II. Background Information
The Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) Somalia programme supports the mobilization of resources and expertise of the Somali diaspora to contribute to the stabilization and development of Somalia, while ensuring that skills and knowledge are transferred to the host institutions and retained by local staff once the diaspora experts complete their assignments.
MIDA FINNSOM Phase II – Health and Education Project is funded by the Government of Finland, the project aims to facilitate the transfer of skills, competencies and knowledge of qualified Somali expatriates to public institutions in Somalia, with a focus on two sectors, namely health and education. The beneficiary institution Ministry of Health, Jubaland will host the qualified Somali expatriate, and will be responsible to provide a safe and secure work environment. The Ministry of Health Jubaland & IOM Somalia MIDA staff will monitor the expatriate while on assignment.
About Ministry of Health, Jubaland
The Ministry of Health of Jubaland State seeks a qualified Public Health Advisor to enhance the ministry’s capacity to develop and implement quality public health policies, projects and initiatives in line with national and regional health development plans. Furthermore, the Public Health Advisor will provide services and on-the-job training and supportive supervision to local staff. The incumbent advisor will be responsible for improving the public health efforts with special attention to Maternal and Child Health related policies and paperwork and advise senior management on the subject. The incumbent Public Health Advisor will thus lead to make sure that all new public policies and projects implemented in Jubaland include and consider gender in their design.
III. Duties & Responsibilities
The incumbent Public Health Advisor will be responsible for coordinating public health programs and projects in the state of Jubaland and ensuring adherence to promoting gender equality and promoting child and maternal health in Jubaland. The Public Health Advisor will work directly under the supervision of the Director General and the main tasks will be:
- Advocate for Ministry of Health in promoting public health policies, projects and initiatives in Jubaland.
- Collaborate closely with line Ministries in Jubaland to ensure synergies in efforts.
- Liaise with donors and the UN to support Ministry of Health of Jubaland’s Public Health initiatives and projects and policy development.
- Provide technical advice and support to the Ministry and related Ministries for the implementation of the public health policies in order to promote and protect human health.
- Provide support to the Ministry of Health in developing and implementing public health strategies and programs to identify and protect populations at risk, particularly in regard to maternal and child health.
- Strengthen the public health actions in the ministry and identify gaps and risks for regulatory, advocacy and awareness raising and policy and project development.
- Share knowledge and information relevant in regard to mainstreaming gender issues to public health policies and projects.
- Assist the ministry in resource mobilization efforts to improve health outcomes and access to health care services as requested by the Minister and Director General.
IV. Target Outputs (Measurable Results)
To be specified in the work plan of the diaspora expert.**
V: MIDA requirements
Besides the specific outputs mentioned in section IV, MIDA is requiring the following steps/actions to be undertaken throughout the assignment. These are standard requirements for all assignments undertaken through this project:
- Transfer of skills: One of the main responsibilities of the Somali diaspora participant, and one which he/she will be measured against, will be to ensure continuous and systematic transfer of knowledge and skills as related to the assignment. It will have to be agreed with the beneficiary institution which civil servants will have to benefit from this knowledge.
- Work plan: A work plan will have to be developed with the Supervisor during the first week of assignment which will provide clear and time bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of the assignment. This work plan will be shared with the MIDA Project Assistant. This work plan can be revised during the mid-term review to reflect new developments or changes in strategy.
- Mid Term Review: there will be a mid-term review of the assignment between the incumbent and the beneficiary institution to discuss progress of the assignment and feedback on performance.
- Interim and Final Reports: A progress report will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor and to the MIDA Project Assistant. Thereafter a final report will be provided at the end of assignment.
Level of Education:
Master’s degree preferred.
Area of Study:
Candidates with degrees in Public Health will be given preference, studies in other related fields such as medicine, nursing, gender Studies, development studies can be considered.
Years of work experience in what area(s):
A minimum of two years related work experience required.
English and Somali
General Skills / Other Requirements:
· Excellent reporting and drafting skills.
· Good knowledge on gender in the context of Somalia.
· Experience in Maternal and Child Health
· Excellent communication and training skills.
VI: Subsistence Allowance
The monthly stipend amount will be determined based on degree and years of relevant experience based on the MIDA FINNSOM scale.
VII: Security and insurance modalities
Health insurance—including evacuation due to medical emergency—will be provided by the project. However, experts will be requested to provide a recent medical certificate stating that they are physically fit and able to work in a hardship area in Africa.
Please note that IOM, according to the contract, will not be responsible for the security of the qualified Somali expatriates. The host beneficiary institution will be responsible for the security of the individual.
Before leaving the country of residence or upon arrival in Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-service briefing including security advice and cultural background.
How to apply
To apply please send your CV (with two professional references including their email and phone number) and a cover letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Word format is preferred. Kindly write: Public Health Advisor/Jubaland in the subject field of the email when sending the application.
Please note that this vacancy is only open for Qualified Somali Diaspora Applicants, qualified female candidates will be given priority.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.