Medical coordinator (M/F)

Medical coordinator (M/F)

Iraq / Kurdistan

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 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.

MdM has been working in Iraq since the 1990s. During its first mission in the country, MdM was providing general and specialized medical services (surgery, training programmes for traditional birth attendants). Since then MdM had several programmes which included paediatric surgery, contributing to the renewal of techniques and knowledge of surgical, medical and paramedical staff in 1997, emergency medical activities in 2002, building local capacity on basic emergency healthcare services at community level in 2006. From 2009 to 2011, MdM supported an Iraqi NGO in the implementation of a programme aimed at improving the skills of midwives and traditional birth attendants in accordance with recognized international standards.

In 2014, with the arrival of ISIL, MdM started to provide immediate healthcare support through curative and preventive care including MHPSS services to IDPs and host communities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I). Later, MdM expanded its support to the most vulnerable IDPs and host communities outside of the KR-I region, in Kirkuk Governorate in July 2015, and in Ninewa Governorate in April 2016. Since 2018, MdM has developed a programme where activities are gradually handed over to the MoH.

The current programme focuses on supporting the local health authorities in providing quality PHC services (including MHPSS and GBV response) and continues to strengthen the capacities of local public health authorities in Dohuk, Kirkuk and Ninewa governorates, to provide quality care and respond to  health needs of IDPs, returnees and vulnerable host communities.

Description du poste

Under the supervision of the general coordinator, you are responsible for the success of the mission’s health strategy and the quality of current and future health programmes at the definition, implementation and evaluation phases. You manage directly the deputy medical coordinator and work in close collaboration with the coordination team and the field health teams.

Your main responsibilities are to:

Health strategy
- Contribute to the development of the mission’s operational strategy 
- Ensure that the health activities of the mission’s programmes comply with MdM's country strategy 
- Ensure an integration of MHPSS and GBV activities in the programme activities
- Ensure tools and practices are harmonised, capitalised and updated
- Ensure that epidemiological data, health protocols, national health policy and assistance programmes from key players in the healthcare sector (WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNAIDS, etc.) for the country are monitored and analysed in coordination with the HQ health advisor
- Contribute in annual reflection and strategic development workshops

Development of new proposals
- Participate in exploratory missions and needs assessments for the development of the programme
- Guide and train the teams participating in needs assessments
- Ensure the writing of quality reports of each assessment
- Provide monitoring of the healthcare provided by Ministry of Health and NGOs in the country
- Participate in identifying healthcare needs
- Draft project proposals for health activities

Project management
- Analyse and share health data received from the field
- Ensure reports on health activities (epidemiological data, indicators and results) are monitored and analysed
- Ensure accurate reporting to health cluster (at governorate and national level)
- Provide technical support for programme teams
- Contribute to adapting implementation and monitoring methods for health activities
- Ensure that orders for medical equipment, medicines and consumables are appropriate to programme requirements, local constraints and MdM policies
- Communicate internal and external reports to the general coordinator and medical advisor in HQ

Team management
- Ensure MdM regulations are understood and complied with by the team
- Participate actively in recruitment of health staff (definition of needs, job descriptions, interviews)
- Participate in health staff performance evaluation (setting objectives, monitor and evaluate)
- Ensure capacity building of MdM teams and national partners 

Pharmacy management and procurement
- Manage the pharmacy supervisors  
- Review and validate technically all medical purchases in line with MdM standards and budget available
- Ensure monthly pharmacy reports from field are submitted, analysed and provided with feedback
- Contribute to analysing bids made by suppliers for purchases with stringent technical specifications
- Ensure up-to-date budget monitoring for the health department on a monthly basis

- Represent MdM to NGOs, UN agencies, local and national government bodies, donors and other relevant parties in the field
- Represent MdM in the health cluster, ensuring active participation and timely reporting

- Ensure the security rules are understood by the health team
- Ensure that the health teams have access to safety equipment appropriate to their activities (e.g. PEP kits, gloves, etc.)
- Ensure the availability of medical hibernation boxes and first aid kits in offices and guest houses

conditions d'emploi

Fixed-term contract
12 months

Starting date: 15/07/2020
Position based in Erbil with regular travel to the field
Gross monthly salary: 3 041 euro
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…)
Punctual teleworking agreement (40 days/year - minimum of 6 months seniority required)
Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility

Single posting


Master’s in Public Health Professional health training or paramedic training (doctor, nurse, midwife etc) Project management training At least 3 years relevant professional experience in similar position in humanitarian sector Health project management in humanitarian work or a related field Solid experience of project planning and budget holding; proposal and report writing. Experience in remote management and post emergency Experience in middle east is an asset Knowledge and understanding of project management tools (logical framework analysis, project cycle management, objectives and indicators etc.) Experience in management of multi projects budgets Capacity building skills Supportive management style (experience managing and supervising staff) Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office Languages: fluent English (written and spoken) mandatory, Arabic, Kurdish or French an asset. You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.


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