15 Mar 2019

Médecins du Monde Jobs in Tanzania : General Coordinator

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For more than 30 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 more than 40 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.

For more than 25 years, Médecins du monde (MdM) is present in Tanzania working with local community and stakeholders striving to create positive health impact in the lives of vulnerable population especially those living with HIV/AIDS. From the onset, MdM worked in partnership with the local stakeholders, building capacities, empowering stakeholders and facilitated successful handover of responsibilities and ownership to the local stakeholders of the major programmes initiated in the country.

In Kenya, in order to develop a regional approach, a situation analysis and needs assessment were carried out in Nairobi in November 2011. The results demonstrated that Harm Reduction programming was about to be implemented by the national government; 4% of all new HIV infections targeted people who inject drugs (PWID); and a significant gap in terms of Viral Hepatitis management was observed. Since 2013, a permanent team has been working closely with local NGOs and the National AIDS/STI Control Program (NASCOP) on the development of national policies, targeted communication materials, while also implementing the Harm Reduction model in two Sub-Counties of Nairobi.

Description du poste

Under the direct supervision of the desk officer based in Paris, you are responsible for the overall management of the MdM Kenyan and Tanzanian mission. You are also referring to a ‘head of Mission’ (RM in its French acronym) which is a volunteer member of the organisation who is co-responsible of the mission strategy.

More specifically, your responsibilities are to:


  • Update the country strategy document, according to the exit strategies of Kenyan and Tanzanian programmes (until 2020)
  • Ensure the compliance of all implemented activities and programmes with MdM strategies, principles and guidelines
  • Ensure good coordination between all programme teams in the coordination offices as well as in the project sites
  • Lead the country coordination teams, and take a leading role in the implementation of management procedures and decisions
  • Design a strong regional harm reduction strategy for drug users in line with the exit strategy of the harm reduction programmes


  • Manage both country coordination teams
  • Supervise directly the logistics coordinators and the administrative and finance coordinators in both countries
  • Facilitate smooth communication between team members and manage conflict solving when needed
  • Ensure that MdM complies with all human resources legal requirements regarding the mission expatriates and local staff
  • Make sure that guidelines and procedures are in line with MdM’s rules and are updated regularly
  • Recruit the required staff identified in the regional strategy


  • Ensure that appropriate logistics procedures are maintained in accordance with MdM rules and/or donor guidelines
  • Maintain high quality supply chain management, to ensure that programme needs are met in compliance with donor and MdM regulations
  • Guarantee transparency of funds use and of all programmatic expenditures
  • Give approval for expenses, based on donor procedures and MdM internal guidelines
  • Participate in the design and approval of new budget proposals for donors, preparation of annual budgets and monthly budget follow-up analysis


  • Represent MdM in Kenya and Tanzania, towards all relevant stakeholders locally, nationally, regionally and internationally
  • Ensure programme visibility and consistency between MdM global, regional and local positions
  • Take part in meetings with authorities and donors and be responsible for the proper diffusion of MdM mission strategy
  • Ensure the compliance of all implemented activities and programmes with donor guidelines


  • Be responsible for the overall safety and security of MdM teams, sites and assets
  • Conduct regular analysis of the context and security conditions, shape and adapt safety and security rules when needed
  • Ensure the implementation of security rules and procedures


  • Be responsible for regular reporting on the mission activities
  • Ensure that Kenya and Tanzania teams submit reports in a timely and qualified manner
  • Supervise the drafting of donor reports and of narrative, financial, intermediary and final reports
  • Work in close coordination with the desk officer, the communication department and advocacy advisor in HQ to ensure consistent and relevant external communication
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