PROGRAM COORDINATOR – SOMALIA (M/F) – National position
For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organization committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies. Those working for this independent organization do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations. MdM currently works in 41 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, combating HIV and reducing the harm and risks associated with drug use, crises and conflicts.
- CONTEXT OF THE MISSION
In July 2011, after several exploratory missions, MdM decided to open a project in the town of Bosaso, in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland. The choice of this location was dictated by the number of IDPs present in the town (over 50,000) and the lack of medical structures with quality medical services accessible to the vulnerable population (IDPs and poor host community).
Indeed, Puntland is facing an influx of IDPs coming from the war zone in South and central Somalia. The IDPs have settled in Bosaso and are trying to have a livelihood by doing menial jobs. Shelter, protection, food aid and water and sanitation needs are being addressed by various actors who include the UN agencies, international and local NGOs.
Nevertheless, Puntland has one of the highest infant and child mortality rates in Somalia, estimated to be around 153, while “under-five” mortality rate is estimated to be 225 per thousand live births.
For the last years, MdM, with a local partner called “Integrated Services for the Displaced Population (ISDP)”, and the Ministry of Health, has been addressing health needs of the poor host communities and IDP population by supporting MCHs in Bosaso. The support has been through offering primary health care services to the poor host populations and IDPs.
Since 2016, MdM has also started a SRH program, with a special focus on Community empowerment and GBV.
- GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ROLE:
The Program Coordinator will be based in Bosaso, with a monthly travel to Nairobi (one-week in average, subject to changes depending on the context and needs).
S/he will be in charge of the smooth implementation of overall MdM programs in Bosaso.
S/he will coordinate both the technical and administrative team based in Bosaso and support technically ISDP (MdM partner) and the MoH.1. Program management
Ensure the implementation of the program and its follow-up in its different aspects:
Logistics: in coordination with Log officer in Nairobi and Log officer in Bosaso, support the follow up of log procedures Administrative: in co-ordination with the log-admin department, the logistics chain and delivery of the medical material on site
Continuously assess the needs & adjust the programs to the needs in collaboration with the General Coordinator, the Medical Coordinator, ISDP and Bosaso team.
2. Team management
- Manage the National team :
-Participate in the recruitment, appraisal and follow-up of national staff. Medical recruitment will be in collaboration with the Medical Coordinator.
-Support and coach the staff and identify training needs.
-Ensure HR policies are adhered to
3. Representation and coordination with local and international authorities, partners and humanitarian actors
- Represent MdM, and participate (delegating when needed), in humanitarian forums, clusters and meetings
- Share MdM activities with the main National/International NGOs operating in the area and share their activities with ISDP, Bosaso team and Coordination team
- Carry out advocacy activities, disseminating MdM approach and implementing the program with a human rights and community empowerment approach
- Ensure regular contacts with Coordination team.
4. Reporting Elaborate monthly coordination situation reports with Bosaso and coordination team
S/he will be in charge of the submission of narrative and financial reports to donors
- BACKGROUND OF THE CANDIDATE :
A Master degree in Project Management, Development studies or Public Health. At least 5 years proven experience in proven management and implementation (similar position a team size)
Good knowledge of the HSC Somalia and HC Somalia mechanism and Somalia EPHS.
Proven experience in Community Empowerment projects
Experience in emergency and post emergency programs (desirable)
Experience in PHC and sexual and reproductive health
Proven experience working with national partners
Experience in negotiations with local authorities, partners and staff in difficult contexts
Knowing of Somalia and Puntland (desirable) context
Monitoring and donor reporting
Demonstrate Somalia and outstanding English both written and oral communication and presentation skills.
Ability to train national staff
Ability to take effective decisions according to the context
Capacity to work in a volatile security context and able to apply strict security rules
Capacity to create relationships with the communities
Ability to manage a team and work in an international team
Ability to have a global overview of a programme
Fluent in English and Somalia