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Deputy Head of mission (Expiration 03/03/2019)

Nigeria - Deputy Head of mission
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ALIMA’S SPIRIT: ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and provide 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 humanity and impartiality in accordance with universal medical ethics. To gain access to patients, we undertake to act in a neutral and independent manner.


Our CHARTER defines the VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action:

  1. Putting the Patient First

  2. Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine

  3. Responsibility and freedom

  4. Improve the quality of our actions

  5. Placing trust

  6. Collective intelligence



Since its creation in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 3 million patients. Today ALIMA works in 10 countries in Western and Central Africa. In 2018 we plan to work in 41 projects including 10 research projects focusing on malnutrition, Ebola and Lassa fever. All of these projects will support national health authorities through more than 320 health facilities (including 28 hospitals and 294 health facilities). Alima intervenes in response to humanitarian crises and patients are at the heart of all our actions. We work in partnership whenever possible to ensure that our patients benefit from the best and most relevant expertise wherever it is, whether within their own country or in the rest of the world.


ALIMA’S TEAM: more than 1800 people are currently working for ALIMA. The field teams, closest to the patients, receive their support from coordination teams generally based in the countries’ capitals. These receive support from the 3 desk teams and the emergency and opening team based at the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal. The Paris and New York teams are actively working to raise funds and represent ALIMA. The rest of the ALIMA Galaxy includes individuals and partner teams working on behalf of other organizations such as  medical NGOs BEFEN, ALERT Health, SOS Doctors / KEOOGO, AMCP, research organizations PACCI and INSERM, Bordeaux or Copenhagen Universities, the INGO Solidarités International and many others.


COUNTRIES WHERE WE WORK IN 2018: Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan.


THE WORK WE DO covers: Malnutrition, Maternal Health, Primary Health, Pediatrics, Malaria, Epidemics (Ebola, Cholera, Measles, Dengue, Lassa Fever), Hospitalization, Emergencies, Gender Based Violence, Opening / Closing.







The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s northeast and the Lake Chad region is one of the most severe ongoing crises in the world, now entering in its ninth year and shows no sign of abating. In 2018, at least 7.7 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in the worst affected states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, while more than 1.6 million people remained internally displaced in these three states in November 2017. 86% of internally displaced persons (IDPs) do not believe that the current context allows for a safe and dignified return, and nearly 1 in 4 IDPs have expressed their intent to settle in their current place of displacement instead of returning (OCHA HRP 2018).

An estimated 440,000 children under the age of 5 are malnourished across the 3 most-affected States (HRP, February 2018), while 47% of them are in Borno State (207,521 SAM children, HPC Nutrition Figures, November 2017). Furthermore, The Nigerian Cadre Harmonisé (November 2017) states that in Borno State alone 1,575,414 individuals were facing critical food insecurity. The Maiduguri Metropolitan Center (MC) and Jere Local Government Authority (LGA) are still categorized as “in food crisis” by the IPC (Integrated Food Security Phase Classification).

In 2017, ALIMA continued to implement projects in Muna Garage in Jere LGA, where ALIMA performs general consultations for children under 5 and provides Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) to pregnant and lactating women (antenatal and postnatal consultations). ALIMA partners with UNFPA to manage victims of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). An Outpatient Therapeutic Feeding Program (OTP) is also available for children under 5 suffering from severe acute malnutrition (SAM) in the clinic, where women and caretakers are trained to screen their children for malnutrition using the MUAC tape.

In Maiduguri MC, where ALIMA is working in partnership with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH), the Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Center (ITFC) manages children under 5 suffering from SAM with medical complications in a 30-bed capacity building.

In the same way, ALIMA has continued working in Monguno in 2017 in 5 IDP camps (GGSS, GSSS, GDSS, Kuya, and Waterboard), in local host communities (Gana Ali, Abari, Bakassi) and in the Maternal and Child Health Center (MCH). In Monguno, ALIMA was the lead agency for the nutrition sector. In the IDP camps and in the host communities, ALIMA delivers primary health care and OTP to children under 5. In the MCH, ALIMA provides sexual and reproductive care including Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn care. Based in Monguno, a rapid response team conducted an emergency intervention in Baga and Doro towns (Kukawa LGA) in November 2017 to provide emergency OPD, OTP and SRH in 2 sites. The emergency team also responded to cholera outbreak from August to November 2017 in Maiduguri and Monguno, joining its efforts and coordinating its actions with the State Ministry of Health and partners

In January 2018, ALIMA in partnership with Borno state government via ministry of rehabilitation, Ministry of Health and Hospital management board start the 3 years early recovery project funded by DEU and will be implemented in 4 LGA, Askira-Uba, Hawul, Ngala and Monguno focusing on strengthens of health staff capacity and rehabilitation of hospital and PHC.

ALIMAs teams in Nigeria represents 392 National staff and 35 expatriates.


Mission Location: Nigeria, Maiduguri (Borno State)

LINE MANAGER: Head of Mission


Scope of Deputy Head of Mission(DHOM) Responsabilities


The Deputy Head of Mission (DHOM) works under the responsibility of the Head of mission (HOM). The HOM validates major orientations and decisions and delegates part of his responsibilities to the DHOM, as described below, according to objective criteria (known by all staff in the mission) taking into consideration sustainability in the treatment of the different dossiers. The Deputy Head of Mission will be able to replace the Head of Mission and in that case take the overall responsibility of this position.


The HOM will keep the following responsibilities: general team coordination; operations support, analysis, planning and strategy for Monguno project, Muna project and ITFC Training project; representation & negotiation with authorities;coordination with Solidarités International; animation of coordination meeting.




  1. Operations


The DHOM analyses the political and humanitarian situation on Borno State or national level in order to guide programs with as much relevance as possible. He keeps constant watch over operational pertinence. In the event of a project opening/shutting, he checks that the personnel, the authorities and the organizations concerned are informed within a reasonable timeframe. He is specifically responsible of the operations for the Rapid Emergency Response project and for the Early Recovery program.


He proactively identifies new programming opportunities, needs for assessment or consultants / interns to prepare ground for future opportunities.


He provides strategic direction and support to the Projects Coordinators in ensuring the effective delivery of program activities and the successful integration of activities with all other aspects of ALIMA programming.


In partnership with the Medical Coordinators, he leads the program development process to ensure the creation of robust and appropriate programs that meet the values and objectives of ALIMA as an organization and donor requirements and expectations to ensure ongoing funding.


He visits ALIMA field activities regularly and reports on problems, challenges and obstacles while building an intimate knowledge of fieldwork realities and generate recommendations and lessons learnt reports to share within the mission.


He leads on the development and rollout of new and more effective systems to improve program implementation.


He provides leadership to the development and maintenance of a comprehensive needs-based program strategy that is responsive to the dynamic needs of the most vulnerable populations built on the program strengths of ALIMA.


He ensures the capitalization of integration and reporting information and data.


He regularly participates in Coordination meetings.


He leads, in liaison with the HOM, proposal preparation through furnishing of assessment data and coordination.


  1. Supervision of support departments (Logistics, HR, Fin)


In coordination with HOM and Coordinators, he is responsible for the technical briefing and debriefing as well as management of consultants and external specialists arriving to support the mission.


He ensures that quality to ALIMA and donor compliance for program, reporting, and financial grant requirements are met.


He coordinates closely with Log and Projects Coordinators to ensure that security, protocols are designed to support quality programming.


He leads proposal preparation through a needs based approach ensuring all coordinators work together.


  1. Communication


The DHOM is in charge of external communication (the basis, the contents, the means) and represents ALIMA with the media, particularly when a public position is taken. For this, he maintains a local and regional network of media contacts. He consults the HOM without delay before taking any public position which exposes ALIMA’s activities to risk with regards to the authorities.


  1. Security management


The DHOM is directly in charge of the management of the security in the mission. Nevertheless, the HOM is the ultimate responsible of the security in the mission.


The DHOM evaluates the risks and threats linked to the implementation of ALIMA’s activities throughout the mission, formalizes and updates the security tools accordingly.


He defines and updates the Mission’s security policy (in consultation with the teams) and submits it to the HOM for approval.


He checks compliance with security rules (by holding regular meetings) as set out in the security guidelines, which he (she) updates on a regular basis. He checks that international and decentralized personnel receive any necessary security briefings, and stays informed of any risks being run in the Project.


He maintains up a network of information allowing the monitoring of developments in risks and threats. HOM keeps the informal security networking with sensitive contacts. The DHOM manages the formal security networking composed of INGOs, INSO, army, police, etc.


He keeps HOM informed of any new risks taken and developments in the security context.


He alerts the HOM without delay of all security incidents or threats which could have an impact on the Mission and on the ALIMA personnel’s security.


He writes up reports on each incident linked to security and affecting ALIMA personnel and monitors its aftermath.


In collaboration with the HOM, he sets up a Crisis Cell in the event of a serious incident if deemed necessary.


  1. Coordination & Networking with other NGO, INGO and INGO forum


The DHOM maintains close relations with the other national NGOs and INGOs present in the region. For this, he attends regular meetings and checks that ALIMA is represented with coherence in the national and international community.


He negotiates and renews the terms of collaboration (MOU) between ALIMA and the Government or any other institution involved, and keeps national partners informed about ALIMA’s activities on a regular basis.


He watches over the follow up of ALIMA’s legal registration in the country.


The DHOM comes with the HOM at meetings/official negotiations with authorities; he represents ALIMA to donors, UN and INGOs partners…


He coordinates the humanitarian and medical assistance provided by ALIMA with that of other agencies and organizations, which involves taking part in regular information exchanges with the other humanitarian organizations and UN agencies present in the field.


He is responsible for representation of ALIMA in partnership-related meetings at a strategic level for workshops, working groups, etc. Participates in Clusters, mainly INGO Forum.



  • Degree/diploma in Masters in development studies or sociology or any other development related study;

  • Four years’ experience of managing and coordinating field based operations preferably integrated emergency response programs in remote and fragile locations. working experience with International medical NGO, an asset

  • Experience and ability to lead a multi-sectoral programme team of international and national staff working in a remote location.

  • Familiarity and knowledge of finance, logistics and administration.

  • Experience of monitoring and reporting of budgets across a programme and ensuring effective and accountable use of funds.

  • Experience of working in challenging, insecure areas and willingness to travel to remote environments.

  • Experience of conducting emergency assessments and rapid response mechanisms

  • Essential, computer literacy (word, excel, internet).





  • Good communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ability in team building and working in a participatory/integrated manner.

  • A team leader with significant experience in team building

  • Ability to work on own initiative and adaptable to changing needs and situations

  • Flexible, patient and adaptable to a changing environment.

  • Ability to work under pressure with numerous deadlines, etc.




  • Fluency in English. Speaking French is an asset.




Contract term: contract under French law, 12 months renewable.


Salary: depending on experience


Minimum net salary for non Europeans: 2 300 Euros per month, social contributions and taxes are the direct responsibility of the employee ;


o Minimum gross salary for Europeans: 2 354 Euros per month, social contributions are deducted from the gross salary by ALIMA and paid to the relevant administrations, taxes are the direct responsibility of the employee ;


ALIMA pays for:

- travel costs between the expatriate’s country of origin and the mission location

- accommodation costs

- medical cover from the first day of the contract to a month after the date of departure from the mission country for the employee

- evacuation of the employee


Documents to be sent:Please use “Create a login to apply” to send your CV and cover letter with the reference “Deputy HOM - Nigeria” in the subject line.



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