Deputy Head Of Mission – Nigeria – M/F

Country: Nigeria
Organization: ALIMA
Closing date: 20 Mar 2020



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 and today deploys its operations in 11 African countries . In 2018 we developed 41 humanitarian medical response projects to meet the needs of populations affected by conflicts, epidemics and extreme poverty. All of these projects are carried out in support to national authorities through nearly 330 health facilities (including 28 hospitals and 300 health facilities). Whenever possible We work in partnership with local NGOs 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. In addition, to improve the humanitarian response, We are carrying out operational and clinical research projects particularly in the field of the fight against malnutrition and hemorrhagic viral fevers.

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 / KEEOGO, AMCP, research organizations PACCI and INSERM, Bordeaux or Copenhagen Universities, the INGO Solidarités International and many others.

COUNTRIES WHERE WE WORK IN 2020: Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan, Mauritania.

THE WORK WE DO covers: Primary and Secondary Health Care, with a main focus on children and women – including treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition, maternal health, mental health, response to epidemics (Ebola, Cholera, Measles, Dengue, Lassa Fever), surgery, displaced populations, and gender based violence.

GOVERNANCE ALIMA is governed by a Board of Directors of 10 elected positions and 4 co-opted positions from representatives of West African partner NGOs.


Despite difficulties accessing the area due to unsafe roads, ALIMA staff were among the first international aid workers to set foot in the town of Monguno (140km from Maiduguri) in June 2016. ALIMA has since helped encourage other international NGOs to intervene in the area and is now working together to provide the best possible care to the people in need. Actually, ALIMA is providing medical and nutritional care at seven IDP clinics in Monguno, as well as at the Maternal Child Health Centre where ALIMA offers hospitalization for children for health and nutrition and a Basic Emergency Maternal and Newborn Care (BEmONC) and at the General Hospital Monguno where Comprehensive Emergency Maternal and Newborn Care (CEmONC) and an Emergency Room for adults are available.

In September 2016, ALIMA opened a clinic near the numerous IDP camps in Muna (in the outskirts of Maiduguri) to meet the medical needs of children under the age of five and pregnant and lactating women.

Since May 2017, ALIMA is partnering with the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (ITFC-UMTH) and UNICEF to implement an Inpatient Therapeutic Feeding Program Training Centre within the UMTH. The purpose of this centre of excellence is to manage complicated cases of severe acute malnutrition as well as to train professional health workers from the Ministry of Health on the management of children with severe acute malnutrition with complications. All the participants benefit from a ten days training, consisting of both theoretical and practical.

In Baga and Doro (Kukawa LGA) ALIMA has been providing primary and secondary healthcare to children under 5 in addition to Sexual and Reproductive Health Services for pregnant and lactating women including antenatal. The degradation of the security situation in Kukawa LGA prompted ALIMA to suspend its activities in Baga and Doro in December 2018. ALIMA is closely monitoring the security situation, and in coordination with the Borno State government and MoH, will scale-up humanitarian activities based on needs, proximity/access and in line with the international humanitarian principles.

In the South Borno, in Akira/Uba and Hawul LGAs, ALIMA is implementing since January 2018 a three years Early Recovery Project aiming at strengthening the health system in both LGAs. ALIMA is supporting one general hospital and ten primary health centres.

Mission Location: Nigeria, Bosno State, Maiduguri


· The Deputy Head of Mission reports to the Head of Mission based in Maiduguri

· He/she works closely with the Projects Coordinators and the coordinators of the support departments

· He/she works closely with the authorities and NGO partners.


Under the direct supervision of the Head of Mission (HoM), the Deputy Head of Mission (DHoM) who is a member of the Country Coordination Team is responsible for ensuring the daily functioning of the mission, the successful operation of programs by overseeing the quality of programmes operations and efficient support services.

In the absence the HoM, the Deputy may provide interim coverage of mission leadership in coordination with Medical Coordinator.

Whereas the HOM will validates major orientations and decisions of the mission, parts of this role delegated to the DHOM as described in details below, and according to objective criteria (known by all staff in the mission) taking into consideration sustainability in the treatment of the different dossiers.

Programmes Operations, quality monitoring and program management/development.

  • Analyze the political, security and humanitarian situation of Borno State and at national level in order to proactively guide ALIMA’s Country programs.
  • In coordination with the Medical program teams, proactively identifies new programming opportunities, needs for assessment to prepare ground for future opportunities.
  • Provides strategic direction and support to the Projects Coordinators in ensuring the planning and effective delivery of program activities, objectives and desired outcomes; successfully integrating them with the annual strategic plans (MAP/Mini-MAP)
  • In coordination with the Operations/Grants manager and Medical coordinator, leads and coordinates the program development processes, ensuring the design of a robust and appropriate programs and actions that aims to address the medical health needs of the affected population in coordination.
  • Visits ALIMA field activities regularly, to monitor program quality standards while building deeper knowledge of operation realities, and reports on challenges faced by the field teams and document lessons learnt to generate action/ recommendation to improve/ address the challenges identified to be validated by the mission coordination team. Ensure that programmes are implemented in secure enabling environment with minimal/ manageable risks, are adequately resourced, well planned and executed on time.
  • Ensures the program documentation, archiving, capitalization of integration and reporting information and data management.
  • Lead the teams on program coordination meetings to improve information sharing and institutional memory. Strengthen the team synergy, enhance consensus building, giving technical support, direction, and consolidate the team efforts.

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.
  • Administrative / Legal Follow up: responsible for ensuring ALIMA compliance with Nigerian laws and Regulations. Support with the ALIMA registration extension requirement interacting with Nigerian Authorities at State and Federal Level.
  • Coordinate with the Logistics/procurement and medical team and Support to “out of Borno medical order” and other International order to support the procurement, clearance and shipping of supplies to Borno state ALIMA bases.
  • Oversight to Support departments (Logistics, Administration, Finance, Human Resources) in specific points to be defined by the HoM and ensures smooth, coordinated operations, finding synergies and improvements where possible. More specifically :

  • Logistic/ procurement monitoring: ensures that current logistics /procurement procedures follow ALIMA standards and formats, and are in accordance with donor rules and regulations, overseeing and implementing an effective and efficient supply chain.

  • Administrative and financial monitoring: ensures that current administrative and financial procedures follow ALIMA standards and formats, and are in accordance with donor rules and regulations. Ensures donor budgets spending are eligible, as planned and correct any variations on spending.

  • Human Resources: provides support to the HR department, ensuring competent human resource needs are deployed on a timely manner, and conduct HR follow-up in accordance with the local regulations and ALIMA guidelines

  • Assists the Head of Mission in the analysis and management of the mission security.

  • 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, S/he attends regular meetings and checks that ALIMA is represented with coherence in the national and international community.

  • Under the supervision of the HoM, represents ALIMA at meetings/official negotiations with authorities; donors, UN and INGOs partners.

  • In liaison with the medical coordinator, 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 groups, etc. Participates in Clusters, mainly INGO Forum in Maiduguri level.


  • Minimum 3 years of successful experience managing large portfolio emergency health and early recovery programming in dynamic, insecure and resource poor context. Experience in NE Nigeria is a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience of working with and managing relationship with Nigerian authorities and implementation of EU Health development programmes with the State Government, management of grants and contract is an added advantage.
  • Knowledge and experiences of working with key institutional donors: ECHO/EU and USAID/OFDA as well as UN, GAC and French embassy
  • Previous experiences in strategy and programming including core support function; Logistics; Finance; Administration; HR
  • Previous experiences in managing a consortium and strong partnerships with other NGOs
  • Strong negotiation skills with key government, donors and partner organizations.
  • Ability to delegate, and at the same time, to follow up several projects in several areas.
  • Strong leadership and ability to inspire and bring together various profiles, team management as well as management/ training capacity
  • Strong organizational capacities;
  • Ability to work rapidly under short deadlines
  • Proven writing and spoken English are required; knowledge of the local language is an asset

Language: English is mandatory (written, read, and spoken), French is an asset.


Contract term: contract under French law, contract length: 12 months (renewable, based on funding availability and performance)

Position to be filled: between 15th of April and 1st of May, 2020

Salary: depending on experience + per diem 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

How to apply:


To apply, please send your CV (in PDF) and covering letter on our job page before March 20, 2020:

Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful.

Only full applications (CV pdf + answer to questions) will be taken into account. Only accepted applications will be contacted.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

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