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General coordinator (M/F) - Nigeria

Maiduguri (Nigeria)

  • Organization: MDM - Médecins du Monde
  • Location: Maiduguri (Nigeria)
  • Grade: Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
    • Development Cooperation and Sustainable Development Goals
  • Closing Date: 2020-09-23

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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 35 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.

MdM is currently implementing an emergency response program in Borno state. The program is implemented around the main following components: improving access to primary health care, nutrition treatment (severe acute malnutrition), gender based violence survivors’ treatment, mental health and psychological support.

MdM runs directly 5 clinics (3 in Maiduguri, 2 in Damboa) and supports 2 Ministry of Health PHCC (Azir and Gumzuri, located in the vicinity of Damboa). MdM has also developed internal capacities to respond to new emergencies (mainly new displacements of population as well as cholera outbreak).

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


Under the responsibility of the desk manager based in HQ Paris, you have the overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of the MdM Nigeria program. You represent MdM and you take a leading role in developing, overseeing implementation, reviewing and monitoring of the country program strategy. You are responsible for developing new programming initiatives, new partnerships and maintaining existing partnerships and actively leading key phases of ongoing programs including phase out. You are responsible for promoting fundraising initiatives ensuring the smooth running of the country program and its financial & grant management as well as the program’s sustainability. You are responsible for the overall financial and HR management and supervision over security and safety.

You supervise 2 bases within the country (Maiduguri main office and Damboa base) as well as one base in Abuja which supports operations.

You manage the coordination team: finance coordinator, HR coordinator, logistics coordinator, program coordinator, field coordinator and grants officer and supervise a team of approximately 150 people.

• Elaborate and share a continuous analysis of the socio-political and humanitarian context to adjust the MdM intervention to the needs
• Take the lead in defining the operational and advocacy strategy together with the coordination team and the desk officer
• Provide guidance and support to the different departments as needed
• Support the program coordinator in the daily management of the program
• Ensure that adequate means (HR, logistics, financial, logistical) are available for the smooth running of the programs
• Ensure the respect of MdM internal rules and of MdM obligations and code of ethics
• Be responsible for the compliance with the objectives, rules and procedures related to the grant contracts with donors
• Contribute to the yearly budget framework and its revision, justify the budget consumption per line and anticipate budget amendments
• Monitor expenditure and budget compliance on a regular basis, report any concerns to the administrative coordinator and develop plans to mitigate any under or over expenditure at project level
• In close coordination with the different managers, define the general organisation of the mission and the organisation chart, and propose changes in the structure
• Make sure that performance appraisals are regularly conducted for the staff mission, in link with the HR coordinator
• Develop capacity building strategy and activities for the mission staff

Program designing and coordination
• Monitor regularly the humanitarian situation in Nigeria in collaboration with the coordination team and define the MdM strategy in the country, in close collaboration with HQ
• In case of substantial changes or difficulties, propose and discuss new actions with the team, and the desk officer, including the conduction of needs assessments, the reorientation of certain activities or the implementation of new activities
• Analyze the context, develop a network of contacts inside and outside Nigeria in line with the humanitarian situation
• Ensure global adherence to the general strategy for the Nigeria response and provide guidance to the team
• Supervise the preparation of project proposals, reports and other documents requested by the donors, and ensure the quality and accuracy of documents submitted

• Be responsible for the overall security of the mission and the final in-country decision making in front of national political & security authorities
• Validate movements inside the country
• Identify and change, if needed, the security phase of MdM mission in the country with support of the mission management team, HQ desk and HQ security focal point
• Monitor the security situation, in collaboration with the liaison officer
• Analyze and anticipate the security evolutions and regularly update the security guidelines
• Ensure reporting to the desk manager and the rest of the team on any security incident or dangerous development
• Ensure a national security plan is updated and implemented
• Define and implement safety rules up to date and guarantee their application by all the team
• Propose and enforce new rules or procedures, in reaction to security incidents or to changes in context, in collaboration with the liaison officer
• Build the capacities of the liaison officer and the logistician coordinator in managing the team safety

Representation and donors relations
• Ensure regular interaction, information sharing, and collaboration with other humanitarian actors in Nigeria (UN agencies, INGOs, local NGOs), in particular with the medical organizations with similar programs
• Represent MdM with the authorities and ensure a regular communication with stakeholders at central level. Representation at peripheral level can be delegated to the field coordinators, field manager and operation manager
• Develop and maintain smooth relationship and network with authorities in order to facilitate the implementation of activities
• Establish and develop regular contact with funding partners
• Ensure a smooth collaboration with partners through regular meetings, exchange of information, joint strategies, etc.
• Undertake pro-active donor prospection and propose alternative sources of funding for discussion with the HQ, and inform HQ about the results

• Ensure that the level of visibility and the public messages on the programs are in line with MdM strategic position
• Be the spokesperson for MdM in Nigeria with local and international media, in coordination with HQ
• Report regularly and share information with the desk manager through monthly sitreps
• Ensure briefing and follow-up of teams in Nigeria, including security and program briefings for new arrivals
• Ensure good information flow and maintain proper communication between the different departments

Status: Employee

Contract: Contrat à durée déterminée
Duration: 9 months
Starting date: 15/09/2020
Gross monthly salary: 3 376 euros
Regular visits to the field
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…)
Punctual teleworking agreement (40 days/year - minimum of 6 months seniority required)
Given the current circumstances of Covid-19 pandemic, we are taking special measures to apply health protocols and hygiene measures to guarantee the safety of our staff.
Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility.
Single posting

Extensive experience in a similar position in the humanitarian sector
Experience in supervision and management of a large expatriate and national team
Experience in representation with humanitarian actors, authorities and donors
Experience in hard negotiations with local authorities, partners and staff
Solid experience in a volatile security context and in security management
Experience in managing health program is an asset
Ability to have a global overview of a program
Excellent communication, listening and diplomacy skills
Working previously in Nigeria or in the region is an asset
Ability to take effective decisions according to the context
Excellent knowledge of Windows environment (Word, Excel)
Languages: English is mandatory (oral and written), and knowledge of country languages such as Hausa or French would be an asset
You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.

Médecins du Monde reserves the right to fill the vacancy before the closing date for applications.
MdM stands up for the integration of people living with disabilities and fights against discrimination.

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