Emergency Project Coordinator

The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA)

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The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA) is an independent medical aid organization based in Dakar, Senegal. ALIMA has three principal areas of expertise: providing medical care in 

humanitarian crises, supporting the development of national medical organizations, and conducting operational research to bring medical innovation to the field.



Job description

  • The Project Coordinator works as part of the country coordination team and is based in the field project, leading and managing project activities and teams: 



  • Definition and implementation of ALIMA medical activities: Responsive to the medical needs of the community in the field, the project coordinator leads the definition of the intervention strategy:
  • Is responsible for implementation of project activities by coordinating the optimal use of medical, logistical, financial and human resources.
  • Supports the team in the analyses of medical data, activity indicators and quality of care.
  • Ensures the continuity and coherence of the health structures medical, paramedical and logistics activities.
  • Is responsible for the implementation of the team health policy.
  • Supporting and leading the field team: organise the team's work, ensure they are aware of the challenges of the mission and facilitate their participation in the momentum of the association.
  • Create a spirit of trust and collaboration
  • Delegate responsibilities to the different managers in the team and adapt his/her support to each of them
  • Lead regular team meetings and ensure communication is at its peak at all times
  • Typically manages a direct team composed of: a Logistics Manager, a Medical Activity Manager, an Administrator
  • Monitoring and assessment of activities, objectives and resources: monitor indicators and developments in the situation to ensure that operational strategy is aligned with the resources deployed and the needs of our patients.
  • Security of teams and operations:
  • Directly responsible for gathering information in order to analyse the local context and understand the implications for the team and operations security
  • ensure that field security measures are in place, understood by all the teams and adapted to the evolution of the situation
  • ensure communication with the coordination team on matters relating to security to help analyze better the situation with all information at hand
  • monitor the situation in the field through advanced networking and relationship building with all the parties present (authorities, power groups, community groups, ministry of health representatives, ….)
  • foster the involvement of the team he or she is leading in understanding the environment they are working in and sharing relevant information as they arise
  • Networking: develop and maintain a network of contacts, including any partners and the authorities in order to be able to take appropriate action as the situation evolves.
  • Representing ALIMA on project issues towards local communities, authorities & their counterparts and towards UN agencies and other nongovernmental organizations in the project area while taking into account the goals, objectives and strategy for the mission as a whole.
  • Promoting ALIMA’s identity and principles as an independent humanitarian medical organization.
  • Negotiating with different actors and stakeholders.
  • Financial Management and reporting
  • Contribution to create, review and update policies and reports such as country policies, annual plans and trimester reports.
  • Preparing and monitor project proposals, budgets and evaluations.
  • In collaboration with the Project Administrator, ensuring correct implementation of the administration including bookkeeping, national staff salary administration and cash flow planning.
  • Provide regular monthly reports on programmatic, security and contextual matters.
  • Liaising with the country management team as appropriate



  • Humanitarian Field Experience: at least 5 years professional experience in a project management capacity, international and/or healthcare/medical management preferred. 
  • Extensive experience (professional or travel) outside of your home country, experience in remote/low-resource settings is an asset. 
  • Proven (people) management and communication skills leading a multidisciplinary team. 
  • Strong organization skills. 
  • Proven ability in being responsible for delegated security management. 
  • Proven affinity with humanitarian and medical issues in complex crisis situations. 
  • Excellent negotiation and diplomacy skills. 
  • Excellent problem solving skills. 
  • Ability to represent ALIMA with national and international counterparts. 
  • Deep understanding of humanitarian principles 
  • Solid command of English, Hausa and French are an asset 



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The Alliance for International Medical Action (ALIMA)

Job Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)




Project / Programme Management

Job Type


Minimum Qualification


Preferred Years of Experience

Entry Level