Child Health Advisor

Beneficiary Institution
Ministry of Health and Human Services
Duty Stations
Mogadishu with travel to Galmadug and Hirshabelle
6 Months (subject to possible extension based on performance)
Post Date
09 Nov 2017
Deadline Date
19 Nov 2017


Ministry of Health and Human Services (MOH/HS) of the Federal Republic of Somalia with the assistance of IOM MIDA FINNSOM Somalia project, seeks to build the capacity and knowledge of the staff of Ministry of Health and Human Services. Somalia Ministry of Health seeks to identify a qualified pediatrician to strengthen the MoHs child survival strategies. The advisor will provide strategic guidance, advocacy, and support to child health program of MOH


Background Information

About MIDA FINNSOM South Central Somalia Project
IOM MIDA programmes focus on strengthening the institutional capacities of African States through a structured framework of mobilization of resources involving countries of destination, countries of origin and diasporas. In Somalia, through its Migration for Development in Africa (MIDA) programme, IOM has been helping the Somali Government since 2008 to strengthen the capacity of Somali institutions so that they can be more effective in responding to the needs of Somali people. MIDA FINNSOM South Central Somalia project is funded by the Government of Finland that has funded also the MIDA FINNSOM Health projects in Somaliland and Puntland. Similarly to the MIDA FINNSOM Health projects, this project aims to facilitate the transfer of skills, competencies and knowledge of qualified Somali expatriates to public institutions in South Central Somalia, with focus on two sectors, namely health and education. The beneficiary institution will host the qualified Somali expatriate, and will be responsible to provide a safe and secure work environment. The IOM Mogadishu MIDA staff will support this assignment through interaction with the MIDA participant and the beneficiary institution.

About the geographical coverage of the project
Initially, the project will support positions in Mogadishu and subject to security, the project aims at extending its support to other regions in South Central Somalia.

About Ministry of Health and Human Services
In order to tackle this challenging situation in the health sector, the Ministry of Health and Human Services of the Federal Republic of Somalia is redefining its mission of developing a policy framework and reorganizing its management structure. The overall objective of Ministry of Health and Human Services is to establish an enabling environment where it can deliver its key functions through capacity development and institutional strengthening. However, the Ministry is grappling with a range of challenges including lack of resources and qualified staff.


To be specified for the work plan of the expert.


MIDA FINNSOM Requirements
Besides the specific outputs mentioned in section IV, MIDA FINNSOM 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 Mogadishu MIDA Programme Officer. This work plan will be revised if the contract will be extended.
3.Monthly and Final Reports: Monthly progress reports will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor and to IOM Mogadishu MIDA Programme 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 :Masters degree
Area of Study :
MD degree in preferably in pediatrics or MPH degree with a focus on child health
Years of work experience in what area(s) :
1.Extensive knowledge in child health and work experience of minimum 6 years in this field
2.Proven ability to understand and translate complex conceptual frameworks and evidence into understandable language, including presentations, written documents, and policy relevant Technical Assistance for non-specialists.
3.Extensive knowledge and skills in approaches to strengthening child health health policies
4.Proven ability in approaches to capacity building suitable for policy makers, planners and practitioners in

Languages needed:Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Somali
General Skills / Other Requirements :Computer proficiency with high level of familiarity with commonly used packages like MS; any one computerized accounting package is highly desirable

Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and Somali and presentation skills, analytical and interpersonal abilities
Demonstrated ability to work in a multi-disciplinary team environment.


Monthly Stipend

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


Security and Insurance Modalities

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 Somalia, the qualified Somali expatriate will receive a pre-service briefing including security advice and cultural background.

How to apply

How to Apply

All applications must be sent to
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.