ALIMA, the international medical NGO with a human face, which places at the heart of its model the co-construction of projects and professional paths
ALIMA’S SPIRIT: ALIMA’s purpose is to save lives and provide care for the most vulnerable populations, without any discrimination based on identity, religion or politics, through actions based on proximity, innovation, and the alliance of organizations and individuals. We act with humanity and impartiality in accordance with universal medical ethics. To gain access to patients, we undertake to act in a neutral and independent manner.
Our CHARTER defines the VALUES and PRINCIPLES of our action:
- Putting the patient first
- Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine
- Responsibility and freedom
- Improving the quality of our actions
- Placing trust
- Collective intelligence
- Environmental responsability
ALIMA promotes and defends the principles of fundamental human rights. ALIMA has a zero-tolerance approach towards those guilty of acts of gender and sexual violence as well as towards inaction in the face of alleged or proven acts of violence. The protection of those benefiting from and impacted by our intervention is our top priority in everything we do. Everyone who collaborates with ALIMA is committed to :
- Respect the charter, the code of conduct, the institutional policies including the policy of protection against abuse of power and gender and sexual violence, the policy of prevention of corruption and fraud;
- Report violations of policies, framework documents and procedures to a supervisor, manager or to a referral agent
CARING – INNOVATING – TOGETHER:
Since its creation in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 7 million patients. Today ALIMA works in 12 countries in Western and Central Africa. In 2020, we developed 41 humanitarian medical response projects to meet the needs of populations affected by conflict, epidemics and extreme poverty. All of these projects support national health authorities through nearly 357 health structures (including 45 hospitals and 312 health centres). We work in partnership, especially with local NGOs, whenever possible to ensure that our patients benefit from the expertise wherever it is, whether in their country or the rest of the world. In addition, to improve the humanitarian response, we are carrying out operational and clinical research projects, particularly in the field of the fight against malnutrition and haemorrhagic viral fevers. ALIMA is also leading operations in response to the covid-19 pandemic across all of our missions.
ALIMA’S TEAM: more than 2000 people are currently working for ALIMA. The field teams, closest to the patients, receive their support from coordination teams generally based in the countries’ capitals. These receive support from the 4 desk teams and the emergency and opening team based at the operational headquarters in Dakar, Senegal. The Paris and New York teams are actively working to raise funds and represent ALIMA. The rest of the ALIMA Galaxy includes individuals and partner teams working on behalf of other organizations such as medical NGOs BEFEN, ALERT Health, SOS Doctors / KEOOGO, AMCP, research organizations PACCI and INSERM, Bordeaux or Copenhagen Universities, the INGO Solidarités International and many others.
COUNTRIES WHERE WE WORK: Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, Sudan, Mauritania, Ukraine.
THE WORK WE DO: Malnutrition, Maternal Health, Primary Health, Paediatrics, Malaria, Epidemics (Ebola, Cholera, Measles, Dengue, Lassa Fever), Hospitalization, Emergencies, Gender Based Violence.
ALIMA in Ukraine
Mission Location: Odessa with regular visit to Mykolaiv
In Ukraine, ALIMA focuses its effort in the South to provide emergency primary health care and support to hospitals in Mykolaiv Oblast and surrounding area. The main objective is to reduce the mortality and suffering among the population affected by the war in this area through 4 axes:
- Reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with chronic disease and communicable diseases among the isolated population in Mykolaiv Oblast
- Reduce mental health burden through psychological care in Mykolaiv Oblast
- Provide care for persons victims of sexual violence and more broadly sexual and reproductive health including access to contraception, safe abortion care, maternity care
- Support hospitals to deliver trauma services and safe delivery, including emergency obstetrical care.e in Mykolaiv City
- Ensuring a rapid response mechanism to delivered health care support to affected population
This posting is for provision of surgical services in a 66 bed district hospital with 2 operating theatres in southern Ukraine, providing general surgical care.
PROTECTION OF BENEFICIARIES AND COMMUNITY MEMBERS
Level 3: As part of his/her duties, the employee will visit programs and come into contact with children and/or vulnerable adults. Therefore, a criminal record check or a certificate of good character will be required. In situations where a criminal record or character reference is not available, a statement of good character will be required.
FUNCTIONAL AND HIERARCHICAL LINKS
Line manager: Project coordinator
Functional Responsibility: Medical Referent under the technical supervision of the medical coordinator.
Collaborates with the members of the base and the medical coordinator
MISSION AND MAIN ACTIVITIES
To organize and provide anesthesitic services operations in accordance with standard practice, protocols and hygiene standards, in close collaboration with surgeons and medical staff at this district hospital. To arrange and participate in on-the-job training as requested by hospital staff.
● Carry out preoperative consultations (pre-anaesthetic visit) to assess operative risks in collaboration with the surgeon, provide appropriate information to the patient and decide on the type of anesthetic to be used, in order to guarantee optimal conditions prior to surgery. Perform all surgical anesthetics in a safe and appropriate manner.
● Prepare the required anesthetics, materials and equipment in advance.
● Administer anesthetics and maintain anesthesia in accordance with current hygiene and asepsis regulations.
● Monitor patient parameters throughout the procedure.
● Ensure the transfer of patients to the recovery room and their return to a fully conscious state, and define the analgesic protocol.
● In collaboration with the surgeon, advise on appropriate post-operative care, including critical care, including fluid management, oxygen monitoring, airway management, and physiotherapy and torso mobilization, with particular attention to pain relief during the recovery process.
● Implement and supervise hygiene rules and procedures as well as medical protocols in the operating and recovery room and regarding anesthesia equipment (decontamination, sterilization, storage conditions, etc.) to ensure the safety and protection of patients and staff.
● Supervising the operating theater pharmacy (orders, inventories, expired products) and ensuring that the operating theater register is kept and that consumption and empty vials of narcotics are monitored in order to maintain an adequate stock.
● Ensure the proper functioning and maintenance of equipment in the operating room (oxygen extractor, ventilation, etc.).
● Organize the tasks of the staff under his/her responsibility and participate in other team management activities (recruitment, training, performance appraisal, motivation, internal/external communication, etc.) in order to guarantee adequate resources (staffing, skills and abilities).
● Collaborate with other project departments (respond to emergency requests, intervene to support other departments if necessary, etc.) and participate in any emergency activity or exploratory mission in order to support the overall ALIMA project with his/her expertise and skills.
● Ensure compliance with administrative procedures (completing patient records, forms, statistics, databases, etc.) and develop regular reports covering results, procedures and problematic situations and cases, in order to have correct and up-to-date information regarding daily activity and support decision making.
● To be applicable to the abuse prevention standards.
● Participate in training and awareness-raising sessions
● Contribute to creating and maintaining a nurturing and protective environment for his/her team, community members and partners involved in the project.
Implementation of prevention measures against abuse of power, gender-based and sexual violences:
● Participates in training and awareness-raising sessions
● Implements abuse prevention standards
● Ensures that team members follow training and awareness sessions and apply abuse prevention rules
● Contributes to creating and maintaining a nurturing and protective environment
At the request of his/her hierarchy, he/she may be required to perform tasks not listed in this job profile.
EXPERIENCES AND SKILLS
- Diploma of anesthetist, registration with the Order
- Experience working with a medical INGO is an asset
- Experience in emergency and degraded security settings highly desirable.
- Experience of working in the humanitarian sector is an advantage
- Previous experience in multicultural teams
Languages spoken by the candidate
- A good command of oral and written English is essential ;
- Russian and Ukrainian are assets
This job description may be amended in line with the activities or evolution of the Mission.
By signing, the employee acknowledges that he/she has read, understood and accepted this document.
● Contract term: contract under French law, contract length: 1 month renewable.
● Position to be filled: ASAP
● Salary: depending on experience + per diem
ALIMA pays for :
● travel costs between the expatriate’s country of origin and the mission location
● accommodation costs
● medical cover from the first day of the contract to a month after the date of departure from the mission country for the employee
● evacuation of the employee
How to apply
To apply, please send your CV and your answers to our job page.
Applications are processed in the order of arrival and we reserve the right to close the offer before the term initially indicated if a good application is successful. Only full applications will be taken into account. Only accepted applications will be contacted.
Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.