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General Coordinator (m/w)


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 44 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction associated with drug use, emergencies and crisis.

Violence in the northeast of Nigeria has caused massive displacement and at the same time restricted movement. More than 1.2m people are living in Maiduguri with the host community and in formal and informal camps.
MdM has started since October 2016 an emergency response in the Borno state and is looking for experienced human resources to join our team and consolidate our intervention towards vulnerable IDP and host population. 
In 2017, MDM strategy in Borno state will focus on improving access to: 1) Free comprehensive PHC services, 2) Quality nutrition treatment for malnourished children, 3) Mental health and psychosocial support, 4) Lifesaving medical care, holistic referral services for survivors of gender based violence.

Wir suchen

Under direct responsibility of the Head of Emergency department, you report to the Desk officer. You are in charge of designing and supervising the implementation of MdM’s operational strategy in Nigeria.


More precisely, you:

  • Manage the coordination team (5 persons). 

  • Monitor regularly the humanitarian situation in Nigeria in collaboration with the coordination team and in case of substantial changes propose and discuss new actions with the team and the Desk officer, including the conduction of need assessments or the implementation of new activities. 

  • Participate in the definition of the operational plans, and are in charge of the coordination of its implementation, and the supervision of the activities in a timely manner and in the respect of MDM ethics, principles and MDM commitments.

  • Ensure regular interaction, information sharing, and collaboration with other humanitarian actors in Nigeria (UN agencies, INGOs, local NGOs), and in particular with the medical organizations with similar programs.

  • Represent MdM with the local authorities and with local and international media.

  • Are responsible for fundraising and budget management, ensuring the respect of donors contractual obligations.

  • Monitor the security situation, analyze and anticipate the security evolutions.

  • Define and implement safety rules up to date and guarantee their application by all the team in Nigeria.

  • Manage and report on any security incident affecting MDM staff and assets.

Ihr Profil

Extensive experience in a similar position in the humanitarian sector as general coordinator 
Experience in supervision and management of a large expatriate and national team 
Experience in representation with humanitarian actors, authorities and donors
Experience in hard negotiations with local authorities, partners and staff
Solid experience in a volatile security context and in security management
Excellent communication skills, listening and diplomacy skills
Working previously in Nigeria or the Region in an asset
Ability to take effective decisions according to the context
Flexibility, reactivity, anticipation, adaptability
Leadership / team spirit / diplomacy

English fluent
French is an asset

You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.

Wir bieten

Status : Employee 

Contract : Fixed-term contract  

Duration : 6-9 months 


Starting date : as soon as possible
Frequent visits to Abuja. 

Single posting 


The recruitment process for this position is coordinated by our network partner Médecins Du Monde in France. Please apply directly here.