EXPERIENCE: 5 years’ progressive medical laboratory science experience which includes at least 2 years as a laboratory program manager in a medical laboratory service delivery and health research setting. Experience in public health laboratory program implementation and laboratory-based surveillance at state or national level is required. Additional two years of managerial experience is also required.
JOB KNOWLEDGE: Detailed knowledge of advanced laboratory procedures, laboratory diagnostics and biosafety-biosecurity of infectious diseases is required. Detailed knowledge of the public health laboratory systems in Nigeria is required. This includes knowledge of the principles, theories and practices of USG and internationally recognized standards for Laboratory regulations and procedures.
Detailed knowledge of the host government health care system and structures including familiarity with Ministry of Health policies, program priorities and regulations is required. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities is required. Good working knowledge of overall administrative requirements in development and support of grants, contracts, memoranda of understanding and cooperative agreements is required.
LANGUAGE: Advanced fluency in speaking/reading/writing of English is required. This may be tested.
SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Ability to resolve problems independently associated with the delivery of laboratory services is required. These could include procurement and distribution of lab supplies, equipment, manpower shortages, infrastructure deficiencies. Ability to analyze and interpret the spectrum of laboratory medicine services and to identify and resolve a variety of technical issues such as testing algorithms and diagnostic procedural weakness is required.
Ability to lead project teams and workgroups to develop effective working relationships with national and international working partners to identify training needs and solutions is required. Excellent oral and written communications skills are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working relationships with national and international working partners and to prepare substantive and analytical reporting. Strong management skills are required to operate independently with limited direct supervision of day-to-day activities and to lead results-driven project teams and workgroups. Excellent overall computer skills (keyboarding with both speed and accuracy) is required.
Ability to persuade others, ingenuity and innovation will be required to influence collaborative organizations engaged in disease prevention and control to adopt appropriate strategies for improving the Lab systems and processes in-country. Very good numerical skills for manipulating and reporting statistical data is required.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.