II. Background Information
MIDA, or Migration for Development in Africa, is a programme that seeks to reduce brain drain across Africa after the loss of educated and talented individuals, through the transfer of skills and knowledge. MIDA works with diaspora populations in order to benefit countries of origin.
MIDA FINNSOM Phase II – Health and Education Project is funded by the Government of Finland, the project aims to facilitate the transfer of skills, competencies and knowledge of qualified Somali expatriates to public institutions in Somalia, with a focus on two sectors, namely health and education. The beneficiary institution Bay Regional Hospital will host the qualified Somali expatriate, and will be responsible to provide a safe and secure work environment. Bay Regional Hospital and the Ministry of Health of South-West State & IOM Somalia MIDA staff will monitor the expatriate while on assignment.
About South-West State of Somalia
South West State of Somalia (SWS) is one the federal states that was established 4 years ago. The state combined three regional districts which are: Lower Shabelle, Bay and Bakool. These were the biggest economic contributors and the bread baskets of the central government of Somali democratic republic before the full-scale civil war erupted in 1991.
The ministry of Health owns many hospitals and MCHs, which are run by governments and NGOs on a nonprofit basis or charities as they provide medical care, free of charge. There are three main referral hospitals which are Bay Regional Hospital, Merka General Hospital and Hudur General Hospital.
About Bay Regional Hospital
Bay Regional Hospital (BRH) is the busiest and most functional hospital in SWSS. The Hospital was built in the year of 1936 by Italian contractor. The hospital is a referral hub for three regions namely BAY, BAKOL AND GEDO regions that lies under low potential areas. Currently the hospital delivers its services free of charge without any costal recovery and this has happened due the pragmatic needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantage groups of the Somali population that lives within the above-mentioned regions. The assent of BRH is based on the realization of the objectives set for the Sustainable Development Goals and that of poverty reduction strategy. Our principles thus involve in improving living condition of its target beneficiaries with prioritization to vulnerable people and marginalized.
The Ministry of Health recognizes unforgettable contribution of MIDA FINNSOM on our health care institutions to training health professional in Bay Hospital from different departments, Emergency department, OPD, administration, Medical diagnostics and surgery unit.
The SWSS Ministry of Health with the assistance of IOM’s MIDA FINNSOM Health and Education project, seek to build capacity and knowledge of Internal medicine and General Surgery as these specialties are the most in- demand.
III. Duties & Responsibilities
To improve the Internal medicine services of the hospital as well as need to upgrade knowledge and skills development of Internal medicine related health professionals at the hospital, for this reason the hospital seeks a qualified Internal medicine specialist who can both provide services and on-the-job training and supportive supervision to various health professionals in the facility. The incumbent will be based in Baidoa the second capital of SWSS. He she will specifically focus on strengthening Internal medicine clinical skills and practice of both nurse and interns specifically attached to Internal medicine department and is accountable to the Director of MoH of South West State. The incumbent will be responsible for the following duties and responsibilities.
- Treat serious, chronic, and/or complex internal disorders, such as hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, and problems of the lung, brain, kidney, and gastrointestinal tract as well as common health problems, such as infections, influenza and pneumonia.
- Perform medical diagnoses of patients and monitor patients’ condition and progress and refer patients to other medical specialists or other practitioners when necessary.
- Prescribe or administer medication, therapy, and other specialized medical care to treat or prevent illness, disease, or injury. Provide and manage long-term, comprehensive medical care, including nonsurgical treatment of diseases and immunize patients to protect them from preventable diseases.
- Provide formal and on-the-job training and supportive supervision to medical staff, nurses and students.
- Direct and coordinate activities of nurses, students, assistants, specialists, therapists, and other medical staff.
- Collect, record, and maintain patient information, such as medical history, reports, and examination results.
- Advise patients and community members concerning diet, activity, hygiene, and disease prevention.
- Provide consulting services to other doctors caring for patients with special or difficult problems.
- Diagnose patients with ECG machine and able to interpret and report
- Plan, implement, or administer health programs in hospitals, businesses, or communities for prevention and treatment of injuries or illnesses.
- Conduct research to develop or test medications, treatments, or procedures to prevent or control disease or injury.
- Prepare reports on birth, death, and disease statistics, workforce evaluations, or the medical status of individuals.
- Produce monthly reports to hospital management.
- Perform any other tasks as assigned by the line manager.
IV. Target Outputs (Measurable Results)
To be specified in the work plan of the diaspora expert.**
V: MIDA requirements
Besides the specific outputs mentioned in section IV, MIDA is requiring the following steps/actions to be undertaken throughout the assignment. These are standard requirements for all assignments undertaken through this project:
- Transfer of skills:One of the main responsibilities of the Somali diaspora participant, and one which he/she will be measured against, will 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.
- Work plan:A work plan will have to be developed with the Supervisor during the first week of assignment which will provide clear and time bound activities to successfully implement the outputs of the assignment. This work plan will be shared with the MIDA Project Assistant. This work plan can be revised during the mid-term review to reflect new developments or changes in strategy.
- Mid Term Review:there will be a mid-term review of the assignment between the incumbent and the beneficiary institution to discuss progress of the assignment and feedback on performance.
- Interim and Final Reports:A progress report will be submitted by the incumbent to the Supervisor and to the MIDA Project Assistant. Thereafter a final report will be provided at the end of assignment.
Level of Education:
Master’s degree preferred
Area of Study:
Years of work experience in what area(s):
Minimum 5 years of working experience as internist
(including 2 years working in Medical department).
English and Somali
General Skills / Other Requirements:
· Good reporting and drafting skills.
· Good training and communication skills.
· Ability to operate as part of a team, but also independently, depending on the situation.
· Ability to use Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
· Ability to identify innovative approaches to problems in a challenging environment.
VI: Subsistence Allowance
The monthly stipend amount will be determined based on degree and years of relevant experience based on the MIDA FINNSOM scale.
VII: Security and insurance modalities
Health insurance—including evacuation due to medical emergency—will 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
To apply please send your CV (with two professional references including their email and phone number) and a cover letter by email to
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please note that this vacancy is only open for Qualified Somali Diaspora candidates, qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.