ALIMA recruits 01 Medical Coordinator – English Speaking Countries – M/F

ALIMA recruits 01 Medical Coordinator – English Speaking Countries – M/F


ALIMA’S SPIRIT:  ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and provide care for the most vulnerable populations, without any discrimination based on identity, religion or politics, through actions based on proximity, innovation, and the alliance of organizations and individuals. We act with humanity and impartiality in accordance with universal medical ethics. To gain access to patients, we undertake to act in a neutral and independent manner.

Our CHARTER defines the VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action:

  1. Putting the Patient First
  2. Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine
  3. Responsibility and freedom
  4. Improve the quality of our actions
  5. Placing trust
  6. Collective intelligence

CARING – INNOVATING – TOGETHER:  Since its creation in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 6 million patients, and today deploys its operations in 12 African countries. In 2018, we have developed 41 humanitarian medical response projects to meet the needs of populations affected by conflicts, epidemics and extreme poverty. All of these projects support national health authorities through nearly 330 health structures (including 28 hospitals and 300 health centers). We work in partnership, particularly with local NGOs, whenever possible to ensure that our patients benefit from expertise wherever it is available, whether in their own country or in the rest of the world. In addition, to improve the humanitarian response, we conduct operational and clinical research projects, particularly in the fight against malnutrition and viral hemorrhagic fevers.

ALIMA’S TEAM:  More than 2000 people are currently working for ALIMA. The teams in the field, closest to the patients, receive their support from the coordination teams generally based in the capitals of the countries of intervention. They receive support from the 4 desk teams and the emergency and opening service team based at the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal. The teams in Paris and New York are actively working on fundraising as well as representing ALIMA. The rest of the ALIMA Galaxy includes individuals and partner teams working on behalf of other organizations such as the medical NGOs BEFEN, ALERTE Santé, SOS Médecins / KEOOGO, AMCP, the research organizations PACCI, INSERM, the Universities of Bordeaux and Copenhagen, the NGO Solidarités International and many others.

COUNTRIES WHERE WE WORK:  Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan, Mauritania, Senegal.

THE WORK WE DO  covers: Malnutrition, Maternal and Child Health, Pediatrics, Gender-based Violence, Mental Health, Epidemics (Ebola, Lassa, Cholera, Measles, Dengue…). ALIMA develops in some countries relevant research projects in order to improve the health of the populations concerned (Ebola vaccination, simplification of the management of acute malnutrition, Covid research…).


ALIMA is planning exploratory missions and emergency medical and nutritional interventions in some English-speaking African countries in the coming weeks. Therefore we are seeking to strengthen our pool of English-speaking coordinators.


Mission Location : To be determined

Report to (Direct): Emergency Coordinator

  Report to (Functional):  Medical manager of emergency unit (headquarter) 


The Medical Coordinator plans, designs, leads, coaches and coordinates the implementation of the overall medical content, strategies, activities and resources in the country in order to facilitate the delivery of quality medical care for patients and their communities as well as to improve population health condition, its humanitarian living conditions and disease prevention. He guarantees the appropriate implementation and management of medical aspects of ALIMA projects in the mission, ensuring the achievement of the objective set. This will be done in close collaboration with the Emergency Coordinator, the Medical Department and other local authorities and following the corporate ALIMA ethos and values, health policies, protocols, and operational plan; and monitoring medical and humanitarian situations in the country.


  • Be responsible to define, monitor and update the medical content of the ALIMA country policy, annual plan and budget, by scanning health needs through exploratory missions and implementation of health information system, elaborating, monitoring and reviewing project proposals, determining, necessary resources in order to cover medical and humanitarian needs of the population at risk. This will be done ensuring linkage with the community, its proximity by safe-guarding medical ethics and the quality of medical programming (ie. Relevance, effectiveness, safety, accessibility and appropriateness of ALIMA’ s medical interventions, as well as “best practices” clinical management of patients.). 
  • Be accountable to ensure that the objectives and goals set in the Mission’s annual plan, project plans in regards to the medical activities carried out by ALIMA are achieved. 
  • In close collaboration with the HR Coordinator, participate in the planning, definition and sizing of the health-workforce in the mission to ensure the implementation of medical activities in the mission. 
  • Be responsible to define and size other resources (pharmacy and medical equipment management in collaboration with logistics) and timelines, procedures and protocols in order to efficiently achieve the medical objectives in the mission. 
  • Be responsible to coach, and directly support medical teams in the implementation of the medical activities, translating the ALIMA health policy and identified health needs into project objectives and activities in order to ensure high quality health assistance to population and that mission medical objectives are achieved. 
  • Be responsible to evaluate medical team through regular appraisals and detect training and developing needs in order to manage talent and increase medical staff contribution. 
  • Be responsible for the Mission’s Health Policy and Medical Repatriation Policy. Together with the HR Coordinator, define, update and implement an appropriate health policy framework, including medical insurance and social packages, for international and national staff, providing all prophylactic and preventive necessary measures, structures and emergency plans, managing any medical evacuation in order to ensure ALIMA staff health. 
  • Be responsible for preparation of all medical orders in collaboration with Logistics Department, ensuring they are done according to guidelines and on time, and ensuring fulfillment of all procurement policies adhered to. 
  • Be responsible for the submission of all local medical purchase requests to HQ. 
  • Be accountable for and supervise the medical technical aspects and, in coordination with the Logistics Coordinator, the material aspects of the programmes (quality of drugs, safety and quality of health care facilities, consumptions, etc.) through regular field visits as well as analyze difficulties during the implementation (on district, provincial and national level) and report deviations as they appear (amongst the local authorities, the capital coordination team, field project teams and headquarters), in order to proactively provide the necessary solutions and achieve operational results. 
  • Be responsible to promote communication, exchanging information and active participation of all medical staff in the mission’s development as well as remind and underline ALIMA values and philosophy to improve team motivation and engagement.
  • Be responsible to monitor the psychological status of all Mission’s staff, and suggests solutions to help improve mental health related issues. 
  • Be accountable for the proper management of the pharmacy in the Mission, including projects. 
  • Be responsible to ensure security related to medical issues (Bio-security, universal precautions and health and safety in the workplace) is guaranteed to the highest possible level, by implementing all ALIMA policies, protocols and procedures (i.e. Use of condoms, needle accidents, etc.) 
  • Be responsible and supervise all medical team at capital level. 
  • Be responsible for the Medical Library of the Mission, informs the medical field staff of all material available, and keeps all medical documents updated in the database. 
  • Represent ALIMA before local medical authorities and keep regular contact with other counterparts in the mission (such as other NGO’s, local and international organizations, donors, civil and military authorities) in order to broaden the medical-humanitarian situation analysis, strengthen the impact of the medical intervention and support advocacy actions to raise humanitarian awareness. 
  • Be responsible to contribute to the proper induction of all staff, ensuring that medical briefings and debriefings are done to all ALIMA staff.

Expériences / Formation

  • Essential, degree in medicine or other paramedical studies. Specialization in tropical medicine or a degree in Public Health would be an asset
  • Essential, working experience of at least two years in relevant jobs and previous humanitarian experience in ALIMA or other NGOs in developing countries.
  • Essential working experience of one year as a Medical Coordinator
  • Fluent English; local working language like Hausa/Kanuri would be an asset.
  • Essential computer literacy (word, excel and internet)
  • Strategic Vision
  • Leadership.
  • Networking
  • Cultural

Language: English is mandatory (written, read, spoken), French is an asset.


Contract term : contract under French law, contract length: 3 month renewable

Salary : depending on experience + per diem

ALIMA pays for:

– travel costs between the expatriate’s country of origin and the mission location

– accommodation costs

– medical cover from the first day of the contract to a month after the date of departure from the mission country for the employee

– evacuation of the employee

Comment postuler

To apply, please send before  12/31/2020  your CV and your Cover letter.

Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful. Only full applications will be taken into account. Only accepted applications will be contacted.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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