Medical Director

Freetown | Freetown

International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.
Established in 1984 by volunteer doctors and nurses, International Medical Corps is a private, voluntary, non-political, non-sectarian organization. Its mission is to improve the quality of life through health interventions and related activities that build local capacity in underserved communities worldwide. By offering training and health care to local populations and medical assistance to people at highest risk, and with the flexibility to respond rapidly to emergency situations, International Medical Corps rehabilitates devastated health care systems and helps bring them back to self-reliance. International Medical Corps is a global, humanitarian, non-profit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs.

In Sierra Leone, International Medical Corps is providing critical assistance for Ebola preparedness and recovery, infection prevention and control, WASH, health system strengthening, and nutrition.

The Medical Director is primarily responsible for technical design vision, strategy, design, implementation and management of the health programs at national level. The Medical Director will work in collaboration with the senior management team and health teams in the field to deliver high-quality health services to the targeted beneficiaries. The Medical Director will make frequent visits to the field sites to ensure the highest standards of service delivery. S(he) will ensure high-quality clinical services in all IMC-supported health facilities. S/he will monitor service quality, ensure that all staff are trained and well-supported, pharmaceuticals and other medical supplies are properly managed, and apply clinical-level data to national-level quality improvement efforts. The Medical Director will represent IMC in the national Health Cluster, Health Forum and other technical working groups.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function with or without reasonable accommodation:

  1. Technical Monitoring and Program Quality
    • Work closely with the Country Director and the Senior Program Manager to ensure smooth running of health programs and provide technical supervision of, and technical support to the organizations health programming activities;
    • Ensure activities are consistent with established best practices, acceptable international (WHO/SPHERE) and national standards as well as ensure programs across different sites in the country are of comparable quality by encouraging transfer of good practices form one field site to another;
    • Ensure health programs utilize standardized protocols, policies and guidelines according to Ministry of Health and WHO.
    • Work closely with the country director, senior management and field teams to determine the operational needs of the medical program within the scope of the grants;
    • Oversee the collection and timely reporting of data and statistics for all programs (including objectives, indicators and outcomes of health programs) according to internal and donor requirements
    • Review monthly field and donor reports and ensure appropriate follow up and decision making on data relevant to the organizations health programs;
    • Where feasible work with government health authorities and international agencies such as WHO to ensure implementation of standardized national health information systems
    • Work with field teams, partner agencies and national health authorities for outbreak preparedness and contingency planning
    • Ensure timely and adequate provision of supplies and drugs through review of pharmacy consumption reports, national drug protocols, program budgets, acquisition of partner agency and UN drug kits, and health information materials.
    • Ensure all stakeholders, including senior management team, the Health Technical Unit and donors are provided with updates, following the established reporting structures.

  2. Program Development
    • Work with senior management team, field teams, regional desk and the Health Technical Unit in strategic planning for future health programs.
    • Work with program coordinator and management team to draft concepts for future funding following the protocols and formats of each relevant donor.
    • Provide technical input during proposal development and technical reviews, and feedback to the field to improve the quality of the final proposals;
    • Strive to ensure as much as possible different health related sectors (Mental health, WASH, Nutrition, and GBV) are integrated into proposed programs.

  3. Representation
    • Represent the organization to UN, health cluster, international and national NGOs and Ministry of Health at health coordination meetings as well as other meetings which are relevant to country programs and enhance the organizations visibility (I.e. task force meetings, assessment missions, camp coordination meetings, UN coordination meetings, INGO coordination meetings).
    • Serve as the principal liaison with MOH on matters related to the program to ensure programmatic accountability Contribute to the creation of a positive image and overall credibility of the organization, notably through the application of the organizations Code of Conduct, ethics, values and stand-point with regard to internal and external actors.

  4. Human Resources Management
    • Assist in the selection and training of qualified program health staff, recommend promotions, and implement disciplinary action and termination of staff in consultation with the Country Director and Finance Director.
    • Maintain open lines of communications with all field staff.
    • Train senior national staff to increase their responsibilities in order to build capacity and ensure sustainability of programs.
    • Ensure professional development for expat and national health staff through assessment of training needs and capacity building activities.
    • Support direct supervisors in ensuring staff performance evaluations and professional development plans are in place.
    • Work closely with the medical coordinators and health teams to determine the training needs of the medical staff.
    • Overseeing trainings of all national healthcare staff, including national Doctors, non-physician clinicians, nurses, midwives and other technical staff to ensure that the provided trainings are of acceptable quality and address the identified needs and to ensure sustainability of programs
    • Collaborate with national health authorities and relevant international health agencies for the development of an approved curriculum to meet training needs and implement those plans through the management team and field teams;

  5. Working Relationships
    • Work closely with country senior management team and the Health Technical Unit
    • Ensure program progress through communication with Country Director, Logistics Staff and Finance team to ensure coordination of programs supplies are consistent with management of budgets, including budget forecasting, development of spending plans.

  6. Security
    • Collaborate with security officer/CD in order to maintain security of health staff in the field
    • Ensure application and compliance of security protocols and policies

  7. Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse
    • Actively promote PSEA (Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse) standards within International Medical Corps and amongst beneficiaries served by International Medical Corps

  8. Other duties as assigned. The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.

The duties and responsibilities listed are representative of the nature and level of work assigned and are not necessarily all inclusive.


• Must have excellent communications skills, both oral and written
• Experience in drafting concept notes and proposals, drafting technical reports and publications in technical journals and magazines
• Must have excellent self-motivation skills
• Experience of managing large teams, staff recruitment/retention, staff training & development and conflict resolutions
• Experience in effectively dealing with international and headquarters staff, as well as donor agencies, government officials, and other NGO’s; the ability to work with a broad spectrum of people
• Representations and doing presentations in technical forums and meeting directly with donors
• Ability to exercise sound judgment and make decisions independently
• Extremely flexible, and have the ability to cope with stressful situations and frustrations
• Ability to relate to and motivate staff effectively
• Creativity and the ability to work with limited resources
• Ability to assume non-medical responsibilities from time to time to cover for other team members.

International Medical Corps is proud to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, age, disability or status.

How to apply: Please go to: follow the instructions for applying online.

Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.
  • Organization: IMC - International Medical Corps
  • Location: Freetown | Freetown
  • Grade: Mid/Senior
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Medicine
    • Medicine
    • Management, Administration and Finance
    • Management, Administration and Finance
  • Closing Date: 2016-07-31

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