Somalia: Health Program Assistant

Overview of CTG:

  • CTG support and manage humanitarian projects in fragile and conflict-affected countries around the world. With past performance in 15 countries – from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Asia and Central and South America – we offer a holistic fabric of project management, implementation and support. Skilled in emergency response to crises such as the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, we can act quickly (crisis response teams can be on the ground in 24 hours) and to establish structured operations in high-risk environments. CTG recruit and manage qualified, skilled teams with extensive experience operating in challenging conditions.

Overview fo the position:

  • IOM is one of the major humanitarian & development actors in Somalia. IOM implements a primary healthcare service programs in the Dhahar region of Puntland, comprising technical & operational support to health facilities located in Dhahar town, Buraan & Baragah Qol, as well as mobile medical teams reaching hard to reach areas. The project is supported logistically from IOM’s Garowe sub-office.
  • In this context, IOM is recruiting a Health Program Assistant (Nurse) based in Dhahar to strengthen quality of healthcare service delivery & community outreach services in static & mobile clinics & oversee operation of mobile medical teams.
  • Under the direct supervision of the Senior Health Program Officer & under the overall supervision of the Health Program Coordinator, the successful candidate will be responsible for supporting & strengthening IOM’s health programming in the Sanaag area of Puntland including quality control of healthcare services at IOM supported clinics, capacity building of seconded Ministry of Health clinical staff, administrative & financial support to enable program implementation, liaising with Ministry of Health & other govt. counterparts & supporting new initiatives such as expansion of immunization services, expansion of nutrition programming, mental health & psycho social support & community health & behavior change communication to improve health outcomes & prevent disease outbreaks.

Role objective:

  • Assist with the management of IOM’s primary health clinics, mobile medical teams, outpatient therapeutic program in Dahar & surrounding areas within Sanaag region. This includes, but is not limited to, quality assurance, oversight of data management, stock management, assessment of gaps at clinics & implementation of corrective measures & all administrative tasks related to operation of the clinics.
  • Assist in monitoring clinical service delivery to ensure it meets IOM quality standards & that national clinical management & treatment guidelines are strictly followed.
  • Assist in keeping track of medical supplies, drugs & in ensuring & verifying timely replenishment to avoid stock outs.
  • Orientate, train & build capacity of seconded Ministry of Health staff at the clinics through training, mentor ship & on job Continuing Medical Education (CME).
  • Monitor the performance of Ministry of Health seconded & partner staff & ensure timely submission of their monthly attendance sheets to Mogadishu office.
  • Ensure community outreach medical services are provided in accordance with project plans, including health promotion & delivery of services.
  • Identify project development opportunities on the ground & communicate these proactively to Senior Health Program Officer & Health Program Coordinator.
  • Submit weekly reports to Health Program Coordinator on program activities, coordination meetings, administrative issues, etc.
  • Liaise with key stakeholders externally including the Ministry of Health & other govt. departments as needed & coordinate internally with other IOM program units.
  • Review key epidemiological data every week in a timely manner & contribute to analysis.
  • Represent IOM in health coordination meetings.
  • Undertake duty travel when required, including occasionally to other project locations in Puntland to provide coverage in periods of staffing needs.
  • Conduct additional tasks that may be assigned by the Health Program Coordinator & Senior Health Program Officer.

Project reporting:

  • This role reports to the Senior Health Program Officer.

Team management:

  • This role does not have team management responsibility.

Geographical experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in Africa (essential).


  • Diploma/Degree in Nursing, Public Health &/or related field with Nursing &/or Medical Doctor registration/license.


  • A minimum of five years of experience working in emergency &/or community development in an aid organization in Somalia &/or with Somali migrants & mobile populations. Experience with an international organization is an advantage.
  • High level of computer literacy (MS Office Word, Excel, Outlook).
  • Experience in capacity building of health workers in clinical service provision.
  • Experience in project management & start-up of new initiatives.
  • Experience in effectively liaising with govt. & local authorities.
  • Experience in M&E of project performance.
  • Good knowledge of MS Office & internet applications.
  • Experience in humanitarian programs for migrants & IDPs.


  • English & Somali (fluent).



  • Accountability: Takes responsibility for action & manages constructive criticisms.
  • Client Orientation: Works effectively well with client & stakeholders.
  • Continuous Learning: Promotes continuous learning for self & others.
  • Communication: Listens & communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience.
  • Creativity & Initiative: Actively seeks new ways of improving programs or services.
  • Leadership & Negotiation: Develops effective partnerships with internal & external stakeholders.
  • Performance Management: Identify ways & implement actions to improve performance of self & others.
  • Planning & Organizing: Plans work, anticipates risks & sets goals within area of responsibility.
  • Professionalism: Displays mastery of subject matter.
  • Teamwork: Contributes to a collegial team environment; incorporates gender related needs, perspectives, concerns & promotes equal gender participation.
  • Technological Awareness: Displays awareness of relevant technological solutions.
  • Resource Mobilization: Works with internal & external stakeholders to meet resource needs of IOM.

Other relevant information:

  • Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
  • Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment & verification of residency, visa & authorizations by the concerned govt., where applicable.
  • Only candidates residing in either the country of the duty station or from a location in a neighbouring country that is within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered.
  • In all cases, a prerequisite for taking up the position is legal residency in the country of the duty station, or in the neighbouring country located within commuting distance & work permit, as applicable.

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