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Head of Orthopedic Services

CURE has an exceptional opportunity for a Head of Orthopedic Services at its hospital in Malawi. This position represents a unique opportunity for a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon who wants to be involved in caring for disabled children, and playing a vital role in improving the quality of health in a community. The Head of Orthopedic Services is responsible for delivery of a high-quality orthopedic service that achieves best practice and supports the strategic and sustainability planning for the hospital.  Duties will be divided between clinical (70%), administrative (20%) and educational (10%) roles.     

Responsibilities include:


  • Practice excellent medical care within orthopedics.
  • Model and teach professionalism via interactions with other clinical team members, patients, and patient family members.
  • Provide clinical leadership, clinical supervision and advice to direct reports.
  • Teach and educate staff through excellent clinical practice in the operating rooms, wards, and clinics.
  • Oversee the implementation of continuing professional development for orthopedic surgeons and support the clinical officer and physiotherapy CPD program. 


  • In conjunction with the Medical Director, outline and delegate administrative duties of direct reports that facilitates achieving the best practice and high clinical standards for each role, ensuring that it supports the strategic and sustainability planning for the hospital.  
  • Lead the assessment of competence of both clinical (e.g. current best practices) and administrative competence of the orthopedic surgeons, lead orthopedic clinical officers, physiotherapy lead, research lead, and education lead. 
  • Organize and chair the orthopedic team and service planning meetings that facilitate the achievement of high-quality clinical care.  
  • Hold regular meetings with the biomedical officer or designee to provide clinical support in order to prioritize and coordinate biomedical issues pertinent to the orthopedic service provision.  Act as the key supervisor/lead in coordination for biomedical equipment needs and repairs with International Aid.  
  • Submit written statements where necessary.   

Other responsibilities include:

In conjunction with the Executive Director, Medical Director and Head of Clinical Services:

  • Coordinate outreach clinic activity.
  • Coordinate the development and service delivery of private practice orthopedic services.
  • Coordinate, lead and direct physiotherapy services with the physiotherapy lead to ensure high standards of care are maintained and served, both for pediatric and private patients.
  • Coordinate and develop a clinical governance structure that aims to achieve and maintain high-quality clinical care.
  • Work with the Finance Manager and Medical Director to develop the consolidated budget for orthopedic services within the hospital.
  • Assist and empower direct reports in the development of consolidated budgets in their respective areas.

Qualified candidates for this position will possess the following:

  • Medical degree (MD or DO) from a qualified, recognized medical institution.
  • Board certification, or board eligible, preferred.
  • Current and unrestricted medical license.
  • Two (2) years experience in a private or hospital practice.
  • Significant experience in pediatric orthopedic surgery; Completion of a pediatric orthopedic surgery fellowship strongly preferred
  • Experience in the developing world strongly preferred.
  • Minimum one (1) year experience in a management role
  • Moderate ability with the English language required, fluency preferred.  Fluency in one of the local language(s) may also be required depending on the location.  
  • Strong communication skills, especially with those of different cultures.
  • Competency and proficiency in orthopedic procedures.
  • Strong interest in teaching and training.

In addition, all candidates should be familiar with the Statement of Faith, and will be required to agree to perform the duties of the position in support of, and not in opposition to, this aspect of CURE International in order to be considered for this position.  

Please click here to read our Statement of Faith.

This is a full-time, paid position that offers a modest salary with a comprehensive benefits package that may include health and life insurance, relocation assistance, retirement, housing, in-country transportation, and annual leave.

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