Job Vacancy

Nurses (ward, Neonatal, ICU, Midwifery, OT Scrubs); Dental Technician; Mental Health Advisor

Beneficiary Institution   Ministry of Health
Duty Stations         Garowe (Puntland State of Somalia)
Stream             Stipend commensurate with degree and experience
Duration             7 Months
Post Date             13 Nov 2015
Deadline Date       27 Nov 2015


About MIDA FINNSOM Health Phase III Project
The past decades have seen continued migration from various African countries, causing brain drain that has debilitated various public sector systems across the continent. Implemented by IOM, Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) projects seek to utilize the skills and knowledge of Africans living in the Diaspora to rehabilitate public sector systems in their countries of origin. Through Phase III of the Institutionalizing Health Care Improvement through Temporary Returns of Somali Diaspora Health Professionals program (publicly known as MIDA FINNSOM Health), IOM and Somali diaspora health and support professionals will continue to support the rehabilitation and development of the public health sector in Puntland and Somaliland. MIDA FINNSOM Health is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

About Puntland
Puntlandofficially the Puntland State of Somaliais a region in northeastern Somalia. It is bordered by Somaliland to its west, the Gulf of Aden in the north, the Indian Ocean in the southeast, the central Galmudug region of Somalia in the south, and Ethiopia in the southwest. Its leaders declared the territory a semi-autonomous state of the Federal Republic of Somalia in 1998. Since then, the Puntland Government has implemented limited reconstruction and development programs using its own meager resources, with some support from the donor community. The needs still remain enormous given that the government must build modern infrastructure, systems and structures to provide basic social services such as healthcare and education. The capital of Puntland is Garowe (Nugaal province), though the cities of Bosaso (Bari province) and Galkayo (Mudug province) are far more populous.

About the Puntland Ministry of Health
The Puntland Ministry of Health (MoH), headquartered in Garowe, has ultimate oversight over Puntlands five regional hospitals, seven district hospitals, 72 maternal and child healthcare centers, 192 health posts, four mental health centers, and all other types of health-related facilities. The Puntland MoH comprises six departments: (1) primary healthcare; (2) public health; (3) planning and development; (4) emergency and health promotion; (5) nomadic and IDPs health; and, (6) administration and finance.

About Garowe General Hospital
Located 1.5km from the city center, Garowe General Hospital (GGH) is the highest level referral hospital in Nugal province, serving the needs of its 700,000 inhabitants. GGH was established in the 1970s and partially renovated in 1990, but this work was interrupted by the civil war. Today, GGH (76 beds) offers outpatient, pediatric, surgery, maternity, general medicine, and emergency services. The Hospital has a staff of 86 that includes 10 general practitioners (most of whom graduated within the last three years), 32 nurses (including six midwives), five lab technicians, two x-ray technicians, one technical pharmacist (received only two years of training), and seven administrators. There are no specialist doctors on the staff, though GGH sporadically hosts foreign specialist doctors on a short-term basis.

Besides the specific outputs mentioned in section IV, MIDA FINNSOM Health is requiring the following steps/actions to be undertaken throughout the assignment. These are standard requirements for all assignments under this project:

1.Transfer of skills: The main responsibility of the qualified Somali expatriatewhich he/she will be measured againstwill 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.
2.Work plan: A work plan must be developed with the Supervisor during the first week of assignment to provide clear and time-bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of the assignment. This work plan will be shared with the IOM Hargeisa National Program Officer. This work plan can be revised during the midterm review to reflect new developments or changes in strategy.
3.Midterm Review: There will be a midterm review of the assignment between the incumbent and the beneficiary institution to discuss progress of the assignment and feedback on performance.
4.Quarterly and Final Reports: Quarterly progress reports will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor and to the IOM Hargeisa National Program Officer. At the end of the assignment, the Participant must also provide a final report covering the duration of his/her assignment.

Level of Education: University Degree (Bachelors / Masters level)

Area of Study: Medicine, health sciences, midwifery, nursing, public health, social work, psychology, counseling

Years of work experience in what area(s): 2-5 years

Languages needed: Somali and English

General Skills / Other Requirements:
1.Good communication skills
2.Ability to use Microsoft Office programs (Word,
Excel, and PowerPoint)
3.Ability to identify innovative approaches to problems in a challenging environment.
4.Team player and ability to work seamlessly vertically in hospital hierarchy and horizontally across the different groups in a hospital setting

The monthly stipend amount will be determined by MIDA FINNSOM Health based on degree and years of relevant experience.

Health insuranceincluding evacuation due to medical emergencywill 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 Nairobi or in Somaliland, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-service briefing including security advice and cultural background.
How To Apply

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As part of the application, applicants must provide a cover letter and CV before the closing date of the vacancy in order for each candidate to be considered.
Shortlisted candidates will be informed of the status of their application.

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