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12 Mar 2018

Country Manager – Somaliland

Job Description

HI is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

On January 24th 2018, the global Handicap International network became Humanity & Inclusion.
This network is composed of a Federation which implements our programmes in the field in around sixty countries and of eight national associations.
These programmes or national associations are known as “Handicap International” or “Humanity & Inclusion”, depending on the country.

Job Details
Employer: Handicap International
Job Title: Country Manager – Somaliland
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somaliland
Category: Management


Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity.
Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

For further information about the association:

Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

  • The Direction of Humanitarian Action (DAH)
  • The Direction of Development Action (DAD)
    Handicap International started in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation centre in Hargeisa. HI’s strategy in Somaliland has been since to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and to engage development actors to promote inclusion and participation of PWDs at local and national level.
    A major outcome of this intervention was the development of a Disability Policy for Somaliland and Puntland.
    Since may 2017 and due to the significant deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Somaliland, HI has set an emergency team in order to assess needs, design a humanitarian strategy and launch a humanitarian response. Our current humanitarian strategy focuses on inclusion and stimulative rehabilitation for malnourished children, in both Hargeisa and Burao townships and regions. HI is also currently running multi sectorial needs assessment in Burao city and surroundings, which will determine a broader WaSH, food security, shelter, MHPSS and/or protection response.

Due to the history of HI in Somaliland, the context sensitivity and clan system in Somaliland, most of our activities are and will be conducted through local partners. HI is currently collaborating with the DAN (Disability Action Network), a high level local NGO, for both our development and humanitarian operations.

The current team is composed of a country manager, a field coordinator in Burao, a support services coordinator, 3 project managers, 2 technical advisors, 1 administrator, cleaners and guardians.

Line-manager: Desk manager, with short term handover planned with the Country director in Ethiopia
Funding body(ies): 1212, CDCs, MaE Lux
Size of budget managed: 600 000 Euros
Duration of funding (project): So far, until end of feb 2018
Size of team: 30 persons
Number of persons directly managed: 4


Under the overall supervision of the Emergency opening Desk Manager and delegated management from other members of the Desk, the Country Manager has the key responsibility to coordinate and ensure the successful development and optimal implementation of HI’s strategy. To be noted that whilst the Somaliland mission is directly managed today by the Emergency opening desk, it is meant to be handed over by mid 2018 to the Regional office of HI based Ethiopia. To be noted also that HI is currently developing regional initiatives at East Africa level.
The main goal of the mission in the next future is to respond to the humanitarian needs in Somaliland while ensuring the extension of the current development programing

Responsibility 1: Strategic planning and project development
Responsibility 2: Lead, coordinate and supervise the implementation the humanitarian and development projects
Responsibility 3: Human resources, financial, administration, logistics, communication and security management
Responsibility 4: Coordination and liaison with partners and stakeholders
Responsibility 5: Monitoring and reporting

Security: HI operations in Somalia are conducted in Somaliland only, where security is overall under control, despite some periodic but rare outbreaks (last serious incident was in 2008). Most activities are currently implemented with or through local non state actors. Non-Somali staffs are limited in numbers and operate under tight security rules, including movement restrictions. Given the highly volatile insecurity in South and Central Somalia, extending activities in these locations is not considered at the moment . Accessibility: Most areas are accessible, although some require police escort.

Accommodation in Hargeisa: Individual accommodation in a hotel compound, likely to change into accommodation in a Guesthouse in Hargeisa


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree (Political Science, IFAID, etc.) or a degree in project management.
  • 3 or 4 years of experience in emergency contexts
  • 2 or 3 years of professional experience in coordinating humanitarian projects and, preferably, development projects, as a field coordinator or Head of Mission.
  • Participation in or managing of an operational strategy definition of a project
  • Experience working in Horn of Africa context is a +


  • Analysis and humanitarian surveillance
  • Knowledge of emergency preparedness and ability to skill-transfer in emergencies
  • Participation and/or implementation of the operational strategy
  • Knowledge about emergency funding and development donors
  • Project design and management of multidisciplinary teams
  • Very good writing skills
  • English mandatory
  • IT skills (Microsoft Windows)


  • Capacity to work under pressure
  • Sense of priorities and of responsibilities, strong organizational capacity
  • Strong ability to work, rigor, practicality.
  • Excellent diplomatic skills
  • Autonomy and sense of teamwork
  • Sincere motivation for the humanitarian engagement
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good mediation skills
  • Sense of humor


  • Starting date: ASAP
  • Length of the contract: 12 months
  • Contract: salaried contract (from 2972€/month gross depending on experience)
  • Per-diem: 550€/month net
  • Hardship allowance: 500€/month net
  • Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
  • Paid holiday: 25 days per year
  • R&R: 5 days every 6 weeks
  • Status: single position not open to couple or families
  • Accommodation: individual accommodation in a hotel compound

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