Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
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 44 countries across all continents where it focuses on 4 priority areas: caring for the health of migrants and displaced persons, promoting sexual and reproductive health, harm reduction associated with drug use, emergencies and crisis.
MdM has been working in Pakistan since 1996. The organization currently implements three projects.
A post emergency program focusing on access to health care for the populations afflicted by the conflict in KPK and/or natural disasters.
Since May 2009 MdM is operating in several districts of KPK and implements both short-term and long-term response according to the needs and IDPs movements in the province. It is also looking at working into the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), where medical needs are even more important.
A long-term program focusing on Family Planning and Prevention of Unwanted Pregnancies for adolescents in Punjab province.
The specific objective of the project is to strengthen the Population Welfare Department capacities in the set-up of mainstreaming and comprehensive family planning services in the rural district of Chiniot.
The "Operation Smile" program was initiated for the first time in Pakistan in October 2005. Following an exploratory mission this mission gives priority to the treatment of sequels of burns to women victims of violence. Several plastic surgery operations are necessary for the patients suffering from the burns to recover a certain physical mobility and functionality.**
TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
As general coordinator you are the head of the country coordination team, composed of the following coordinators: logistics, administrative, medical, program, and monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEAL). You supervise the proper implementation of MdM rules and strategy in the country.
You are responsible for ensuring implementation of quality projects, external representation with other NGOs, donor and governmental bodies, fundraising and budget management, security and operations management, and management of a motivated and professional team.
As the general coordinator, your main responsabilities will be to:
Manage and supervise the coordination team
Make or approve management decisions on Pakistan mission and be in charge of the quality of the working conditions of the entire Pakistan mission.
Be responsible for defining the strategy of the mission together with the voluntary board delagates and the Desk officer, planning the MDM Pakistan programmes, supervising the implementation of the activities in Punjab and KPK Provinces and defining priorities for coordination activities.
Be responsible for the security and safety of people and property for the mission supervision and organisation of the implementation of safety rules and for ensuring that rules are applied. Pass information to the Desk Officer regularly.
Be responsible for raising funds in the field; guarantee that the accomplishment of project objectives defined by the donors is fulfilled and that contractual obligations are respected.
Carry out negotiations and maintain regular relations with the Pakistani local authorities (Federal and provincial level) and other stakeholders (NGOs, Donors, Embassies), with the support of the KPK and Punjab coordinators and ensure compliance with agreements and contracts.
Be responsible for communication with the head office of MDM and for the quality of the reports on activities and ensures compliance with procedures for the exchange of information and reporting.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE NEEDED:
French, Urdu, Pashto are an asset