Medical Coordinator at INTERSOS

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Medical Coordinator at INTERSOS

INTERSOS is an independent humanitarian organization that assists the victims of natural disasters, armed conflicts and exclusion. Its activities are based on the principles of solidarity, justice, human dignity, equality of rights and opportunities, respect for diversity and coexistence, paying special attention to the most vulnerable people.

We are recruiting to fill the position of:



Job Title: Medical Coordinator

Code: SR-49-2253
Location:  Maiduguri, Borno
Starting Date: 01/02/2022
Contract Duration: 11 Months
Reporting to: Enkas Chau (Head of Mission)
Functional Supervisor:Letizia Becca
Supervision of: Deputy Medical Coordinator
Dependents: Non-family duty station

General Context of the Project

  • Since 2009, the Boko Haram insurgency has crippled northeastern Nigeria. Borno State continues to be most affected, with over 1.8 million internally displaced persons (IDPs). Recent advances by the Nigerian Army and the Multinational Joint Task Force have improved humanitarian access in 22 of the 27 Local Government Areas (LGAs) in Borno, but have also revealed the extent of the crisis. In newly accessible areas, basic infrastructure has been destroyed, essential services are non-existent, and most local governance systems are not functional.
  • INTERSOS has been active in Borno State since 2017, in particular:- Bama, Dikwa, Ngala, Magumeri and Monguno, and Konduga Local Government Areas (LGAs), with subsequent extension to Adamawa and Zamfara states, to address the unmet needs of the most vulnerable in these locations because the situation is continuing to worsen.
  • INTERSOS’ health, nutrition, WaSH, and protection integrated programmes are continuing to grow steadily as the organization takes a bold frontline role of saving the lives of the most vulnerable disaster-affected people in Northeast Nigeria.
  • For this reason, INTERSOS is seeking to hire a medical coordinator, to provide technical oversight and medical quality assurance of the programmes.

General Purpose of the Position

  • In close collaboration with the Head of Mission, the Country Programme Coordinator and the Medical Department, the Medical Coordinator will lead the defining and implementing the medical strategy of the mission.
  • Being responsible for the planning and coordination of all medical activities and resources in the mission, according to INTERSOS charter, policies, and ethical principles with consideration of international and national protocols, in order to ensure the delivery of quality medical care for patients and their communities as well as to improve the health condition and humanitarian living conditions of the target population.
  • Take a leading role in guiding the design of new health, nutrition and Covax programmes, and ensuring quality assurance of ongoing health and nutrition programmes, including medical and non-medical commodities.
  • Ensure strong coordination with other sectors to contribute to the integrated approach.

Job Description

  • Responsible for leading the Mission’s health emergency preparedness, capacity, and response strategy, including the COVID-19 response strategy to ensure the safety of staff and beneficiaries, and continuity of the Mission’s programs amidst the pandemic.
  • Responsible for representing INTERSOS externally in the Health and Nutrition sectoral coordination meetings, and with UN agencies, INGOs, MOH and other government directorates.
  • In liaison with the H/Q based Health Advisor, the Medical Coordinator is responsible for defining and guiding the Mission’ on health and nutrition strategy, including monitoring and updating the medical and nutrition content of the Mission’s policies, guidelines, standards and SOPs for medical and nutrition programming.
  • In liaison with Program/Project Managers and other coordinators, lead in translating the identified health and nutrition needs into a strategic vision and objectives, priorities and resources needed in order to cover the humanitarian needs of the population at risk, and ensure that the objectives and goals set in the Mission’s annual plan and project plans are achieved.
  • The Medical Coordinator has the overall responsibility for the appropriateness and quality of medical and nutrition interventions conducted by INTERSOS projects and being expected to identify and work on removing barriers to better patient safety, effective medical care, and better patient-centred activities
  • Continuously monitor the medical, nutrition and humanitarian needs in the Mission country in new areas of intervention or in areas where INTERSOS is already present through exploratory missions, monitor and review project proposals, determining necessary resources in order to define health and nutrition priorities and potential new programs to cover medical and humanitarian needs of the population at risk
  • Coordinate with the H/Q for the validation of the project proposals he/she designs to be submitted to international donors and a private foundations.
  • Responsible for the supervision and monitoring of the medical and nutrition technical aspects, humanitarian needs, and in coordination with the program/project managers - to identify the material aspects of the programmes through regular field visits, analyzing difficulties during the implementation and reporting deviations as they appear, in order to proactively provide the necessary solutions and achieve operational results
  • Responsible for enforcing best practices in Medical Supply Chain Management, including that there is adequate stock of medical and non-medical supplies.
  • Responsible for supervising the pharmacy inventories by supporting the Pharmacy manager in a way that wastages such as due to expiry dates is well controlled.
  • Ensuring preparation of all medical orders in collaboration with the Logistics Department and the submission of all medical purchase requests. Being accountable for the proper management of the pharmacy in the Mission, including projects.
  • Provide reports on the mission’s evolution from the medical perspective, as required
  • In close collaboration with the HR Coordinator, participate in the planning, definition and sizing of the health-workforce in the mission and supervise the associated processes (recruitment, validation of medical staff, training/induction, evaluation, potential detection, development and internal/external communication)
  • Coach and directly support the medical and nutrition teams in the quality implementation of the medical and nutrition activities making sure that internal protocols are respected as well as the ones of the Ministry of Health, the Health Sector and the Nutrition Sector.
  • Responsible for defining and sizing other resources (pharmacy and medical equipment management in collaboration with logistics) and timelines, procedures and protocols.
  • Represent INTERSOS before local medical authorities and guarantee constant presence and active participation to the health and nutrition coordination fora (clusters meetings, other technical coordination meetings) and keep regular contact with other counterparts in the mission (NGOs, local organizations, donors, authorities) in order to broaden the medical-humanitarian situation analysis, strengthening the impact of the medical intervention and supporting advocacy actions
  • Responsible for medical data collection, analysis and reporting to HQ Medical Referent to ensure proper monitoring of the program and, where needed, to adapt them to existing programs.

Three Key Deliverables:

  • Good external relations outcome is a key performance indicator for the position.
  • A number of successful proposals/projects is a critical success indicator for this mission.
  • The Mission’s public health emergency preparedness and response capacity.

Requirements / Qualifications / Experience

  • Advanced University Degree in Medicine or other Paramedical Studies
  • Desirable specialization in Tropical Medicine or a Degree in Public Health

Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years relevant work experience in a similar role in the humanitarian sector especially in fragile and unstable environments
  • Previous experience in Nigeria and/or Western and Central Africa is an asset

Personal Requirements:

  • Sound personal organizational skills, including time management, ability to meet deadlines, multi-tasking, prioritization of tasks, and working under pressure
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work in short periods of time
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexibility to respond to changing nature of humanitarian context and operational difficulties in the field
  • Highly developed cultural awareness and ability to work well in an international multiethnic and multicultural environment
  • Proven management and leadership skills.


  • Proficiency in English (conversation, reading and writing) required
  • Multi-language knowledge desirable

Personal Requirements:

  • Willingness to accept basic living standards and frequent field missions
  • Ability to establish collaborative relationships with staff, beneficiaries and other stakeholders
  • Strong attitude to take initiative, work autonomously and achieve effective results
  • Respect of INTERSOS mission and values.

General Conditions - Type of duty station (Non-family duty station)

  • Remuneration: According to position and seniority
  • Transportation: Round-trip flight. For any mission lasting at least 12 months, at 9 months one free plane ticket to the Country of residency and back to the mission for the humanitarian worker
  • Medical insurance: Medical Insurance; reimbursement for vaccines, medical certificate and PCR test for deployment; psychosocial support on request
  • Annual leave: 2.5 days per month
  • Installation costs: N/A
  • School fees: N/A
  • Induction: Online orientation course
  • Visa: Visas

Notes 1:

  • INTERSOS applies a “Learning & Development Policy” which includes the possibility to receive capacitation and to participate in internal and external training.
  • Priority will be given to Staff working for INTERSOS for more than two years. Staff with a seniority >2 with a demonstrated good performance and high commitment will be invited to be part of the INTERSOS Pool and to create their “Personal Development Plan”.
  • They will be then accompanied individually by the Personnel Development Coordinator to shape their capacity-building plan.

Notes 2:

  • The categorization of Family, Non-Family, and Accompanied Duty stations is subject to security criteria.
  • General Condition - Accommodation: Shared Guesthouse
  • General Condition - R&R: 6 days of R&R each 12 weeks + 600$ allowance.



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Application Deadline  6th January, 2022.

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