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Deputy general coordinator in charge of programs (F/M) – Ethiopia

Médecins du Monde

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.

Since its inception in 1986, Médecins du Monde has been actively engaged in Ethiopia, implementing both long-term interventions and responding to emergencies and crises, all aimed at enhancing access to healthcare. Specifically, MdM France has directed its efforts toward initiatives related to fundamental access to primary health care, reduction of maternal mortality through the improvement of obstetric care quality, advocacy for sexual and reproductive health rights, including protection against gender-based violence, and the provision of Mental Health and Psycho-Social Support (MHPSS), coupled with endeavours to reduce malnutrition.

Ethiopia grapples with multifaceted challenges arising from inter-communal and regional conflicts, drought, and famine, leading to protracted crises and recurrent humanitarian situations. This dire scenario has left millions displaced and vulnerable to various shocks, particularly in the northern regions of Afar, Amhara, and Tigray. The 2 years civil war in Tigray has left nearly 1 million internally displaced persons (IDPs), with pervasive food insecurity and malnutrition, alongside dysfunctional public infrastructure, and services due to resource limitations. The Afar region faces severe drought, with a heightened prevalence of malnutrition and famine-like conditions, compelling millions, especially women and children, to migrate, facing elevated risks to health, malnutrition, and gender-based violence (GBV). In response, MdM is currently executing four humanitarian responses in the Afar and Tigray regions, funded by diverse donors. Simultaneously, a long-term development harm-reduction project is underway, focusing on the well-being and rights of female sex workers.

MdM, cognizant of the imperative for localized support, collaborates with various local NGOs for both humanitarian and developmental interventions. The mission of MdM in Ethiopia envisions maintaining the same intervention strategy in 2024, with an expanded humanitarian response in the Amhara region.


Under the supervision of the general coordinator, you directly oversee the implementation of the project’s activities and ensure the overall quality and guidance of its programming. Also, you are responsible for supporting the general coordinator in designing and rolling out the mission strategy in the country.

More specifically, your main responsibilities are the following:

Strategic planning

  • Ensure a close monitoring of the context, humanitarian and epidemiological situations
  • Coordinate the organization of needs assessments and new programmatic developments as and when required
  • Participate and contribute to the development and rolling out of the mission strategy

Coordinating program

  • Ensure quality program implementation, in line with MdM mandate and guiding principles
  • Ensure the program development initiatives and implementations are in-line with the country strategy of the mission
  • Make sure the different components of the programs are consistent, accurately integrated, and according to the needs of the target population
  • Coordinate with all partners to review the quality and progress of the implementation
  • Follow-up the budget of all programs and ensure compliance with internal and donor regulations
  • Ensure regular communications are maintained between the different departments involved in the programs and act as a mediator when necessary
  • Coordinate with the general coordinator for needed communication with donors or authorities in case of context evolution and subsequent necessary adjustment in the response

Team management

  • Recruit staff under your direct management
  • Ensure proper induction and capacity building of the logistics staff
  • Develop individual action plans and proceed to regular professional evaluations of the team under your direct or technical responsibility
  • Organise and conduct regular team meetings
  • Participate in disciplinary processes

Monitoring and reporting

  • Carry out a quarterly review of programmatic performance based on the monitoring framework and available indicators
  • Contribute to the organization and realization of external evaluation as and when required
  • Participate in the writing of quality donor activity reports and proposals
  • Support in the development of infographics covering different components of the MdM programs like a quarterly newsletter, fact sheet, and success stories
  • Ensure that a clear and solid M&E framework is in place at the mission level, with regular reviews/assessments and effective feedback mechanisms in close collaboration with the program teams and coordinators
  • Visit project sites for a better understanding of the project implementation and improvements

Meetings, coordination and representation

  • Regularly and proactively represent MdM in coordination forums related to health, nutrition, etc. as well as with other actors including the UN
  • Develop and maintain collaboration with authorities, such as regional finance and health bureaus, Disaster and Risk Management Commission, etc.
  • Support the general coordinator in the organization of donor field visits or meetings as and when required

Starting date: as soon as possible
Gross monthly salary: 3,362 euros
Position based in Addis-Abeba with regular field visits
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 recovery days per year
5 weeks of paid leaves per year
Health insurance (60% covered by MdM and 40% by the employee)
Insurance (repatriation…)
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Single posting


  • Higher education in project management
  • At least 3 years of experience in a similar position
  • Experience in an international NGO, preferably in the Health Sector
  • Experience in managing and working with local partners
  • Experience in multi-sectoral or multi-grants programming management
  • Experience/knowledge of the region is an asset
  • Planning, managing and adapting to a project, including in emergencies
  • Knowledge and understanding of project management tools
  • Knowledge of international donors, and strong representation and fundraising skills
  • Ability to have a global overview of a program (not only on medical plan)
  • Ability to analyse and summarize the issues and the challenges in the region
  • Discussing, presenting arguments, negotiating and convincing authorities and partners
  • Creating and choose appropriate indicators for the project
  • Ability to manage a budget
  • Strong leadership skills and a supportive management style
  • Independence, ability to take the initiative, and responsibility
  • Ability to work under stressful situations
  • Good communication skills
  • Languages:
    Fluent English mandatory (oral and written). Knowledge of Amharic/Tigrinya languages is an asset.
  • 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.
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How to apply

To apply, please click the following link: http://www.jobs.net/j/JkxfxYqv?idpartenaire=128

Deadline: 1 May 2024

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