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  • Organization: MDM - Médecins du Monde
  • Location: Maiduguri | Nigeria
  • Grade: Mid level - Internationally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Humanitarian Aid and Coordination
    • Emergency Aid and Response
    • Medical Practitioners
    • Managerial positions
    • Disaster Management (Preparedness, Resilience, Response and Recovery)
  • Closing Date: 2019-08-07

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Emergency response coordinator (M/F) - Nigeria

Maiduguri (Nigeria) | Nigeria

For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care and has secured sustainable improvements in health-for-all policies.

Those working for this independent organisation do not solely dispense care and treatment but condemn violations of human dignity and rights and fight to improve matters for populations living in precarious situations.

MdM currently works in more than 40 countries across all continents where it focuses on 5 priority areas: emergency and crisis, sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction, migrants and displaced populations (health rights), health and environment.

Violence in the northeast of Nigeria has caused massive displacement and at the same time restricted movement. It has disrupted food supplies, seriously hindered access to basic services, and limited agricultural activities. Since February 2016, as humanitarian access is increasing, extreme food insecurity and malnutrition conditions have been revealed in Borno state.
As of 3rd August 2018, 1.82 million people are estimated to be displaced within/from Borno state, 1.63 million of them actually stayed within the state. Most of them (more than 1.2m) are living in Maiduguri with the host community and others in formal and informal camps.

MDM has its coordination office in Maiduguri and a sub office in Damboa.

MdM has started since October 2016 an emergency response to this crisis in the Borno state. In 2018, MdM's strategy in Borno state focuses on improving access to:

  1. Free comprehensive primary healthcare services
  2. Quality nutrition treatment for malnourished children
  3. Mental health and psychosocial support
  4. Lifesaving medical care, holistic referral services for survivors of gender based violence

In 2019, MDM runs directly 6 clinics (3 in Maiduguri, 3 in Damboa), supports two Ministry of Health PHCC. MDM has also developed internal capacities to respond to new emergencies (mainly displacements of population as well as cholera outbreak).


Under the responsibility of the programme coordinator, you will supervise the members of the emergency response team (ERT), the emergency preparedness response and the planning of activities in close coordination with other humanitarian actors and other stakeholders. You ensure team security and safety and compliance with security regulations.

More specifically, your responsibilities are to:

-Carry out the risk analysis, identify the main hazards and analyse vulnerabilities of the population
-Analyse the in-Borno state response capacities of all stakeholders (authorities, NGO, UN), participate in coordination mechanism and develop strong bilateral collaboration with humanitarian actors
-Rank the risk matrix (MdM tools) based on potential impact and likelihood, prioritize a limited number of risks or contingencies and prepare operational scenario
-Define strategic and operational response plans and determine the required resources for its implementation
-Design and implement the Emergency Response Team’s (ERT) strategy to build MdM's capacity for enhanced emergency preparedness and response
-Develop and maintain knowledge and learning management systems for MdM emergency preparedness and response team
-Contribute to the definition / revision of MdM strategy in Borno state
-Ensure that appropriate administrative, financial and logistical procedures are in place
-Be responsible for accurate budget control and overall responsibility for financial management of the EPREP components
-Contribute to recruitment and selection of national staff, be responsible for the disciplinary and grievance procedures of the national team under line management
-Supervise the ERT staff by approving annual performance plans and completing performance appraisals; support their professional development
-Be responsible for capacity building and training of national staff in collaboration with all technical coordinators
-Carry out representation with other NGOs, UN agencies, local and national government bodies, traditional authorities, donors and other relevant parties
-Participate, on a regular basis, in all relevant meetings and build a strong relationship with all partners
-Ensure team security and safety in the new emergency sites
-With the support of the logistics coordinator, proactively monitor the political, military and security situation in the new emergency sites
-Ensure that appropriate security guidelines are developed, communicated, adhered to by the team
-Elaborate regular activity reports
-Participate to proposal and report writing for donors


Fixed-term contract : 9 months
Starting date: mid-June 2019
Gross monthly salary: 2 763 euros
Premium equal to one month salary paid in two instalments - minimum of 6 months seniority required
Expatriation bonus (10% gross salary per month)
Transportation cost, vaccines and visas covered
Guesthouse housing
22.5 RTT (recovery days) per year
5 weeks of paid leaves per year.
Health insurance (60% covered by MdM and 40% by the employee)
Insurance (repatriation…)
Single posting
Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility


Experience with an international NGO working in emergency contexts, managing programmes, within the health sector
3 years of experience in managing emergency response programme
Medical profile: doctor or nurse with Master’s degree in relief/development or related field
Previous experience in project planning and budget holding; proposal and report writing
Experience in security management at the field level
Knowledge and understanding of project management tools
Strong leadership skills and a supportive management style
Experience of security management at the field level
Ability to work under a minimum of supervision
Strong problem solving and organisational skills in day to day and crisis situations
Capacity to work and to live in tense conditions
Diplomacy, negotiation and networking skills
Languages: English fluent
French is an asset
Knowledge of Pack Office (Word, Excel)
You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.

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