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Vacancy Announcement


Based in Mogadishu

Position: Project Manager

Duration of contract: 1 year (Subject to securing of funding)


Created in 1982, Handicap International (HI) is an independent and impartial international aid organization working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. Working alongside people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups, our actions are focused on responding to their essential needs, improving their living conditions and promoting respect for their dignity and their fundamental rights. HI was the co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997 for its role in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and was recently awarded (October 2016) a prize by the Office of the Presidency in Somaliland for services to Persons with Disabilities.

Handicap International started in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation center in Hargeisa. HI’s strategy in Somaliland is to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities and to engage development actors to promote inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities  and other vulnerable people  at local and national level. 

Handicap International (HI) In consortium of WHH, CWW and VSF; HI is currently implementing 16 months humanitarian aid project; “Integrated humanitarian assistance and disaster preparedness for affected communities of Desert Locust, Covid-19 and of weather extremes in the Region Awdal, Somaliland.


The organization’s inclusion approach in humanitarian action supports humanitarian actors as well as community-based stakeholders to support them for better inclusion of persons with disabilities.

The inclusion approach consists of the following:

Identification of barriers & enablers: Existing checklists and tools developed to identify barriers & enablers in other crisis and aligned to the IASC Guidelines on Inclusion of Persons with disabilities in humanitarian action will be adapted in consultation with persons with disabilities and their OPDs.

Removal of barriers & strengthening of enablers: Subsequently, after barriers presenting high threats and resulting in risks will be successively removed.  This will be happening through setting up a system of disability focal points, and the modification of services delivery modalities and structures. For instance, within WASH the design, construction, rehabilitation, Cash, trainings and information materials will be changed to provide meaningful and safe access. 

Capacity strengthening & Learning processes: To make that change process effective, context and barrier related, tailored trainings & learning sessions will be provided by HI team to consortium partners, based on existing good practices in protection and gender mainstreaming. HI will work closely with the consortium teams to ensure the reduction of barriers and outcomes for persons with disabilities will be effectively measured.

Documentation and Replication: Good practices and lessons learned will be documented; learning outcomes and training tools will be made available.



Based in Mogadishu, with frequent travel to Somaliland, and under the line-management of the Country Manager, the PM will have the following responsibilities.

  1. Management
  • Line-manages the project’s team members
  • Sets individual objectives, evaluates individual performance, contributes towards the professional

& career development of his/her team members, monitors competences

  • Organizes and leads regular team meetings
  • the recruitment and selection of new team members
  • Ensures strict application and respect of the programmer’s Internal Regulations by the project team 
  1. Expertise
  • Provides the technical expertise for his/her project
  • Ensures that the activities implemented comply with international technical norms and
  • standards
  • Adapts the project documentation to international technical norms and standards, when
  • necessary
  • Runs technical training for his/her staff when relevant.
  • Is in charge of the technical quality and relevance of project activities implemented within his
  • scope of expertise
  • Ensures technical learning from projects by drawing on lessons learned and good practices
  • Makes sure global and field technical specialists get the information they require and
  • collaborates with Technical Divisions when necessary
  • Adjusts his/her activities to audit recommendations, if applicable

2.2 Helps to coordinate technical professional development and facilitate a community of practice, in

collaboration with Technical Division


2.3 Manages relationships with technical authorities, local partners or other stakeholders

  1. Implementation and Monitoring

3.1 Ensures project implementation, in collaboration with the relevant services and in line with general standards and procedures

  • Ensures the planning of activities and establishes action plans
  • Ensures that activities are implemented in line with the project proposal and the allocated
  • budget
  • Ensures that activities are implemented according to internal quality and technical standards
  • and, if necessary, proposes adjustment or improvements to help meet objectives
  • Prepares and monitors partnership agreements with implementing partners and other
  • potential partners
  • Ensures the effective implementation and follow up of institutional policies (PSEA, mandatory
  • cross-cutting approaches, etc.) on his/her project
  • Coordinates and collaborates with relevant internal services, especially logistics, RH, finance
  • and technical resources

3.2 Ensures project data management

  • Ensures that the appropriate data collection and management tools are in place on the
  • project, in line with global standards
  • Ensures that data related to the project is collected and compiled in the project database
  • Carries out regular verifications and makes any necessary corrections in the activity database

3.3 Ensures project reporting

  • Monitors the achievement of results and indicators, as per the logical framework
  • Is in charge of producing the appropriate reporting tools: monthly situation report, PM Box
  • Reports regularly to the line manager
  • Writes reports for the funding agencies when relevant and monitors donor deadlines (grants,
  • reporting, audits) concerning the project
  • Guarantees the proper archiving of information

3.4 Prepares and steers project evaluation and capitalization

  • Plans and monitors project evaluations
  • Produces project capitalization and learning from experience material
  1. Influence & Communication
  • Contributes to HI’s external influence by participating in relevant networks
  • Communicates on the project to partners, authorities and stakeholders when relevant
  1. Strategy & business development
  • Contributes to programme or country operational strategy (StratOp)
  • Drafts new project proposals for the continuity or expansion of the project
  • Contributes to the drafting of new proposals for new opportunities

Skills and Experience.

  • At least 2 years’ experience of managing teams implementing humanitarian action, specifically community-based WASH, protection, MHPSS, health and/or CCCM protection related activities, preferably in Somaliland.
  • Experience in delivering inclusive training for adults and workshop facilitation.
  • Experience of models of disability, the international human rights frameworks and strategies for fighting exclusion and discrimination. The technical issues concerning his/her service sector

Know-how (practices)

  • Using active listening techniques and applying them in the appropriate situations
  • Negotiating and managing problems and conflicts
  • Establishing clear frameworks, rules and limits
  • Creating and maintaining conditions that motivate the target public; mobilizing and supporting different groups of stakeholders (families, communities, local authorities, etc.)
  • Interpersonal skills (attitudes)
  • Working as part of a team/network, cooperating
  • Respect for the opinion and enhancement of the skills of others with a view to shared action
  • Giving and receiving constructive feedback; discussing with multidisciplinary teams, working as
  • part of a network and collaborating
  • Empathy; showing interest in what each person is experiencing and feeling, putting oneself in the other person’s shoes, listening to his/her needs, being accepting rather than judgmental.
  • Resilience to stress and uncertainty
  • Pragmatism, capacity to adapt with agility.

Start: 1st April 2021

Condition of application:

If interested, please send your application along with an up-to-date CV and a cover letter (including 3 referees with their current official contacts) by email no later than on 24th of February 2021 to som.recruit@somaliland.hi.org


  • The email subject line should be marked: “Application for Project Manager in Mogadishu”
  • Please do not send your academic and other testimonials they will be requested at a later stage.
  • If one of the mandatory topics above isn’t respected, the candidate will be disqualified

Only shortlisted candidates with the above qualifications and skills will be contacted.

Humanity & Inclusion is committed to safeguarding and promoting child protection and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This position involves working with beneficiaries and is subject to strict safer recruitment checks. The successful candidate will be required to complete police check and sign self-declaration form to help us verify your suitability to work with children including checks with past employers.

Humanity & Inclusion is an equal opportunity employer and qualified and competent women and persons with disability applicants are highly encouraged to apply.

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