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Somalia: Country Manager – Somaliland

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Handicap International
Country: Somalia
Closing date: 26 Nov 2017


Outraged by the injustice faced by people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, we aspire to a world of solidarity and inclusion, enriched by our differences, where everyone can live in dignity. Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid and development organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights.

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Present in more than 55 countries, Handicap International is composed of 2 operational directions:

  • The Direction of Humanitarian Action (DAH)
  • The Direction of Development Action (DAD)

Handicap International started in Somaliland in 1992 by setting up a rehabilitation centre in Hargeisa. HI’s strategy in Somaliland has been since to advocate for the rights of persons with disabilities (PWDs) and to engage development actors to promote inclusion and participation of PWDs at local and national level.

Handicap International (HI) is currently implementing two emergency projects in Somaliland: Inclusion of vulnerable populations in humanitarian response and early childhood development with children suffering from malnutrition due to the ongoing drought. HI is currently completing a Basic Needs Assessment in Internally Displaced Persons camps and host communities in the greater Burao area of Toghdeer region where the most cases of increasing malnutrition and cholera have been recorded that will be finalized by the end of August 2017 to further inform its emergency response the most vulnerable drought-affected populations in Somaliland.

Due to the history of HI in Somaliland, the context sensitivity and clan system in Somaliland, most of our activities are and will be conducted through local partners. HI is currently collaborating with the DAN (Disability Action Network), a high level local NGO, for both our development and humanitarian operations.

The current team is composed of one emergency coordinator, one admin coordinator, 3 project managers, 1 administrator, cleaners and guardians. Due to the increasing volume of the mission and its high potential for expansion, HI has decided to open a Country manager position and a field coordinator position.


General mission:

Under the overall supervision of the Emergency opening Desk Manager and delegated management from other members of the Desk, the Country Manager has the key responsibility to coordinate and ensure the successful development and optimal implementation of HI’s strategy. To be noted that whilst the Somaliland mission is directly managed today by the Emergency opening desk, it is meant to be handed over by the end of 2017 to the Regional office of HI based in Kenya or Ethiopia (yet to be determined). To be noted also that HI is currently developing a regional initiatves at East Africa level.

The main goal of the mission in the next future is to respond to the humanitarian needs in Somaliland while ensuring the extension of the current development programing

Responsibility 1: Strategic planning and project development

Responsibility 2: Lead, coordinate and supervise the implementation the humanitarian and development projects

Responsibility 3: Human resources, financial, administration, logistics, communication and security management

Responsibility 4: Coordination and liaison with partners and stakeholders

Responsibility 5: Monitoring and reporting

The complete job description will be shared with short-listed candidates.


Security: HI operations in Somalia are conducted in Somaliland only, where security is overall under control, despite some periodic but rare outbreaks (last serious incident was in 2008). Most activities are currently implemented with or through local non state actors. Non-Somali staffs are limited in numbers and operate under tight security rules, including movement restrictions. Given the highly volatile insecurity in South and Central Somalia, extending activities in these locations is not considered at the moment

Accessibility: Most areas are accessible, although some require police escort.

Accommodation in Hargeisa: Individual accommodation in a hotel compound, likely to change into accommodation in a Guesthouse in Hargeisa


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree (Political Science, IFAID, etc.) or a degree in project management
  • Experience in humanitarian emergency context and, preferably, development programing
  • 3 or 4 years of experience in emergency contexts
  • 2 or 3 years of professional experience in coordinating humanitarian projects and, preferably, development projects, as a field coordinator or Head of Mission
  • Participation in or managing of an operational strategy definition of a project
  • Experience working in Horn of Africa context and in development would be desirable
  • Analysis and humanitarian surveillance
  • Knowledge of emergency preparedness and ability to skill-transfer in emergencies
  • Participation and/or implementation of the operational strategy.
  • Knowledge about emergency funding and development donors
  • Project design and management of multidisciplinary teams
  • English mandatory
  • IT skills (Microsoft Windows)
  • Capacity to work under pressure and in a context of permanent insecurity
  • Sense of priorities and of responsibilities, strong organizational capacity
  • Strong ability to work, rigor, practicality
  • Autonomy and sense of teamwork
  • Sincere motivation for the humanitarian engagement
  • Cultural sensitivity
  • Sense of humor


  • Starting date: 27/11/2017
  • Length of the contract: 3 months
  • Contract: salaried contract (from 3220€/month gross depending on experience)
  • Per-diem: 517€/month net
  • Hardship allowance: 500€/month net
  • Insurances: medical health coverage, retirement planning, repatriation
  • Paid holiday: 25 days per year
  • R&R: 5 days every 6 weeks
  • Status: individual
  • Accommodation: individual accommodation in a hotel compound

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