Viewing posts about Executive Director...

Maternity Health Care Registered Charity Hires New Executive Director to save more lives

WASHINGTON – July 5, 2016

The Edna Adan Hospital Foundation, a 501 (c)(3) registered charity that supports the Edna Adan Maternity and Teaching Hospital, is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Executive Director, Sandeep Bathala, and welcomes her to help further the mission of the hospital and increase its impact on the health and welfare of women and children in Africa.

The Edna Adan Hospital Foundation (EAHF) was established to raise awareness about, and support the work of, the Edna Adan hospital, located in Hargeisa, Somaliland. The Edna Adan University Hospital trains midwives and other medical professionals to improve maternity healthcare in Somaliland and has also pioneered the campaign against the harmful practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Africa.

Bathala will help the foundation reach new partners and supporters to advance the remarkable work that Edna Adan is doing in Africa and for which she has been recognized internationally through the following awards: Legion of Honor from France; Honorary Doctoral Degree from University of Pennsylvania and the same from Clark University as well as from Ahfad Women’s University in the Sudan; President’s Gold Medal from University of Pretoria, South Africa, for her work on Human Rights; Inaugural recipient of the Renfield Award for her work on Global Health, from the University of Pennsylvania; and her name has been added to the Medical Mission Hall of Fame, University of Toledo. Bathala says, “I am delighted to join EAHF and am fully committed to supporting Edna’s work to ensure that women have access to quality health care provided by trained professionals and am happy to join the effort towards the eradication of genital cutting. I am confident that the hospital not only makes a difference in the lives of girls and women treated in real and meaningful ways, but empowers women in general and midwives and nurses in particular”

“The members of the Board of the EAHF are thrilled to have Sandeep join the team given her diverse professional background in the nonprofit sector,” said Rukia Dahir, the founder and chairperson of EAHF.

Prior to this new position, Bathala led the planning, development, and implementation of seminars, workshops, and conferences on maternal and reproductive health for the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Inc. She also collaborated with the African Population and Health Research Center in Kenya; Oxfam India; Population Foundation of India; and Centre for Population and Reproductive Health in Nigeria. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, Bathala served as Sierra Club’s Global Population Program Director, where she coordinated study tours to India and Ethiopia and outreach activities to build a base of support for integrated reproductive health programs. She spearheaded advocacy partnerships with family planning agencies in Albania and Mali at Planned Parenthood. She assisted Attie and Goldwater Productions with filming and producing documentaries on female genital cutting, family planning, and maternal health in Mali. Her experience has also been enhanced through work with several women’s organizations.

Bathala holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and women’s studies and a master’s degree in social work, with an administration, planning, and policy focus – both from Rutgers University.

“Our work serves a community that has a dire need for basic health care. With Sandeep at the helm of the foundation, we will provide more women in Somaliland the opportunity to have a healthy pregnancy and safe childbirth, and in the elimination the practice of FGM,” said Edna Adan, founder of the Edna Adan University Hospital.

Somaliland and neighboring Somalia have been described as the worst places to be a mother. According to UNICEF, Somaliland has a Maternal Mortality Rate of between 1,000 and 1,400 deaths per 100,000 live births. Mothers who gave birth in Edna’s hospital during the past 14 years faired 75 percent better than the national average.

In addition to her hospital, Edna Adan is a former First Lady and a former Foreign Minister of Somaliland, a peaceful country with a population of 4 million people that is located in the Horn of Africa and borders Ethiopia, Somalia and Djibouti.

Contact Information:
Sandeep Bathala

Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for leading and growing Edna Adan Hospital Foundation’s work and reputation in Women’s Health in Somaliland.


Edna Adan Hospital Foundation (EAHF) seeks a talented, visionary, results-driven Executive Director to lead the overall development of a startup organization based in Washington, DC. The Executive Director will report to the Board of Directors and will have overall strategic and operational responsibility with the following goals: staff development, program expansion, and mission execution. The Executive Director must demonstrate a passion for EAHF’s mission and working with others in a leadership role. We’re seeking a leader that can develop strategies that will take our startup organization to the next level. This position offers continuous improvement and growth that uses goal-setting, reflection, and collaboration to cultivate the knowledge, and skills necessary for success.


Management and Leadership:

  • Executive Director will attend official events: fundraising events, new program inaugurations and public relations events; act as a liaison between their organizations and a range of external stakeholders
  • Oversee volunteer recruitment and staff hiring in NY, DC, and Hargeisa and surrounding towns and villages in Somaliland.
  • Track record of effectively leading and regionally and/or nationally scaling a performance- and outcomes-based organization and staff;
  • Must be able to establish and maintain working relations with representatives of the media• Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning

Fundraising, Development and Communications:

  • Overall Campaign management and organization including planning, database management, strategy, task assignments, and maintenance of timelines.
  • Serving as the face of the organization while creating and maintaining strong ties and advocating on behalf of EAHF
  • Developing and executing strategies that ensure sustainable and diverse funding
  • Cultivating new donors and strengthening more donor programs while expanding the donor base
  • Exploring, creating and supporting earned-revenue opportunities
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications with the goal of creating a strong and positive image to the public a stronger brand
  • Oversight for all fundraising and financial performance metrics, activities, staff and deliverables.

Program Development and Oversight:

EAHF is just 3 years old and the role of programmatic development and oversight is crucial for EAHF to meet its mission and strategic goals.

  • Develop a strong and comprehensive training program with defined targeted goals.
  • Ensure programs has effective policies and systems in place to successfully implement EAHF’s mission

Governance and Board Relations:

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; Work with the Board, and hospital to identify and cultivate new corporate and foundation donors to fund the mission and specific programmatic areas
  • Develop tools and strategies to optimize Board recruitment and engagement and ensure that Board has the necessary tools to achieve strategic goals
  • Responsible for the organization of meetings and must regularly attend all meetings.


  • Proven leadership, coaching, and relationship management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage work and supervise others
  • Willingness to commit to Foundation’s mission, vision and goals
  • Strong financial acumen & ability to manage budget
  • Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range of stakeholders and cultures
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills.
  • Develop and implement annual reports, multi-year year operational and strategic
  • Begin to build partnerships in new markets, establishing relationships with the funders, and political and community leaders
  • Coordinate grant needs and deadlines


  • Graduate degree preferred; 7-10+ year experience senior management experience in nonprofit sector, international health or related field required.
  • Strategic thinking, creativity and decision-making ability; Problem solving skills, and political judgment
  • Issues working on healthcare in Africa, experience in Somaliland added plus
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • Excellence in organizational management with the ability to coach staff, manage, and develop high-performance teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, manage a budget and ability to raise significant funds during directorship.
  • Computer literacy required, and willingness to become comfortable with all MS Suite Programs, Email, Mailchimp, and Salesforce.

Compensation: Please submit salary requirements.

Location: Washington, DC and New York City

Preferred start date: Immediately

Travel required. Domestic and International Travel up to 25%

Duration: Full time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply please send CV and cover letter to Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

About the Edna Adan Hospital Foundation:
As of May 2014, the WHO estimates that 800 women die in childbirth every day, the majority in developing countries. EAHF is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) established in 2013 in honor of Former First Lady of Somalia and Foreign Minister of Somaliland, Dr. Edna Adan Ismail. EAHF works to end preventable child and maternal death in Somaliland and to eradicate the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. EAHF’s mission is to provide all Somaliland women the opportunity for healthy pregnancies and safe childbirths, to provide all infants with the healthy start they deserve, and to eliminate the practice of Female Genital Mutilation. You can learn more:

Small Business Websites from Chroma Sites