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15 Oct 2018

Senior Health Technical Specialist – [Somalia/Somaliland] Country Office

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Employer: Save the Children
Job Title: Senior Health Technical Specialist – [Somalia/Somaliland] Country Office
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Somaliland; Puntland
Category: Other

TITLE: Senior Health Technical Specialist – [Somalia/Somaliland] Country Office

TEAM/PROGRAMME: Somalia/Somaliland County Office Technical Support Team

LOCATION: Field Based Puntland/Somaliland

GRADE: TBC (Competitive Package)

POST TYPE: National/ International

CHILD SAFEGUARDING: Level 3: the post holder will have contact with children and/or young people either frequently (e.g. once a week or more) or intensively (e.g. four days in one month or more or overnight) because they work country programs; or are visiting country programs; or because they are responsible for implementing the police checking/vetting process staff.

ROLE PURPOSE: The Senior Health Technical Health Specialist (SHTS) takes overall responsibility for the strategic direction and coordination of Save the Children International’s work on health in the Somalia/Somaliland programme. As a senior member of the Technical Support Team in the programme, the SHTS is responsible for leading and overseeing the development and delivery of high quality, innovative, cost effective programmes in Health both in emergency as well as long-term development, resulting in immediate and lasting change for children. The SHTS is also responsible for initiating and taking technical leadership in Health focused studies, documentation and dissemination of innovations and good practices by working together with quality programmes team; leading on policy research and advocacy on Health through networking and collaboration with relevant civil society organisations and other institutions; playing a leading role in establishing, maintaining and expanding donor relations for the sector.


Reports to: Head of Health and Nutrition

Dimensions: Save the Children has worked in Somalia for over 60 years, since 1951. Our vision is that every child in Somalia and Somaliland attains the right to survival, protection, development and participation. Save the Children has 650 staff across 14 field offices: Hargeisa, Burao and Borama in Somaliland; Bossaso, Garowe, Gardo and Galkayo in Puntland; Belet Weyne, Adaado, Abudwaq, Baidoa, Dhobley, Kismayo and Mogadishu in Central and South Somalia. Due to our long operational history and broad geographical coverage, we have established positive working relationships with key stakeholders, including national government, local authorities, donors, international and local NGOs, as well as the trust and acceptance of the communities themselves.

Staff directly reporting to this post: The SHTS directly line manages health technical staff members (Health Health Program Managers) through a dotted line. SHTS will assume the technical leadership of the Health programmes being implemented by Area Offices of SCI Somalia/Somaliland Programme. Hence the SHTS shares with Area Representatives the direction and overseeing of the performance of Health Program Managers responsible for managing Area Health programmes focusing on their technical responsibilities.


Programme Development

  • Lead on development of thematic strategy in Health services in line with SCI’s Theory of Change and SCI Country Strategic Plan for Somalia/Somaliland programme
  • Lead in developing and realising ambitious yet practical Health plans as part of the Country Annual Plans
  • Work together with other sections of Programme Development and Quality – PDQ (business development, MEAL and relevant sector head to promote integration) and operations teams to initiate/design high quality, cost-effective, innovative and sustainable project proposals and concept notes for the sector
  • Proactively seek information on potential donor sources and share project opportunities in Health with quality programmes and operations teams linking to Country and Area strategies on Health
  • Proactively relate and work with Health teams of SCI members in various aspects of programme development (sharing of expertise and experience; identifying and utilizing opportunities for funding etc.)
  • Seek strategic linkage, wherever applicable, with other thematic areas of Somalia/Somaliland programme i.e. child protection, education, food security and livelihoods, DRR and CRG for developing integrated programmes for difficult to reach children in Somalia/Somaliland

Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

  • Lead the development and implementation of relevant and sustainable capacity building strategy for area teams and partners including consortium partners on Health in coordination with the operations teams
  • Provide technical guidance and inputs where relevant to the operations and business development/quality programme teams and consortium partners and do technical review of donor reports to ensure that the reports are of high quality from a technical point of view as per expectations in the project proposals
  • Assist in enhancing the capacity of operations teams (e.g. programme/project managers) to deliver quality projects and achieve technical excellence in health, developing appropriate systems for documenting and storing relevant information/data needed for donor and member reporting.
  • Provide elaborations and as required directions and trainings to managers in operations teams (programme/project managers) involved in delivering projects focusing on appropriate approaches and methodologies; conceptual and practical frameworks; standards and tools for effective and quality delivery of health programmes.

Representation and Advocacy

  • Ensure Somalia/Somaliland programme representation in relevant internal and external fora including donor meetings (as appropriate) related to Health
  • Work closely with MEAL and operations teams to develop policy research and advocacy strategy in Health in line with the Country Strategic Plan and global strategy of Save the Children
  • Leverage donor interest and government policies for the difficult to reach children in Somalia/Somaliland both in emergency and development situations through targeted advocacy/key messages
  • Identify and capitalise key opportunities and events for Save the Children to position itself as the leading organisation for child and maternal health in Somalia and Somaliland
  • Work with consortium members wherever applicable to further Save the Children’s mission for children

People Management, Mentoring and Development

  • Ensure that all technical staff in Health understand and are able to adapt their roles in both emergency and development contexts
  • Manage the Health team; define expectations, provide leadership and support as needed, and evaluate direct reports regularly
  • Ensure the recruitment, training, and promotion of staff as appropriate; ensure availability of and support appropriate professional development opportunities for staff in Health
  • Incorporate staff development strategies and Performance Management Systems into team building process.
  • Oversee that all Health staff proactively build and maintain technical skills and competencies required for leading and/or inputting for first class programmes – both development and emergency nature
  • Manage the performance of all direct reports and those Area based health programme managers (focusing on their technical responsibilities) together with Area Representatives through: effective use of the Performance Management System including the establishment of clear, measureable objectives, ongoing feedback, periodic reviews and fair and unbiased evaluations; coaching, mentoring and other developmental opportunities; recognition and rewards for outstanding performance; documentation of performance that is less than satisfactory, with appropriate performance improvement workplans
  • Support the development of an organisational culture that reflects our dual mandate values, promotes accountability and high performance, encourages a team culture of learning, creativity and innovation, and frees up our people to deliver outstanding results for children and excellent customer service for our members and donors.

Assessment, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Assist MEAL team to ensure that all Health projects and components have robust monitoring plans, baselines, reviews and evaluations in line with project designs and donor guidelines
  • Technically assist MEAL programmes team in measuring achievement and progress towards program goals and results through the M&E system
  • Lead and work closely with MEAL and other programmes team to identify and lead strategic ground breaking research in Health for development of innovative programmes and issue-based advocacy
  • Facilitate appropriate dissemination of research findings and good practices documentations in the projects internally and externally to donors, governments, consortium partners and other key actors strategic for immediate and sustainable development of children in Somalia/Somaliland

Knowledge Management

  • Serve as a technical knowledge, skills and experience hub for the sector in Somalia/Somaliland and in doing so play a leading role in introducing innovations in Health programmes (gained from existing and emerging Save the Children’s global knowledge and practices) and in turn documenting and sharing best practices and innovations for replication and advocacy together with MEAL/quality programme team.
  • Work with technical resources among Save the Children members to facilitate sharing and learning in Health good practices and leverage their support for strengthening Health related studies, assessments, innovations, advocacy and capacity building in favour of children in Somalia/Somaliland

Budget Holding

  • Manage technical budgets in Health efficiently and in line with donor guidelines and project plans as appropriate and as delegated

BEHAVIOURS (Values in Practice)


  • Holds self accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling Save the Children values
  • Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.


  • Sets ambitious and challenging goals for themselves and their team, takes responsibility for their own personal development and encourages their team to do the same
  • Widely shares their personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
  • Future orientated, thinks strategically and on a global scale.


  • Builds and maintains effective relationships, with their team, colleagues, Members and external partners and supporters
  • Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
  • Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to.


  • Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
  • Willing to take disciplined risks.


  • Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity


  • Degree in medicine and /or public health; community health; health management with training and experience in and project planning and management techniques



  • Knowledge of current global and regional public health debates especially with reference to “child and newborn health” and emergency obstetric care
  • Recommended a minimum of eight years of relevant technical experience including at senior level
  • Proven experience of developing and managing high quality, innovative and cost-effective technical Health projects in fragile and insecure environments, preferably in Somalia context and with International NGOs
  • Proven experience and skills in research and advocacy and influencing institutional, private and/or corporate donors and writing up high quality donor reports
  • Experience of working with local/national governments and capacity building of systems, partners and staff
  • Ability to extensively travel for project monitoring and provide on-site technical support to field teams
  • Highly developed interpersonal and communication skills including influencing, negotiation and coaching
  • Strong results orientation, with the ability to challenge existing mindsets
  • Experience of solving complex issues through analysis, definition of a clear way forward and ensuring buy in
  • Ability to present complex information in a succinct and compelling manner
  • Fluency in English, both verbal and written, required
  • Commitment to Save the Children values


  • Ability and willingness to dramatically change work practices and hours, and work with incoming surge teams, in the event of emergencies
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international and matrix management environment with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures

Additional job responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities as set out above are not exhaustive and the role holder may be required to carry out additional duties within reasonableness of their level of skills and experience.

Equal Opportunities

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with the SCI Equal Opportunities and Diversity policies and procedures.

Child Safeguarding:

We need to keep children safe so our selection process, which includes rigorous background checks, reflects our commitment to the protection of children from any form of abuse.

Health and Safety

The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.

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