Deputy general coordinator in charge of programmes (M/F) – Nigeria At Médecins du Monde

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 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 implementing an emergency programme in Borno State (northeastern Nigeria) since 2016, focusing on access to primary health care, nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, including management of gender-based violence, and mental health and psycho-social support. MdM directly runs clinics across three different projects in Maiduguri, while supporting two health posts run by the Ministry of Health in two other locations.


Under the supervision of the general coordinator, you have the responsibility to oversee the implementation of project activities and to ensure their overall quality. You also guarantee the integration of the different programme components.

You directly supervise the pharmacy coordinator, the health coordinator, the MEAL advisor and the grants officer. You have a functional link with the health referent at the headquarters, while working in close collaboration with all support department coordinators and the different field coordinators.

Your main responsibilities are the following:

Context analysis, needs assessment and strategic planning

  • Ensure monitoring of the humanitarian situation in Borno State as well as in other areas of interest in the country
  • Provide monthly updates on the humanitarian and epidemiological situation and cross-check information shared by different sources
  • Inform the general coordinator about any specific humanitarian or epidemiological situation that could lead to a specific response or an adjustment of the operational approach
  • Suggest new assessments and new programmatic developments when needed
  • Coordinate the organisation of ad-hoc needs assessments as well as the deployment of the emergency response team when needed
  • Support the general coordinator in developing and rolling out the operational strategy
  • Contribute to the writing and the review of the country policy paper
  • Formalise the emergency preparation scenario
  • Co-lead the organisation and the facilitation of a strategic reflexion
  • Participate to the steering committee for the transition modality assessment consultancy

Programme coordination and supervision

  • Ensure quality and timely implementation and follow-up of the programmes in their different aspects, inform the general coordinator of any specific difficulties and share propositions
  • Co-lead the development of the overall operational strategy, ensure qualitative evaluation of remote activities
  • Make sure the different components of the programmess are consistent and coherent
  • Support the programme team in the identification and development of partnerships
  • Ensure the good management of the pharmacy and the availability of quality drugs
  • Ensure the overall responsibility for financial management of the programmes
  • Monitor expenditure and budget compliance on a regular basis, report any concerns to the general coordinator and develop plans to mitigate any under or over expenditure
  • Ensure regular communications are maintained between the different departments involved in the programmes and act as a mediator when needed
  • Facilitate a Covid-19 prevention policy for the staff.

Team management

  • Ensure recruitment, management and appraisal of subordinate staff
  • Develop a team dynamic, facilitate meetings, coordination, communication and information sharing
  • Pilot the nationalisation process of key staff and develop a culture of staff empowerment
  • Support the development of a training plan for the programme team

Monitoring and reporting

  • Ensure a monitoring and evaluation framework is in place
  • Lead the revision of the mission’s monitoring tool when needed
  • Ensure programme date are collected on a monthly basis and integrated into the monitoring tool
  • Carry out monthly reviews of the programmatic achievements, set up corrective measures when needed
  • Provide technical support and guidance to the MEAL advisor
  • Contribute to the organisation of external evaluation when requested
  • Contribute to the preparation of monthly situation reports
  • Participate in the writing of proposals and donor reports

Meetings, coordination and representation

  • Participate in MdM coordination meetings and other meetings called by the general coordinator
  • Make sure the programme team staff participates in the relevant humanitarian coordination meetings
  • Lead the external coordination with other health actors, build solid relationships and establish adequate information sharing channels with them
  • Develop constructive collaboration with authorities and ensure good information sharing with them
  • Support the general coordinator in the event of donor field visits or meetings.

Status : Employee

Contract : Fixed-term contract
Duration : 6 months
Starting date: as soon as possible
Gross monthly salary: 3 089 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…)
Teleworking agreement for positions eligible to telework: 110 days/year (minimum of 1 day per week onsite)
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

Medical or public health profile
At least 3 years of experience in a similar position
Experience with an international NGO working in emergency contexts, managing programmes, preferably within the health sector
Experience of project planning, budget holding, proposal and report writing, multi-sectoral or multi-grants programming management
Experience in partnerships
Plan, manage and adapt a project, including in emergencies
Knowledge and understanding of project management tools (logical framework analysis, project cycle management, objectives and indicators etc.)
Ability to have a global overview of a program (not only on medical plan)
Analyze and summarize the issues and challenges in the region
Analyse the context and the consequences of an intervention, assess the risks and constraints, and identify priorities
Understrand and analyse a health context, health problems and data
Create and choose appropriate indicators for the project
Manage and follow a budget
Solution oriented
Interest for human rights and international humanitarian aw
Writing skills, communication skills
Decision taking
Sense of initiative
Organizational skills
Sens of priorities
Interpersonal skills
Participation/contribution to a team
Resistance to stress
Languages: fluent English mandatory
You embrace the core values and support the proactive philosophy of Médecins du Monde.

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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