Kenya: General coordinator (M/F) – Kenya

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Organization: Médecins du Monde
Country: Kenya
Closing date: 04 May 2018

For more than 35 years, Médecins du Monde (MDM), a campaigning medical organization 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 organization 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 46 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, combating HIV and reducing the harm and risks associated with drug use, crises and conflicts.

In July 2011, after several exploratory missions, MdM decided to open a project in the town of Bosaso, in the semi-autonomous state of Puntland (Somalia). This choice was dictated by the number of IDPs present in the town and the lack of medical structures accessible to the vulnerable population. MdM, with a local partner, Integrated Services for the Displaced Population (ISDP), and the Ministry of Health, has been addressing health needs of the poor host communities and IDP population, by offering primary health care services.
In Kenya, MdM started a comprehensive programme in Nairobi in May 2013, focusing on the slum areas and the more remote locations of Dagoretti County. The programme focuses on the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis through the implementation of a broader multidisciplinary framework of intervention, while advocating for a long term and sustainable harm reduction approach.


For Kenya and Somalia the general coordinator work in a triptych with the desk manager at the HQ and the volunteer board delegate in charge of the programme design and follow up.
As general coordinator you are in charge of the country team and of the direct management of the coordinators.

More especially your tasks are to:

  • Manage the coordination team; make collaborative management decisions and to be in charge of the quality of the working conditions of the entire mission
  • Be responsible for the overall project cycle management in accordance with MdM tools
  • Be responsible for overall management of support department, supervising compliance of finance, human resources and logistic procedures to MdM rules and regulations
  • Be responsible for the security and safety of people and property for the mission supervision and organisation of the implementation of safety rules and for ensuring that rules are applied. To pass information to desk manager regularly
  • Be responsible for raising funds and donors compliance in the field; to guarantee the accomplishment of project objectives defined by the donors is fulfilled and that contractual obligations are respected
  • Carry out advocacy and negotiations with the national authorities and other key stakeholders (donors, embassies, UN agencies)
  • Be responsible for communication with the head office of MDM
  • Be responsible for the quality of the reports on activities and ensures compliance with procedures for the exchange of information and reporting. **
    Status : Employee Contract : Fixed-term contract
    Duration : 12 months

Position based in Nairobi with several movements to Somalia to be filled as soon as possible.

2778 gross monthly salary on 13 months
Expatriation bonus (10% gross salary per month)
Transportation cost (home-work), vaccines and visas covered
Guesthouse housing
22.5 RTT per year
5 weeks of paid leaves per year.
Health insurance (60% covered by MdM and 40% by the employee)
Insurance (repatriation…)
Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility
Single posting


Master level preferable (international development, management, public health)
Professional Experience
Strong INGO experience as general coordinator / head of mission/ country representative
Strong experience in representation, negotiation with high level government, UN and international institutions
Experience in community based programming
Experience in managing intercultural team
Experience of security management

Required Skills
Motivation to work with local partners and capacity building of multicultural partners
Interpersonal and diplomatic skills
Good negotiation skills and strategic insight
Financial monitoring and forecasting
Knowledge of monitoring and evaluation
Good verbal and written communication skills
Knowledge of donors procedures

Fluently spoken and written english is essential
French is a plus

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

Médecins du Monde reserves the right to fill the vacancy before the closing date for applications.
MdM stands up for the integration of people living with disabilities and fights against discrimination.

How to apply:

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