Ukraine - A Health Coordinator

Deadline for application: 
31 Mar 2019
Country(s) that the job is based in: 
Première Urgence Internationale

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 200 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 7 million people in 21 countries – in Africa, Asia, Middle East, Eastern Europe and France.

Humanitarian situation and needs:

Since April 2014, Eastern Ukraine has been experiencing significant armed conflict. A significant part of the Donetsk and Lugansk Oblasts (regions) are now controlled by separatists, who have declared the independence of two new self-proclaimed republics, 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 and a humanitarian crisis that is still largely uncovered. As per the international agreements of 2015, a line of contact divides the country between the areas controlled by the Government of Ukraine and the areas under the control of the separatists. The conflict is still active, with regular fighting and shelling along and on both sides of the contact line. The conflict has had and continues to have an extremely negative impact on the population living in the region pushing 3.4 million of people to be in need of humanitarian assistance and has caused the displacement of 1.6 million people mostly concentrated in the areas closer to the conflict zone.

Humanitarian consequences:

Humanitarian access to certain areas remains very limited, particularly in zones where armed hostilities are taking place, and hampering the delivery of humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable people who are in need of humanitarian aid due to the combined impact of conflict, displacement and extreme poverty. Since the beginning of the conflict, population faces shortage in food, health services, basic household items and shelter, and suffer of psychological distress.

Our actions in the field:

Premiere Urgence Internationale opened its mission in Ukraine in the beginning of 2015 after identification of crucial humanitarian needs in Eastern Ukraine linked to the intensification of the military conflict. Thanks to CDC (Centre de Crise of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France) and ECHO funding’s, PUI has started to provide humanitarian assistance for the most vulnerable population in target cities of Kostiantynivka (GCA – Government-Controlled Area) and Horlivka (NGCA – Non-Government-Controlled Area) in April 2015. PUI provided aid on both sides of the conflict line in order to ensure neutrality and equity. The assistance aimed at improving healthcare for the most vulnerable population. The intervention included access to free medicines through a voucher system and medical prescriptions issued by doctors, provision of medical and non-medical equipment and consumables to health facilities, rehabilitation of the most life-saving wards of health facilities damaged by shelling, and provision of fresh food to canteens of health facilities in NGCA.

From August 1st 2016 to January 31st, 2017 with the funding of OFDA, PUI ran two first aid points (FAPs) located at the Exit-Entry Check Point (EECP – marking the separation between areas controlled by the Ukrainian Army and the separatists) of Mayorsk, providing first aid care and stabilization, followed by emergency call for ambulance when required for people crossing check points between government controlled areas and non-government controlled areas – both ways.

In November 2016, PUI opened two more first aid points (FAPs) at Mariinka and Novotroitske exit-entry check-points between GCA and NGCA. In October 2018, a similar intervention was launched at Hnutove checkpoint. These activities are supported by DG ECHO.

Currently, PUI is running, for the 4th consecutive year, a project funded by ECHO (April 2018 to February 2019) with the same above components in GCA (Government-controlled area) and NGCA (Non-Governmental Controlled area) in Donetsk Oblast plus inclusion of supportive supervisions of Primary Health Care Facilities. This year, PUI has developed new mechanisms to improve the quality of care in its areas of intervention through supportive supervision, transportation vouchers, transitioning to an electronic voucher-for-health modality, and development of mental health activities. Thanks to the support of UNICEF, PUI is also running a health voucher program in Toretsk rayon and in NGCA until the end of January 2019.

With UNICEF support PUI is implementing a WASH project (April 2018 to June 2019) aiming at improving access to water and sanitation through rehabilitation of water supply infrastructures in Donetsk Oblast, at both city/community and institutions level. The activities include repairs/installations of pipes, boreholes, water towers/water tanks in 5 villages located in or close to the conflict area, rehabilitation of WASH infrastructures in 6 health facilities and 1 kindergarten, and distribution of water jerry cans to the local communities.

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

The Health Coordinator is responsible for the success of the development and implementation of mission’s health strategy and the quality of current and future health programmes at the assessment, implementation and evaluation phases. He/she provides support to programme managers whom they have a close working relationship. The Health Coordinator is the head of the mission’s Health Technical Department and his / her direct reports are the Field Medical Referent and the Pharmacist.

In addition to the health programs, the Health Coordinator will also be requested to support the implementation of an integrated approach with the WASH small scale activities.

The Health Coordinator is expected to regularly travel to the field office(s) of PUI in Donbass region (at least 50% of time).

Main activities:

Strategy: Working alongside the Head of Mission and cooperating closely with the STC, he/she contributes to the development of the integrated/multi sector approach mission’ strategy.

Programmes: He/she ensures that health and other programme(s) are in line with PUI’s technical policies and monitors them for quality and efficacy.

Representation: He/she represents the association to partners, authorities and local stakeholders involved in implementing health programmes.

Human Resources / Training: He/she supervises the technical teams and provides technical support to programme managers for recruiting technical staff and supervision of technical aspects of strategy and programs

Logistics and Administration: He/she ensures the activities for which he/she is responsible comply with logistical and administrative procedures.

Safety: He/she contributes to compliance with safety rules within the mission and communicates any safety-related information to the Head of Mission. He/she ensures healthcare is provided for expatriate staff involved in the mission.

Training and Experience:


Medical training OR Paramedic training + Public health

Medical internship

Experience on a similar position, running multi-sector programs

Knowledge and skills:

Good written communication skills

Knowledge of project management

Knowledge of multi-sector programming

Required Personal Characteristics (fitting into the team, suitability for the job and assignment):

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


English required

Ukrainian and Russian


Fixed-term contract – 12 months

Starting Date: January 2019

Monthly Gross Income: from 2200 up to 2530 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 + break allowance

Paid Leaves Policy: 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

The full job description is available here.

To apply please send your application (Resume and Cover Letter) to Aude-Cécile Leroy, Human Resources Officer for Expatriates, at .

This project is funded by: