Health and Community Engagement Assistant – Hargeisa, Somaliland

Pharo Foundation

Health and Community Engagement Assistant – Hargeisa, Somaliland

Health and Community Engagement Assistant

Organisation Overview

The Pharo Foundation (hereafter “the Foundation”) is a privately funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit Pharo Ventures. The Vision of the Foundation is an economically vibrant and inclusive Africa. The Mission is to achieve our vision by investing in Africa’s human and physical capital with a strong focus on job creation.

Established in 2011 as a UK based non-profit, the Foundation has since made a strategic shift to directly design and implement its own programmes to ensure greater engagement with communities, better results and increased accountability. The Foundation has carried out numerous projects in East Africa, with a focus on Ethiopia and Somaliland. The key themes for the philanthropic side of the Foundation are education, health, water and agriculture. At the end of 2019, the Foundation started its Pharo Ventures franchise to prioritise sectors where the Foundation believes a real impact can be made by establishing self- sustaining businesses, which focus on job creation.

Headquartered in London, the Foundation has an operational Head Office in Nairobi, Kenya with country offices in Ethiopia (Addis Ababa and Assosa), Somaliland (Hargeisa) and Rwanda (Kigali) with further expansion plans in East Africa.

Position Summary

We are looking for energetic, driven and hands-on Health and Community Engagement Assistant to assist the Community Engagement Officer in all areas of health, education and community engagement work

Department: Education

Job Title: Health and Community Engagement Assistant

Reports to: Community Engagement Officer

Job Location: Hargeisa, Somaliland

Contract Type: Temporary (6 months)

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

Help educate parents and help them be familiar with the ECE program.

Help observe parents’ support of their children’s learning and make appropriate referrals when necessary.

Provide parents with information and resources that help them understand early childhood education and


Assist with continuous coaching and mentoring for parents to improve parental support to children.

Communicate with parents regarding sensitive issues regarding their child (i.e. hygiene, nutrition, etc.). Connecting parents with community groups and organizations.

Support children’s registration and ensure it is accomplished as per the standard.

Help ensure vital information about children is collected and properly and safely documented.

Help inputting essential program data to the Foundation’s ECE program Information Management System.

Help to communicate with teachers regarding non-academic issues (policies, registrations, etc.).

Help regularly monitor the performance of the ECE Centre cleaners. Any other duties assigned by the Community Engagement Officer.

Qualification Requirements:

Bachelor Degree in Public Health or related field

Minimum 3 years of experience working with community engagement or similar programs;

Experience working with families of children in low income communities supporting their health and wellness preferred.

Certification in CPR and First Aid

Experience working in an educational setting.

Proficiency in Word and Excel in a Microsoft Windows environment.

Behavioural Competencies:

Excellent analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities.

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to manage sensitive and confidential

situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy. Strong written and oral communication skills.

Ability to present ideas in user-friendly language. Self-motivated and directed.

Keen attention to detail.

Analytical and problem-solving abilities

Ability to effectively prioritise and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment. Ability to work in a team-oriented, collaborative environment.

Strong customer-service orientation.

Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, prioritise and perform under pressure as needed. Must be dependable, able to follow instructions and respond to management direction.

Salary and Benefits

The salary and benefits package is competitive and will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Medical insurance is provided in accordance with The Pharo Foundation Health policy

Application Procedure

This position is open to both female and male nationals from Somaliland.

The Application Deadline is June 10. 2021

Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and only complete applications will be considered. In the event that an outstanding applicant is identified early in the search process, we reserve the right to appoint before the deadline. For this reason, we encourage interested candidates to apply at the earliest possible time.

Due to the high volume of applications, we regret that we will only be able to contact short-listed candidates.

How to apply

Interested candidates, who meet the above requirements, should submit their application through email to with subject line “Health and Community Engagement Assistant”


A detailed CV and Cover letter.

An essay of no more than 1,000 words outlining:

What experience have you have gained that makes you the most qualified candidate for the role.

A one-page list of three (3) references with current addresses, phone numbers and email contacts.

State on your application where you saw the advert for this position



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