General coordinator (M/F)

Médecins du Monde, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Skill Required:, HR and AdminProject/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
3 to 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
14th March, 2017

Job Description

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.

On September 12th 2014 and following exploratory missions, the executive committee validated the opening of a MdM office in Sri Lanka and the implementation of two projects with common general objective to improve access to qualitative prevention and care SRH (Sexual and Reproductive Health) services. In the north, the project will aim to improve prevention and management of Gender Based Violence, STD/HIV and reduce unwanted pregnancy among population living in Killiknochchi and Jaffna districts. A partner is already identified and operating with mental health clinic. MdM will add a component to their activities and will train them to become a SRH actor.

In central area, the project will aim to improve prevention and management of STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection) and reduce unwanted pregnancy among population living in plantations, in the districts of Kandy and Nuwara Elyia and Kegalle. A grassroots partner is already identified, focused on Human Rights with a large network of peers workers, the activities will be implemented with the MoH and its National STD/AID Control Program. An advocacy component to national estate and international companies will have to be developed.**


As the general coordinator is the MdM representative in Sri Lanka, you supervise and coordinate all the programs implemented by MDM in Sri Lanka in the respect of people and goods’ safety, and in order to guarantee the programs’ pertinence and their compliance with predefined objectives and procedures.

You are expecting to have a global and strong vision on MdM project in Sri Lanka.

More specifically you will be responsible of:

Program Management, strategy of intervention

  • Manage, supervise and support at country level the overall planning and implementation of MdM programs

  • Refine and lead the implementation of the strategy of MdM Sri lanka Mission

  • Accompany, train, strengthen and empower various partners on SRH according MdM approach

Partnerships development and support

  • Development and brokering of partnerships with civil society, as well as relevant local, regional and national authorities

  • Maintain transparent and health relationships with existing and new partners

  • Monitor the implementation of projects by local partners

  • Identify new potential partnerships; renew and revise MoUs with partners in coordination with HQ

Administration, Finance and Logistics

  • As budget holder, ensure a proper use of fund allocated, yearly budget construction and review. S/he oversees budget follow up ensuring that country programmes are implemented within their budgets

  • Ensure that appropriate logistics, administrative and financial structures and procedures are implemented and maintained in accordance with MdM rules and/or donors guidelines

Human Resources

  • Direct management of a team composed of 1 Medical Coordinator, 1 SRH Coordinator, 1 Finance officer and a logistics assistant

  • Ensure proper HR management and compliance with Sri Lankan labour laws


  • Implement and ensure proper follow-up of the security guidelines

  • Ensure a constant watch and analysis on contextual geopolitical and security issues

Representation and Fundraising

  • Represent MdM to Local Authorities, International Donors, International Organisations other NGOs and other MdM Network

  • Represent MDM with donors and plays a lead role in organising donors’ visits and fundraising.


Status : Employee

Contract : Fixed-term contract

Duration : 12 months

  • Position to be filled for the 20th of February 2017.
    Frequent visits to north and central regions of Sri Lanka.

Single posting


Minimum of 5 years’ experience in program management in an international context.
Aptitude to high level representation / diplomacy / Good communication skills
Strong Knowledge in Sexual and Reproductive Health
Strategic, independent, analytical and solution oriented
Good writing skills and proposal development experience
Experience in community development, local and civil society support and capacity-building
Experience in partnership development with local authorities and civil society
Skills in political and geopolitical analysis
Ability to work in politically sensitive environment
Ability to remain calm in any circumstances
Impartiality ; diplomacy ; adaptability
Knowledge of Sri Lankan context a strong asset
Fluent English (both oral and written)
You are committed to MdM’s values as an organisation and motivated by its non-statutory, NFP model.

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