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Programme Coordinator, Hargeisa, Somaliland

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Programme Coordinator Project

PaSSS: Somaliland

Fixed-term (immediate start – end of February 2022)Hours

Full-time – 37.5 hours per week

Salary: $700 USD/month

Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland


Partnerships for Surgical Systems Strengthening (PaSSS) in Somaliland is a programme led by the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England) in partnership with the Ministry of Health Development (MoHD), the Somaliland Medical Association (SLMA), InciSION Somaliland, Hargeisa Group Hospital (HGH), Burco Regional Hospital (BRH) and Medicine Africa. Together, these organisations make up the PaSSS: Somaliland Partnership and work is underway to extend this collaboration to include organisations representing nurse anaesthetists, midwives, nurses, community health workers, medical schools and medical students. All have a role to play in improving surgical, anaesthesia and obstetric care in Somaliland.

PaSSS: Somaliland aims to improve population health outcomes by increasing access to safe, affordable and timely essential surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care in Somaliland. The partnership will achieve its goal by establishing a framework and route map for strengthening surgical systems in Somaliland. This framework will initially comprise of four key work streams:

  1. We will develop and publish Somaliland’s first National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plan (NSOAP) to guide and inform future capacity development work and set targets for progress.
  2. We will undertake a detailed needs analysis to inform the development and delivery of targeted online and face-to-face training, mentoring and workplace-based assessments to address identified skills gaps, improve surgical knowledge, practice, behaviours, patient safety and health outcomes.
  3. We will conduct a pilot training and mentoring programme in essential emergency surgical skills, trauma & critical care at Hargeisa Group Hospital.

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  1. We will develop an action plan designed to strengthen the institutional capacity of the Somaliland Medical Association. This will include laying the foundations for the establishment of a CPD/CME accreditation and recording system.

This recruitment is being managed by Medicine Africa on behalf of the PaSSS: Somaliland Partnership.


The Programmes Coordinator will be responsible for providing high quality, effective administrative and programme support to ensure the smooth and efficient running of PaSSS: Somaliland. This responsibility includes but is not limited to providing logistical and administrative support for international visits (in-ward and out-ward missions), organising meetings of the partnership and steering committee, maintaining stakeholder lists, training databases, engagement diaries and financial records. The Programmes Coordinator will act as the key point of contact in Somaliland for PaSSS: Somaliland.

The work is likely to be varied from week to week but will involve regular online meetings with partners, some desk-based administration and several in-person meetings with MoHD officials, donors, medical universities, hospital administrators, volunteers, medical universities and other in-country partners.

The Project Coordinator will be based in the offices of SMLA and will be supervised by an in-country expert with detailed knowledge of the Somaliland Health System. The Project Coordinator will also be accountable to the Head of Global Affairs at RCS England.

Key Duties

Key tasks and responsibilities will include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Organizing meetings between key partners, senior medical staff and regular attendance of a weekly operations meeting.
  • Liaison with the Ministry of Health, Hargeisa Group Hospital and other key personnel to inform them of progress and obtain critical information.
  • Coordinating the planning and delivery of a range of in-country (and online) seminars, trainings, workshops and conferences.
  • Supporting the design, implementation and delivery of key programme tasks, workstreams and outputs. This includes supporting the SMLA, contacting members and helping to devise and implement systems to improve the overall administration of the organisation.
  • Coordinating and arranging in-country training between overseas experts and Somaliland surgical staff/ healthcare professionals.
  • Recruiting and managing programme volunteers.

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  • Providing advice and guidance on local, regional and cultural issues or best practice.
  • Visiting hospitals and briefing medical personnel on how to best conduct a needs analysis. Working with partners to collate and distribute information.
  • Ensuring all partners are fully compliant with funding requirements and safeguarding standards (e.g., ensuring all partners provide receipts for purchases etc.)
  • Contributing to programme communications including promoting the project and its progress via social media and the programme website.

Essential Skills

  • Good Somali and English language skills (written and spoken). We don’t require flawless English writing/ spelling, but we will require you to receive and send multiple emails and project communications in the English language
  • Confidence with IT Systems (Email, Word, Excel, PowerPoint. Internet research, social media). Full training will be given in any specialist systems that may be used but the coordinator needs to have a good level of digital literacy and be able to use a desktop or laptop computer without assistance.
  • A passion for projects aimed at strengthening the Somaliland Health Service.

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of the structure and operation of the Somaliland Health System
  • Knowledge of the Somaliland Ministry of Health or experience working with the MoHD.
  • Previous experience of working Internationally with multiple stakeholders
  • Previous experience of project coordination or project management
  • A track record or being highly organised and keeping good records and notes

How to Apply

  • Please email a copy of your CV and a covering statement indicating why you feel you are suitable for the position to Stephen@gloablhealthservice.com
  • We will conduct interviews online via zoom and early applications may be prioritized
  • We are looking for an immediate start, but we can offer flexibility in terms of hours to ensure that these fit around other commitments.
  • Candidates will find out within one week of applying whether they will be invited to interview or not.

Fairness policy

  • We are committed to a fair and transparent recruitment process, free from biases or prejudice. This recruitment will be overseen by senior partners in the UK and Somaliland to ensure that it is conducted in a fair manner.

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  • We encourage and welcome applications from minority groups and we are very happy to discuss specific requests around accommodating disabilities or offering flexibility to fit around childcare or other commitments.
  • The successful applicant will be required to sign a code of conduct to ensure they are committed to the highest ethical standards in their work. You can find an example of this here: https://medicineafrica.com/work/
  • If you have any questions you would like to discuss before making the application, please email Stephen@gloablhealthservice.com
  • Closing date for applications: 15th October 2021

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