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General coordinator for its emergency operations - Short-term missions (M/F)

General coordinator for its emergency operations - Short-term missions (M/F)


For more than 30 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 45 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.

Emergency missions are managed by the International Operations Department (DOI in French acronym) based in Paris headquarters, in connection with actors in the field and associative actors.  The DOI is divided in 3 geographical units for long-term missions and 1 emergency unit. Emergency interventions are part of the priorities of MdM actions. MdM intervenes, in emergency, on crises, conflict and epidemic or natural disasters contexts, to face the needs of the affected populations.

In order to be reactive in the deployment of teams on the field, the emergency department manages flying coordinators who work on short or mid-term missions to ensure the implementation of emergency programs and to guarantee an efficient collaboration between headquarters teams and operational teams on the field.

Description du poste

Under the responsibility of the emergency unit manager, you will mainly work on short missions (1 to 4 months) in the field: exploratory missions, closure of projects, trainings ect. You will occasionally spend some time at headquarters to work on specific issues, development of tools, training preparation.

In the field (80%), you will be responsible for:
1. Needs assessment and emergency project designing missions: Strategy definition, project planning and evaluation
- Priority health issues identification
- Geopolitics and security diagnosis
- Action proposals in relation with the medical coordinator

2. Planification and coordination of emergency projects missions
- Geopolitics and security monitoring
- Responsibility for team and program security (security guideline, code of conduct ect.)
- Negotiation and representation of MdM in dealings with programme beneficiaries, local authorities, partners and financial backers - Implementation of activities
- Fund-raising initiatives with institutional donors
- Supervision and management of the mission’s team
- Coordination of activities in association with the coordination team
- Communication/Media representation

3. Technical support for missions on emergency aspects
- Punctual support for the implementation of small emergency response

4. Training and mentoring missions
- Capacity building or mentoring of field coordinators or general coordinators
- Specific training on emergency response

In the headquarters (20%), you will be responsible for:
- Reflexion and formalisation of tools used by emergency missions
- Technical support to desk officers in the setting up of emergency projects
- Writing of operations reports
- Participation in the training plan of operational employees
- Capitalisation of experiences

conditions d'emploi

Indefinite-term contract

Permanent contract or fixed term contract possible
Gross monthly salary: 2984 to 3125 euros
Premium equal to one month salary paid in two instalments - minimum of 6 months seniority required
Working conditions bonus depending on the time spent on the field (198.18 gross euros per month maximum)
Transportation cost (100% HQ-mission, 50 % home-HQ), vaccines and visas covered
Accommodation taken in charge on the field
Food expenses covered on the field, meal vouchers during the presence at HQ
22.5 RTT per year (recuperation days)
5 weeks of paid leaves per year
Health insurance (60% covered by MdM)
Insurance (repatriation…)
Punctual teleworking agreement (after 6 months – 1day/week)
Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility

Single posting


Proven management track record and experience of running a team in emergency context and unstable security situation Experience in working on policies and procedures among donors Ability to show proof of tenacity and creativity Ability to work under pressure and with diplomacy Negotiation and representation skills Flexibility, reactivity and adaptability Medical/paramedical training and/or a public health qualification would be an added advantage Languages: Fluent English and French essential Spanish or Arabic desirable You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.


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