Somalia: Regional Director

1. Terms of reference

Job title

Regional Director

Duty station


Starting date


Contract duration


Reporting to

Hierarchically to the Director of Programmes

Supervision of

Job status

2. Job description

A. General context of the project


INTERSOS is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization that works to bring assistance to people in danger, victims of natural disasters and armed conflicts.

INTERSOS in Somalia is working in Protection, Education, WASH, Health, Nutrition and Return Sectors.

The areas of intervention are: Banadir; Bay region in Baidoa and Diinsor district; In Middle Shabelle region in Jowhar, Balad and recently in Wajid in Bakool region

INTERSOS assumed responsibility for running Jowhar hospital in 1994, which was, and in fact remains, the only one in the region, with a catchment area of approximately 60,000 people living in the town and another 160,000 people in the surrounding rural areas (half of whom are nomads).

The programme includes the running and the strengthening of the hospital’s facilities, a Centre for the treatment of tuberculosis and a mother and child health care clinic, and mobile clinic system in rural area. INTERSOS is supporting coverage of primary healthcare in Jowhar and Balcad districts, as well as Baidoa district, strengthening disease prevention and increasing the quality of services in regard to the referral mechanism of complicated cases to JRH. INTERSOS manages acute malnutrition for

Approximately 20,000 beneficiaries through OTP operations covering 48 villages within catchments areas of the 5 health centers. The referral mechanism also allows the transfer of SAM cases to the stabilization center at JRH. INTERSOS is also the Health Cluster Regional focal point and has successfully re-established the Health Cluster mechanism in Middle Shabelle and has led and

Coordinated rapid and effective multiagency response to several extensive crisis and responded to any epidemic outbreak (AWD/ Measles) in the area.

B. General purpose of the position, responsibilities and tasks

General purpose of the position

Represent INTERSOS in the geographic area of his competence and, in collaboration with the Deputy Regional Director, has the responsibility of management, strategic planning, implementation of the strategies and achievement of mission’s objectives

Main responsibilities and tasks

· Design strategies, define territorial areas and sectors to be privileged, programming and planning of activities together with Deputy Regional Director

· In collaboration with Deputy Regional Director guarantee the implementation of the regional strategies and analyse the critical factors of contexts

· Is responsible of the overall security in the geographic area of his competence and of the implementation of security protocols and policies

· Is responsible of relations with donors, stakeholders, authorities and representatives of beneficiaries and collaborate with Head of Missions and project leaders in the management of these relations

· Is responsible for the identification and elaboration of new project interventions:

  • direct and support Head of Missions and project leaders in designing, setting up and implementing new projects

  • in agreement with Director of Programmes approves project proposals before the submission to donors

· Follow up, in coordination with Regional Finance Coordinator, the approval process at HQ level of project proposals before submission to the donors. Link with Director of Programmes and Secretary General for the approval of projects that involve a high risk in accordance with the provisions of the risk analysis

· Supervise implementation of projects (constraints and rules of the donors, consistency and technical-methodological congruity, quality of resources, effectiveness of results efficiency)

· In collaboration with Deputy Regional Director and Head of Missions guarantee the application of INTERSOS and donors administrative procedures for the efficient and transparent management of projects, offices and countries of its competence

· In collaboration with Human Resources department supervise management of Human Resources and atmosphere in the missions:

  • collaborate to the recruitment of international Human Resources of the geographical area

  • motivate, direct and support managers and teams encouraging cohesion and motivation

  • promote orientation and training sessions for the operators of the region

  • appraise the performance of Head of Missions and is responsible to discuss the evaluation (IRP) and the achievement of objectives. Support the Head of Missions in the evaluation process of the project leaders

· Ensure the constant and timely sharing of information and regular communication inside the Program Department to facilitate the adjustment of actions referring to coordination, monitoring and control of the project activities

Any other duties not listed here, but considered necessary to the mission and as directed by the Director of Programmes.

3. Position requirements

Professional experience

  • Minimum of 5 years total work experiences and at least 5 of which in a progressive individual responsibility in relevant work experience in similar position and with emergency and humanitarian organization, Experience in the field locations is an added advantage

Professional requirements

  • Strong understanding of the humanitarian emergency operating context, the humanitarian system and its flexibility, donors and their high demanding, security and financial management in humanitarian context

  • Computer (excel) and admin/finance skills

  • Donor compliance and reporting

  • Highly able to keep confidentiality

  • Able to work independently

  • People Management and Leadership

  • Demonstrated leadership and interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrated experience in staff supervision

  • Readiness to commit and adhere to the values, mission and vision of INTERSOS

  • Previous experience as a finance manager/leader in a busy medium-sized organization at a point of strong growth

  • Strong understanding of financial planning, management and reporting in a non-profit and Donor funding environment

  • Proven ability to build and improve processes and systems in the finance area to increase efficiency.

  • Ability to spearhead the use of data in decision making.

  • Ability to fluidly operate on a wide range of responsibilities, from -overseeing the finance team in their daily tasks to strategically advising the organization on matters finance.


English mandatory

Personal requirements

  • Strong team spirit, comfortable in a multi-cultural environment

  • Strategic vision and planning

  • Teamwork

  • Ability to work and adapt in different environments

  • Very strong interpersonal skills: strong communication and diplomatic skills

  • Practical and problem-solver

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