reports to Deputy Country Director of SCI and takes specific responsibility as a cluster co-lead.  In the absence of the Coordinator, the Co-coordinator can take overall responsibilities in the Health Cluster.
  • The Co-coordinator is responsible for performing the following Health Cluster activities and outputs alongside and in collaboration with the Coordinator and Lead Agency, and in coordination with sub-groups.

Meetings, information exchange and representation:

  • Co-facilitate meetings, ensuring agreement and follow up of key decisions and action points.
  • Facilitate timely information exchange and ensure that partners and Regional sub-clusters are updated on needs, gap analysis, strategic priorities, planning and funding processes etc.
  • Carry out secretarial and administrative tasks (prepare meetings and minutes, update contact lists, collate reports/project documents etc.) as needed.
  • The Co-coordinator represents the Health Cluster jointly with the WHO Coordinator and ensures an NGO voice in humanitarian coordination.

Strategic and emergency planning and reporting:

  • Facilitate and contribute to needs assessment and gap analysis, using common tools and ensuring mainstreaming of gender, age and diversity and other crosscutting issues.
  • Develop, review and coordinate implementation of, strategic, emergency preparedness and response, and contingency plans, in cooperation with partners, sub-clusters in the various regions of Somalia.
  • Ensure that plans respond to field concerns and priority needs and contribute to objectives, with complementarity between national and regional sub clusters.
  • Ensure that analysis and priorities are adequately reflected in humanitarian country strategic plans and joint appeals.
  • Develop joint internal work plans with the Coordinator and ensure effective implementation in consultation with partners and sub-groups.
  • Ensure adequate and common monitoring and reporting systems are in place to review progress and results of plans and activities.
  • Contribute to inter-sector coordination and planning where possible
  • Compile and review reports on cluster partner projects in conjunction with co-coordinator and support staff

Humanitarian financing and pooled funding:

  • Ensure strengthened Health Cluster participation in, joint planning, appeal and pooled funding processes (e.g. SHF), including by Regional Sub-clusters.
  • Develop strategic priorities and project prioritization criteria, and co-facilitate (project) peer review teams, in a transparent and participatory manner.
  • Provide direct support to partners, in particular national NGOs, to enhance project development and implementation and strengthen utilization of funding opportunities.

Support to Regional Sub clusters  :

  • Identify needs and opportunities for support to Regional sub-cluster.
  • Ensure that common systems and data collection and management tools are in place for monitoring, reporting and information exchange on field level concerns, needs and response.
  • Where relevant, manage transition of clusters to sector working groups

Technical guidance and support:

  • Ensure technical support, guidance and capacity development is provided to partners and Regional sub-cluster.
  • Ensure mainstreaming of crosscutting issues (protection, gender, environment etc.) in strategy and plans.

Outreach to international and local NGO partners:

  • Promote strong NGO participation in coordination and liaise with international and national NGO partners to identify issues of concerns, and consolidate inputs and support for joint positions.
  • Conduct outreach to individual NGOs and NGO forums outside the cluster to increase participation in coordination and identify issues of concern.

Information analysis, policy and advocacy:

  • Support information collection and analysis, draft reports and briefs on issues of concern for sharing with partners, donors, government counterparts and other external actors.
  • Identify field level concerns for (national level) advocacy, consolidate joint policy positions among partners and coordinate and/or support advocacy initiatives.
  • Identify and make contact with all health sector stakeholders including national health authorities, national and international organizations and civil society;
  • Hold regular coordination meetings with country health cluster members, building when possible on an existing health sector coordination forum;
  • Represent the Health Cluster in inter-cluster coordination mechanisms at country/field level, contribute to jointly identifying critical issues that require multi-sectoral responses, and plan the relevant synergistic interventions with the other clusters concerned;
  • Ensure that humanitarian health needs and gaps in response are identified by planning and coordinating jointly with Nutrition and WASH Global Clusters, as well follow-on more in-depth health sub-sector. assessments, as needed, and regular situation monitoring/surveillance;
  • Lead the health cluster members and contribute to the overall analysis of the health sector data collected including joint gap analysis, priority setting, and planning the response to address the uncovered major gaps;
  • Promote the use of the Health Cluster Guide to ensure the application of common approaches, tools and standards by all health cluster participants taking into account the need for local adaptation;

Budget Holding – Yes – Cluster Activities related budget


  • Minimum of 5-7 years’ experience of humanitarian work including: needs analysis and strategy development, programme/project planning and implementation (project management), cluster/sector coordination and advocacy. Field experience in complex emergencies is essential.
  • Sound understanding of the international humanitarian system, including humanitarian coordination, funding and leadership mechanisms.
  • Coordination and leadership skills: Information sharing; facilitation of meetings and workshops; analysis and strategic planning and drafting; teamwork/working with people; communication; negotiation (conflict resolution); representation and advocacy.
  • Technical knowledge and skills: knowledge of Health specific programming a strong advantage
  • Degree in medicine and/or Public Health, health management with training and experience in and project planning and management techniques   .
  • In-depth knowledge of emergency relief policies and practices within the UN, other UN Specialized Agencies, donor agencies, national and international NGOs.
  • Previous experience of cluster coordination at international, national, or sub-national level
  • Ability to prioritize, organize, manage and adapt management style according to need;
  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to convene stakeholders and facilitate a policy process among UN, NGOs, national health authorities and donors;
  • Strong interpersonal, management, coordination and negotiating skills for fostering integration and teamwork
  • Strong presentation and analytical skills
  • Strong planning and organisational skills including ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work independently
  • Excellent knowledge of written and spoken English

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Date of issue: 2020             Author Head , Heath and Nutrition   

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