Medical Director , Laos

Employer: Friends Without a Border
Location: Laos
Closing date: 01 Feb 2016

Friends Without A Border (Friends), founded in 1996, is a New York-based global health NGO with a sister office in Tokyo, Japan; whose mission is to provide medical care and health education to children across Southeast Asia.

Friends opened Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC) in Siem Reap, Cambodia in 1999. In 16 years, AHC has provided medical care to over 1.5 million children, educated thousands of healthcare professionals, and prevented childhood illnesses throughout Cambodia. AHC offers Inpatient and Outpatient Departments, an Eye Clinic, Dental Clinic, HIV/Homecare Program, Neonatal Unit, Social Work Department, Laboratory, Surgery Department, and Pharmacy.

In February 2015, Friends opened Lao Friends Hospital for Children (LFHC) in Luang Prabang, Laos, in partnership with Luang Prabang Provincial Hospital (LPPH). LFHC will serve as the Pediatric Department of LPPH. Its services currently include an Outpatient department, an HIV program, Homecare programs, diagnostic imaging, laboratory testing, some rehabilitation services as well as inpatient beds. The 24/7 Emergency Department will open at the end of November along with additional inpatient beds, and 2 High Observation /ICU beds. Early in 2016, LFHC will start the surgical/Operating Theatre program and finally a newborn unit/NICU. These programs will target the underserved population of Luang Prabang Province. As a teaching hospital, LFHC will also train Lao physicians, nurses, technicians, and community healthcare workers.

Position Summary

The Medical Director’s (MD) role will focus on four areas – direct patient care, clinical education, medical quality of care, and occupational health of LFHC staff.

These activities will include but are not limited to:
Coordination of medical departmental activities
Recruitment and management of medical personnel (Lao and expatriate doctors)
Development, coordination and implementation of Lao physicians training programs (Basic curriculum, ETAT, PALS, APLS and others)
Ensuring medical coverage by both Laos physicians and expatriate mentors
Orientation of and assistance to volunteer/employed physicians in providing quality compassionate care as appropriate to level of physician (residents, fellows, faculty)
Coordination of the occupational health program for all LFHC staff including immunizations and testing as appropriate with referral to local Laos health resources when required
Participation as a member of the leadership team and working with the Executive Director to:
review significant incidents including morbidity and mortality reviews; initiate and supervise appropriate quality improvement projects; and develop medical policies and procedures.
Collaboration with the Nursing Director to ensure a clinical team approach to learning as well as patient care provision
Provide medical direction and assistance in design and implementation of the Community Outreach Programs to the District Hospitals and Health Centers throughout Luang Prabang Province.
Provide clinical care in inpatient, emergency and outpatient areas as needed

The position requires a minimum 1 to 2 year commitment (prefer 3 years with possible extensions) to live and work in Luang Prabang, one of the most beautiful and pleasant towns in Southeast Asia.


• Licensed pediatrician or MD with extensive current pediatric clinical experience including acute care and emergency skills

• International experience in providing pediatric medical care

• Knowledge of Laotian people and culture (or of Southeast Asia) preferred

• Ability to interact with people from various countries and backgrounds with tact and diplomacy

• Demonstrated leadership with strong organizational and human resource management skills

• Commitment to personally providing compassionate and nurturing care to our patients and families, while achieving the strategic and operational goals of LFHC

• Previous administrative experience in a medical director role preferred

Salary and Benefits

Housing allowance; travel allowance; and salary competitive for international low resource settings and commensurate with experience and qualifications

How To Apply
Please email a cover letter and resume to: with the subject “Medical Director.” Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviewing.