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Regional Manager East Africa - Nairobi Kenya - M/F

Kenya (Kenya)

  • Organization: ALIMA
  • Location: Kenya (Kenya)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public Health and Health Service
    • Project and Programme Management
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-28

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ALIMA’S ETHOS: ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and provide care for the most vulnerable populations, without any discrimination based on identity, religion or politics, through actions based on proximity, innovation, and the alliance of organizations and individuals.

We act with humanity and impartiality in accordance with universal medical ethics. To gain access to patients, we undertake to act in a neutral and independent manner.

Our CHARTER defines the VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action:

  1. Patient First – Patient centered medical care
  2. Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine through research
  3. Responsibility and freedom: encourage decision-making by those closest to patients
  4. Commitment to a dynamic of continuous quality improvement
  5. Creating a climate of trust among colleagues
  6. Collective intelligence


4 million patients, and today deploys its operations in 12 African countries. In 2018, we have developed 41 humanitarian medical response projects to meet the needs of populations affected by conflicts, epidemics and extreme poverty. All of these projects support national health authorities through nearly 330 health structures (including 28 hospitals and 300 health centers). We work in partnership, particularly with local NGOs, whenever possible to ensure that our patients benefit from expertise wherever it is available, whether in their own country or in the rest of the world. In addition, to improve the humanitarian response, we conduct operational and clinical research projects, particularly in the fight against malnutrition and viral hemorrhagic fevers.**

THE ALIMA TEAM: More than 2000 people are currently working for ALIMA. The teams in the field, closest to the patients, receive their support from the coordination teams generally based in the capitals of the countries of intervention. They receive support from the 4 desk teams and the emergency and opening service team based at the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal. The teams in Paris and New York are actively working on fundraising and representing ALIMA. The rest of the ALIMA Galaxy includes individuals and partner teams working on behalf of other organizations such as the medical NGOs BEFEN, ALERTE Santé, SOS Médecins / KEOOGO, AMCP, the research organizations PACCI, INSERM, the Universities of Bordeaux and Copenhagen, the NGO Solidarités International and many others.

OUR COUNTRIES OF INTERVENTIONS : Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan, Mauritania, Senegal.

OUR PROJECT THEMATICS : Malnutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Pediatrics, Gender-based Violence, Mental Health, Epidemics (Ebola, Lassa, Cholera, Measles, Dengue...). ALIMA develops in some countries relevant research projects in order to improve the health of the populations concerned (Ebola vaccination, simplification of the management of acute malnutrition, Covid research...).


Mission location : Nairobi, Kenya

While the consolidation of our medical projects in West and Central Africa remains an important objective, ALIMA has intervened in other countries in the past and wishes to strengthen its presence in other areas where the needs are equally demonstrated.

The East African region is marked by several complex crisis contexts in which medico-humanitarian needs are particularly acute. Countries such as Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia, among others, are faced with different dynamics that regularly reduce the access of part of the population to medico-nutritional services essential to their survival.

In these contexts, the mode of intervention, the experience and the approach of co-construction of medical solutions with local actors supported by ALIMA can make sense.

In addition, our willingness to share experiences, build alliances with other expertise, other actors, and the necessary reinforcement of our teams with English-speaking medical and humanitarian personnel invite us to launch a process of exploration, partnership and medical response in East Africa.

In a first phase, the objective will be for ALIMA :

Ø To open a regional liaison platform in Nairobi, Kenya

Ø To formally register ALIMA at the national level in Kenya, as well as at the regional level with the relevant institutions ;

Ø To initiate technical and strategic contacts with humanitarian medical aid, research, and more broadly health actors with whom an alliance for humanitarian medical interventions would make sense.

Ø Build links with health human resources, training and research structures.

Ø Conduct an analysis of medico-humanitarian needs in the region (including exploratory missions) and recommend operational priorities for ALIMA's interventions

In terms of results, we expect a significant progress in terms of registration of the NGO in the first 3 months, then an opening of a mission (at least 1) in one of the countries of the region in the first 6 to 12 months.


  • The Regional Manager reports to the tandem composed of the Managing Deputy Director and the Director of Operations.
  • In the first phase, he or she will supervise the regional support officer as well as the temporary reinforcements and consultants needed to build the platform.
  • He or she works closely with the support services of ALIMA Headquarters (finance, human resources, logistics, communication, development).
  • The regional manager works closely with the Kenyan authorities and the NGOs and international organizations present at the regional level.
  • He or she creates links with other national, regional and international NGOs: United Nations agencies and state and non-state organizations.


  1. Establishment and Registration of ALIMA for East Africa in Nairobi, Kenya

· Ensures the administrative and political steps to establish ALIMA in Kenya, as a regional platform of the NGO.

· Identifies and rents premises for the organization in Nairobi

· Builds a solid network of contacts in the administration in order to have a thorough knowledge of the steps to follow.

· Ensures the registration of ALIMA at the level of the different regional/international actors in East Africa in order to facilitate ALIMA activity in the region.

· Develops and proposes a set of rules of procedure, security regulations and a cost of living assessment for Nairobi.

· Facilitates and coordinates the establishment and animation of a supervisory board of the regional platform

2. Representation of ALIMA

· Represents ALIMA to political, administrative, health, humanitarian, donor and civil society authorities in Kenya and at the regional level.

· Develops a network of contacts enabling ALIMA to carry out the organization's development and to analyze health and security situations in the countries of the region.

· Actively participates in meetings, events, networks contributing to strengthen the knowledge of the context and humanitarian interventions in the region and to make ALIMA known.

· Actively promotes ALIMA's model and objectives in the region and is the primary institutional and field spokesperson for ALIMA.

3. Security

· Carries out and regularly updates a risk mapping in the countries defined as priority countries for ALIMA.

· Builds relationships and identifies people/structures that can help with risk assessement.

4. Analysis, context assessment and operational strategy

· Assesses the political, humanitarian and health related situations and context in the countries identified as a priority for ALIMA.

· Defines and proposes a strategy and operational objectives in the countries for 12 months and facilitates their implementation in close collaboration with the emergency service.

· Carries out or facilitates missions and explorations in the countries of the sub-region, in close collaboration with Emergency/Opening service.

5. Development of partnerships :

· Identifies NGO actors with whom ALIMA could develop an operational partnership either at the regional level or at the level of countries identified as priority countries for ALIMA and submits its recommendations to the Steering Committee.

· Ensures the formalization and follow-up of validated partnerships

· Explores and Documents the environment, policies and functioning of donors at the regional level.

· Meet and solicit institutional donors to finance the regional operational strategy.

· Participates in the drafting of project proposals and reports, ensuring the quality of the documents and compliance with deadlines.

· Develops and proposes a 12-month partnership strategy and objectives.

6. Management and Human Resources

· Identifies and promotes the development of high-potential employees

· Identifies training institutions for medical and/or humanitarian personnel that can meet ALIMA's needs.

· Participates in the recruitment and identification of new staff upon request

· Ensures that the individual assessments of its direct collaborators are carried out.

· Ensures the organization of team meetings

7. Reporting

· Writes and animates the edition of the regional Sitrep, then sends it once a month.

· Defines the work priorities of the Regional Support Officer

· Contributes to the definition of the indicators useful in the piloting of the platform

· Writes and animates the edition of the annual reports for each activity

8. Management

· Ensures that the means necessary for the implementation of the actions are used in accordance with the budget, and proposes the necessary adjustments for the achievement of the objectives**

· Participates in the validation of expenses (see purchase procedure)**

· Participates in budget monitoring and ensures that the regional support officer follows up with the head office on cash flow requests.**

· Ensures the quality and timeliness of the monthly reports submitted to him/her by his/her team.

· Ensures the application of policies related to abuse, in particular the anti-fraud policy and the policy on prevention and protection against abuse of power and gender-based and sexual violence. Carries out a diagnosis and draws up an action plan that will be reviewed regularly. Creates and maintains a fulfilling and protective environment.**

9. Public Communication

· Ensures the timely reporting of any information likely to lead ALIMA to a public speech

· Participates in the management of journalists' visits to ALIMA sites (briefing, security management, etc.)

· Participates in the anticipation of the communication strategy in case of a security incident (low profile, reactivity, selective, etc.).


Experiences :

· Holder of a Master's degree

· At least 5 years experience in monitoring or coordinating humanitarian programs, as head of mission, technical or administrative coordinator.

· Proven experience working with an international NGO

· Experience in emergency and security contexts

· Minimum 3 years experience in multicultural team management

· Experience in opening humanitarian projects or programs

Qualities of the candidate :

· Analytical, interpretative, organizational and planning skills

· Ability to create a network of institutional and NGO contacts and to animate it over time

· Calm, excellent stress and cold-blooded management

· Very good communication, conviction and listening skills.

· Ability to work independently

· Strong interest in humanitarian issues

Languages :

· Good level of English (read, written and spoken) is essential.

· Good level of French (read, written, spoken) desired


Duration and type of contract: 12-month fixed-term contract

Taking up a position: As soon as possible

Salary: depending on experience


Please send before the 28th October 2020 your CV and your Motivation letter

Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful. Only full applications will be taken into account. Only accepted applications will be contacted.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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