Secondary School Nurse – Sheikh, Somaliland

Pharo Foundation

Secondary School Nurse – Sheikh, Somaliland



The Pharo Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a privately funded entrepreneurial organisation that runs

philanthropic programmes as well as for-profit social enterprises. 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 Pharo Secondary School, Sheikh (formally known as SOS Hermann Gmeiner Sheikh Secondary School) is a boarding school located in the Sahil Region of Somaliland. The school is situated in the town of Sheikh between the port city of Berbera and Burcoa in the interior of Somaliland. It has a pleasant cool climate all year round due to its high altitude. The school is renowned for its academic excellence and secure and caring environment in which students of all abilities can experience success and achieve their full potential within a broad and balanced curriculum. The aim is to prepare students to become respectful contributing members of the communities in which they live. The school counts many prominent politicians and other key officials among its graduates.

The school has students from Form 1 to Form 4 with school facilities that consist of 10 classrooms, science laboratories, library, assembly and lecture halls, boys’ dormitories and girls’ hostel, dining hall and a clinic. The school is currently following the Edexcel International curriculum; London University based IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education), and the Somaliland National Curriculum.

With a modern campus and with students from all over the country and all socio-economic backgrounds being represented, dedicated teams of teachers at the School seek to rapidly accelerate student learning

while building confidence, creativity and critical thinking skills. The school’s goal is to see each student pursue post-secondary education and become leaders and role models in their respective communities.

Headquartered in London, the Foundation also has an operational HQ in Nairobi and offices in Addis Ababa, Assosa and Hargeisa.

Position summary

Position: Secondary School Nurse

Reporting to: The Principal

Location: Sheikh, Somaliland

Contract Type: Fixed Term (one year)

We are currently looking for a talented Nurse who is concerned about the health of students. She/he will be responsible to deliver exceptional healthcare services to our students during scheduled overnight work hours. The position combines in office evening hours with on call overnight hours from 7:00pm-7:00am. The school Nurse will support the learning experience of our boarding students by developing and implementing health-related policies and procedures in alignment with our mission and vision. This will include, performing and interpreting health screenings, medical examinations, by assessing student health needs such as administering emergency care and first aid treatment. The Nurse will be providing health counselling and addressing the physical, mental, and social health needs of students. The Nurse will provide a safe and healthy environment in order to maximize students’ potential to learn and succeed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Deliver high-quality nursing care to the school community

Assuming responsibility for and ensuring that proper provision is made for any student in the school who feels unwell. This will include the appropriate medical assessment of the situation and treatment as necessary, in a triage role, including contact with parents/guardians and teaching staff. The Nurse will be responsible for the supervision of the student until the parents are available to look after the student

Assessing the extent of more serious injuries and organizing provision of medical treatment, including liaising with parents /guardians.

Evaluates the health status of students at the assigned school by performing health screenings, tests, and physical examinations (i.e. vision, hearing, dental, scoliosis, and blood pressure) and interprets/communicates findings to students, parents/guardians, and school personnel.

Provides direct nursing care to students and staff by administering medication, immunizations, first aid, emergency health care, and nursing care prescribed by a medical provider; and accompanies students to the hospital as necessary.

Observes students on a regular basis to monitor illness and provide early detection of communicable diseases, child abuse, substance abuse, mental illness, depression, eating disorders, chronic illness, and physical defects; makes referrals to other professional staff members and community agencies as needed; and communicates findings to parents/guardians as appropriate.

To provide appropriate care and supervision of unwell students within the boarding accommodation.

Reports suspected cases of child abuse and neglect through the proper channels.

Enforces established infection control policies and procedures on the exclusion and readmission of students with infectious and contagious diseases.

Serves as a resource to teachers and staff at the assigned school regarding the health needs of students and recommends modifications of the student’s educational program/environment as necessary.

Act as health advisor to students’ resident in boarding accommodation and offer support to boarding staff.

Maintains proper documentation and health records on all students within the assigned school, prepares/submits reports as required.

Requisitions needed supplies and equipment for the health clinic at the assigned school.

Qualification Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree in Nursing

Must have graduated from an accredited school of professional nursing with some work experience as a Nurse.

Must have knowledge of professional nursing principles, practices, and techniques within a school environment to include knowledge of human anatomy, physiology, child growth/development, basic pharmacology, medical terminology, and infection control measures.

Must possess skills in standard nursing procedures and the ability to perform/interpret health screenings and physical examinations.

Must possess the ability to maintain comprehensive health records, prepare clear/concise medical reports and use appropriate computer systems.

Must be first aid and CPR trained.

Must have a valid driver’s license with the ability to drive a vehicle.

Behavioural Attributes

Behaves in an exemplary manner and at all times acting as a role model within and outside the Pharo School.

Self-assured, internally motivated, and passionate educator with outstanding communication skills, driven to succeed and make a difference.

Must be a good moral character, honest, trustworthy and dependable. Have a caring and nurturing attitude towards young learners.

Ability to quickly and competently assess medical situations and escalate as needed; possess excellent decision-making skills.

Strong attention to detail and collaborative skills.

Patient-oriented with exceptional organizational skills. Be a self-starter or self-motivated.

Must possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, and staff.

Strong leadership skills.

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 Sheikh Secondary School’s Health policy.

Application Procedure

This position is open to both female and male applicants, with female applicants being strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is June 20, 2021.

Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and only complete (CV, cover letter, list of references and lesson plan) applications will be reviewed. 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 “Pharo Secondary School Nurse”.


A recent updated CV

Cover letter to explain the experience you have gained that makes you believe that you are the most qualified candidate for the role (maximum 1,000 words)

A one-page list of five (5) 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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