Clinical Manager , Africa

Employer: King's College London
Location: Sierra Leone
Closing date: 20 Jun 2016

The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) is run from the King’s Centre for Global Health, which is a joint centre between King’s College London and King’s Health Partners.

Since January 2013, King’s has had an in-country team of volunteers, who are supported by senior experts from the UK. The in-country team includes a Country Director and a range of key leads from a range of disciplines. KSLP is at an exciting time in its existence, emerging from its work responding to the Ebola outbreak.

We wish to appoint a new Clinical Manager to oversee a variety of existing and new projects from June 2016.

This post is based in Freetown and has a critical role in making the connection between the broader strategic, management, training and policy work of KSLP and the realities of daily clinical activity at Connaught hospital. The Clinical Manager would be expected to undertake some clinical activity, as a supernumerary staff member, such as in A&E or on the wards.

The focus of the work, however, will be to provide technical support to the senior management of Connaught Hospital, which is working to overhaul clinical and management systems at the hospital. In particular, the hospital leadership have identified a minimum of seven projects as priorities, with which they would like KSLP’s support. These projects include emergency medicine; infectious diseases; anaesthesia, critical care and surgery; general medicine; dentistry; mental health; medical and health professions education.

The successful candidate should have the technical knowledge and experience to strategically direct these projects and to work closely with the senior leadership of Connaught hospital and the individual project teams to provide advice.

The Clinical Manager is part of the management team of KSLP, led by the Country Director, which will be responsible for delivering the vision, mission and values of the King’s Centre for Global Health in Sierra Leone to deliver a programme of health system strengthening in conjunction with key partners in Sierra Leone: Connaught Hospital, the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation. The Clinical Manager will oversee a multidisciplinary clinical team of around 10-15 staff and volunteers.

Key responsibilities and objectives of the job:
Oversee the portfolio of clinical projects, and advise senior leadership on strategy
Coordinate with other projects to identify and develop synergy between all KSLP undertakings and ensure they present a holistic approach to improvement
Maintain strong relationships with hospital administration, medical leadership and other key partners, ensuring that projects are aligned with partner priorities
Maintain strong engagement with UK based advisors, and facilitate open lines of communication between UK advisors and local hospital staff
Oversee project implementation in consultation with implementation partners in country and internationally
Provide strategic advice to key partner institutions
Manage the senior clinical team to deliver KSLP’s portfolio of projects
Contribute to grant application, management and compliance processes
Report to the Country Director Monitor and manage the risks of projects, plan contingencies as necessary

Person Characteristics

Education/Qualification and Training:
A clinical professional qualification
Professional registration in home country; Royal College Fellowship (or equivalent) would be beneficial
A broad range of relevant clinical training

Knowledge of hospital systems, audit, medical education and research, rather than clinical activity alone
Knowledge of international development or global health trends and priorities would be advantageous

Previous work experience in Africa; lengthy experience in Africa would be an advantage
Specific experience managing clinical improvement projects in low income settings would be desirable

Personal characteristics/other requirements
Excellent interpersonal and intercultural skills, as well as confidence working with and/or managing senior colleagues
Skilled at multitasking and prioritising, working independently with minimal supervision, leading and designing projects autonomously would be beneficial

Role-specific Requirements
Flexible and adaptable: willing work irregular hours in accordance with the needs of the role
Excellent knowledge base of confidentiality: Information of a confidential nature must be kept strictly confidential and should never be disclosed either inside or outside work. It should be noted that breach of confidentiality is a serious offence, which may lead to dismissal.

How To Apply:

To apply, submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) and CV (maximum 4 pages) to Please include the role title in the subject line of the email. 

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the deadline.