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SIDRA4983 - Chief Information Officer

Department: C-Suite
Division: C-Suite
Contract Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 31-Jan-2020
Organizational Profile:

Sidra Medicine is a state of the art academic medical center that will function to the level of the highest international standards. Its clinical focus is on the specialty care of women and children.

Sidra’s Vision is: “Sidra Medicine will be a beacon of learning, discovery and exceptional care, ranked among the top medical centers in the world”.

Achieving this vision will encompass three essential activities:

World Class: Patient and Family Centered Care Health Education Biomedical Discovery


The Information Management Division ensures information management standards are consistently applied across systems to maintain the level of data integrity, quality, and privacy necessary for clinical, demographic, financial, evidentiary and administrative data to facilitate real-time healthcare delivery

JOB SUMMARY: Reporting to the Chief Executive Officer, the Chief Information Officer is responsible for leading strategic and tactical planning, development, evaluation and coordination of Information Systems across Sidra. These tasks include formulating and implementing a Digital Strategy and 3 Year Plan to align the technology capability of the organization in response to contemporary and future information technology and system needs. This also includes the successful introduction, monitoring, maintenance and alignment of high performing software systems. The Chief Information Officer is expected to focus and participate in leading strategic matters for Sidra, e.g., implementation and updating of the strategic plan, providing information and recommendations on future hardware and software acquisition and development, staffing levels and skills required to ensure Sidra achieves its vision and mission within its stated values.

  • Executive leadership over actualization, maintenance and enhancement of Sidra information systems.
  • Effective Leadership of IM&T implementation projects and system stabilization.
  • Directs and coordinates strategic and operational plans for meeting current and future information and technology needs.
  • Oversees the development, implementation and continual enhancement of learning and development programs for the information management staff and contributes fully in Qatari national development and the wider learning and development initiatives in the organization.
  • Maintains an effective working relationship with executive leadership, physicians, clinicians and Sidra employees.
  • Builds, directs and develops the IM&T leadership team.
  • Participates in executive strategic management at the corporate level.
  • Makes organization wide IM&T strategy and operational implementation.
  • Leads changes in IM&T governance to make it effective and give more prominence to end users.
  • Consolidate fragmented IM&T functions under the CIO branch.
  • Develops policies, processes and programs for effective delivery.
  • Determines application of all staffing and other resources under his/ her control.
  • Manages and controls the annual IM&T budget and expenditures within IM&T and ensures these represent value for money and are aligned to industry benchmarks. 
  • Leads information management quality and improvement processes, outcomes and evaluation.
  • Plans and develops the network infrastructure to support information management.
  • Ensures that the branch meets the support needs of the organization.
  • Prepares annual plans and business cases for investment as required.
  • Reviews and improves telecommunication and surveillance systems.
  • Responsible for the governance of data communications and the integration of computer systems, servers, terminals, personal computers, etc. in the data network.
  • Ensures that information system delivery models and standards are consistent with current professional standards and with the Sidra mission, vision and guiding principles.
  • Promotes Sidra Vision, Mission, objectives and core values and ensures high levels of employee engagement in the branch.
  • Works cooperatively with Hamad Medical Corporation, the Ministry of Public Health and other partners to support an integrated information management for Qatar.
  • Ensures legal and regulatory compliance within the scope of responsibilities. 
  • Advises the executive on technology development, innovation and opportunity within healthcare.
  • Directs implementation of continuous improvements in the existing applications to achieve higher productivity and efficiency
  • Operates the branch efficiently, effectively and economically within the resources assigned to it.
  • Establishes under the CIO a Data Analytics Centre of Excellence to improve data quality and support data analysis and reporting needs
  • Understands the business and the mission-critical requirements for success; understands governance, business propositions and how businesses operate; learns new methods and technologies easily.
  • Makes complex decisions by analyzing and interpreting data; uses good judgement, experience and problem-solving techniques to come to the best conclusion and solutions
  • Innovative and supports creativity and innovation in others; delivers novel solutions; visionary; creates and brings exciting ideas to market, is comfortable speculating about alternative futures.
  • Can quickly separate the mission-critical from the nice to do; quickly organizes short term programs and deliverables; focuses on the critical few tasks that really add value.
  • Marshals resources to get things done; lays out tasks clearly and in sufficient detail to mark the trail; foresees and overcomes obstacles.
  • Manages people well and gets the most and best out of them; sets and communicates clear goals; measures accomplishments, holds people accountable, gives and receives feedback well; delegates and develops; keeps people informed; provides coaching for today and for the future.
  • Is an effective process, work flow, and systems designer; is good at figuring out what to measure to track progress; mastery at work systems and can quickly diagnose and fix a work flow problem; always looking for incremental process improvement.
  • Fearlessly takes on all issues and challenges; comfortably confronts and works through conflict; delivers negative feedback and messages appropriately and promptly; manages problem performers; lets everyone know where they stand; able to manage in crisis.
  • Writes and presents effectively; adjusts to fit the audience and the message; Gets a message across.
  • Is ambitious and is comfortable representing his/her branch; relates effectively with top management.
  • Builds solid relationships; is approachable, accessible and visible within the branch and the wider organization. 
  • Shows empathy and sympathy; makes time to listen, caring and quick to help others
  • Manages diversity well.
  • Inspires colleagues and branch personnel to perform at a higher level and to engage in the organization’s mission and objectives; communicates a compelling vision and is committed to what needs to be done.
  • Builds high-performing teams; motivates his/her people.
  • Open to continuous personal improvement; aware of self and impact on others; responsive to feedback; reflective and forward thinking and prepares and implements development plans accordingly.
  • Adheres to Sidra’s standards as they appear in the Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest policies
  • Adheres to and promotes Sidra’s Values


In view of the evolving needs and opportunities within Sidra, this position may be required to perform other duties as assigned and reporting relationships may vary.








  • Master’s degree in IT, MIS, Computer Science, Software Engineering or related field
  • Evidence of continued relevant educational exposure in a relevant field.



15+ years of executive level IT leadership experience within a complex organization, especially overseeing system implementation or IT transformation programs.


Experience leading a HIMMS level 7 certified healthcare center


Certification and Licensure


Professional Membership



Job Specific Skills and Abilities

  • Proven skills in providing leadership, including the ability to motivate, set standards and ensure accountability.
  • Demonstrated ability in comprehensive business planning and translating organization strategy, and vision into operational objectives.
  • Proven exceptional administrative and management leadership with a high level of analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Demonstrated skill as an excellent IT leader with strong managerial ability and international IT experiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively and strategically in a multicultural team environment with all levels of professional, technical and administrative staff. Capacity to interface and maintain effective relationships with all departments and employees.
  • A background of positive experiences engaging with Boards, CEOs, senior executives, and various internal and external stakeholders in higher education, biomedical research, healthcare settings and/or business.
  • Academic gravitas and proof of intellectual bench strength that earn credibility and respect among faculty, staff and administrators in a world-class academic setting.
  • Highly responsive, ethical and responsible behavior with a professional approach and willingness to be held accountable for results.
  • Broad interpersonal skills and a strong cultural compass.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite
  • Fluency in written and spoken English







Sidra’s Organizational Values:
  • Trust: Being competent; acting consistently, reliably and predictably; acting with honesty and integrity; respecting patient, employee and commercial confidentiality; delivering on commitments
  • Care: Acting with empathy, kindness and compassion; being humble; listening and responding; acting with cultural sensitivity; Caring for patients and staff
  • Teamwork: Sharing information and knowledge and learning from demonstrated expertise; being respectful, and thereby earning respect of others; acting with professionalism; leading and following; collaborating and being accessible
  • Transparency: Frequent and honest communication; open access to information for decision making; willingly acknowledge shortcomings; speaking up about concerns; publishing performance indicators
  • Innovation: Freedom to innovate; welcoming ideas and encouraging creativity; supporting talent; creating confidence; celebrating successes
  • Efficiency: Providing measurable value; using data to drive decision making; having and achieving clear goals; building processes that work; continuously improving outcomes in patient and family care
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