Médecins du Monde

Training Consultant

Médecins du Monde

Job Description


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 Programs for traditional birth attendants). Since then MdM had several programs 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 program 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 program where activities are gradually handed over to the MoH.

The current program 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.

This includes:
  • A combination of direct and complementary services, especially related to general health, Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH), while contributing to the health system strengthening through Capacity Building at DOH level
  • Mental health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS),
  • Gender based violence (GBV) integrated within the PHCC general health services, SRH and MHPSS services
  • As a cross cutting approach MdM is planning to develop a community health based (CHB) approach to ensure Community Participation, while empowering individuals.
In 2020, with the start of the pandemic of Covid-19, MdM Iraq adjusted its program activities, to respond to the immediate needs of the most vulnerable populations due to COVID-19 outbreak while extending its support to additional areas of intervention. The COVID-19 activities targeted the DoH staff at the PHC level and surrounding communities with the aim to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.

Taking the current context of Iraq into consideration the MdM Iraq team reviewed its strategy and expects 2021 to be a transition year from a humanitarian approach to a more development approach, from the health promotion perspective. MdM Iraq has identified four main pillars to guide the strategy between 2021-2023:
  1. Community Health Based Approach,
  2. Capacity-building at the DoH level,
  3. Partnership with local NGOs
  4. Advocacy
The aim is to strengthen the resilience and capacity of the local community. MdM Iraq also aims to develop projects together in partnership with the local community aiming at a sustainable, effective and innovative change building on the capacities of an empowered community supporting future exit.


One of Médecins du Monde’s main aim is to build capacity of MdM staff, national NGOs, DOH staff, beneficiaries, and others. Therefore, the MdM team has actively conducted trainings and supervision on the job.

Also, for the strategy for 2021-2023 MdM aims to continue to strengthen the capacities of local communities as well as 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. This will include capacity building of, for example, the DOH training department at governorate level.

To ensure effective learning and developing skills, the MdM team as well as NNGOs need training and capacity building skills that go beyond the lectures and PowerPoint presentations and assisting people to learn and use new gained knowledge, skills and attitudes into their daily practice.

MdM is therefore looking for a temporary expert in adult learning and training to assist in capacity building of MdM staff, NNGO staff as well as DOH staff, where feasible, on adult learning, development of effective training material, training and supervisions skills.

3.Objectives and activities

Overall aim:

Train and capacity build MdM team, NNGO staff, and DOH staff to be able to identify training needs, develop training materials adjusted to the needs, and develop effective training and supervision skills.

Specific objectives:

  • Evaluate existing training programs and materials in the Iraq mission, as well as with national partners and DOH if feasible
  • Evaluate the skills of MdM staff, NNGO staff and DOH staff related to training skills
  • Identify the training needs based on evaluation of available training materials and evaluation of skills
  • Develop a training and work plan, related to training skills, which includes official training and on the job capacity building based on the identified training needs, aligned with MdM strategy and objectives in the Iraq mission
  • Train on different training methodologies, based on the adult learning theory
  • Coach the participants to create quality training materials, which will be used in the mission
  • Train participants in different supervision and coaching methodologies to build capacity through on the job training and coaching
  • Monitor and evaluate the learning of the participants
  • Write a final mission report which includes results and further recommendation
4.Expected results

After the mission, the result expected is: Improved participants skills on:
  • Identifying training needs
  • Developing effective training materials
  • Training, supervision and coaching skills
  • Monitoring and evaluation of learning
The consultant is expected to provide:
  • A report on identified learning needs of the participants
  • A proposed work and training plan based on identified learning needs
    • Train at least 16 staff of MdM, MdM partners (NNGOS and DOH) in
    • Adult learning and support through on the job coaching and supervision
    • Development of supervision tools and supervision skills
  • Guide and coach participants to prepare facilitation guidelines (objectives, content, training materials etc.) for needed trainings in the field. With 16 participants, it is expected that at least 8 facilitation manuals or guidelines are developed by the groups of participants
  • All training materials produced by participants are in English and uploaded on MdM sharepoint
  • A final report which includes the identified training needs, the training plan, the results and further recommendations
  • A verbal debriefing with the Coordinator" id="link" class="link">General Coordinator, deputy general coordinator and the Desk Manager
5.Organisation of the mission

Planning/possible timetable:

The duration of mission is planned for 2½ months The mission is broken down as follows:
  • Preparation phase - 1 to 2 weeks, before the field work
  • Field work, training and capacity building of the teams
  • Preparation of a final report
The mission has to be planned between the 1/6/2021 and 30/9/2021 Logistics:

Equipment and material:
  • The consultant will conduct his/her work using his/her own computer equipment
  • All costs directly related to the task as training materials and photo copying shall be covered by MdM. Any cost needs to have prior approval from MdM.
Means of communication:
  • MdM will provide the consultant with an MdM mobile phone during the consultancy
  • A reliable internet is available in MdM office and guesthouse in Erbil and the field offices

  • MdM will provide the flight tickets to and from the consultant home country to Iraq
  • The movements of the consultant to and from the field will be facilitated by MdM

  • MdM will provide accommodation for the consultant in team guest houses
  • Meals and other incidentals will be responsibility of the consultant
Administrative formalities:

  • MdM will provide and support in all administrative procedures where needed as for example visas
Other points:

  • MdM will support in Coordination with national partners (NNGO and DOH) as well as with the MdM team
  • The consultant will adhere to MdM COVID-19 rules and guidelines
  • Depending on the COVID-19 evolution, the consultant may need to self-isolate for 14 days
  • MdM will reimburse any required COVID-19 test

  • The consultant will adhere to MdM security rules during the field work in Iraq in Erbil and the field offices
  • The security rules will be shared before traveling to the mission
6.Skills required

Education and professional experience

  • A degree in education, training, coaching or related discipline
  • In-depth knowledge and demonstrated experience in developing training and curricula, instructional methods, and training techniques
  • Previous experience in Health Sector capacity building activities
  • Experience in on the job training, supervision and coaching
  • Experience in remote training
  • Relevant professional experience and understanding of the humanitarian sector
  • Experience in Middle East, and specifically Iraq is an asset
  • Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office
  • Good spoken and written communication skills in English
Required personal skills

  • Independence
  • Ability to plan, organise, prioritise and meet deadlines
  • Ability to work in a multicultural and inter-sectoral environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team with MdM, partner NNGO and DOH staff
  • Flexibility, and able to adjust to changing context and situations
7.How to apply

Interested consultants fulfilling the qualifications and required skills can apply by submitting
  • A cover and motivation letter
  • CV including past experiences in similar consultancy or project
  • Technical proposal including:
    • A technical approach and methodology
    • A proposed workplan
  • Financial proposal including:
    • A total financial quotation (including tax)
Closing date for application is 1st April 2021 at 10pm, Paris time.

Only short-listed applicants will be contacted.

Apply through email: doi.applications@medecinsdumonde.net specifying the subject reference “IRAQ - Training consultant”
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