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Clinical Laboratories Manager at Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia

Mar 3, 2021, 6:07 AM

Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia - The MRC Unit The Gambia at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) is one of two research units established in sub- Saharan Africa by the Medical Research Council UK and is the MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM’s single largest investment in medical research in a low and middle income country. MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM represents a unique concentration of scientific expertise and high quality research platforms in the West African region.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:



Job Tite: Clinical Laboratories Manager

Location: Fajara, Gambia

Job Descriptions

  • We are looking for an experienced Laboratory professional to lead the Clinical Laboratories at Fajara. The post-holder has the overarching and priority goal of establishing and maintaining a clinical laboratory service according to Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) and ISO15189 standards.
  • S / he must develop functional working relationships with co-supervisors to ensure high quality clinical laboratory services.
  • The post-holder must also create and maintain positive communication channels and relationships with scientists, clinicians, visitors, collaborators and other staff to optimize the clinical laboratory quality and services.

Essential Requirements

  • M.Sc or equivalent from an accredited university.
  • Significant experience of active work in a clinical laboratory environment with experience of providing laboratory support to clinical trials.
  • Previous experience in a laboratory management role.
  • Good working knowledge of training laboratory-based staff and developing competency-based training plans.
  • Experience in the safe shipment of research samples and infectious organisms.
  • Good budgetary and cost management skills.
  • Good change management Skills.
  • Keenness to train and impart knowledge.
  • Good organisational and staff management skills with the ability to co-supervise staff with other managers.
  • Experience of working with people from different disciplines and cultures.
  • Computer literate (e.g Microsoft Office applications).
  • Excellent written and spoken English.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of new and specialized clinical laboratory technologies and techniques.
  • Good working knowledge of a Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
  • Demonstrated knowledge in international accreditation standards and their implementation (i.e. ISO 15189 and / or GCLP).
  • Experience in implementing change management as it pertains to ensuring quality improvement around laboratory practices and safety.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent time management skills.


  • Substantial previous experience working in capacity development in Africa and / or the developing world.
  • lATA Shipping Training.
  • Training in quality management systems and processes as they pertain to research and / or clinical laboratory environments.
  • Good working knowledge of cold chain and chain of custody sample management.
  • Good working knowledge of procurement sources and storage procedures for laboratory consumables and equipment.

Salary and Benefit

  • The salary will be paid in Grade 2, 34 Points of MRCG at LSHTMS payscale at a net monthly salary of 76, 475 Dalasis. This converts to a take home pay of $1, 530 approximately per month using the prevailing Dalasi / USD exchange rate.
  • Please note that the salary wlll be paid in Dalasi and the USD figure is only given as a guide.
  • For displaced staff the package will include rent-free furnished accommodation, flights, displacement allowance for spouse and children, contribution to school fees for children and shipment of personal effects.
  • We cannot accept applications from Individuals who are currently, or were in the last six months, employed by The Gambia Government.
  • The appointment will be for 3 years initially and subJect to a probationanry period of 6 months.




How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should please download the "Application Form". Completed application form and other documents should be e-mailed to: with "Job title" as email subject.

Click Here to Download the Application Form (.docx)

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  • MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM is an Equal Opportunities Employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.
  • Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
  • We cannot accept applications from individuals who are currently, or were in the last six months, employed by The Gambia Government


Application Deadline  Friday, 26th March, 2021.

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