The ALIMA SPIRIT: ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and care for the most vulnerable populations, without any discrimination based on identity, religion, or politics, through actions based on proximity, innovation and the alliance of organizations and individuals. We act with humanism, impartiality and respect for universal medical ethics. In order to access patients, we are committed to intervening in a neutral and independent manner.
THE VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action, inscribed in our CHARTER :
- Putting the Patient First
- Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine
- Responsibility and freedom
- Improving the quality of our actions
- Placing trust
- Collective intelligence
- Environmental responsibility
ALIMA promotes and defends the principles of fundamental human rights. ALIMA has a zero-tolerance approach to perpetrators of gender-based and sexual violence and to inaction in the face of suspected or actual violence. The protection of those who benefit and are impacted by our intervention is our top priority in everything we do. Everyone who collaborates with ALIMA is committed to :
- Respect the charter, the code of conduct, the institutional policies including the policy of protection against abuse of power and gender and sexual violence, the policy of prevention of corruption and fraud;
- Report violations of policies, framework documents, and procedures to a supervisor, manager or referral agent.
CARING – INNOVATING – TOGETHER:
Since its inception in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 10 million patients, and today deploys its operations in 12 countries in Africa. In 2021, we have developed 60 humanitarian medical response projects to meet the needs of populations affected by conflict, epidemics and extreme poverty. All of these projects are in support of national health authorities through 357 health facilities (including 45 hospitals and 312 health centers). We work in partnership with local NGOs whenever possible to ensure that our patients benefit from expertise wherever it is available, whether in their country or in the rest of the world. In addition, to improve the humanitarian response, we conduct operational and clinical research projects, particularly in the areas of malnutrition and viral hemorrhagic fevers. ALIMA also conducts operations in response to the covid-19 pandemic in all our missions.
OUR PROJECT THEMES:
Malnutrition, Sexual and reproductive health including gender-based violence, Primary and secondary health, Pediatrics, Malaria, Epidemics (Hemorrhagic fevers, meningitis, Cholera, Measles, Dengue, Covid-19).
OUR COUNTRIES OF INTERVENTION
Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan, Mauritania, Senegal, and Ukraine.
ALIMA IN NIGERIA / YOBE Context
It is estimated that some 8.4 million people in the north-east states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY states) will need humanitarian aid throughout 2022. Approximately 1.74 million children under five are expected to suffer from acute malnutrition across the north-east in 2022.
ALIMA has been present in Nigeria since 2016. Its actions are part of a regional response strategy to health and nutrition emergencies, with a focus on pediatric, maternal-infant and epidemic interventions. ALIMA is present in North-East Nigeria in Borno State (MMC and Jere LGAs) and in Yobe State (Bade and Karasuwa LGAs) where it provides outpatient and inpatient healthcare and nutrition services for IDPs and host communities. In North-West Nigeria, ALIMA is in Katsina State (Kaita LGA) to respond to increased nutritional needs. ALIMA is also present in the South-West, in Ondo State (Owo LGA) where teams are treating patients for Lassa fever and conducting research into improved treatment.
In Yobe state, ALIMA ensures since May 2021 outpatient access to nutrition and health care, and hospitalization for children under five. In Karashuwa LGA, ALIMA currently delivers outpatient health care (observation, emergency primary and secondary health care, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support -MHPSS, clinical management of sexual and gender-based violence, deliveries, antenatal and postnatal care, etc.) and supports ambulatory management and referral of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) cases in 5 Primary Health Care Centers (PHCCs): Waro, Jajeri, Jajimaji, K. Garun Guna and K. Galu, located in the 5 wards of the same name. ALIMA also provides inpatient care for SAM cases with complications within its 25 beds stabilization center located in Gashua General Hospital, Bade LGA. In order to improve the early detection of SAM cases among communities, ALIMA provides for MUAC and edema training to mothers, as well as Infant and Young Child Feeding (IYCF) training, both at the ITFC and community level through a trained network of community nutrition counselors and community health workers. ALIMA additionally supports these health facilities through the supply of medicines and medical equipment, as well as building the capacity of the Ministry of Health (MoH) staff.
ALIMA ensures access to water and sanitation in health centers through water testing and monitoring and the rehabilitation of latrines in its operating facilities, as well as solid and medical waste management. Hygiene promotion activities within communities are also conducted. ALIMA also regularly undertakes epidemic emergency responses in the state, such as its response to a cholera outbreak in Yobe at the end of 2021 as well as a 3 months measles outbreak response from the beginning of April 2022.
Since the start of the Yobe project in May 2021 until September 2022, ALIMA conducted 1,065 MHPSS consultations and 2,309 deliveries, and trained 52,723 mothers and caregivers on MUAC and edema detection. Treatment of SAM cases with complications at the ITFC level started in May 2022 and ALIMA has until September 2022 admitted 519 cases.
Mission Location: Nigeria, Yobe State, Gashua and Damaturu
PROTECTION OF BENEFICIARIES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Level 3: As part of his/her duties, the incumbent will visit programs and come into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, a criminal record check or a certificate of good character will be required. In situations where a criminal record or character reference is not available, a statement of good character will be required.
FUNCTIONAL AND HIERARCHICAL LINKS
Report to (Direct): Head of Mission
Report to (Functional): Head of Mission
Staff Reporting to him: 3
The Project Coordinator is responsible for ALIMA’s operational response to the Project. In close collaboration with the mission coordination team, define and plan the project objectives and priorities, identify the population’s health and humanitarian needs, analyze the context and the humanitarian issues at stake, the risks and constraints and calculate human and financial needs. Coordinate, in close collaboration with the Head of Mission, its implementation in order to efficiently ensure the goals as well as to improve the targeted population’s health conditions and humanitarian situation
- Main activities
- Monitors the political and humanitarian situation in the project’s area
- Evaluates needs by identifying the population’s health status, by analyzing the context (environment, actors involved, negotiations for access etc.), networking, and associated risks and constraints
- Monitors the security situation in the area of intervention, propose security guidelines and guarantee their implementation
- Proposes and carries out exploratory missions, according to the Head of Mission’s indications,
- Ensures a data collection and epidemiological surveillance system, in agreement with the Medical Coordinator
- Supervises the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the project in collaboration with the project team and according to the internal and donor indicators
- Provides reporting to the coordination team on the project’s evolution and proposes corrections if needed.
- Elaborates on the Project’s institutional memory, keeping written records (and filing them) on its development
- Be responsible for the proper application of HR policies and associated processes (recruitment, training, briefing/debriefing, evaluation, potential, detection, staff development, and internal communication) in order to ensure both the sizing and the amount of knowledge required for the activities he/she is accountable for
- Supervises the project material resources put at ALIMA’s disposition
- Supervises all orders (medical and logistical) and the Project’s purchases as well as the financial indicators, with the support of the coordination
- Implementation of preventive measures against abuse of power, gender-based and sexual violence
- Ensures that his/her team, partners, and community members are aware of ALIMA’s policy and have access to information (complaints mechanism, focal point…)
- Facilitates the organization of training and awareness sessions
- Applies standards relating to the prevention of abuse of power, gender-based violence, and sexual violence
- Ensures that the members of his/her team and those of the partners involved in the project (Ministry of Health, national partners, etc.) follow the training and awareness-raising sessions and apply the rules for preventing abuse
- Contributes to creating and maintaining a nurturing and protective environment for his/her team, community members, and partners involved in the project
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
- University degree or paramedical diploma/degree desirable
- Previous experiences in humanitarian aid
- Experiences with international medical NGOs & experience in project management are desirable
- Experience in security management is highly desirable
- English Speaking, reading, and writing are mandatory. French is an asset.
- Essential computer literacy (word, excel & internet)
- Negotiation skills
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Contract term: Contract under French law; contract length: 6 months, renewable.
- Position to be filled: ASAP
- Salary: depending on experience
ALIMA pays for:
- Travel costs between the expatriate’s country of origin and the mission location
- Medical cover from the first day of the contract to a month after the date of departure from the mission country for the employee and his/her family
- Evacuation of the employee
How to apply
To apply, please send your CV and cover letter online.
Applications are processed in the order in which they are received. ALIMA reserves the right to close the offer before the initial deadline if an application is accepted. Only complete applications (CV in PDF format + letter of motivation) will be considered.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.