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Afghanistan – A Health Coordinator in Kabul

Starting Date : As Soon As Possible

Location : Afghanistan, Kabul

Duration of Mission : 12 months

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.

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Humanitarian Situation and needs

Afghan mission is the oldest PUI mission, with first medical intervention launched in 1979 just after the Soviet Invasion. Since then, the country has mostly been in conflict, with national armed groups and international forces, causing mass casualties and massive movements of population, within or out of the countries. The achievements realized by the international community following the post-2001 intervention are now jeopardized by the intensification of conflict and violence and fragile governance. Indeed, due to the increase of the attacks, casualties, displacements and consequently, of the acute needs, the United Nations reclassified Afghanistan conflict from a protracted one to an active one. Many armed groups (mainly Taliban, Islamic State…) are threatening the Government of Afghanistan, struggling to impose its vision of development, despite continuous extended military, financial and political support, nationally and internationally.

Insecurity, economic concerns, governance issues and increased pressure on the delivery of services are pushing many Afghans to risk their lives fleeing mainly to Europe, as they see no future in Afghanistan. Afghan refugees represent the third largest refugee group worldwide and the second largest contingent of asylum seekers to the EU.

In this scenario, with elevated pressure on aid actors, the capacity to deliver aid to the most in need in remote areas is jeopardized. Access on field remains one of the biggest challenges in Afghanistan, especially in some provinces, including Nangarhar, Kunar, Laghman and Nuristan. The humanitarian crisis is looming as actors are overstretched and resources oriented to other crises remain limited.

PUI is planning to address the needs of conflict-affected IDPs and population in general, drought-affected IDPs, to improve access and quality of health and nutrition services as well as to tackle the PSS needs of the humanitarian workers who are exposed to traumatic events in their daily work. A specific focus is given on women’s health and their access to quality health services.


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



The Health Coordinator is responsible for the development of the mission’s strategy related to health and for the quality of the health programmes all along the project cycle, from assessment, to implementation, monitoring and evaluation. S/he works closely with the Deputy Head of Mission for Programs and Head of Mission in assessing, implementing and following-up all health programs in the mission.


  • Strategy: Working alongside the Head of Mission and cooperating closely with the Deputy Head of Mission for Programs and the Regional Health Advisor, s/he contributes to the development of new medical initiatives for the mission. S/he carries out epidemiological monitoring for the country and analyses strengths and weaknesses from a public health perspective.
  • Programmes: S/he ensures that medical programme(s) are in line with PUI’s health policy and monitors their quality and efficacy.
  • Representation: S/he represents the association to partners, authorities and local stakeholders involved in implementing medical programmes.
  • Human Resources / Training: S/he supervises the medical technical team (PUI employees), provides support for the recruiting of technical staff and supervises technical training activities on the basis of identified needs.
  • Logistics and Administration: S/he ensures the activities for which he/she 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. He/She ensures healthcare is provided for expatriate staff involved in the mission.

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Expériences / Formation

Training: Medical degree + Master in Public Health

Experiences: Minimum 5 years’ experience on the design and implementation of health programs in developing countries, with experience in conflict-affected and protracted crisis.

Skills and Personal Characteristics:

  • Good written communication skills
  • Knowledge of project management
  • 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
  • Strong commitment to support/develop capacity of national staff and developing second layer of leadership.
  • Problem solving and leadership skills and ability to organize and manage priorities.
  • Proven management ability and inter-personal skills – team player.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and collaboratively as part of a diverse team and manage a varied workload.
  • Proven capacity for analyzing and synthesizing comprehensive information and technical data.
  • Ability to write and edit reports under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to guarantee effective and timely outputs.

Langues:Excellent command in writing and editing documents in both English and French (desirable).


  • Employed with a Fixed-term contract – 12 months
  • Starting date: As soon as possible
  • 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: Break every 2 months + break allowance
  • Paid Leaves Policy  : 5 weeks of paid leaves per year + return ticket every 6 months

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