Emergency Coordinator at the SUO (Emergencies and Openings Department) – Bilingual French/English – Dakar Headquarters – M/F At ALIMA

OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSES: ALIMA’s emergency and opening service team is required to deploy emergency missions in any country where medical aid is needed to treat populations at risk of immediate mortality. In recent years, the emergency service has intervened in particular on the Ebola epidemics in Guinea and the DRC, with displaced populations in north-eastern Nigeria, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, in response to the COVID pandemic. in many countries. The emergency service can provide support to ALIMA’s 12 missions in the event of an emergency situation in the country and continues to structure the means available to ALIMA to strengthen its effectiveness in emergency response. In addition, the service also carries out missions to open new missions, in new countries where ALIMA is not already operational. Sudan, Ukraine and Ethiopia are the latest openings and East Africa among the priority objectives for deploying new missions.


Job location: Dakar, Senegal (with regular field visits, approximately 40% of the time). During the first 2-3 months after taking up the post, the Emergency Coordinator will have to go to one or more ALIMA missions in order to assimilate the ALIMA operation and become familiar with the missions.


Hierarchical and technical manager: Head of Emergency and Opening Services.

  • He/she works cross-functionally with all departments: medical, financial, HR, logistics and donors.
  • When on mission in the country, he/she will be responsible for designing, managing and carrying out ALIMA’s operations while representing the organization in the country.
  • He/she provides support to the entire organization on strategic issues and development by supporting the Emergency and Openings Department Manager.
  • The Emergency Coordinator is the main player in exploratory missions and the opening phases of a mission. He is responsible for the development of concept notes, missions and projects, which will support the first requests for funding.


You are responsible for monitoring, analyzing and documenting health data from emergency alerts (sudden or continuous) in partnership with existing programs and in the global humanitarian context. You prioritize needs and are a source of proposals for evaluations and possible emergency interventions afterwards.

According to ALIMA’s operational objectives, you build the needs analysis in order to propose operational strategies for the opening of new missions. You carry out the development of proposals for new missions in a clear scheme of the project management type using the methods of analysis and organization specific to the field of health.

To do this, you are in close collaboration with the Emergency and Openings Service Manager, the DESK program managers.


  • You supervise the organization of epidemiological information on situations under “alert” monitoring, and communicate in a structured and critical manner synthetic, standardized health monitoring reports. You carry out this follow-up and analysis in collaboration with the medical referent of the emergency and openings department.
  • Together with the emergency and opening team, you propose intervention strategies following field assessments, by producing all the necessary project documents (narrative, HR, budget, annexes) and/or concept notes, with, if necessary, an adaptation according to possible donors.
  • You ensure the follow-up of the contexts, the establishment and the follow-up of a contact network on the ground or new mission. You organize on the basis of risk analysis, the security documents necessary for the mission and in total correspondence with the requirements of the organization.
  • You coordinate the opening on the ground of emergency missions or new countries. As such, you must ensure that the ALIMA charter, internal regulations and image are respected and communicated to national and international staff, the population, authorities and partners.
  • You must also ensure that the quality of the program as a whole meets the needs of the beneficiaries (patients). In particular, you master all the project indicators.
  • You manage your team: plan and organize the organization chart, plan and distribute the tasks and the workload between the teams, in coordination with the administrative manager and the activity managers (log, medical), guiding them in their reflections on the issues related to the project and the mission. ensure efficient deployment of resources and achievement of expected objectives.
  • You must manage and challenge the activity managers in order to maintain a critical look at the resources deployed in a rational manner, particularly in the management of the budget and the logistical means, for this he/she supervises and ensures the proper reporting of these activities to headquarters and compliance with the financial rules of ALIMA and donors.
  • You oversee the full implementation of safety and health protocols, reporting on medical coordination on risky behaviors to ensure safe working conditions for project personnel.
  • On interventions or openings, you are the main communicator of the mission or intervention. As such, you are responsible for maintaining good communications and good coordination with the authorities and partners. He/she may also be called upon to organize a donor visit to the mission.
  • You are responsible for producing the reports required by the organization and communicating.
  • As part of the opening of a new mission in accordance with ALIMA’s operational vision, you are responsible, with the medical referent, for the search for contextual, health or scientific documentation that can justify and frame the strategic choices. If necessary, you produce summaries of these documents with the medical referent.
  • As part of a mission transfer to another DESK, you supervise the handover chronology with the Emergency Services and Openings Manager.
  • You contribute to the standardization of operational and technical documents necessary for the development and organization of operations.


You have several successful experiences in opening a mission in a humanitarian emergency context, you master project management mechanisms and have a good knowledge of donors.

You enjoy changing context regularly and know how to adapt to new teams and projects under construction quickly. You are able to analyze complex situations, create relevant networks and ensure internal communication with ALIMA teams (mission / headquarters) and partners. You are independent enough to carry out explorations in new areas with a limited budget and to be proactive with the head of the emergency service and the Operations Department.

You are in line with ALIMA’s charter and you feel capable of carrying our values ​​and proposals in new areas of intervention.


  • University degree: Minimum BAC + 2 in a field related to humanitarian action;


  • Good command of French and English (written and spoken).
  • All other languages ​​are an added value: Arabic, Swahili, Hausa, etc.


Duration and type of contract : CDI under Senegalese law

Starting position : ASAP

Salary :

  • Level 9 of the internal Salary grid
  • A gross monthly salary of 2,205,000 CFA francs;
  • A travel allowance of 694,000 CFA francs;
  • A housing allowance varying between 2 and 5% of gross monthly salary depending on family composition for employees recruited internationally.

That is, as an indication, a minimum monthly net salary of 2,077,201 CFA francs

Other advantages :

  • Complementary health cover for the employee and his dependents
  • Moving costs in Dakar according to the policy in force
  • Contribution to tuition fees (children from 2 to 18 years old) / crèche (0 to 2 years old) according to the policy and the ceilings in force.
  • An annual return family ticket to the usual place of residence for you and each of your dependents
  • A second individual annual return ticket for the return to the country of usual residence
  • Telecommuting policy
  • 6.5 weeks of paid vacation per year, recuperation days based on time in the field

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 term initially indicated if an application is accepted. Only complete applications (CV in PDF format + Letter of Motivation) will be considered.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged.


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