Director of Clinical Programs & Training

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  • The Director of Clinical Programs is a key member of the clinical leadership team for APZU and has primary responsibilities that support strategic and programmatic needs across the district. This position accompanies the senior level positions who are responsible for direct clinical care and supervises a team responsible for quality initiatives and program strengthening in specific topic areas such as HIV, TB, maternal child health, and nutrition. Working closely with the clinical, community, and Monitoring & Evaluation teams, this position is a key leader and strategist in innovative initiatives to support the development of Neno as a model district in Malawi. In addition to being a leader and strategist, this role has significant management responsibilities. The Director of Clinical Programs oversees several program managers who work to support facilities across the district and coordinate with national level MOH and other implementing partners. This is a role heavily reliant on communication skills, strategic vision, management experience, and implementation abilities. The Director of Clinical Programs should be a physician who loves innovating, health systems strengthening, and working with a team across a broad range of disciplines in a complex environment.

    Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Management, Supervision, & Leadership
  • Serve on the APZU Senior Management Team
  • Manage and supervise the APZU clinical programs leaders for HIV, TB, maternal health, and nutrition, in addition to others should they be added to this team as the programs expand
  • Help execute APZU and Neno District clinical and programmatic strategies
  • Collaborate with the Neno District Ministry of Health on clinical program implementation and monitoring
  • Ensure effective communication and collaboration between the facility-based clinical teams at hospitals and health centers as well as other key stakeholders including the MOH, other implementing partners in Neno District, and other departments within APZU
  • Be a key leader in developing and implementing clinical strategic priorities
  • Help develop and manage clinical programs budgets, support various HR initiatives
  • Be a key leader in developing and implementing grant proposals, supporting grant implementation/compliance, and liaise directly with the employees advising and working on the grants
  • Liaise with the community department staff to help bridge the connection between the community and the clinical programs
  • Any other duty that may be required


  • Where required, share responsibility with other APZU staff for attending on the wards at the hospital, including night and weekend call if needed
  • When needed, provide clinical mentorship and support for clinical staff and trainees
  • Support development of clinical quality improvement initiatives as they relate to programmatic or disease-specific areas

    Required Qualifications:

  •  MBBS, MD, or equivalent
  • Residency training or extensive experience in similar organization / role
  • Project management experience and skills required
  • Fluent in English and demonstrated proficiency in writing in English
  • Willingness to live and work full-time in a rural setting.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills; ability to collaborate effectively with culturally diverse staff across departments and country.
  • Interest in social justice strongly desirable.
  • A strong interest in clinical medicine and for delivering compassionate care to patients.
  • A strong interest in learning social medicine; that is, a willingness to look at diseases of poverty through a wide “biopsychosocial” lens
  • If Malawian, active registration with the Medical Council of Malawi by the time of start date.


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