General Coordinator (Head of Mission)

General Coordinator (Head of Mission)

Doctors of the World - Médecins du Monde

Erbil, Iraq


Under the supervision of the desk manager at HQ, you ensure that the programs meet operational, administrative, financial, human, material and organisational objectives by coordinating and leading a team. You ensure the deployment of MdM frameworks, policies and procedures and you develop and lead advocacy work and partnerships. You manage directly 12 staffs and the total staff of the mission is around 120.

Your main responsibilities are

Strategy development, implementation and program coordination

  • Initiate and organise continued updating of the mission strategy;
  • Monitor the humanitarian situation in Iraq and propose and discuss new assessments and interventions if needed;
  • Actively participate in expanding program funding;
  • Ensure programs are designed, implemented, monitored and evaluated in line with MdM strategy and policies, ensure global adherence to them and provide guidance;
  • Ensure the carrying out of the contract of objectives defined with donors and the respect of contractual obligations;
  • Ensure the national partnership development and support;
  • Coordinate the negotiations of the Memorandum of Understanding and of other agreements with the national partners.

Team management

  • Lead, coach and guide the country coordination team together with the deputy general coordinator;
  • Define the mission organization chart and ensure allocation of human resources is matching with the needs;
  • Manage staff under your direct supervision, ensure objectives are set and appraisals are done;
  • Ensure the coaching and development of individual staff and teams, training, on the job coaching, supervision, regular feedback and appraisals;
  • Ensure that MdM's HR management and policies are complying with legal requirements;
  • Ensure appropriate coordination and communication between departments, coordinators, field teams and MdM HQ.


  • Represent MdM with the local authorities in Iraq and Kurdistan and ensure a regular communication;
  • Ensure regular interaction, information sharing and collaboration with other humanitarian actors in Iraq;
  • Establish and develop regular contact with funding partners.


  • Ensure that safety and security information is collected, monitored daily, analysed and communicated to HQ;
  • Ensure the development and implementation of access and security management plans;
  • Propose and enforce new rules or procedures, in reaction to security incidents or to changes in context.

Logistics, administration and finance

  • Ensure that MdMs logistical and administrative procedures are in place and monitored, especially for procurement;
  • Ensure that a procurement plan is prepared and updated for each project;
  • Participate in the design and approval of new budget proposals for donors, preparation of annual budgets and monthly budget follow-up analysis;
  • Ensure monitoring and analysis of the monthly budget follow-up for each base and department with respect to donor policies.

Advocacy and communication

  • Develop and implement MdM advocacy strategy;
  • Ensure the development and implementation of MdMs communication strategy;
  • Represent MdM in Iraq with local and international media.


  • Minimum bachelor’s degree in social sciences, political sciences, international relations, humanitarian and international cooperation or related field;
  • Master’s in Public Health is an asset;
  • At least 8 years’ experience in project management;
  • Solid experience of project planning, budget holding and proposal and report writing;
  • Experience in remote management and post emergency;
  • Solid experience in security management;
  • Experience in Middle East is an asset;
  • Languages: Fluent in English (written and spoken) mandatory. Arabic, Kurdish or French are an asset;
  • You embrace the core values and support the proactive philosophy of Médecins du Monde.

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