General Coordinator Job in Kenya

Job Title: General coordinator

Hiring Organization: Médecins du Monde
Location – Locality:
Location – Region: Kenya
Industry: Non Profit
Job Type: Full Time
Salary: KES
Date Posted: 05/20/2024


For more than 40 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations here and abroad. It has continued to bear witness to obstacles that exist in accessing healthcare 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 France currently works in 30 countries across all continents to facilitate access to healthcare through 6 political battles:

Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights

Migration, Exile, Human Rights and Health

Harm Reduction

Environment and Health

Humanitarian Space

For several years running, the arid and semi-arid lands of northern Kenya have suffered the consequences of a long drought. This had a direct impact on the living conditions of the pastoral populations, with a lack of access to water for both people and livestock, leading to a drop in milk production, the emaciation and even death of livestock, and an increase in malnutrition rates.

During 2023, some rains and a humanitarian response helped to improve the nutritional situation, moving the IPC from a state of emergency to a state of crisis.

However, the climate remains threatening (e.g. the El Nino phenomenon), the situation of the population is very precarious and the health system is failing.

It is against this backdrop that Médecins du Monde has launched a programme to strengthen the health system in Marsabit county, in northern Kenya. The aim of the programme is to improve access to primary healthcare and sexual and reproductive health rights, and to support the authorities in preparing for and responding to health emergencies (epidemics, malnutrition)

Job description

In the context of mission opening, the general coordinator will be specifically in charge of the following :

Ensure the opening of the mission and the start-up of the activities by implementing MdM procedures and policies (procurement, cash, HR, etc.)

Recruit, manage, train and motivate the mission’s team

Define the operational and advocacy strategy together with the coordination team, the desk manager and the volunteer board delegates of the mission

Plan and monitor activities, implement corrective action when necessary, providing technical support to the team

Represent MdM with authorities, local actors, partners, donors and the media

Monitor partnership agreements with partners, authorities and donors, seek out and develop new partnerships, and ensure or supervise fundraising

Ensure the financial coverage of the mission by leading fundraising and budget management

Draft, adapt and monitor safety regulations and procedures and coordinate crisis management in the region

Implement and monitor the application of MdM’s programmatic and support services framework, policies and procedures

Supervise reporting to MdM and donors


Higher education in project management or general field of study (five years post-secondary education)

Minimum 5 years of experience in the humanitarian sector

Previous experience in a similar position

Substantial experience in safety and security management, including in volatile context

Experience in risk analysis and access strategies development

Proven managerial experience of an expatriate and national team within insecure environments

Experience in representation with humanitarian actors, authorities and donors

Experience in hard negotiations with local authorities and staff

Experience in mission opening

Ability to analyse the issues and challenges in the region

Ability to work in partnership

Discuss, present arguments, negotiate and convince authorities and partners

Analyse the context and the consequences of an intervention, assess the risks and constraints, and identify priorities

Analyse the external risks and threats to the security of teams, report on this

Excellent communication and listening skills

Ability to lead a team in a complex environment and take relevant decisions according to the context

Flexibility, proactivity, anticipation and adaptability

Excellent organizational skills

Excellent Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

Mapping skills with Google Earth or ArcGIS

Languages : English is mandatory (oral and written), knowledge of Swahili is an asset

You embrace the core values and support the proactive philosophy of Médecins du Monde.

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