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
Period of Performance: Five (5) years renewable
Security Level Required: SBU
Area of Consideration: Nigerians Only
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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
- 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
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.
- 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
- 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.
- Level IV (fluent) English language proficiency, verbal and written is required.
- 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.
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).
- 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
As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a PSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:
- Health Insurance
- Annual Salary Increase (if applicable)
- Annual and Sick leave
- Annual Bonus
Allowances (as applicable):
- Transportation Allowance
- Meal Allowance
- Miscellaneous Allowance
- Housing Allowance
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
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Application Deadline: 30th May, 2017.