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Ukraine: Ukraine – A Health Coordinator

NGO/UN Job Vacancy

Organization: Première Urgence Internationale
Country: Ukraine
Closing date: 31 Jul 2017

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-political and non-religious international aid organization. Our teams are committed to supporting civilians’ victims of marginalization and exclusion, or hit by natural disasters, wars and economic collapses, by answering their fundamental needs. Our aim is to provide emergency relief to uprooted people in order to help them recover their dignity and regain self-sufficiency. The association leads in average 190 projects by year in the following sectors of intervention: food security, health, nutrition, construction and rehabilitation of infrastructures, water, sanitation, hygiene and economic recovery. PUI is providing assistance to around 5 million people in 20 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

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Humanitarian situation and needs

Since April of 2014, eastern Ukraine has been experiencing significant armed conflict; the Ukrainian Army is being forced to ward off pro-Russian separatist groups. A significant part of the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts (regions) are now controlled by separatists, who have declared the independence of two new states, still unrecognized by the international community: « Donetsk People’s Republic » and « Lugansk People’s Republic. » Despite the signing of a ceasefire agreement between the Ukrainian authorities and the separatists, fighting has persisted, causing a considerable number of casualties.

In January and February 2015, intense, indiscriminate shelling continues in densely populated areas in different locations along the frontline in eastern Ukraine. As a result of the escalation of armed hostilities, bus stops and public transport, marketplaces, schools and kindergartens, hospitals and residential areas continue to be indiscriminately shelled in clear breach of international humanitarian law.

As of 2 February, the government reports 1.1 million registered IDPs across the country. From mid-April 2014 to beginning of January 2016, at least 8,529 people were killed and at least 17,974 people were wounded.

The situation for IDPs within the Lugansk and Donetsk Oblasts is complicated. Close to half of these people have little to none opportunities for income generation and have difficulties to meet their primary needs.

In the zones controlled by separatists, the humanitarian situation is equally alarming. Separatist authorities are unable to ensure some public services. For example and the provision of medical supplies and consumables has been cut off. The sporadic supplies from Russian Federation are not constant, nor well planned, neither based on the needs, and therefore the gaps are significant.

Our action in the field

PUI’s priority is improving or restoring equitable access to quality health services for the most vulnerable population in the cities, located in Donetsk Oblast on both sides of the contact line. PUI gives priority to primary health care, including reproductive health, and to the continuum of care. PUI addresses the supply and demand-side barriers, on one hand, strengthening existing health facilities by procurement of essential medical supply and equipment and support to the health facilities functioning, and, on the other hand, facilitating access to free medicine for the most vulnerable population.

In the Non-governmental controlled area (NGCA) PUI is supporting the hospital canteens in Horlivka by covering the food needs of inpatients, as well as providing some medical equipment to the hospitals and facilitating efforts in rehabilitation of health facilities that were damaged during the armed conflict.

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As part of our activities in Ukraine, we are looking for a Health Coordinator.

The Health Coordinator is responsible for the success of the mission’s medical strategy and the quality of current and future medical programmes at the definition, implementation and evaluation phases. S/he provides support to programme managers (RDB and RT – field officers) who report to them on the basis of a dotted-line relationship.

In addition to the Medical programs, the Health Coordinator will also be requested to support the implementation of WASH and Rehab small scale activities in order to have a coherent integrated multi-sector approach.

  • Strategy: Working alongside the Head of Mission and cooperating closely with the Head Office technical Department, S/he contributes to the development of new medical and FSL initiatives for the mission. S/he carries out epidemiological monitoring for the country and analyses strengths and weaknesses from the point of view of public health.
  • Programmes: S/he ensures that medical programme(s) and FSL ones are in line with PUI’s technical policies and monitors them for quality and efficacy.
  • Representation: S/he represents the association to partners, authorities and local stakeholders involved in implementing medical and FSL programmes.
  • Human Resources / Training: S/he supervises the medical and FSL coordination team (PUI employees), provides support to programme managers for recruiting technical staff and supervises technical training activities on the basis of identified needs.
  • Logistics and Administration: S/he ensures the activities for which s/he is responsible comply with logistical and administrative procedures.
  • Safety: S/he contributes to compliance with safety rules within the mission and communicates any safety-related information to the Head of Mission. S/he ensures healthcare is provided for expatriate staff involved in the mission.

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Training and experiences


  • Medical training OR Paramedic training
  • Public health
  • Medical internship


  • Humanitarian
  • International
  • Technical (previous experience in running multisector programs)

Knowledge and skills:

  • Good written communication skills
  • Knowledge of project management
  • Knowledge of multi-sector programming


  • Pack Office

Required Personal Characteristics:

  • Ability to work independently, take the initiative and take responsibility
  • Resilience to stress
  • Diplomacy and open-mindedness
  • Good analytical skills
  • Organisation and ability to manage priorities
  • Proactive approach to making proposals and identifying solutions
  • Ability to work and manage professionally and maturely
  • Ability to integrate into the local environment, taking account of its political, economic and historical characteristics


  • Required: English

  • Desirable: French, Ukrainian and Russian

Proposed terms

  • Employed with a Fixed-Term Contract – 3 months

  • Minimum duration of commitment: 3 months

  • Starting date: May 2017

  • Monthly gross income : from 2 200 up to 2 530 Euros depending on the experience in International Solidarity + 50 Euros per semester seniority with PUI

  • Cost covered: Round-trip transportation to and from home / mission, visas, vaccines…

  • Insurance including medical coverage and complementary healthcare, 24/24 assistance and repatriation

  • Housing in collective accommodation

  • Daily living expenses (« Per diem »)

  • Break policy: 5 working days at 3 and 9 months

  • Paid leaves policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

To know more about our job offer, look at the complete job description on our website!

How to apply:

Please, send your application (Resume and Cover Letter) to Sophie Kessel, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates at with the following subject: "Healthco-UKR ".