Program Manager, Laboratory

  • Added Date: Thursday, 06 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Country Director, the Program Manager for the proposed laboratory project will provide daily leadership and guidance to ICAP’s proposed CDC-funded project, Expanding Access to Quality Laboratory Service (EQUALS) in the Kingdom of Lesotho under PEPFAR (CDC-RFA-GH20-2044). The incumbent will oversee all aspects of the project, including the development of project work plans and budgets, and ensure that program activities are completed on time, within budget, and in-line with CDC requirements.

The position is contingent upon availability of grant funding

Major Accountabilities:

  • Provides daily leadership in the development, implementation, and management of project activities in line with CDC and PEPFAR strategies and within the context of country plans.
  • Oversees all activities, outputs, and outcomes related to project management and administration, including reporting, financial transactions, execution of project plans, and project M&E.
  • Supervises and manages the project team, aligning their efforts with project goals.
  • Provides strategic vision, technical direction, and management guidance to all project activities.
  • Supports in sustaining laboratory capacity to deliver quality services to improve clinical outcomes and treatment and prevention services of HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and related diseases.
  • Works closely with the M&E Technical Advisor to oversee the provision of mentorship and supportive supervision to inform program planning and improved data quality and service delivery.
  • Supports in the development and revision of guidelines, policies, strategic plans, and standard operational plans to improve laboratory infrastructure.
  • Supports the development and implementation of innovative and sustainable laboratory test delivery services in the country.
  • Assists in the implementation of national laboratory strategic and operational plans, guidelines, manuals, training materials, and standard operational protocols.
  • Identifies, prevents, and resolves potential problems and reviews outputs for quality control.
  • Represents the project in all matters on the execution of activities before the local government, CDC, and key partners.
  • Cultivates strategic relationships and alliances with relevant regional partners and funders.
  • Serves as the primary advocate for the project with national and international partners.
  • Presents progress, achievements, and lessons learned to key stakeholders, including CDC, government officials, and other implementing partners.
  • Increases the visibility of the project through representation at high-level visits with CDC.
  • Leads and supports the dissemination of project findings.


  • A Ph.D. or MD in laboratory science, epidemiology, or related field.

Experience, Skills & Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in laboratory services and laboratory management with prior experience working to support and improve laboratory systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in laboratory quality improvement, document development, specimen management, specimen delivery systems, and electronic information systems.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in routine laboratory and clinical data-driven activities, including the development and use of data systems.
  • Demonstrated experience serving as a technical resource and in supervisory roles.
  • Proven ability to effectively train and build the capacity of collaborating partners.
  • Written and spoken English proficiency.

This vacancy is archived.