Chief Medical Officer

Employer: Partners In Health (PIH)
Location:  Kono, Sierra Leone

Length of Service and/or Assignment: 12 months (minimum)

Position Overview

As the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) you will lead the PIH-SL clinical team and provide accompaniment to the Sierra Leonean MOHS to strengthen health care systems in Sierra Leone. Your responsibilities will include ensuring that our team effectively augments and supports the staff Koidu Government Hospital and Wellbody Clinic in Kono district; provides medical education and mentorship; and conducts operational research that will enable us to improve our work and disseminate knowledge. This position will also work collaboratively with stakeholders from different levels of the healthcare system to strategically plan and provide leadership for all clinical initiatives and inform policy development.

As part of the PIH-SL leadership team, you will set strategy and manage its effective implementation and create an environment of high quality patient care, learning and continuous quality improvement within the framework of social justice. You will work closely with the PIH-SL leadership team, including the Executive Director, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Kono District Director, Director of Operations and Director of Community Based Programs.

Specific Responsibilities

PIH-SL Leadership
Lead clinical strategic planning and budgeting, and work closely with the Executive Director and Director of Operations to manage the implementation of healthcare delivery, in support of MOHS objectives.
Work with the Finance Director to manage the clinical budgets.
Work closely with the Director of Policy and Partnerships to develop grant proposals and reports to current and potential donors.
Lead by example, embodying the values of PIH, including: doing whatever it takes to provide the highest level of service to our patients; treating every member of our organization and community with equal respect and dignity; fostering a sense of generosity and teamwork; and working patiently, yet persistently, to accompany our government partners to achieve our shared goals.

Clinical Program Management
Oversee clinical operations at Koidu Government Hospital, WellBody Clinic, and at the community level with our CHW and social protection programs in collaboration with our Operations team.
Ensure that clinical systems, protocols, and procedures are established, fully implemented and assessed for effectiveness.
Perform clinical teaching, mentorship and capacity building of clinicians through participation in district hospitals, outpatient clinics, community health clinics, case review, and other activities.
Provide supervision and mentorship to PIH-SL clinical officers (physicians, nurses, midwives and other providers), working with the team to provide direct patient care to support improved clinical outcomes.
Collaborate with the Operations team on ensure infrastructure, equipment, medications and other supplies meet clinical needs, avoid stock-outs, and support strengthened care at our supported facilities.
Support integration of Ebola survivor care services into other clinical and community programs in Kono and Port Loko.
Ensure Ebola-related preparedness at all times within clinical operations to ensure safe and proper triage and isolation at health facilities and at community levels; be prepared to respond if epidemic conditions recur.

Building Partnerships
Build and maintain relationships with our government partners, including the MOHS, district health management team (DHMT), hospital medical superintendents, other international organizations, and health center leaders.
Collaborate with PIH clinical team in Boston, members from the district and national MOHS, and other international organizations to share best practices.
Meet regularly with NGO partners to build relationships and collaborate on projects at the national and district level.


MD or equivalent medical training and board certification in a medical specialty. HIV/TB clinical and program experience preferred.
At least three years of experience managing personnel, budgets, and/ or program activities.
At least four years of clinical experience in a low-resource health care setting.
A strong commitment to social justice and health as a human right is essential in all aspects of the leadership and management
Prior experience in managing and leading strong and diverse teams.
Prior experience in linking clinical departments with abroad academic partners.
Proven success in supporting annual strategic planning and grant proposal development.
Evidence of providing culturally sensitive and competent quality care in an extremely stressful environment.
Ability to be flexible and effective in the face of unexpected challenges.
Exemplary interpersonal communication skills, verbal and written, required to effectively engage with senior leadership, partners, and clinicians on sensitive political and confidential issues.
Proven ability to exercise good judgment, demonstrate political astuteness, and tact.
Sense of humor and flexible disposition very helpful. The candidate should have a demonstrated ability to be flexible and effective in the face of unexpected challenges as well as the willingness to accept a standard of living that is clean and comfortable but simple.
Ability to live in Sierra Leone full-time.

Partners In Health is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.