U.S. Embassy Recruitment for Project Management Specialists – Clinical Laboratory

The U.S. Embassy in Abuja is seeking to employ
suitable and qualified candidate for the position below in the
Continuum of Care Group:


Job Title:
Project Management Specialist – Clinical Laboratory
Solicitation No: AID-620-S-00-17-00013-00
Location: Abuja,
Period of Performance: Five (5) years renewable
Security Level Required: SBU
Area of Consideration: Nigerians Only

Basic Function of the Position

  • This position is for a senior Nigerian, or locally hired
    third-country national, medical professional to serve as the recognized
    resident authority and manager for USAID‘s HIV/AIDSand TB Laboratory
    diagnosis and monitoring activities in Nigeria.
  • The position works within USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS & TB, in the Continuum of Care Group.

Major Duties and Responsibilities
Program/Project Management – 50 %:

  • The Clinical Laboratory Program Manager serves as COR/AOR or
    Alternate, and is responsible for the management of service delivery
    projects valued at more than $600 million over a five year period. The
    Clinical Laboratory Program Manager is responsible for timely
    implementation, evaluation, and monitoring of assigned aspects of the
    HIV/AIDS/TB Team program/project portfolio. The Clinical Laboratory
    Program Manager is responsible for advising the Group Lead, Team Leader
    and Deputy Team Leader, Mission Director, and others on local matters of
    importance to the PEPFAR care and treatment programs and on
    program/project monitoring
  • activities. The Clinical Laboratory Program Manager is also
    responsible for providing management oversight of implementing partners
    (IPs) implementing laboratory programs. The work requires the Program
    Manager to remain current on clinical laboratory practices,
  • epidemiological, political, and global trends related to public
    health work and to analyze those trends in relation to their impact on
    managed PEPFAR programs.

Additional specific responsibilities include:

  • Ensures collaboration among USAID partners involved in
    prevention, care, and treatment programs and takes the lead in promoting
    the use of internationally-recognized best practices in laboratory
    diagnosis and monitoring for HIV and TB among USAID sponsored programs
    in Nigeria.
  • Ensures that sustainable, appropriate, low-cost, high-quality
    laboratory technology is used responsibly at the wide variety of
    secondary and primary sites that USAID partners support.
  • Provides guidance and advice about comprehensive laboratory services and their link to the support for HIV-infected persons.
  • Facilitates a well coordinated laboratory/clinical interface to
    ensure increased uptake and prompt patient management of Viral load test
    results

Data Collection and Analysis – 25%:

  • The Program Manager is responsible for monitoring and reporting
    on developments in the HIV/AIDS/TB sector, especially those that impact
    the ability to successfully implement HIV/AIDS/TB Team laboratory
    activities.
  • The Program Manager monitors, analyzes, and reports on relevant
    aspects of host-Government policy, law, and regulation, and on
    HIV/AIDS/TB and development issues. Based on an in-depth understanding
    of USAID policy and program objectives and priorities, the Program
    Manager prepares technical and policy
  • analyses, evaluates sectoral issues, and provides input to
    Mission activities outside of the HIV/AIDS/TB portfolio, but
    particularly with respect to the assigned sector. The Program Manager
    summarizes information and conclusions in written and oral form for
    presentation to senior USG, and other, decision makers, and for
    incorporation into other USAID Mission activity documents, as
    appropriate.
  • The Program Manager organizes field trips to meet with state
    government counterparts, conduct monitoring visits, hosts conferences,
    and attends workshops to understand emerging trends.
  • The Program Manager prepares written reports that reflect a
    sound understanding of assigned areas of responsibility, and that
    clearly document that a wide variety of sources and points of view have
    been consulted in undertaking analyses, and in drawing conclusions.
  • The Program Manager prepares oral and written briefings for the
    Team leadership, Mission Director, Embassy staff, and others, on
    request.

Additional specific responsibilities include:

  • Liaison with the USG Team, the GON, and donors to lead the USAID
    effort in rapidly increasing field of HIV/AIDS and TB laboratory
    diagnosis and monitoring ( including HIV testing diagnostic algorithms,
    CD4 and Viral Load monitoring, GeneXpert Technology s), and associated
    sample transport Laboratory Network programs in Nigeria
  • Analyze lab equipment instrument use and provide recommendations on the more efficient use of new and existing lab technologies.
  • Provide technical assistance in the development of protocols and
    guidelines to ensure their understanding, adaptation and use in Nigeria
    and specifically, by partners working with USAID, based on
    international best practices.
  • Test kit and reagents logistics – collaborating closely with the
    Drugs and Logistics Manager and the ART Manager on improved use of lab
    logistics data in determining needs and ensuring uninterupted supplies
    of commodities
  • Coordinate with USAID partners on efficient laboratory referral and sample transport mechanisms for HIV/AIDS and TB management.
  • Evaluate laboratory information and report results in relation
    to optimizing PLHIV enrolled in treatment and monitored for viral
    suppression, early infant diagnosis, TB diagnosis among other lab
    services.
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Performance Monitoring-25%:

  • The Clinical Laboratory Program Manager works in cooperation
    with the Strategic Information Technical Work Group to ensure that
    performance-monitoring systems are in place for all Laboratory Technical
    Work Group activities and that reliable indicators of portfolio impact
    are established and measured. Collects and monitors performance data on
    an ongoing basis, and prepares reports of program/project progress for
    use within the Work Group, the Team, the Mission, the Region, and for
    USAID/Washington. Assesses progress in achieving outputs and results for
    the Laboratory Work Group activities, and evaluates and assesses
    activities as needed.
  • Continually strives to enhance the achievement of results by
    periodically reviewing the development context, results indicators, and
    activity implementation progress, identifying problem areas, and
    suggesting solutions.

Additional specific responsibilities include:

  • Participate in Quality Assurance and Quality Control of the Laboratory activities for the
  • HIV/AIDS and TB portfolio.
  • Review laboratory quality measures captured in the Site Improvement Monitoring
  • System (SIMS) and track remediation of problems by implementing partners.
  • Convene regular Lab meetings with IPs and GON to review program implementation and inform standardization procedures.

Physical Demands:

  • The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

Minimum Qualifications Required for the Position

  • Education: A Minimum of Bachelor’s degree in Medicine (MD, MBBS) or Medical Laboratory Science (BMLS) is required.

Prior Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in laboratory fields related to
    HIV/AIDs and TB with in-depth knowledge of diagnostic aspects of HIV
    and TB, in particular knowledge of Best Practices for diagnosis and
    monitoring of HIV+ patients on ART, including diagnosis of opportunistic
    infection.
  • Demonstrable experience with CD4, Viral load testing and
    GeneXpert technology. Working level experience in diagnosing HIV and TB
    and related opportunistic infections in resource poor settings at a
    health facility is required.

Post Entry Training:

  • Familiarization training in USAID-specific procedures,
    regulations, and methods will be provided. Orientation to working from a
    donor-Agency perspective, etc., will be provided. Formal COR/AOR
    certification courses, training to maintain professional capability in
    the field, and other courses offered for professional USAID staff, will
    be provided as appropriate; and, courses, seminars, conferences, and
    other activities in fields related to the function, and needed to
    maintain and update professional qualifications, will be provided as
    they become available, subject to availability of funds.

Language Proficiency:

  • Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency, verbal and written is required.

Job Knowledge:

  • In depth knowledge of diagnostic aspects of HIV and TB, in
    particular knowledge of best practices for diagnosis and monitoring
    patients for HIV/AIDS and TB. Knowledge of the deployment of technology,
    sample transport systems as well as quality assurance and improvement
    (QA/QI) in the lab setting are required. Knowledge of the clinical
    management of HIV/AIDS and TB is required.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Incumbent must have strong interpersonal skills, including
    ability to work effectively in a team and with mid and senior level
    public and private sector officials such as NGOs, GoN, IPs and other
    donors. Incumbent must demonstrate: that they are able to develop
    effective project manager relationships with IPs; excellent
    organizational skills and the ability to multi-task and stay organized
    in a complex, frequently changing environment is a requirement; advanced
    analytical skills and problem solving, as well as the ability to
    effectively manage stress and conflict is required.
  • Experience in managing and supervising professional project
    management staff within a culturally diverse/international setting is
    desirable. Incumbent expected to have the following minimum computer
    skills requirements: 1 ) Fully functional in Windows, MS Excel, word
    processing, Power Point, and spreadsheet software is required; 2) Fully
    functional in using the internet to solve problems and research
    information, such as regulatory guidance.
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Evaluatiion and Selection Factors
Applications will be required to have the minimum qualifications expressed in Section II.
Qualified applicants possessing skills above the minimum requirements will be assessed based on the following factors:

  • Education (10 points)
  • Work Experience (20 points)
  • Knowledge (30 points)
  • Language Proficiency (10 points)
  • Skills and abilities (30 points).

Market Value

  • N11,581,095.00 equivalent to FSN-11 In accordance with AIDAR Appendix J and the Local Compensation Plan of
  • United States Mission, Nigeria (Effective September 04, 2016).
    Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

List of Required Forms for PSC Hires
Once the CO) informs the successful Offer or about being selected for a
contract award, the CO will provide the successful Offer or instructions
about how to complete and submit the following forms:

  • Medical History and Examination Form (Department of State Forms)
  • RSO Security Questionnaire
  • BI Guide Questionnaire
  • THOR Enrollment Intake Form

Benefits/Allowances
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

Benefits:

  • Health Insurance
  • Annual Salary Increase (if applicable)
  • Annual and Sick leave
  • Annual Bonus

Allowances (as applicable):

  • Transportation Allowance
  • Meal Allowance
  • Miscellaneous Allowance
  • Housing Allowance

Taxes:

  • The Mission emphasize to its employees of the fact that they are
    obliged to observe Nigerian Laws, including those concerning income and
    related tax obligations. Payment of such taxes is a matter between the
    individual employee and the Nigerian Government. In the absence of a
    specific international agreement, the U.S. Government will not withhold
    local taxes from an employee’s salary.

Note:

  • Per this scoring rubric, Work Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities are the most important factors.
  • Applications will initially be screened for conformity with
    minimum requirements and a short list of applicants developed. USAID
    reserves the right to interview only the highest ranked applicants in
    person or by phone OR not to interview any candidate.
  • After the closing date for receipt of applications, a committee
    will be convened to review applications and evaluate them in
    accordance with the evaluation criteria. Applications from candidates
    which do not meet the required selection criteria will not be scored.
  • Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.
  • No response will be sent to unsuccessful applicants. As part of
    the selection process, finalist candidates may be interviewed either
    in person or by telephone at USAID’s discretion.
  • Reference checks will be made only for applicants
  • considered as finalists. If an applicant does not wish USAID to
    contact a current employer for a reference check, this should be
    stated in the applicant’s cover letter, and USAID will delay such
    reference check pending communication with the applicant.
  • Only finalists will be Contacted by USAID with respect to their applications


How to Apply
Interested applicants for this position MUST submit the following, or the application will not be considered:
  • Application for US Federal Employment (DS – 174); or a current resume or curriculum vitae that provides the same information as a DS – 174;
  • Any additional documentation that supports or addresses the
    requirements listed above (e.g.transcripts, degrees, NYSC
    certificate/exemption etc.)
  • A type – written and signed application letter specifically
    applying for this position, and addressing the minimum requirements as
    advertised.  Please reference the job title and announcement number on
    the application letter.
  • Limit all electronic (e – mail) submissions to one entry/e –
    mail not larger than 5MB.  Please submit attachments in PDF and Word
    formats, not pictures.
  • E – mails received without the appropriate subject line and incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified
    in Section I, item 3, and submitted to the Point of Contact in Section
    I, item 11.
  • To ensure consideration of offers for the intended position,
    Offerors must prominently reference the Solicitation number in the
    offer submission.

Application Deadline: 30th May, 2017.

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