WHO Sierra Leone is managing the recruitment of a new leader for Sierra Leone’s medical school. I’ve copied and pasted some background on the institution and our support below. The job vacancy is available now on e-recruit here: you be able to pass this on to relevant and interested colleagues? We are looking forward to recruiting an excellent candidate. 

Robert Marten

Technical Officer

Health Systems Strengthening
World Health Organization, Sierra Leone


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The College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) is the first and only medical school in Sierra Leone. It was founded in 1988 by the Sierra Leonean Government with support from the Nigerian Government and the World Health Organization (WHO). Following the 2005 University Act, COMAHS was incorporated as one of three constituent colleges, alongside Fourah Bay College (FBC) and the Institute of Public Administration and Management (IPAM), into the University of Sierra Leone (USL). USL is owned by the Government, and its Chancellor is the President of Sierra Leone. COMAHS is mandated to train doctors, nurses, pharmacists, biomedical scientists and laboratory technicians to improve Sierra Leone’s health system.

COMAHS recently developed a five-year strategic plan to transform into a top university in West Africa. Currently, however, there are challenges: courses are limited because of staff shortages; equipment and supplies are outdated or not available; and space is limited resulting in many able students—who have the necessary exam scores—denied admissions and or going abroad to study.

Planned support

To begin to address these gaps, WHO has been requested by the MOHS, with close to $3.3 million in funding from the World Bank and the African Development Bank, to support COMAHS to achieve its strategic objectives by assisting with the recruitment of teachers and key senior staff, specifically a Deputy Vice Chancellor and 18 instructors in basic sciences (4 positions), basic medical sciences (5 positions), pharmaceutical sciences (2 positions), clinical sciences (4 positions) and nursing (3 positions). WHO will also supporting COMAHS to procure teaching materials and upgrade and rehabilitate ICT and other equipment.  The time period for this support is 2016-2017.




Following the end of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) Outbreak in Sierra Leone, that left hundreds of Health Care Workers (HCW) dead, most of whom are middle cadre level, the country is desirous of re-building its health system, through accelerating the training of both Middle Level Health Care Workers as well as Doctors.  In support of the Government of Sierra Leone’s (GoSL) rebuilding efforts, the World Bank has made available funds to the GOSL through the World Health Organization (WHO). The government wishes to apply part of these funds to support the position of a Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sierra Leone who doubles as Principal of the College of Medicine and Allied Health  Sciences-COMAHS (a Constituent College of the University of Sierra Leone).


Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Sierra Leone/Principal, College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences

No. of posts

One (1)

Reporting to

The Vice-Chancellor, University of Sierra Leone



Duration of contract

The recruitment will initially be for a period of  Two (2) years but shall be extendable  one year at a time thereafter subject to the following conditions:

1. Satisfactory performance

2. Continued requirement of the position

3. Availability of funds




1. Degree in Medicine such as MD, MBBS, MB;ChB

2.Professional  postgraduate qualification in either Public Health, Medicine,Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, from a recognized body

3. A professor from a recognized university


A certificate/diploma  in Medical Education administration



1. At least Twenty (20) years of clinical experience combined with academic work post specialization.

2. Served as Dean of a college/university campus principal for at least three (3) years or at least a minimum of five years’ experience in a senior management position

3. Demonstrate ability in the management of academic planning and programs, and management of the same at university level and capacity to motivate staff and students

4. Experience in running university affairs, procedures and systems

5. Evidence of internationally recognized record of scholarship with extensive scholarly/referred publications and capacity to lead and promote research activities in a university

6. Experience in resource mobilization, networking, and fundraising


Summary of Roles and Responsibilities

·         Reporting to the Vice-Chancellor (VC), the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) will be responsible for the effective management of the academic affairs of the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences and work closely with the VC in ensuring realization of the vision, mission, and strategic objectives of the University.

·         DVC will specifically provide academic leadership of the Medical School’s faculties, research engagements, educational resources, curriculum development and implementation, teaching and quality assurance of all academic programs.

·         Responsible for the day to day running of the Medical  School

·         Provide high level leadership and supportive supervision of the lecturers and other staff

·         Assign teaching roles to academic staff and researchers

·         Proactively provide leadership and advice  on resource mobilization and teaching and research

·         Liaise with external stakeholders to develop and maintain strategic academic partnerships.

·         Hold regular academic staff meetings and keep the VC informed of the outcomes of such meetings

·         Provide technical and professional advice to academic staff to promote their academic development

·         Ensure the acquisition of teaching and learning materials for the medical  school times

·         Foster relationships between the medical school and other academic institutions

·         This job description is not intended to be exhaustive, but it indicates some of the tasks to be undertaken by the DVC


Desirable Skills

·         Comfortable working in a collaborative manner with many other team members

·         Team builder and player

·         Capacity builder

·         Excellent communication skills

·         Willingness to travel to districts to provide support

·         Ability to adapt to challenging operating environments e.g. post-epidemic settings

·         Respecting and promoting individual cultural differences



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