General Coordinator (Head of Mission) (M/F) at Medecins du Monde (MdM)

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  • Job ID 5256
  • Experience 3 Years
  • Gender Male or Famele
  • Qualifications MBA/MSc/MA

Job Description

Medecins du Monde (MdM) is an international humanitarian organization whose mission is to provide medical care for the most vulnerable populations, the world over, including France. It seeks to stimulate voluntary commitment from doctors, other health care providers, and from those whose expertise in other fields is needed for its activities, to enlist all competent support required for the achievement of its projects, and to seek at all times to encourage close working relationships with populations in its care. MdM operating in Nigeria, Borno state since October 2016.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: General Coordinator (Head of Mission) (M/F)

Location: Ikeja, Lagos
Employment Type: Full-time
Employee: Fixed-term contract
Duration: 12 months
Starting date: August 1, 2021
Punctual teleworking agreement (40 days / year – minimum of 6 months seniority required)

Job Description

  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


  • At least five  (5) 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.


  • 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 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)

Application Closing Date
Not Specified.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online


  • 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.

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