THE ALIMA ASSOCIATION
ALIMA’S ETHOS: 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:
- Patient First – Patient centered medical care
- Revolutionizing humanitarian medicine through research
- Responsibility and freedom: encourage decision-making by those closest to patients
- Commitment to a dynamic of continuous quality improvement
- Creating a climate of trust among colleagues
- Collective intelligence
CARING – INNOVATING – TOGETHER:
Since its creation in 2009, ALIMA has treated more than 3 million patients and today deploys its operations in 11 African countries . In 2018 we developed 41 humanitarian medical response projects to meet the needs of populations affected by conflicts, epidemics and extreme poverty. All of these projects are carried out in support to national authorities through nearly 330 health facilities (including 28 hospitals and 300 health facilities). Whenever possible We work in partnership with local NGOs to ensure that our patients benefit from the best and most relevant expertise wherever it is, whether within their own country or in 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 hemorrhagic viral fevers.
ALIMA’S TEAM: more than 1800 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 3 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 / KEEOGO, AMCP, research organizations PACCI and INSERM, Bordeaux or Copenhagen Universities, the INGO Solidarités International and many others.
ALIMA, INSERM (French National Institute of Health and Medical Research), the Ivorian research institute PAC-Ci (Ivory Coast ANRS Cooperation Program) and the ISPED (Public Health Institute for Epidemiology and Development at the University of Bordeaux) created the Clinical and Operational Research Alliance (CORAL) partnership entity in 2016. CORAL has both the scientific expertise of clinical and epidemiologic research combined with operational medical capability to advance the development of prevention and treatment of common diseases, diagnoses and vaccines for the most lethal diseases. The purpose of this platform is to conduct sound research that will provide high-quality evidence leading to improved practices that will save populations directly at risk, as well as to anticipate potential crises.
In addition to CORAL, ALIMA is also partnering with other academic institutions: Oxford, NIH, Yale School of Public Health, Toronto SickKids Hospital.
COUNTRIES WHERE WE WORK IN 2020: Mali, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Guinea, South Sudan, Mauritania.
THE WORK WE DO covers: Primary and Secondary Health Care, with a main focus on children and women – including treatment and prevention of acute malnutrition, maternal health, mental health, response to epidemics (Ebola, Cholera, Measles, Dengue, Lassa Fever), surgery, displaced populations, and gender based violence.
GOVERNANCE ALIMA is governed by a Board of Directors of 10 elected positions and 4 co-opted positions from representatives of West African partner NGOs.
million in 2016, ALIMA is a dynamic NGO, effectively deploying medical aid for the most vulnerable.
ALIMA in South Sudan
South Sudan has confirmed more than 100 cases of COVID-19 since early May 2020, While COVID-19 is fundamentally a public health emergency, it will have a significant socio-economic impact on local population. Modelling by the WHO and CDC estimates that 500,000 to 1 million people will contract COVID-19 in South Sudan. With global oil prices in freefall, they will be decline of revenue f and potentially reducing their access to foreign exchange and depressing the market exchange rate.
Raja County has a total population of 58 000 individual, among 15,452 are children between 6-59 months (18%), while 21,461 are between 5 to 15 years old (25%). Physical access during rainy season (June – September) is one of the limitations reaching communities. ALIMA manages the County hospital in Raja in collaboration with HealthNet TPO and it established a stabilization center in Deim Zubeir (5 hours’ drive) primarily for sexual reproductive health. During the rainy season, the two health facilities are cut off due the flooded rivers and make difficult to deliver emergency medical care. When the rivers downpour, roads are cut off leaving population isolated and more likely to adopt negative coping mechanisms. According to the FSNMS the GAM prevalence is 15,5%, and SAM prevalence (6-59 months) is 3,6% (07/2019), both figures are above the WHO threshold (respectively 15% and 3%)
Location : Western Bahr El Ghazal 6 South Sudan
Report To : Project Coordinator
Functional Supervisor : Medical Coordinator
Responsible For: Medical Activity Manager, Nurse Activity Managers, Midwife Activity Manager, Medical Doctors, Pharmacy Store Keeper
MISSION AND MAIN ACTIVITIES
The Medical Referent ensures the proper functioning of the medical activities under his/her responsibility, defining and implementing ALIMA’s policies, protocols, and procedures to guarantee the quality of healthcare and improve health conditions of the target population.
The Medical Referent reports directly reports to the Project Coordinator and maintain a technical relation with Medical Coordinator for all medical issues identified at duty station. He/She in charge of:
Implementation of Programs
- Coordinate, assess and supervise the proper functioning of the medical activities, according to MOH /or ALIMA protocols and procedures and through the correct compilation and analysis of medical data regarding patients’ health conditions.
- Checks all administrative procedures related to patients’ follow-up (individual card filling, registers, paper exit, discharge, transfers…) are correctly carried out according to MOH /or ALIMA procedures.
- Coordinate and monitor the Daily/Weekly/Monthly/Yearly working plan of the team under his/her responsibility (absent personnel, vacations, tracking leaves …).
- Coordinate, supervise and give support to the medical team members performance to improve the medical components of the project and ensure compliance with MOH/ALIMA protocols and standards as well as MoH (Ministry of Health) protocols
- Participate in the program / project follow-up, supervises, and ensures that medical activities objectives under his/her responsibility are achieved and report to the technical referent any problem arising in the service.
- Take lead in preparing the monthly reports according to guidelines (i.e. Sitreps, medical statistical reports, and databases etc.) and definition of annual planning, budget for the project
- Participate in the monthly definition of annual planning, budget for the project
- Take care of health of all expatriates and help guide the treatment and care of sick national staff in accordance to protocols and guidelines
- Take lead in planning and implementing project trainings to build capacity of national staff on approved topics or workshops.
- Participate in ensuring rehabilitations of projects facilities are done in accordance to accepted standards by guiding the construction teams and logistic on appropriate universal standards acceptable by South Sudanese Government
- Participate actively in MIN-MAP and MAP meeting to draw lesson learnt, identify, and share challenges and fix remedial direction.
- Represent ALIMA in field on all medical related activities among partners and government authorities in consultation with project coordinator and medical coordinator.
- Take lead in emergency preparedness and response to disease outbreaks and epidemics in the catchment area of Western Bahr El Ghazal.
Operational pharmacy management
- Prepare the medical orders needed to implement the medical activities under his/her responsibility, and identified non-medical support needs (material, infrastructure, transport, etc.), reporting them to the line manager.
- Ensure an efficient pharmacy and medical equipment management and monitor the rational use of them.
- Provide an efficient supervision on ALIMA project field pharmacy and medical equipment, in conjunction with the Logistics area, and monitor consumption follow-up and preparation of drug orders to avoid stock shortages and provide drugs at all circumstances
Human Resources Management
- Plan and supervise in close coordination with the HR department, the associated processes (recruitment, training, performance evaluation, development, and internal communication) of the staff. These responsibilities are performed to ensure the empowerment of personal under supervision (Knowledge, skills, and ability on duty).
- Identify needs and organize training of the medical staff of the project.
- Implement the health policy for international and national staff; provides all prophylactic and preventive necessary measures, structures, and emergency plans; manages any medical evacuation to ensure ALIMA staff health.
EXPERIENCE AND SKILLS
Ø Essential Medical Doctor Degree. Masters in any health-related discipline is a plus.
Ø Essential minimum 2 years’ experiences as a medical doctor in medical activities related jobs.
Ø Desirable working experience with International medical NGO in developing countries.
Ø Working experience at management positions is essential.
Ø Working experience in nutritional projects is an asset.
Ø Desirable: Experience in tropical medicine, or post-registration experience in Public Health, obs and gynae, pediatrics, A&E, infectious diseases, HIV/AIDS/STDs, TB, general practice, general medicine, or minor surgery.
Ø English Speaking, reading, and writing, mandatory. French is an asset. **
Ø Essential computer literacy (word, excel, internet)**
Ø Negotiation skills
Ø Strong interpersonal skills, teamwork
Contract term: contract under French law, contract length: 4 months, renewable.
Salary: depending on experience + per diem
ALIMA pays for:
from the mission country for the employee
- Evacuation of the employee