Sierra Leone

COUNTRY COORDINATOR Location: Sierra Leone

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Within the framework of the action of Médicos del Mundo in Sierra Leone, the Country Coordinator is responsible for all programs and operations in the country, including overseeing program management and the Admin and Logs departments. He/she will identify new funding opportunities, represent MdM externally at national level, and ensure policy compliance and interventions alignment and coherence with the values and principles of the organization.


The coordination is currently based in Kabala, Koinadugu District, but it is planned to be installed in Freetown as soon as possible. Frequent trips to the capital and field locations throughout the country.


The successful candidate will be integrated in MdM International Program Department. Hierarchical supervisor is the Coordinator of Africa Unit at Headquarters.


Representation, communication, and positioning:

· Represent MdM and keep contact with the national and local authorities, other NGOs, agencies, international and national organizations, donors and civil society, ensuring that our actions are consistent with the policies, mission, principles and ethical values of Médicos del Mundo

· Negotiate collaboration agreements between local authorities and Médicos del Mundo and with other agency and /or associated actors.

· Participate in national coordination platforms with other development actors in the country.

· Assume the position of spokesperson for MdM in the country, for external communication, agreeing contents and positioning with the central headquarters.

· Analyze, identify, and mitigate the possible financial and programmatic risks related to the country mission.

· Channel all relevant field communication to HQ and vice versa.

· Participate and be part of the International Network

· Participate in the Steering Group of the International Network when required

Definition and planning of the intervention of MdM in Sierra Leone:

· Define the country strategy of MdM in Sierra Leone and lead its implementation

· Identify vulnerability problems regarding health rights in the areas of operation and develop advocacy strategies.

· Propose and manage exploratory missions according to the detected needs and within the resource capacity of the organization.

· Elaborate proposals for the new projects by defining strategies, objectives, indicators, etc. guaranteeing MdM strategic vision and principles.

· Identify operational problems and risks adapting the structure and making it flexible according to specific needs.

· Guarantee the adequacy, implementation, and management (planning, evaluation of the action) of the projects of Médicos del Mundo in the areas of operation.

· Coordinate the preparation and delivery of the monitoring and final reports required by financial entities, as well as the internal reports of Médicos del Mundo.

· Participate and be part of the International Network.

· Identify networks in the country that favour the organization’s work and potential partnerships.

Project Management:

· Supervise the good execution of current projects, ensuring compliance and achievement of the objectives and results of all the projects of Médicos del Mundo in Sierra Leone.

· Support and supervise the program implementation and its teams to ensure the correct planning, developing monitoring and evaluation of the activities of all projects developed by MdM in Sierra Leone, as well as the monitoring of the indicators according to the planning through monthly project review meetings.

· Plan with coordinators the needs regarding human resources and precise materials for the correct projects implementation.

· Support and supervise the elaboration and delivery of the internal follow up reports and the justificatory reports (monitoring and final) required by the financial entities, with the needed verification sources.

· Submit monthly SitRep to HQ.

· Elaborate the annual planification of all the projects with the project coordination team in accordance with the organization’s annual operational planning.

· Accompany the audits and/or project evaluations with the project coordinator and admin department.

Program management support:

· Oversee the functionality of the Admin and Log departments. Ensure application of MdM procedures and donors’ regulations, so that all support functions are carried out effectively and efficiently.

· Validate procurement dossiers according to validation table and thresholds.

· Hold signatory power on all bank accounts and sign off on bank transfers.

· Participate in HR processes for management level positions.

· Review and approve monthly payroll.

· Review monthly accountancy before submission to HQ, including bank and cash reconciliations.

Team Management:

· Supervise the national people management policy in coordination with the people’s management department.

· Ensure regular coordination team meetings.

· Help guide the coordination level staff through objective setting and regular check-ins to meet program goals.

· Promote and implement the MdM volunteer program in the country


· Ensure compliance with the internal rules of the organization in terms of security measures.

· Contribute to the updating and revision of security rules at regular intervals.

· Liase with security forums in country to ensure an up-to-date understanding of the political climate and security risks.

· Update HQ security team on all relevant security information and activate HQ security management team in case of emergencies.

· Make executive decisions about security protocols to follow and lead the incident management team.

Emergency management:

· Perform active and permanent monitoring of possible emergencies in the country by participating in the national monitoring groups.

· Periodically update, together with the team, the contingency plans.

· Evaluate, together with the humanitarian action unit and the team, the emergency situations that may arise and propose possible interventions or support to the Ministry of Health.

· Support and coordinate with the Humanitarian Action Unit in the coordination of the strategic response to emergencies.


· Academic: University degree or diploma in relevant field (e.g. Public Health, Social Sciences, International Relations, Economics, Medicine, Engineering) required.

· Complementary training (accredited courses, master’s degree) in international Cooperation / Gender/ Human Rights / Public Health / Environmental health / Humanitarian Aid are highly desirable.


Language requirements: Fluent English (written and spoken), C1 level, required. The knowledge of Spanish (B2) will be highly valued.

Computer requirements: Confident and proficient in the use of MS Office applications.

Driver licence. B1 desirable.


· The successful candidate must have at least 2 years of professional experience in positions of similar level of responsibility in the sector, preferably in Africa.

· Previous experience in public health projects will be valued.


· Understanding and adherence to humanitarian and international development principles.

· Strong commitment with the values, principles and ethics of Medicos del Mundo.

· Adaptability, cultural awareness and integration.

· Ability to work in challenging living conditions (isolated area).

· Proactive and capacity to take initiative.

· Strategic vision

· Ability to work under minimum supervision.

· Organizational rigor and skills.

· Networking skills

· Proven capacity for personnel leadership and management.

· Strong communication (written and spoken) and interpersonal skills with experience in managing teams.

· Strong problem solving.

· Results oriented.


Contract length: 12 months.

Starting date: Immediate availability.**


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