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External Consultant to Support the Assessment of Medical Schools in Somaliland

Terms of Reference (ToR) – External Consultant to Support the Assessment of Medical Schools in Somaliland


An experienced external medical consultant is required to work alongside an assessment team to evaluate medical universities in Somaliland. The assessment team will include representatives of the Somaliland education and health regulatory bodies and is accountable through the Medical Education Policy Task Force to the Somaliland Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health. This work will form a critical step in the regulation and quality assurance of Somaliland’s developing health and education sectors.

Role Purpose

The aim of this exercise is to undertake a formal assessment of the nine medical schools in Somaliland. The assessment will be carried out in stages and the requirement of the independent consultant is set out below:

Scope of Work/ Work Assignments:

The consultant will focus on:

  • Become familiar with relevant Somaliland legislation and policies including the mandates of the NHPC, NHCE and the Medical Education Policy.
  • Conduct joint training and familiarisation with the new assessment standards for the assessment team (note the standards and assessment tools have already been produced based on WFME standards).
  • Support the assessment team to compile the universities’ self-assessment reports and review and assess submitted documents in preparation for the assessment visit.
  • Join the assessment team on field missions to evaluate in-depth the medical schools in all regions. It is anticipated that each visit will take place over two days.
  • Support the assessment team in writing a technical assessment analytical report outlining and categorizing the standards for each medical school and its capacity to continue the production of medical students.
  • Based on the assessment experience make feasible recommendations to further strengthen the technical implementation of the medical Education Policy.


  • Completed training and orientation for the assessment team in the use of the updated standards and scoring tools.
  • Interim report on the medical schools based on self-assessments and further information requested.
  • Final assessment report of the universities with recommendations submitted to the task force team, key government institutions and partners.


Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • A medical doctors with minimum 10 years of professional work experience in the field of Medical Education and assessment.
  • Evidence of assessment in a field related to Medical Education.
  • Computer literate in using Microsoft word, excel and internet.
  • Excellent oral and written communication in English.

Remuneration and Timescales

A consultancy fee is available at a day rate of USD $300. It is envisaged that up to 31 days (excluding travel days) will be required. The anticipated start date is late February, early March with flexibility around dates and timing depending on the availability of the consultant.


To read the full TOR please click here.

Interested individual consultants or a team of consultants should submit a cover letter, CV and detailed work plan to recruitment-som@thet.org (copying Deman.LeDeaut@thet.org) not later than 17th of February 2019.

THET will cover international and local travel, accommodation and subsistence in country. Consultant (s) is responsible for own insurance and relevant government taxes outside Somaliland.

Due to the nature of the assignment, mix skills/expertise is encouraged. The selected experts/consultants must be ready to start the work within 2 weeks from date of official notification.

Project Financial Accountant

Job Title: Project Financial Accountant

Reports to: Head of Finance, HR & Operations

Salary: £35,700 per annum

Location: 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Interviews: Friday, 1st February 2019

Closing Date: Sunday, 27th January 2019



As we approach our 30 year anniversary, there’s never been a better time to join our dynamic, friendly team working to further global health. This post is responsible for supporting the Head of Finance, HR & Operations in developing robust financial management procedures for both the UK and overseas programmes. This post will take an active role in supporting overseas staff with financial management as we build finance capacity in country.

Job Purpose

This post is responsible for supporting the Head of Finance, HR & Operations in developing robust financial management procedures for both the UK and overseas programmes. This post will take an active role in supporting overseas staff with financial management as we build finance capacity in country.


Person Specification

  • CCAB qualified or part-qualified, with at least two years’ experience of working in a financial position in a similar environment
  • A high level of proficiency in English
  • Willing and able to undertake overseas travel
  • Experience of QuickBooks or similar accounting packages
  • Understanding of SORP, VAT, technical accounting and analytical skills
  • Good communications skills, with the ability to provide instruction, guidance and advice to other staff as well as being able to present financial data to non-financial colleagues
  • Able to meet deadlines and identify and resolve problems
  • Experience of financial modelling desirable.

How to Apply

A full job description can be viewed here.

Please send your CV and a covering letter explaining precisely how you satisfy the person specification to Jobs@thet.org on or before Sunday 27th of January 2019.

Closing Date: Sunday, 27th January 2019

Interviews: Friday, 01st February 2019

This post is UK based. Non-EC nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.

Honorary Clinical Lead

Volunteer Role: Honorary Clinical Lead

Expected timeline: We expect the volunteer to commit for at least six months on a part or full time basis

Location: Based in The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Reports to: Chief Executive

Salary: Unpaid role

Agreement: To start as soon as possible.

Closing Date: The post will close on the 19th February 2019. Interviews will be on a rolling basis.



THET is looking to appoint an Honorary Clinical Lead with a background in global health. S/he would be a resource for staff in the UK and overseas, helping to ensure that, through accessing appropriate specialist clinical knowledge and expertise our country programmes and grants schemes are clinically credible and informed by best practice. The Honorary Clinical Lead’s advice will inform decision making by the senior management team and Trustees. Based at our office at the Royal Society of Medicine, this honorary position may be undertaken on a part or full-time basis. THET is a small charity working in partnerships to train and educate health workers in low and middle-income countries.

The Honorary Clinical Leader would work across three main areas:

  • First, working closely with our Head of Programmes, the Honorary Clinical Lead would themselves contribute or source appropriate specialist clinical advice (including from THET Honorary Advisors), to ensure that the design, implementation and evaluation of our programmes and grants schemes are informed by current expert health and clinical knowledge.
  • Secondly, the Honorary Clinical Leader would personally and through active engagement with specific experts and advisors enhance our ability to meet the needs of our external partners, and especially those in the NHS, the UK government and the World Health Organization, with whom we are an NGO in Official Relations, by informing the development of our policy papers and conferences.
  • Thirdly, the Honorary Clinical Lead would work with our Head of HR, Finance and Operations Manager to ensure staff are supported to stay abreast of current developments in global health.

Qualifications, experience and competences


  • Medical or nursing qualification or relevant health background (e.g. experienced public health practitioner).
  • Over 20 years’ clinical/health service experience.
  • Experience of working with health programmes in low and middle-income countries.
  • Experience of working in the NHS.
  • Significant understanding of education and training of health workers
  • Experience of supporting health programmes through distance management.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to a wide range of audiences.
  • Proven ability in the development and delivery of learning opportunities for staff.
  • Experience of working and constructively participating within a small multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of establishing strong working relationships with colleagues from different functions and cultures.

How to Apply:

To view the full role description please click here.

The volunteer that meets the above requirements should submit an expression of interest which describes how their background reflects the above competencies and how they would approach this volunteer role. They should also include a copy of their CV to Jobs@thet.org before 1st February 2019.

Interviews will be on a rolling basis and the candidate can start as soon as possible

Closing Date: on the 10th of February 2019

This post is UK based. Non-EC nationals will require current and valid permission to work in the UK.

Data Protection Policy for Employee Data

Data protection legislation regulates the way in which certain data about yourself (received as part of applying for employment with the Tropical Health & Education Trust (THET), both in paper and electronic form is used and held.

The following statement describes the type of data that the THET keeps about job applicants and the purpose for which it is kept and your rights under the GDPR related to data processed about you, should you apply to work for the THET. This applies whether your application is received direct by the THET or via an agency.

Processing job applications

From the point at which we receive your application for employment with the THET, the THET will need to maintain and process data about you for the purposes of reaching and communicating a recruitment decision and production of an offer of employment if appropriate. Such data is normally retained for six months following completion of our recruitment processes in the event of an offer of employment not being made.

Should an offer be made a further fair processing notice will be provided alongside any offer covering how such data is used and stored during the processing of offers and subsequent employment.

Processing at the recruitment stage includes the collection, storage, retrieval, alteration, disclosure or destruction of data. The kind of data that the THET will process includes:

  • Interview details including notes of interviewers, dates and times
  • Candidate’s work history
  • Qualifications and experience relevant to the role
  • Ethnic origin (for monitoring purposes only)
  • Disabilities (for monitoring and adjustments only)
  • Date of birth (for post-employment health checks and adjustments advice only)
  • Contact details, including addresses, phone numbers and other contact details including historical address records for staff vetting and ID verification
  • Criminal records (only where relevant to role and where legally permitted)
  • Court judgements and directorships (only where relevant to role and where legally permitted)
  • References provided by previous employers and personal or educational referees
  • National Insurance number
  • Rights to work information for example copies of passports, ID cards, residence permits
  • Documents to confirm identity and address for example the above and utility bills, bank statements

THET believes that those records are consistent with the recruiter, candidate and in the event of an offer being made, employer relationship between the THET and yourself and with our requirements under data protection legislation.

Applicant and employee data

The data the THET holds may be held and processed to meet the THET’s legal responsibilities and also for the purposes of management and administration of an offer of employment, ascertaining suitability for employment, to comply with equal opportunity, immigration and money laundering legislation and, from time to time, the need to disclose data it holds about you to relevant third parties (or example where legally obliged to do so by HM Revenue and Customs, UK Border or other public authority, or where requested to do so by yourself for the purpose of giving a reference).

In some cases, the THET will use automated profiling methods to analyse the above data, including against standard industry benchmarks, but will not use such methods as the sole basis for any related decision making.

In some cases the THET may also hold sensitive data, as defined by the legislation, about you. This could be information about health, criminal convictions and financial debts and directorships.

If you wish to view the information held about you, you must make a written request to the HR & Operations at gdprinfo@thet.org . You may, within a period of thirty days of your written request, inspect and/or have a copy (subject to the requirements of the legislation) of information held about you and, if necessary, require corrections should such records be faulty.

Your rights under the GDPR also include the following:

  • The right to rectification
  • Right to erasure (sometimes known as the right to be forgotten)
  • Right to restrict processing
  • Right to data portability
  • Right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling

Should you have any complaints regarding the handling of your data you have the right to lodge a complaint with, HR & Operations at gdprinfo@thet.org .