Nigéria

Médecins du Monde recrute 01 General coordinator (head of mission) (M/F)

Médecins du Monde recrute 01 General coordinator (head of mission) (M/F) – Nigeria

For more than 40 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 30 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 has been working in Nigeria since 2016. The programme implemented in Borno State aims at improving access to primary health care, including treatment of severe acute malnutrition, care of gender-based violence survivors, mental health and psychological support, and response to emergencies and outbreaks. MdM is running directly three clinics in Maiduguri and two clinics in two IDP camps in Damboa local government area. MdM is also supporting two health posts run by the Ministry of Health.

TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the supervision of the desk manager, you are responsible for the overall management of the Nigeria mission. In particular, you ensure that programmes meet operational, administrative, financial, human, material and organisational objectives by coordinating and leading a team of approximately 200 people. You lead the implementation of the projects in Maiduguri and Damboa areas, while supervising security and safety as well as ensuring the deployment of frameworks, policies and procedures. You also develop and lead advocacy work and partnerships.

Your main responsibilities are:

Programme design and coordination

  • Monitor the humanitarian situation and define the operational strategy in the country in collaboration with the coordination team
  • Propose and discuss new actions with the team and the desk manager when needed, including the conduction of needs assessments, the reorientation of activities or the implementation of new activities
  • Analyse the overall context, develop a network of contacts inside and outside Nigeria in line with the humanitarian situation
  • Supervise the preparation of proposals, reports and other documents requested by donors and ensure their quality
  • Lead the coordination meetings, share their minutes and any action plans
  • Ensure good information flow and maintain proper communication between the different departments

Mission management

  • Ensure the development and the execution of the country strategy
  • Ensure synergies between programme and support departments
  • Take the lead in defining the operational and advocacy strategy together with the coordination team and the desk manager
  • Provide guidance and support to the different departments
  • Ensure good collaboration with partners
  • Ensure adequate means are available for the smooth running of programmes
  • Ensure the respect of internal rules and regulations as well as the compliance with the objectives, rules and procedures of donors
  • Contribute to the budget development, monitor and control spending and budget revision

Security

  • Ensure a national security plan is updated and implemented
  • Define and implement safety rules up to date and guarantee their application
  • Ensure the overall management of any security-related incident
  • Identify and change when needed the security phase of the mission with support from the mission management team and HQ
  • Monitor and analyse the security situation in collaboration with the security liaison officer
  • Anticipate security developments and regularly update the security guidelines
  • Ensure reporting to the desk manager and the rest of the team on any security incident or development
  • Ensure all staff is briefed on security and adheres to security rules and procedures
  • Validate staff movements and travels
  • Build the capacities of the security liaison officer and the logistics coordinator in managing the safety of the team

Team management

  • Define the general organisation of the mission and propose changes when needed
  • Ensure briefings for new arrivals
  • Support the coordination team in the daily management of the mission
  • Make sure performance appraisals, action plans and capacity building plans are regularly conducted for the staff
  • Conduct performance appraisals and action plans and ensure capacity building strategy for the team under your direct supervision
  • Participate in the recruitment processes for the team under your direct supervision

Representation

  • Ensure regular interaction, information sharing, and collaboration with other humanitarian actors in Nigeria, in particular with medical organisations having similar programmes
  • Represent MdM with the authorities and ensure a regular communication with stakeholders at central level
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with authorities at state and federal levels
  • Undertake proactive donor prospection, establish and develop regular contact with funding partners

Communication

  • Ensure the level of visibility and public messages on programmes are in line with MdM strategy
  • 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 reports

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

  • Status : Employee
  • Contract : Fixed-term contract
  • Duration : 12 months
  • Starting date: August 1, 2021
  • Gross monthly salary: 3 412 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 covere
  • 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

SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED:

  • At least five years of experience in a similar position in the humanitarian sector
  • Experience in supervision and management of a large expatriate and national team
  • Experience in representation and negotiation with humanitarian actors, authorities and donors
  • Substantial experience in safety and security management
  • Strategic vision
  • Communication skills
  • Listening skills
  • Diplomacy
  • Ability to take effective decisions
  • Adaptability, flexibility, reactivity
  • Organizational skills
  • Proficient use of Pack Office 365
  • Languages: fluent English (written and spoken) mandatory. Hausa or French is an asset.
  • You embrace the core values and support the proactive philosophy of Médecins du Monde.

TELEPHONE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. 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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