Médecins du Monde

General Coordinator (Head of Mission)

Médecins du Monde

Job Description


For more than 40 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 30 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-France is finalizing the opening of its country office in Odessa. After an exploratory mission in Mikolaiev oblasts, MdM respoonse will extend further in Mikolaiev oblast from March. A base is to be set up accordingly in Mikoaliev city. The needs for Emergency Preparedness in Odessa is to be assessed and developped. The situation in Kherson area is to be followed-up closely to provide response to newly liberated areas.

MdM-France activities focus on the south part of Ukraine (Odessa-Mikolaiev-Kherson) in close Coordination with other MdM chapters :

MdM Spain has the lead for global MdM repsonse in Ukraine and they cover Kiev and surroundings, Donbass, Kharkiv, Zaporidja. MdM Germnay covers Dnipro and Vinitsia. MdM France will cover the Southern part of Ukraine.


Under the supervision of the Desk Manager, you are responsible for the overall management of the Ukraine mission.

Your main responsibilities are the following:

  • Recruit, manage, train and motivate the mission’s team
  • Define the operational and advocacy strategy together with the Coordination Team, the desk manager and the volunteer board delegates of the mission
  • Plan and monitor activities, implement corrective action when necessary, providing Technical Support to the team
  • Represent MdM with authorities, local actors, partners, donors and the media
  • Monitor partnership agreements with partners, authorities and donors, seek out and develop new partnerships, and ensure or supervise Fundraising
  • Ensure the financial coverage of the mission by leading fundraising and budget management
  • Draft, adapt and monitor safety regulations and procedures and coordinate Crisis Management in the region
  • Implement and monitor the application of MdM’s programmatic and support services framework, policies and procedures
  • Supervise reporting to MdM and donors

Status : Employee Contract : Fixed-term contract
Duration : 6 months

Starting date: as soon as possible
Gross monthly salary: 3 732 euros
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…)
Teleworking agreement for positions eligible to telework: 110 days/year (2.5 days teleworking on average per week) with a minimum of 1 day per week onsite
Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility
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Minimum 5 years of experience, in line with the position, in the humanitarian sector
Proven managerial experience within complex and insecure environments
Experience in representation with humanitarian actors, authorities and donors
Experience in challenging negotiations with local authorities and staff
Substantial experience in safety and security management in volatile contexts
Good understanding of support services tools and guidelines
Experience in managing medical programs in an asset
Excellent communication skills, listening and diplomacy skills
Ability to lead a team in a complex environment and make relevant decisions according to the context
Flexibility, proactivity, anticipation and adaptability
Diplomacy and networking skills
Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
Mapping skills with Google Earth or Arcgis
Languages: Fluent English (written and spoken) mandatory
You embrace the core values and support the proactive philosophy of Médecins du Monde.

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.

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