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Surgeon – Ukraine – M/F

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:

  1. Putting the patient first
  2. Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine
  3. Responsibility and freedom
  4. Improving the quality of our actions
  5. Placing trust
  6. Collective intelligence
  7. 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


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.


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.


Line Manager :

– He/she reports to the medical referent of the project under the technical supervision of the medical coordinator.

– He/she works closely with all the staff in the operating theatre and interacts with the doctors and nurses in the emergency, intensive care and surgical departments.


The surgeon is responsible for the surgical procedures and surgical aftercare, in accordance with WHO standard protocols.

1 – Pre-operative consultation

– Provides surgical consultations.

– Informs the patient about the proposed surgical procedure.

– Gets the patient to sign the authorization to operate.

– Evaluates the surgical risk in collaboration with the anesthetist.

2 – Surgery

– Carry out urgent and scheduled surgery in accordance with the objectives as defined.

– Completes the operative report after each operation.

– Accompanied by a trainee doctor or nurse, he/she shows and technically trains the staff entrusted to him/her.

3 – Post-operative follow-up of patients

– Ensures the correct distribution of patients in the departments according to their different pathologies (infected, non-infected, etc.).

– Ensures visits and counter-visits in the surgical and intensive care unit in collaboration with the doctor or nurse anesthetist and the unit supervisor (at least once a week with the referring doctor, depending on the latter’s availability).

– Carries out postoperative prescriptions relating to his/her specialty in accordance with standard protocols.

– Ensures with the anesthetist that pre- and postoperative prescriptions are properly followed up.

– Ensures the follow-up of surgical cases hospitalized in the surgery and maternity departments.

4 – Hygiene

– Ensures that the hygiene rules concerning the protection of patients and staff are respected (by himself/herself and his/her colleagues).

– Knows what to do in the event of blood exposure accidents.

5 – Data collection

– Ensures, in collaboration with the anesthetist, the collection of quantitative surgical and anesthesia data. Maintains the various registers of the operating theater and the departments under his/her responsibility.

– Participates in the drafting and analysis of morbidity-mortality reports with the anesthetist and the medical referent.

6 – Collaboration with other departments

– Works in close collaboration with the emergency department.

– Intervenes in support of other services if necessary.

7 – Training and other

– In collaboration with the referring doctor, organizes at least 3 theoretical communications for the staff in general, and in particular for the staff previously identified by the project coordination (referring doctor, senior nurse); training projects e.g. surgical techniques, first aid procedures….

– Participates in medical meetings, in particular the perioperative morbidity-mortality meeting.

– In all areas of his/her activity, he/she ensures that medical confidentiality is respected. He/she exercises vigilance and informs his/her manager in the event of medical error.

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.



  • Medical degree with qualification general surgery, experience in trauma surgery (visceral and orthopaedic) and/or cesarean sections a plus.


  • At least 2-3 years clinical experience post- surgical training
  • Experience in wartime context, precarious working conditions.
  • Trainer profile to teach young doctors basic surgical skills.
  • Experience working with a medical INGO is an asset
  • Experience of working in the humanitarian sector is an advantage
  • Previous experience in multicultural teams
  • Ability to be autonomous and to take up a position quickly
  • Ability to analyze and be critical
  • Sense of organization and rigor
  • Ability to adapt, diplomacy and patience
  • Ability to live and work in a precarious environment

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 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.

The link to apply : https://hr.alima.ngo/jobs/detail/9523?utm_campaign=Campagne+d%27offres+&utm_medium=Website&utm_source=relief+web%2A

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.

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