Medical Coordinator – Burkina Faso – M/F At ALIMA



Since 2018, Burkina Faso has faced a growing and considerable deterioration in the security context. According to HNO 2023, 4.65 million people are in need compared to 3.5 million in 2022. This crisis is manifested by an increase in population displacements, the closure of basic social services following pressure from GANE leading to the closure of certain basic services (health, nutrition, protection, education, WaSH, etc.) and the withdrawal of state agents; and a worsening of the humanitarian situation. As of March 31, 2023 (latest update available), the country had 2,062,534 IDPs compared to 1,810,105 IDPs as of 11/30/2022, an increase of 13.9%. The most affected regions remain the Sahel (1,365,758 IDPs), the Center-North (493,954 IDPs) and the North (256,060 IDPs).

At the community, primary and secondary level, the high frequency of security incidents and population displacements disrupts the provision of care in certain areas and contributes to the increase in health needs.

The deterioration of the security context is causing Ministry of Health agents to flee in certain localities, leading to the closure of several health centers or the reduction of their operating capacities. In the Center-North region, in October 2023, 63% of health facilities are closed and 10% are operating at a minimum. The population deprived of care is 964,000 (28% of the total population). In the Northern region, 30.9% of health facilities are closed and 9.06% are operating at a minimum. The population deprived of care is 247,000 (12.88% of the total population). We recorded 21 closed health centers and 30 operating at a minimum, including 30 in Tougan (Boucle du Mouhoun cluster report), depriving approximately 195,000 people of access to basic health services, including the treatment of malnutrition. Added to this are difficulties with evacuations, referrals and counter-referrals, thus disrupting the continuum of care. In areas like Titao, Barsalogho, Gomboro and Dori, evacuations are mainly carried out by UNHAS flights or the army due to the impassable state of the roads, thus becoming costly operations and often without follow-up for counter-referrals.

Since 2012, ALIMA has been established in Burkina Faso in consortium with two national NGOs (Keoogo and SOS Médecins BF) with the objective of providing a quality medical response adapted to each humanitarian crisis situation. Keoogo is a national association which offers, directly or through partnerships, protection, medical care and rehabilitation services to particularly vulnerable children. SOS Médecins Burkina Faso is a national association which intervenes in health emergency situations, malnutrition and the care of people affected by HIV/AIDS infection in populations at risk.

Faced with the increase in the medical and nutritional needs of host and displaced populations, the ALIMA/Keoogo/SOS Médecins BF consortium has strengthened its response to emergencies in the Northern (DS of Thiou, DS of Ouahigouya) and Center-North regions. (DS of Tougouri, DS of Barsalogho and DS of Kaya).

The strategies developed aim to:

  • To support the management of medico-nutritional and surgical emergencies
  • To restore access to primary care by reopening closed health centers
  • Reach the most vulnerable populations through the implementation of mobile clinics/advanced care stations
  • To improve the provision of community-based care in difficult health areas
  • To prevent and treat psychosocial disorders in beneficiary populations
  • To strengthen response capacities to health emergencies


Level 3: As part of their duties, the position holder will be required to visit programs and be in contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, a criminal record check or presentation of a certificate of good conduct will be necessary. In situations where it is impossible to provide a criminal record or a certificate of good conduct, a sworn declaration will be requested.


Place of mission : Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso


  • He/She reports to the Head of Mission based in coordination.
  • He/She reports technically to the Desk Medical Referent
  • He/She directly supervises the Comed Assistant, the Pharmacy Manager and the SMSPS Manager and technically the Doctors refer projects.
  • He/She ensures the management of the medical activities of the entire mission in collaboration with his deputy and the MedRef
  • He/She collaborates with coordination (Logistics and financial and human resources) and partners (Keoogo and SOS Médecins BF).


You are responsible for defining the medical strategy of the mission and monitoring the epidemiological context of the country of intervention. You participate in the definition of medical indicators and ensure their levels of achievement.

You support the medical teams in developing their skills and ensure that you are responsible for monitoring the health of the entire mission.

1.Analyzes, defines and adjusts the medical objectives of ALIMA projects in its country of mission

  • Data collection
  • Analyzes, interprets and defines the medical operational strategy of the mission

2. Implementation of ALIMA programs

  • Contributes to the organization of medical projects
  • Participates in pharmaceutical project management
  • Monitoring and evaluation of projects

3. Representation and communication

4. Capacity building and team leadership

5. Team health

6. Implementation of prevention measures against abuse of power, gender-based and sexual violence


You have a medical or paramedical diploma with a Master’s degree in public health, project management, epidemiology.

You have successful experiences in similar positions with a medical INGO, you know how to develop proposals and donor reports, you are comfortable in external representation and are able to participate in high-level negotiations.

You have skills in monitoring-evaluation and database management and enjoy sharing them with members of the medical team.

You are fluent in French, both spoken and written,

This position is for you!


  • Duration and type of contract : 12-month renewable fixed-term contract under French law
  • Starting position: July 2024
  • Salary : According to ALIMA salary scale + valuation of experience + Per Diem

ALIMA supports :

  • Travel costs between the expatriate’s country of origin and the mission location
  • Accommodation costs
  • Medical coverage from the first day of contract to one month after the date of departure from the country of mission
  • Evacuation for the employee and his dependents

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and Cover Letter online

Applications are processed in order of arrival. ALIMA reserves the right to close the offer before the deadline initially indicated if an application is accepted. Only complete applications (CV in PDF format + Cover Letter) will be considered.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged.