Médecins du Monde recrute 01 General coordinator

Médecins du Monde recrute 01 General coordinator (M/F) – Uganda

For almost 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 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.

Since 2015, MdM has been supporting Most At-Risk Populations (MARPI) through grants and training. Since 2009, MARPI has been running a health facility located in the Mulago national referral hospital, which provides free and friendly health services to the key populations, including Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) person. MdM provided MARPI staff with training on proctology, mostly for screening and treatment of anal warts, while providing basic equipment and consumables. Between 2016 and 2017, MARPI has started expanding their activities to a few regional referral hospitals. MdM wishes to support MARPI in the scaling-up of their activities through possible EU funding (response awaited in July 2019).

In July 2017, a fact-finding mission was conducted in the South Sudanese refugee settlement of Bidibidi in the district of Yumbe, West Nile sub-region, northern Uganda, where the French section of MSF has been present since 2016. The fact-finding mission has led to an intervention proposal to progressively take over all the MSF activities at Bolomoni HC III (Health Centre level 3) as well as their outreach activities in Bidibidi refugee settlement. The handover was completed in January 2019. Then a 3-year intervention with partnership with Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF) aims at reducing mortality and morbidity rates. It includes:

  • The running of all OPD and IPD activities at the Bolomoni HC III based on a broad and comprehensive package including primary health care, surveillance and response to childhood diseases with epidemic potential, sexual and reproductive health, mental health and psychosocial support;
  • The preparation of the progressive handover of the Bolomoni HC III to the health district of Yumbe (by the end of 2021 at the latest) through capacity building of MoH staff, which will make the intervention fit into a long-term approach;
  • A close collaboration with the local population and the empowerment of communities through continued training and support to Village Health Teams, and the strengthening of female participation and leadership within VHTs and/or other groups;
  • A strong focus on mental health and psychosocial support, while developing a mental health community approach and covering some gaps identified (e.g. detection of cases);
  • The strengthening of the GBV levels of intervention through covering some identified gaps;
  • A socio-anthropological analysis of community organisation, community coping mechanisms and expression of emotion within the refugee settlements.


Under the responsibility of the desk manager at the HQ, the general coordinator is responsible for ensuring the delivery of quality programmes, donor and government relations, fundraising and budget management, security and operations management, and developing a motivated and professional team.

More specifically, you will be in charge of:

Management of operations

  • Responsible for planning the MdM programmes, in country strategy, supervising programme implementation and Monitoring and Evaluation system
  • Be responsible for the overall functioning of the mission and to secure and develop current partnerships with national and local authorities (drafting and signature of memoranda of understanding and project agreements), with MARPI, HRAPF, with donors, and with other stakeholders
  • Supervise the overall implementation of the different programme activities in Uganda
  • Continuously assess and analyse the overall humanitarian situation in Uganda
  • Ensure that the different components of the programmes are consistent and in link with medical needs and standards
  • Identify potential new donors and raise funds for the mission
  • Be responsible for proposing and designing the modification of proposals and potential no cost extension of the projects
  • Ensure operational compliance with MdM and donor policies and project objectives
  • Guarantee the accomplishment of project objectives defined by the donors is fulfilled and that contractual obligations are respected
  • Supervise the design of MdM annual budgets and revised budgets

Finance and administration

  • Supervise the financial system in order to ensure that the organization finances are maintained in an accurate and timely manner
  • Take part in the construction of the annual and revised budgetary frame
  • Continue to work on the mission and programmes’ registration process with the Government of Uganda authorities

HR and team management

  • Manage and supervise international and national staff teams
  • Work with the administrative coordination team for quality of the human resources and the working conditions of the entire mission (working contracts, salaries and wage policies, training plan, internal regulation, job description for the staff, disciplinary procedures,…)
  • Define collective and individual objectives but also goals for the coordination team
  • Ensure briefings of any new expatriate arriving on the mission about the mission’s general organisation, its objectives, the context and the mission’s functioning, security rules

Partnership and advocacy

  • Be responsible for exploring, designing and establishing partnership relations, direct support in supervising the partnership project and capacity building project activities
  • Identify new partners if needed
  • Participate in identifying the advocacy goals in country (e.g. advocacy related to gender-based violence for the project in Bidibidi with HRAPF, advocacy on LGBTI rights for the project with MARPI)


  • Be responsible for the security / safety of people and property for the mission supervision and organisation of the implementation of safety rules and for ensuring that rules are applied
  • Passe information to RMs (= a Volunteer MdM Board Delegate to the mission) and desk officer regularly, and to the security unit if needed
  • Regularly review the analysis of the context and of security & safety conditions
  • Ensure security incidents are reported to HQ in a timely manner
  • Liaise with desk and HQ security referent

Coordination with stakeholders

  • Participate to the different coordination meetings and clusters
  • Carry out negotiations and maintains regular relations with the local authorities and other stakeholders (NGOs, donors, embassies)
  • Negotiate agreements, work connections, MOUs etc. with the local authorities and the possible modifications
  • Draft and ratify possible reports required by the authorities at national level
  • Ensure coordination with national and international health stakeholders, UN bodies and medical actors, and with advocacy actors

Reporting and donor relations

  • Ensure submission of appropriate, timely high quality proposals and participate to required donor negotiations in country
  • Maintain professional relationship with donor and ensure MdM’s visibility
  • Send monthly reports to HQ


  • Be responsible for communication with the head office of MdM
  • Be responsible for the quality of the reports on activities and ensures compliance with procedures for the exchange of information and reporting
  • Maintain desk and RMs updated on regular basis
  • Ensure smooth communication flows between HQ and other missions in the region
  • Alert the HQ in case of particular problems (e.g. political or humanitarian crisis…) in Uganda
  • Supervise the organisation of visits to the field for representatives of the head office and ensures their management (reception, introduction to different people involved…)
  • Facilitate media activities in coordination with the desk and the HQ communication Department


Status : Employee

Fixed-term contract (10 months)

Starting date: as soon as possible
Gross monthly salary: 3041 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…)

Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility
Single posting


Significant experience managing emergency and development projects as Field Coordinator or General Coordinator
Significant experience in working with donors
Significant experience in working with local partners
Good sensitivity and experience with administrative and registration issues
Experience in advocacy would be an asset
Experience in hard negotiations with local authorities, partners and staff
Experience in reporting for institutional donors
Ability to have a global overview of a programme

Ability to take quick decisions according to the context in coordination with the team
Reactivity, anticipation, adaptability, capacity to take initiatives
Strong organizational and management skills
Good writing and communication skills
Team spirit
Interest in politically sensitive projects (e.g. abortion, LGBTI right)

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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