Country Operations Manager - Somaliland

Job title: Country Operations Manager

Reporting to: Country Director, Somaliland

Responsible for: SHINE Programmes (Mott MacDonald, UNICEF, CHANGE/PSI) and SAHAN Project

Base: Health Poverty Action (HPA) Country Office, Hargeisa, Somaliland

Job purpose: Provide overall technical and management leadership, guidance and oversight of the program operations, finance, logistics, grants and contract’s portfolio to ensure compliance with donor/fund managers’ as well as HPA’s own standards and requirements.

Application deadline: 20th January, 11.59pm

Please send your application form to: personnel@healthpovertyaction.org

Please note that due to a potentially high number of applications, only shortlisted candidates will be notified.


Health Poverty Action works for health and global justice in partnership with people who have been marginalized and pushed into poverty.

We work with communities to help them demand their right to health, and to challenge the power imbalances that deny them their health rights. Our distinct approach can be summarized as a combination of three areas:

  • We approach health as an issue of social justice

Health is a Human Right that many are currently denied. The greatest causes of poor health worldwide are political, social and economic injustices. This is a global scandal which causes unnecessary suffering on a massive scale.

We tackle these complex root causes of social injustice in two ways. Firstly, we work in partnership with communities to help them take back the power to improve their own health. Secondly, we campaign on a national and international level to change policy, and destroy unjust power relations.

  • We prioritise those missed out by others

We believe in health for all, without exclusion. Development organisations tend to cluster together, which leaves large populations with almost no support at all. People may be living in hard to reach areas, or are difficult to support for some other reason. We make these most neglected populations our highest priority.

  • We address the full range of factors which impact on health

Health is a combination of physical, mental and social wellbeing. As well as strengthening health services we work on areas such as nutrition, water, sanitation, gender discrimination, and income generation. Tackling one cause of poor health in isolation can give the appearance of improving health in the short term, but tackling numerous factors together saves lives.

We are acutely aware of how our own power dynamics as an organisation impact on the people we work with, and we work in partnership with communities to create long term relationships built on trust.

In 2017 we formed a strategic partnership with Find Your Feet. The partnership ensures Find Your Feet’s livelihoods work will continue through Health Poverty Action.

We are also proud to be one of the small number of organisation recognised as being structurally part of the global People’s Health Movement. This quote from the founding document of this movement, the People’s Health Charter, sums up the essence of Health Poverty Action’s values and identity:

“Health is a social, economic and political issues and above all a fundamental human right. Inequality, poverty, exploitation, violence and injustice are at the root of ill-health and the deaths of poor and marginalized people. Health for all means that powerful vested interests have to be challenged, and that political and economic priorities have to be drastically changed. This Charter encourages people to develop their own solutions, and to hold accountable local authorities, national governments, international organizations and corporations.”


Context of the role
HPA been working in Somaliland since 1994 and has broadcast a radio programme from Hargeisa since 1999 using various international and local radio stations. HPA has, over the years, successfully implemented a number of projects supported by the European Commission (EC), UK Department for International Development (DFID/UKAID), UNICEF, WFP, UNFPA, Global Fund and other trusts and foundation. Currently, this includes partnerships/consortia with Population Services International (PSI) for the DFID funded CHANGE Programme; Mott MacDonald for the DFID funded SHINE programme; UNICEF for the DFID funded SHINE Programme and WFP supported nutrition programme in partnership with a number of local NGO partners.

Health Poverty Action (HPA) is seeking a Country Operations Manager to Provide overall technical and
management leadership, guidance and oversight of the program operations, finance, grants and contract’s
portfolio to ensure HPA Somaliland is compliant with donor/fund managers’ finance, budget, procurement,
grants and contract compliance standards for DFID funded Somali Health and Nutrition Programme (SHINE).
It is a five-year (2016–21) programme that aims to tackle high levels of preventable maternal and child
deaths among Somali women and children. This project is supported by three fund management offices (PSI,
Mott MacDonald and UNICEF) and implemented by Health Poverty Action in nine districts of Somaliland.

Country Operations Manager
The Country Operations Manager is primarily responsible for overall coordination of programmes’ operations including support to the implementation, monitoring and reporting of programmes activities, and ensuring accountability and learning in order to ensure quality, efficiency, effectiveness and impact of country programs. The incumbent will be responsible for providing oversight on the day-to-day operations of the SHINE and SAHAN programmes supported by the UK, Department for International Development (DFID) through PSI, Mott MacDonald, UNICEF) as well as provide oversight in managing the programmes’ Human Resources including those of HPA, partners and MOHD. The post holder will also help to create organizational and program budgets in collaboration with the Country Director and Program Managers/Team Leaders. The post holder will also provide oversight on expenditure analysis, financial reporting, internal audit and facilitating external audit, procurement and assets management. Apart from the above, the post holder will be responsible for providing oversight to the preparation of commodities requirement, warehouse management, distribution and consumption reporting. The post holder will also be responsible for mentoring and coaching HR, finance and logistics staff and strengthening relevant systems across the SHINE programs. Documents lesson and best practices in relation to the MOHD facility staffing, commodities management and salary top up payment etc.

Reporting to the Country Director and serving as a member of the Senior Management Team, this position’s primary responsibility is ensuring organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organizations financial, human resources, logistics and other operations functions.


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