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Somaliland Programme Manager

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1 Wimpole Street

London W1G 0AE

Tel | +44 (0)20 7290 3891

Fax | +44 (0)20 7290 3890

Email | info@thet.org

Job description

Job title


Somaliland Programme Manager




70% time in Mogadishu and Garowe
30% time in Hargeisa
Contract type  

Full Time, fixed term to 31st December 2018, with potential for extension





$34,000– $40,000 p.a. depending on experience

Reporting to Somaliland Country Director

Key relationships

Supervisory responsibility: 1 project officer and up to 4 Technical Advisors

Liaison/partnership working: key partner organisations and stakeholders in Somaliland, UK and elsewhere.


Job purpose
Position summary

The Programme Manager will lead all aspects ofproject management for THET’s work Somaliland, Puntland and South Central. In particular they will lead on the delivery of THET’s role in the Somali Health and Nutrition Programme (SHINE), as well as provide inputs to the SPHEIR Prepared for Practice project. This will include but is not limited to; conducting assessments, planning & designing quality programme activities, resource allocation & management, overseeing activity implementation, monitoring and evaluation through, managing partner relations, and managing organizational capacity development interventions for THET partners in Somaliland. The post holder will also oversee all quarterly reporting to donors and play a key role in new business, fundraising and programme development and expansion. The post holder will also deputise for the Country Director.


About THET

THET is a specialist global health organisation that educates, trains and supports health workers through global health partnerships, strengthening health systems and enabling people in low and middle income countries to access essential healthcare. In 2000, the THET programme in Somaliland began working with health institutions already working in country to improve the provision of health services in Somaliland. THET works in partnership with institutions in Somaliland and the UK to draw from the invaluable experience of partners working within both health care systems. THET Somaliland takes an integrated approach to Human Resources for Health and works at three levels:

·         Individual health workers

·         Civil society institutions

·         Government


For more information about THET, please visit,www.thet.org

Main duties and responsibilities
Specific tasks of the Programme Manager


1.       Project Planning and Design

  • Lead the development and or review of annual work plans and budgets.
  • Organize meetings with partners to discuss annual work plans and budgets to ensure alignment with project log frames and MoH HSSPs.
  • Review project management toolsand share them with the partners as and when necessary.


2.       Programme implementation, monitoring and evaluation

  • Ensure the timely implementation of activities, helping to ensure quality of delivery, and assist the team in addressing any challenges.
  • Ensure the adherence to financial, procurement, partnership support agreements, safety & security and programme quality requirements at all levels of implementation.
  • Together with the Finance Manager, review spend against the budget and support the team to take appropriate actions where necessary.
  • Work with other team members to complete wrap up of any projects, ensuring external evaluations are completed and final reports of the highest quality are delivered to donors.
  • Work with the UK based staff to manage the assignment of UK NHS health professionals/ volunteers to support implementation of capacity development activities in Somaliland.
  • Ensure the documentation and sharing of best practices and case stories during the course of activity implementation.
  • Work with the Country Director to review and / or develop programme strategies and policy documents.
  • Keep an up-to-date risk inventory and take appropriate and timely mitigation measures.

Specific project activities for SHINE

·         Lead the implementation of the health systems capacity assessment in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central, assessing the quality of care, workforce and governance and leadership.

·         Develop acosted capacity development plan and secure validation by each Ministry of Health

·         Deliver the capacity development plan in Somaliland, Puntland and South Central.


3.       New programme development and expansion

  • Work with the Country Director and UK team to conduct scoping studies for new programmes or expansion of existing projects.
  • Participate in the development of concept notes and proposals for funding
  • Participate in donor liaison meetings.


4.       Human Resources Management

  • Directly supervise 1 project officer and up to 4 technical advisors.
  • Support the capacity development needs of the staff in line with the available resources and THET mission and programme strategy for Somaliland.
  • Conduct periodic staff appraisals and share recommendations with the Country Director.


5.       Stakeholder management

  • Manage the implementation of partnership and capacity development interventions and other key activities with THET partners.
  • Represent THET at external meetings with donors, UN, NGOs and partners as designated by the Country Director in Somaliland, Puntland, South-Central, UK and Nairobi and maintain positive relationships.
  • Support the programme team to resolve any challenges that may occur from time to time when working with THET partners.


Person specification Essential Desirable







University honours Degree in a related field


Masters level qualification preferably MSc. Public Health or International Development from a reputable institution










Significant programme management experience within the health sector, preferably in Somalia, Puntland or Somaliland


Experience of conducting health sector capacity assessments in the east Africa region (preferably Somalia, Puntland or Somaliland)


Experience with bi- or multi-lateral donor requirements especially with UN Agencies, DFID and European Commission.


Proven experience in writing successful proposals with excellent writing skills and attention to detail.


Experience of working with other organisations to deliver programme


Experience of leading and managing a team




Previous success in fundraising and programme growth


Evidence of significant capacity and capability building skills


Experience in developing and negotiating MOUs with partner organisations and then managing the delivery through partners


Experience of working with senior technical advisors, consultants and those who volunteer their time to support programme delivery


Experience of working with the Health Authorities in Somaliland, Puntland or South-Central







Excellent knowledge of good practice in Global Health in Somalia


Knowledgeable in the international development field, preferably in the African context


Knowledgeable in the HRH capacity building and health workforce education fields



Network of contacts which would be beneficial to THET’s expansion


Sound knowledge of relevant key partners and donors strategies, priorities and ways of working in the health field









Excellent interpersonal skills, high level of integrity and good moral conduct.


Proven leadership and motivational skills


Excellent command of written and spoken English.


Computer literacy with a high level of knowledge and practice using Microsoft Office.


Good conceptual and analytical skills.


Ability to work within tight deadlines for proposal development / reporting.

Ability to develop vision and strategy


Ability to develop the skills an capacity of others (individual and organisational)


Working knowledge of written and spoken Somali









Strong commitment to THET’s cause and values


Highly motivated self-starter.


Flexible and adaptable.


Intercultural sensitivity and awareness




Other The candidate must be able to travel outside Somaliland including to the UK, although it is recognized that visas may be required


Be willing to work in insecure areas and travel to rural areas.



Closing date for applications


Interested candidates can apply by submitting a cover letter stating why they are interested in this position, what they would bring to the role and demonstrating how they fit the person specification.

This letter should be submitted with a CV to jobs@thet.org, not later than Sunday 1st July 2018, 5:00pmEAT.

THET is an equal opportunity employer and any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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