MSF is one of the largest independent medical humanitarian organizations in the world, with projects located in 71 countries worldwide.
MSF's work is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics; the goal of MSF is to provide emergency care to people who are affected by armed conflicts, epidemics and natural or man-made disasters.
MSF is looking for a :
Head of Mission M / F NIGERIA
Nigeria generally has very poor health indicators in terms of vaccination coverage, pediatric and nutritional support as well as access to quality maternal health care.
It is prone to regular epidemics such as measles, cholera (now occurring throughout the year), yellow fever, meningitis, Lassa fever, and monkey pox.
With a population approaching 190 million people and generally poor hygiene and sanitation conditions, each epidemic can rapidly become a major crisis.
Maternal mortality is very high with 576 deaths / 100,000 live births (NDHS 2013) and it is estimated that over 200,000 women live with vesico-
vaginal fistula (12,000 new cases every year). Healthcare coverage in rural areas is extremely poor and even basic services are mostly not provided free of charge and therefore remain unaffordable to the poor.
Since 2013, more than 2 million people are displaced due to the increasing conflict between Boko Haram and Nigerian Army.
The main proportion of displaced people is accommodated by the community and the rest lives in camps. While Borno features the largest presence of humanitarian actors in Nigeria, this sadly does not translate into a high-
quality response to the widespread needs, which continues to leave important gaps uncovered, causes aid duplication elsewhere and suffers from poor coordination and the absence of experienced staff in field locations.
MSF OCP permanently present in the country since 1996; today, running 5 projects with 1 re-established country coordination team based in Abuja :
Jahun / Jigawa State : maternity and fistula surgery project (151 beds), opened in 2008
Port Harcourt / Rivers State : sexual violence project (2 clinics), opened in 2015
Maiduguri / Borno State : pediatric hospital (80 to 150 beds) with large intensive care unit, opened in 2017 (first operations of OCP in Borno started in 2014).
Bama / Borno State : pediatric hospital (30 to 45 beds), opened August 2018
Emergency Preparedness and Response team responding to multiple emergencies in the country, since 2006
The Head of Mission (HOM) is responsible for MSF’s operational response in the Country / Mission. He defines the mission operational strategy in collaboration with the Operational cell.
He implements, plans and coordinates MSF programs in the mission, including identification of new humanitarian challenges.
The HOM represents and defends MSF’s interests before third parties, according to the organization’s charter, policies, and ethics as well as international and national laws and regulations, in order to develop and effectively implement all the programs and projects in the mission.
His responsibilities include :
Leading the management team translating the strategic objectives into operational activities. Monitoring developments in MSF’s general policies and strategies and adapting the annual plan of the mission accordingly.
active information sharing and collaboration.
PROFILE / REQUIREMENTS : Experience
Minimum of two years in management positions at coordination level with MSF (PC or other coordination positions).
Or relevant experience with other international INGOs on HOM / Country Directors positions (or equivalent) with previous MSF field experience.
Demonstrated ability to identify operational priorities and to translate them into relevant and adapted missions, projects or activities.
Ability to perform assessments / evaluations in any kind of context and formulate consistent proposals.
Strong leadership and organizational skills.
Negotiation, communication and reporting skills.
Flexibility and ability to work under pressure.
Ability to train, mobilize and manage both international and national staff.
Quality and results-based orientation.
Analytical skill and strategic vision.
Languages Fluency in spoken and written English essential (C1-C2 required)
Terms of Employment
Field-based position with visits to HQ in Paris and Dakar
Fixed-term and full-time contract (24 months, 100%) with possible extension
Gross monthly salary : according to MSF salary grid
Social Benefits : health insurance and living costs in the countries of intervention and in HQ, paid according to internal regulations
Long Term assignments benefits : extra paid leaves, additional return tickets, home child allowance according to family status
Family posting : the dependents of the international staff member are allowed to accompany him / her on assignment and will beneficiate from the family package.
Package includes individual housing in quiet estate including access to leisure facilities, travel expenses and 50% perdiem for dependents, school fees for children and allowance for break-tickets.
Home leave ticket (1x year) covered by MSF for the international staff member and his / her dependents
Ideal starting date : ASAP / March 2019