Laboratory Director at Management Sciences for Health

Job ID: 13-10434
Location: Abuja
Reports To: Project Director, GF RSSH

  • The objective of the Laboratory Director position is to provide technical leadership of the GF RSSH (Resilient and Sustainable Systems for Health) laboratory program in a manner that strengthens integrated delivery of comprehensive HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB or Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C services in partnership with the Federal and State governments and other partners, and leads to sustainable prevention and control efforts
Specific Responsibilities
  • Spearheading the strategic design and implementation of the laboratory program of the RSSH.
  • In close collaboration with local authorities and stakeholders, take lead in the development of high quality health laboratory systems in targeted States that support delivery of comprehensive HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C prevention, care and treatment services.
  • Improving service delivery infrastructure: Infrastructural upgrade of selected laboratories in target states as part of the laboratory services integration activities.
  • Lead grant stakeholder management efforts as it relates to lab services and the applicable stakeholders.
  • Support strengthening of laboratory systems and networks.
  • Strengthen national laboratory logistics support systems.
  • Support harmonization of menu at tier of lab service.
  • Support capacity building for master trainers on new and current testing methodology and technologies.
  • Baseline and follow-on assessment of targeted Global Fund-supported laboratories enrolled into the Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) program and quality management system
  • Development and deployment of standard biosafety and biosecurity guidelines and manuals (including training)
  • Training on laboratory data management, capacity to lead the pilot testing of an innovative RDT Reader for HIV, Malaria, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C tests and quality assurance, among others.
  • LMIS strengthening (including development and roll-out of laboratory information management system) and its link with Electronic Medical Records and the National HMIS.
  • Design and implement laboratory capacity building programs for Federal and targeted State health workers.
  • Mentor and provide technical leadership and support to the State Laboratory Specialists and related staff.
  • Take programmatic responsibility for the design and functioning of the laboratory M&E system.
  • Advocate and champion increased use of laboratories diagnostics by health system in the country
  • Liaise with the relevant national bodies to establish an efficient supply chain management system for laboratory commodities.
  • Ensure timely relevant technical support to all implementing health facilities.
  • Represent the project at the national level on matters of laboratory systems and services.
  • Provide clear documentation of programmatic achievements and keep management informed on monthly, quarterly and annual basis.
  • Work with management to document and publish best practices.
  • Working within project strategy and policy guidelines, make decisions concerning work responsibilities and is accountable for them.
  • Provide technical input in the development of an integrated project plan in collaboration with the Project Director
Qualifications and Experience
  • Post graduate degree in Medical Laboratory Science.
  • Laboratory Scientist, Laboratory Technologist, Clinical Pathologist or Public Health professional, with at least ten (10) years post-qualification experience working in a laboratory setting of which three (3) years must have been in a senior laboratory management position with thorough understanding of health systems and of public health issues in the Nigerian context.
  • Bachelor of Science or Medical degree from a recognized university, plus a relevant higher qualification, e.g. Master’s degree in medical microbiology, public health or related field.
  • Registration with the appropriate regulatory authority in Nigeria.
  • Experience managing, supervising and teaching laboratory staff.
  • Experience with HIV/AIDS, Malaria, TB or Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C programs supported by bilateral and multilateral agencies such as the Global Fund, CDC, USAID and international agencies such as WHO and World Bank.
  • Strong project management and communication skills.
  • Previous experience in developing training materials and the delivery of training sessions
  • Ability to lead and guide strategy development with the MOH, manage technical implementation of proposed project initiatives, as well as ability to supervise, mentor and coach project and government staff.
  • Understanding of global public health issues, systems and stakeholders in Nigeria, and of laboratory system strengthening activities in the context of a health system strengthening effort.
  • Extensive knowledge of laboratory sciences, with specific expertise in biosafety and biosecurity, and of issues related to laboratory networks.
  • Experience in monitoring and evaluating project results and outputs and ensuring timely completion of activities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong analytical and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent written and spoken communications skills in English.
  • Strong skills in using word processing, spreadsheet, database and presentation software (Microsoft Office applications preferred).
  • Experience using web-based applications (email, browsing, and literature retrieval).
  • Self-directed learner with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – ability to interact professionally with culturally diverse colleagues, partners and clients
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