Project Director: Improving Healthcare Services in Somalia “Damal Caafimad” project
The IRC is seeking a qualified Project Director for an anticipated three-year World Bank-funded project, which will be managed by the Federal Ministry of Health. The project is titled “Improving Healthcare Services in Somalia (Damal Caafimad)”. The Project Director will be responsible for providing overall vision, leadership, and guidance for the project, which is focused on expanding the coverage of high-impact health and nutrition services in select geographic areas. The Project Director will be based in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, with frequent travel to project locations.
The IRC began working in Somalia in the early 1980s - initially to assist people seeking refuge in the aftermath of the Somalia-Ethiopian conflict. The focus of IRC Somalia programming is on Health, Nutrition, Economic Resilience, Recovery and Development, Governance, WASH, Women’s Protection and Empowerment interventions to crisis affected communities in most of the targeted locations. With headquarters in Mogadishu, the IRC oversees field offices in Dhusamareb, Gaalkayo and Garowe within the regional states of Puntland, Galmudug and Benadir Region. IRC programming in Somalia adopts an integrated approach, in which each sector provides mutually reinforcing services to at-risk populations.
The upcoming Damal Caafimad project will support the rapid expansion of high-impact health and nutrition services within the Government of Somalia’s Essential Package of Health Services (EPHS). The project also aims to develop the Federal and State Ministries’ of Health capacity to act as stewards of the health sector. The project will focus on primary healthcare, improving the availability of pharmaceuticals, strengthening the quality of care, and developing strong management systems. Robust community level health services and engagement will also be a critical part of the project. The World Bank is funding the project, which will be delivered through Federal Ministry of Health contracting of NGOs.
Scope of work
The Project Director will provide overall strategic, technical, operational, administrative, and logistical oversight and management in order to achieve the greatest impact towards the project goals and objectives. They will oversee a core project team that includes senior technical, monitoring and evaluation, finance, and operations personnel. The Project Director will be the primary liaison for the project with Ministry of Health representatives (at Federal and Federal Member State levels), the World Bank, and other key stakeholders.
The Project Director is responsible for ensuring the quality and timeliness of all deliverables. This work will involve conducting regular field monitoring visits to ensure compliance, coordination, and management of all project activities. The Project Director will work closely with the project’s Deputy Project Director to ensure that project delivery is high quality, that the project takes an adaptive approach to incorporate learnings and overcome challenges, and that implementation follows IRC, Ministry of Health and World Bank requirements. Through your leadership, you will promote strong team spirit and provide oversight and mentorship to enable staff to successfully perform in their positions.
This position reports to the IRC Somalia Country Director. It is contingent on the IRC being awarded funding; we anticipate that the project will begin in early 2022.
• Minimum of 15 years of increasingly responsible experience in implementing and managing large and complex, multi-partner, multi-year international health sector development projects (approximately $15million)
• Demonstrated international credibility as a leader in public health, especially in community health, maternal, newborn and child health, and/or reproductive health
• Working knowledge of World Bank projects, regulations, compliance and reporting requirements is desirable
• Medical/health degree required, preferably post-graduate (MD, MPH, RN, PA, or midwife), or other relevant management degree
• Adept in planning, budgeting, adaptive management, and supervising large, diverse teams
• Possess outstanding leadership, strategic, strong communication, analytical, and organizational skills
• Excellent diplomacy skills and a proven ability to develop and maintain interpersonal and professional relationships with donor community, partners, host country governments, and other key stakeholders (e.g., INGOs, NGOs, CSOs, private sector)
• Use of results-based management and Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, and Learning (MERL) frameworks as a primary management tool
• Strong written, oral presentation and facilitation skills in English required
• Highly motivated, possesses strong sense of integrity and a positive attitude
• Willingness to travel within Somalia (remote settings), as needed
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