General Coordinator – MÉDECINS DU MONDE


General Coordinator – MÉDECINS DU MONDE

Kathmandu Nepal 

For more than 30 years, Médecins du Monde, a campaigning medical organisation committed to international solidarity, has been caring for the most vulnerable populations at home and abroad. It has continued to highlight obstacles that exist in accessing health care 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 currently works in more than 45 countries across all continents where it focuses on 5 priority areas: emergency and crisis, sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction, migrants and displaced populations (health rights), health and environment.

MdM has been present in Nepal since 1995, initially working in the west of the country focusing on HIV and TB control. Since 2007 we have been working in Sindhupalchok District in the central region on SRH projects. Following the 2015 earthquakes activities significantly increased to include an emergency response and early recovery project. This work in Sindhupalchok will end in mid-2018.

Beginning with a needs assessment in 2016, we have developed a new project that focuses on the newest MdM global strategic objective – reducing the impact of harmful environments for living and working. The project seeks to improve the health situation of informal waste workers in the Kathmandu Valley. The project is being implemented in partnership with a local NGO, and has a strong research component. The initial phase of the project is ongoing and will run through to the end of 2019.

MdM is looking to develop additional projects in Nepal, with the focus expected to be further work in the theme of harmful environments for living and working, or building on our significant experience in sexual and reproductive health. New project development, fundraising, and partnership management will be key responsibilities for the new General Coordinator.


You work inside the decision making-process of MdM (RM, Desk Officer, and General Coordinator). You will perform your tasks and responsibilities under supervision of the Desk Officer,based in France. You directly manage three staff.

You will be will be responsible for:
– Ensuring the development and delivery of quality programs
– Partner, donor and government relations
– Fundraising and budget management
– Security and operations management
– Developing a motivated and professional team.

Your main responsibilities are to:

Project Management

  • Ensure that the existing projects are implemented according to the approved objectives and that contractual obligations are respected
  • Represent MdM to all project stakeholders and develop a network of actors working on environmental and urban health issues
  • Provide support, guidance and expertise regarding Environmental Health, and more specifically Waste Management, to the MdM local partner which is implementing most of the activities of the project

Strategy, diagnosis, project planning and partnerships

  • In close collaboration with HQ, identify new areas of work,develop projects and manage the process of obtaining approval from the authorities
  • Maintain close, transparent and effective collaboration with the existing partner to ensure proper implementation, monitoring and reporting of the project
  • Responsible for exploring, designing and establishing partnerships
  • Maintain and reinforce the collaboration with the local authorities 
  • Develop an advocacy strategy and ensure its implementation

HR Management

  • Overall HR management of the entire mission and direct management of 3 employees
  • Ensure consistency with Nepal labour laws in all HR issues 
  • Ensure that appropriate human resources / legal issues, administrative, financial and logistics procedures are implemented and maintained in accordance with the MdM rules and guidelines
  • Ensure the professional development of staff

Security / Disaster Management

  • Supervise the implementation of appropriate security guidelines and procedures, ensure that they are maintained, updated and adhered to by the staff;
  • Analyse political and humanitarian issues and considers strategies and immediate response to the same
  • Participate in DRR networks and clusters
  • In case of natural disaster alert (especially flooding or earthquakes), s/he monitors developments, maintains communication trees (mission, region and HQ), attends coordination and clusters meetings, and prepares possible responses, with the support of the Emergency Desk Unit at HQ

Financial management and administration

  • Elaborate with the Administration Coordinator the MdM annual budgets, monthly fund requests and budgets for proposals
  • Oversee budget follow up ensuring that country programmes are implemented within their budgets
  • Ensure proper management of MdM and donor funds, and compliance with international standards, by implementing MdM and donor guidelines and procedures
  • Supervise the process of renewing the MoU with the government if necessary
  • Ensure compliance with tax regulations and yearly audit recommendations.


  • Prepare reports and proposals for potential donors
  • Maintain regular reporting to HQ (context analysis through monthly written coordination reports, incident reports, regular e-mails and phone contacts)

Representation, fundraising and networking

  • Represent MdM to Local Authorities, International Donors, International Organisations and other NGOs
  • Explore funding opportunities and network with donors
  • Carrying out negotiations with the authorities and other stakeholders to ensure compliance with agreements and contracts
  • Represent MdM in national and international fora if relevant


Employee Fixed-term contract 12 months

Starting date : mid of June 2018


  • 2820 gross monthly salary on 13 months
  • Expatriation bonus (10% gross salary per month)
  • Transportation cost (home-work), vaccines and visas covered
  • Guesthouse housing 22.5 RTT per year
  • 5 weeks of paid leaves per year.
  • Health insurance (60% covered by MdM and 40% by the employee)
  • Insurance (repatriation…)
  • Médecins du Monde promotes trainings and internal mobility
  • Family posting possible



  • Masters level essential (international development, management, public health) Public health, especially with a focus on environmental health, would be a considerable asset Professional


  • Previous experience managing health programmes and projects
  • Experience in conducting and managing research, particularly in the health sector, would be an asset
  • Strong experience of working in partnership with local NGOs
  • Experience in environmental health is a requirement, especially in urban health or waste management
  • Experience in advocacy, especially in the field of environmental health toward public authorities in developing countries Demonstrable experience developing new projects
  • Demonstrable experience in securing funding for projects from institutional donors
  • Previous experience working in Nepal (or in Asia) is an advantage

Required Skills

  • Strong skills in project planning; Ability to manage priorities
  • Ability to synthesize Strong skills and taste for advocacy and networking
  • Skills in team management
  • Ability to listen, share decisions and to delegate Impartiality ; diplomacy ; adaptability People skills / representation skills

Personal characteristics for effective and adequate integration to the team and the project environment:

  • Highly flexible and diplomatic
  • Ability to remain calm in any circumstances
  • Interest in working in partnership with local NGOs


  • Fluent English, knowledge of French and/or Nepali is an advantage
  • You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.


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