13 May 2022

Director Medical Services at Mater Hospital

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Job Description

The Mater Hospital was opened in 1962 by the Sisters of Mercy, a Catholic Order of Nuns originating from Ireland, three years after registering themselves as the Registered Trustees of an entity under the Perpetual Succession Act (the succeeding legislation after independence). The “Sisters of Mercy” first set up a 60 bed general hospital to cater mainly for the poor, indigenous Kenyans, with the primary mission being general healthcare. The colonial authorities granted 12 acres of land in a swampy, mosquito-infested area, which has since become the Industrial Area of Nairobi. In 1970, a 60-bed maternity ward was opened with antenatal, postnatal and immunization clinics attached in order to upgrade the quality of maternity healthcare available to the poorer segments of the Nairobi population. In 1972, in recognition of the contribution of the hospital in training midwives to assist births in rural areas, Mater was chartered as a School of Midwifery. In 1975, a consultant’s block of 6 offices was opened enabling specialised consultants to practice on site and deliver significantly better medical services to the patients. In 1986, the hospital opened its own pharmacy, physiotherapy and laboratory services and, in 1990, opened its counselling centre for inpatients, outpatients and staff who needed advice and guidance on family planning, HIV, and other concerns of a psychological and/or physical nature. In 1995, in a major building expansion programme, the hospital opened a larger and more efficient Casualty, Accident and Emergency Department, an Intensive Care Unit and a Cardiac Unit where open-heart surgery is performed. The missionary role of the Sisters of Mercy has spread to other parts of Kenya and the Mater Hospital has become a private hospital that charges a fee-for-service to a patient population that has developed locally to a much higher level of affluence compared with other parts of Kenya. The financial objective of the hospital is to provide affordable healthcare to as many people as possible but also attempt to meet all of its costs, including depreciation, in order to replace and upgrade medical equipment.

Main Duties


  • Champion the articulation and continuous improvement of a differentiating clinical services strategy for Hospital.
  • Continuous improvement on clinical service delivery mechanism in the Hospital with aim of attaining the customer growing demand for curative and preventive treatments.
  • Provide leadership and expertise in the development and management of clinical units/services in line with the Hospital’ strategy.
  • Ensure that appropriate structures, systems, competencies to deliver the quality of care in the brand promise are developed.
  • Establish objectives and appropriate implementation strategies for all clinical services units/ departments.
  • Demonstrate ownership of and communicate the department’s strategic direction to all clinical services staff and personnel.
  • Work closely with the Medical Advisory Committee for coordination of clinical strategic initiatives.


  • Champion the definition of the division’s processes, policies and procedures.
  • Monitor the use of diagnostic services, inpatient beds, facilities, and staff to ensure effective use of resources and assess the need for additional staff, equipment, and services as required.
  • Monitor quality and appropriateness of medical care in line with global best practices.
  • Take ownership of the preparation and monitoring of the annual budget for the division and take corrective action in case of any variation.
  • Ensure that the interfaces between Medical & research and other departments are managed optimally.
  • Continually review and assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the division’s policies, procedures and processes and identify improvement opportunities.
  • Communicate the activities and achievements of the department to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Keep abreast of local and global best practices in clinical services, articulate implications for the division and the Hospital as a whole and make recommendations to the Chief Executive Officer.


  • Develop the standards and requirements for selecting and appraising Physicians and participate in their recruitment process.
  • Oversee the continuous development and training of medical personnel, including orientation of new medical staff and provide administrative support to the ongoing residency training programs.
  • Perform clinical supervision of medical staff, including regular performance management, peer review and feedback, as well as physician behaviour and impairment issues where required to promote the agreed standards of quality of care.
  • Supervision of interns and other hospital training programs (COSECSA Programme, ESACOP and Cardiac programs).
  • Ensure feedback from patients’ satisfaction surveys are periodically assessed and leveraged to improve delivery of clinical services.
  • Ensure effective organization and coordination of physician services and non-physician services as they relate to patient care to ensure a seamless experience for patients.
  • Provide input into the plans and programmes for Pharmacy, Radiology, Physiotherapy, Research and the cross-functional Quality Systems and Patient Safety.
  • Ensure effective coverage exists for medical emergencies and take ownership of decisions regarding emergency equipment and drug supplies required in the Hospital to meet patient’s needs.
  • Work with the Chief Executive Officer to establish and manage relationship with relevant health care institutions, regulatory bodies, and other professional groups and service providers, etc.
  • Work with Head Human Resources and Director Nursing Services to ensure availability of qualified specialists across all in-patient and out-patient centers.
  • Develop and ensure implementation and periodic review of policies and procedures regarding adequate protection of patients’ rights, advance care planning, etc.
  • Ensure that an effective care quality assurance program exists, is implemented and continuously improved in line with the Hospitals strategic objectives, relevant codes and regulations, etc.
  • Ensure a mechanism exists for screening all patients’ medical records for clinical appropriateness, completeness, etc.
  • Advise attending physicians on changes in clinical policies and procedures and keep them abreast of changes in county, national and global regulations.
  • Ensure design of an effective work schedule for clinical staff, according to workload, space and equipment availability.
  • Direct, supervise and evaluate work activities of medical and clinical support services.
  • Maintain awareness of advances in medicine, computerized diagnostic and treatment equipment, data processing technology, clinical governance regulations, health insurance changes, and financing options.
  • Provide periodic reports on clinical activities to the Board as required.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Executive Officer.

Key Qualifications

  • Masters’ degree in Medicine, (Health Management)/ MA; MPA; M.Sc.; MPH; or its equivalent from an accredited educational institution.
  • Registration with Kenya Medical Practitioners & Dentistry Board.
  • Minimum twelve (15) years’ relevant work experience, 5 of which in a supervisory role.
  • Experienced in leading, coaching and managing staff, with an understanding of business operations in the private health care industry.
  • Medical administration and clinical leadership experience.
  • Professional expertise and financial orientation.
  • Highly developed clinical governance skills, including medical accreditation and credentialing.
  • Understanding of contemporary clinical practice in a broad range of specialties.
  • Strategic thinking and problem-solving skills Analytical and creative thinking skills.
  • Strong persuasion and negotiation skills.
  • Strong business acumen / business orientation.
  • Good customer relationship management skills (internal and external customers).
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong leadership and people management skills.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple stakeholders.
  • Strong execution skills.
  • Strong collaboration and teaming skills.

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Closing Date : 31 May. 2022


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