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Oct 13, 2017

Médecins du Monde Program Coordinator Job in Bosaso, Somalia

Médecins du Monde

Vacancy Announcement: Program Coordinator

Bosaso, Puntland State of Somalia

Starting Date: 1st November 2017

Availability: 12 Months

Countries: Somalia

Base: Based in Bosaso with regular trips to Nairobi

Médecins du Monde (MdM) is an international humanitarian organization whose mission is to provide medical care for the most vulnerable populations, the world over, including France.

It seeks to stimulate voluntary commitment from doctors, other health care providers, and from those whose expertise in other fields is needed for its activities, to enlist all competent support required for the achievement of its projects, and to seek at all times to encourage close working relationships with populations in its care.

For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, 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 41 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.

Médecins du Monde international network comprises 15 organisations. The network countries are: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Greece, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and the United States - 180 national programmes are run every day by teams made up largely of volunteers. They assist anyone who, without initial help, would be unable to access healthcare.
  1. Context Of The Mission
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. The choice of this location was dictated by the number of IDPs present in the town (over 50,000) and the lack of medical structures with quality medical services accessible to the vulnerable population (IDPs and poor host community).
Indeed, Puntland is facing an influx of IDPs coming from the war zone in South and central Somalia. The IDPs have settled in Bosaso and are trying to have a livelihood by doing menial jobs.  Shelter, protection, food aid and water and sanitation needs are being addressed by various actors who include the UN agencies, international and local NGOs.  
Nevertheless, Puntland has one of the highest infant and child mortality rates in Somalia, estimated to be around 153, while under five mortality rate is estimated to be 225 per thousand live births.
MdM, with a local partner, Integrated Services for the Displaced Population (ISDP), and the Ministry of Health, has, for the last years, been addressing health needs in of the poor host communities and IDP population by supporting MCHs in Bosaso. The support has been through offering primary health care services to the poor host populations and IDPs.

Since 2016, MdM has also started a SRH program, with a special focus on Community empowerment and GBV. 
  1. General Description Of The Role: 
The Program Coordinator will be based in Bosaso, with monthly travel to Nairobi (one-week in average, subject to changes depending on the context and needs).   
He/She will be in charge of the smooth implementation of overall MdM programs in Bosaso. 
He/She will coordinate both the technical and administrative team based in Bosaso and support technically ISDP (MdM partner) and the MoH.
  1. Key Duties
  • Analyse and follow-up the context and the humanitarian needs.
  • Plan activities together with ISDP and MdM team to achieve the project objectives, developing and following up work plans.
  • Ensure smooth implementation of donor funded projects according to program proposals and donor regulations.
  • Support and ensure a smooth relation with MdM Local Partner - ISDP, and other MdM partners, to increase their capacities.
  • Support and ensure a smooth relation and coordinate with the MoH to achieve the project objectives and increase their capacities.
  • Liaise with Nairobi Coordination team.
  • Represent MdM externally and Liaise with medical and non-medical organisations (INGOs and LNGOs) in the field.
  • Write project proposals and reports for Donors.
  • Monitor program expenditures ensuring that budget allocations are adhered to.

More specifically, the program coordinator will:
1. Program management
  • Ensure the implementation of the program and its follow-up in its different aspects:
Logistics: in coordination with Log officer in Nairobi and Log officer in Bosaso, support the follow up of log procedures
Administrative: in co-ordination with the log-admin department, the logistics chain and delivery of the medical material on site
  • Continuously assess the needs & adjust the programmes to the needs in collaboration with the General Coordinator, the Medical Coordinator, ISDP and Bosaso team.
2. Team management
  • Manage the National team:
-Participate in the recruitment, appraisal and follow-up of national staff. Medical recruitment will be in collaboration with the Medical Coordinator.
-Support and coach the staff and identify training needs.
-Ensure HR policies are adhered to
3. Representation and coordination with local and international authorities, partners and humanitarian actors
  • Represent MdM, and participate (delegating when needed), in humanitarian forums, clusters and meetings
  • Share MdM activities with  the main National/International NGOs operating in the area and share their activities with ISDP, Bosaso team and Coordination team
  • Carry out advocacy activities, disseminating MdM approach and implementing the program with a human rights and  community empowerment approach
  • Ensure regular contacts with Coordination team.
  • Elaborate monthly coordination situation reports with Bosaso and coordination team
  • He/She will be in charge of the submission of narrative and financial reports to donors
The activities may change based upon the situation.
  1. Hierarchical and Functional links

  1. Hierarchical & Functional links

Line of management: He/she works inside the project’s HR organizational chart under the direct supervision of the General Coordinator.

He/She will part of the Management team together with:

  • 1 General coordinator
  • 1 Medical coordinator
  • 1 Administrative coordinator
  • 1 Program Coordinator - Kenya

Composition of Bosaso Team

(> 20 people)
  • Deputy Program Coordinator
  • Nutrition Program Manager
  • Medical Supervisor
  • Community Empowerment manager
  • Emergency Manager
  • Logistics Officer
  • Admin Officer
  • Cook
  • Cleaners
  • Guards
Background of the candidate


Humanitarian experience
Somali origin preferred

Emergency experience
Could  be an asset

Coordination experience

Health and SRH experience

Fluent (oral, written)

Computer skills
Excellent knowledge of Office environment (word, excel), databases (would be an asset)

Fluent (oral, written)

Driving licence
Not compulsory

Skills required:

  • A Master degree in Project Management, Development studies or Public Health.
  • At least 5 years proven experience in proven management and implementation (similar position a team size)
  • Good knowledge of the HSC Somalia and HC Somalia mechanism and Somalia EPHS.
  • Proven experience in Community Empowerment projects
  • Experience in emergency and post emergency programs(desirable)
  • Experience in PHC and sexual and reproductive health
  • Proven experience working with national partners
  • Experience in negotiations with local authorities, partners and staff in difficult contexts
  • Knowing of Somalia and Puntland (desirable) context
  • Monitoring and donor reporting
  • Demonstrate Somalia and outstanding English both written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Computer efficiency
  • Ability to train national staff
  • Ability to take effective decisions according to the context
  • Capacity to work in a volatile security context and able to apply strict security rules
  • Capacity to create relationships with the communities
  • Ability to manage a team and work in an international team
  • Ability to have a global overview of a programme

Personal skills required:
  • Patience
  • Reactivity, anticipation, adaptability and capacity to take initiatives to changing requirements
  • Organisational skills, rigor
  • Impartiality
  • Ability to synthesise
  • Ability to classify and to manage priorities
  • Listening and diplomacy skills
  • Ability to listen and share decisions
  • Good writing and communication skills inside the team and from widely-varied organizations and agencies
  • Team spirit
  • Interest for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law
  • Capacity to work and to live in tense conditions (climate, cultural context, promiscuity, isolation)
  • Strong diplomatic, interpersonal, negotiation and networking skills
  • Proven people management and leadership skills
  • Strong analytical skills, training, oral and written communication and team building skills

If you believe you are the ideal candidates we are looking for, please submit your application with a CV and a cover letter to the following email address [email protected] with the title: Program Coordinator-Somali, Closing date is 31st October 2017. Only shortlisted applicant will be contacted.

No application will be considered after the closing date as well as any application received by phone or in our office.

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