Health Poverty Action Somaliland Country Programme Manager Job Vacancy

Vacancy: Somaliland Country Programme Manager

Background: Established in 1984, Health Poverty Action’s (HPA) work has grown to include programmes in 13 countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America (with more currently in development). 

We always prioritise the most poor and the most marginalised – those not reached by governments and almost everyone else. 
This has led us to work in some very difficult environments, often providing the only external assistance.

HPA been working in Somaliland since 1994 and has broadcast a radio programme from Hargeisa since 1999. 


HPA has, over the years successfully implemented a number of projects supported by the European Commission, DFID/UKAID, UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA, Global Fund and other trusts and foundation. 
In order to integrate the implementation of all Somaliland projects, the Country Programme Manager will be expected to oversee all programming in Somaliland. 
This key post is the most senior post in the country office in Somaliland, and therefore includes representation duties, project and financial management, proposal writing, and leadership.

Main Functions of Post:

Provides overall management for the DFID funded Sahil EPHS, the EC EIDHR STOP, and the WFP nutrition project in Maroodi Jeex, Sahil and Togdheer Regions, and the UNFPA supported maternal and newborn health projects in Hargeisa and Burao districts of Somaliland, ensuring good financial and general administration of projects, staff, finances and assets. 

The CPM is responsible for the development and management of the country program strategy, planning, organizing, operating, staffing and budgeting, financial and risk management.

Represents HPA in Somaliland in the promotion of excellent relationships with central and local government departments, international organizations, other NGO’s and in-country donors.

Maintains good internal communications both with the Head of Africa Programmes and the Programme Mangers, and the central Health Poverty Action office in London.

Supports programme development and resource mobilisation for Somaliland and Somalia

Essential Requirements

  • At least 5 years’ experience as a health and/or development manager, preferably in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Bachelor’s degree in health related discipline or social sciences
  • Significant proven development programmes experience with governments, INGO, NGOs, related to health
  • Representational skills, diplomacy and the ability to communicate and negotiate at all levels.
  • Experience in managing contracts
  • Proven skills in human resource management
  • Proven skills in Project Cycle Management
  • The ability to think and operate strategically, with strong conceptual and analytical skills
  • Proven skills in effective in networking and collaboration with partners and other stakeholders
  • Teambuilding and leadership skills – the ability to communicate effectively, motivate individuals and a team, resolve conflict and promote effective working relationships.
  • Relationship builder and communicator with experience leading diverse work teams, developing organization-wide strategies for program excellence, engaging community partners and working closely within the senior leadership team.
  • Proven ability to monitor and evaluate field programs and understand the relationship between field and HQ.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships with others, both internally and externally, to achieve the goals of the organization.
  • Foster Teamwork – the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Positively influence others to achieve results that are in the best interest of the organization.
  • Experience with EU, DFiD, UN, etc. funded programs including related rules and regulations including engaging with key stakeholders in the national and international NGO community.
  • Assertive decision-maker – Assess situations to determine the importance, urgency and risks, and make clear decisions which are timely and in the best interests of the organization.
  • Outstanding problem solver – Assess problem situations to identify causes, gather and process relevant information, generate possible solutions, and make recommendations and/or resolve the problem.
  • Ability to travel field sites to provide on-site leadership to programs.
  • Ability to work independently and on one’s own initiative.
  • Understanding of and commitment to humanitarian principles
  • Cultural sensitive
  • Ability to work in stressful and unstable areas
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – with an ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy and to manage conflict.
  • Proven financial management skills in accounting, budgeting and reporting;
  • Computer literacy in Word, Excel, Power Point
  • Capacity to be flexible under difficult conditions
  • Fluent oral and written English
Desirable Requirements
  • Experience supervising staff operating in multiple field programs across a sub-Saharan country
  • Masters degree in health related discipline or social sciences
  • Knowledge and understanding of Africa, particularly the sub-Saharan and Horn of Africa
  • Knowledge of procurement systems
  • Proven understanding of how international organizations work
  • Experience working in or with hospitals or clinics
  • Experience in health education using mass media including radio
  • Experience of organising and facilitating participatory discussions
  • Ability to understand and express oneself in Somali
  • Experience of representing an organisation to governments and donors
  • Proposal and report writing skills
  • Experience of working in Somalia or Somaliland
How to Apply

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Interested applicants should email the completed application form to 

The email subject line should include the following: Somaliland Country PM

Closing date for applications: Friday, 22 January 2016

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