Full-time

Country Management

Nigeria

Pathfinder International is a global leader in sexual and reproductive health. We place reproductive health care at the center of all that we do—believing that it is not only a fundamental human right, but also  critical for expanding life opportunities for women, families, communities, and nations, and paving the way for transformations in environmental stewardship, decreases in population pressures, and innovations in poverty reduction. Pathfinder provides women, men, and adolescents with a range of quality health services—from contraception and maternal care to HIV prevention as well as AIDS care and treatment.
 
Global Fund project will support comprehensive HIV services in areas, namely Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART), Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) programming, HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT), and Integration of HIV and TB with Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services.
 
Program Overview
Pathfinder International, as Sub-Recipient (SR)  has signed a grant for the period ending December 2017 with the Principal Recipient (PR), Family Health International (FHI360)  funded by the Global Fund. Pathfinder will  support comprehensive HIV services in areas, namely Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART), Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) programming, HIV Counseling and Testing (HCT), and Integration of HIV and TB with Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services in Sokoto, Zamfara, Kebbi, Jigawa, Katsina and Gombe States.
Position Purpose
The Snr. Laboratory Officer will report to the Ass. Director, GF-HIV and coordinates the delivery of high quality laboratory services required for HIV/AIDS care and treatment services at PI supported States. Incumbent will provide leadership in all laboratories supported by PI focusing on HIV-TB.
Key Responsibilities
  • Provide technical expertise and coordinate services needed to implement high quality clinical laboratory services.
  • Develop long range business plans and implement growth strategies, analyze and manage financial performance and coordination of all laboratory services to ensure optimal synergies of service and quality
  • Coordinate the design, planning and implementation of laboratory services according to national and international standards ensuring compliance with all applicable local, state and federal regulations
  • Develop guidelines, tools, SOPs and recommendations related to implementation, monitoring laboratory total quality management in high technology laboratories
  • Plan, direct and evaluate work of laboratory personnel; ensuring that test results are recorded and accurately reported
  • Control physical inventory of supplies and reagents, decisions on the purchase of analytical equipment, correlation of new procedures and assays, policy and procedures review and supporting documentation
  • Collaborate with other managers and health care workers to establish and maintain laboratory services to support public health programs and disease control in the community
 
Basic Requirements
  • Bachelor of Science/Health Science Degree in Medical Lab Science from an accredited school. Master’s degree an advantage
  • At least 6-7 years of cognate experience and 5 years for Masters degree holders
  • Ability to demonstrate thorough knowledge of the current principles and techniques surrounding the management of laboratory services
  • Thorough understanding and knowledge of financial and operational systems of the lab
  • Familiarity with standards and federal/state regulations affecting the laboratory and laboratory practices within a hospital environment
  • Ability to demonstrate independent judgment, knowledge of regulatory agency standards
  • Experience in laboratory information systems
  • Experience in a clinical lab setting in the areas of molecular diagnosis, viral load determination, drug resistance testing, genotyping and nucleic acid sequencing will be an advantage
  • Working knowledge of public sector health system, donor agencies, NGOs and CBOs is required
  • Knowledge of regulatory agency standards
  • Registration with the Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria
  • Ability to travel (50%) in core Northern states
  • Good oral and /written communication skills.
  • Mature, responsible and able to meet deadlines under pressure and work with minimal supervision
  • Fluency in both written and spoken English in addition to Hausa language required.