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Saturday, November 3, 2018

Head of Department - Laboratory Services Job at Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) - Career Opportunity in Uganda

Vacancy title:
Head of Department - Laboratory Services 

Jobs at:
Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) 

Deadline of this Job:
Friday 23rd November, 2018

Duty Station:
Kampala, Uganda 

Date Posted: 02 November 2018 , Base Salary: Not Disclosed , Employment Type: Full-Time

The mission of the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with a strong emphasis on infectious diseases through research and capacity development. IDI has six operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment, Training, Research, Global Health Security, Laboratory services, and Outreach. IDI in line with its mission, is looking for highly competent and motivated individuals to fill the following vacancies:
Head of Department- Laboratory Services

Programme (HLSXO1)
Reports to: Executive Director
The Head of Laboratory Services (HLS) is a member of the Senior Management Team (SMT) and is accountable for the strategic development and management of the IDI Laboratory Services Programme which includes all the laboratories owned by IDI; including the IDI Core Lab (CAP-certified), the IDI Translational Lab, STAT labs and the IDI Kasangati Lab. The overriding task for the HLS is to drive the coherent strategic development of IDI laboratory services in a manner which synergistically optimizes the performance of the various IDI labs to achieve both the research/programmatic and the business objectives, and delivers high quality lab services for the benefit of Uganda and the region.

Major roles and responsibilities
  • Lead the development of the Laboratory Services strategy and monitor its implementation in line with the IDI strategic plan.
  • Determine evolving product mix and integration approach with other IDI programmes (e.g. training, technical assistance, research, outreach, data intensive science, and Global Health Security).
  • Convene and chair the IDI Laboratory Services Steering Group (quarterly) and the Laboratory Services Management Group (monthly) and monitor action points.
  • Build global, regional and national partnerships/networks and work closely with relevant IDI departments, Makerere College of Health Sciences, other partners, MoH and public/private labs to ensure smooth collaborative joint lab projects.
  • Update the Laboratory Services structure and lead the laboratory teams and ensure there is sufficient lab capacity and that lab operations function efficiently. I
  • Ensure CAP certification is maintained and other international quality standards are achieved and be responsive to needs of both research and service users, as well as broaden clientele base. Work with grants management unit to ensure timely and accurate laboratory reporting and financial accountabilities.
  • Produce budgets and oversee financial management of Lab Services; including monitoring of core cost contribution of all new lab proposals and partnerships.
  • Develop short/long laboratory courses (including GCLP) in conjunction with the IDI Training Er Capacity Development Programme, develop online and distance support options and lead the teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Support and enhance the academic environment at IDI including; consulting on lab-related proposals and projects grant activities, and reviewing and helping to prepare papers for publication with students, staff and collaborators.
  • Design, implement and disseminate key performance metrics for lab services; and review periodically. Build and maintain laboratory research resources especially repositories and ensure laboratory safety is maintained at all times.
  • Oversee efficient specimen storage services with totally reliable backup power systems as well as laboratory data management systems.
  • Contribute to the overall strategy and management of IDI and produce material for Board meetings as required.

Person Specifications
  • A PhD in a relevant laboratory-science field or a medical doctor with a Master's degree in a relevant field and preferably a PhD.
  • Minimum of five years’ successful experience in lab management (including HR management); a sound lab research background.
  • Ability to solicit grants and manage relations with funders.
  • Self-starter with strategic vision and the leadership skills to achieve the strategy.
  • Notable record in running a service laboratory (which also supports research); plus, knowledge of HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases; and of clinical objectives, programs, methods, procedures and standards within the field of infectious diseases.
  • Experience operating a laboratory that meets international quality standards e.g. CLIA or ISO.
  • Exceptional written communication skills and the ability to interact internationally at the most senior institutional, funder, and academic levels.
  • Experience in identifying, evaluating and nurturing partner relationships. ,
  • Experience in financial management including generating and managing budgets.

Job application procedure
Qualified and interested persons who wish to apply should email as well as post or deliver an application letter (clearly indicating the position you are applying for) with a detailed CV, naming at least two professional referees, to:
The Senior Manager, Human Resources Infectious Diseases Institute
P.O. Box 22418, Kampala.
Deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 23rd November, 2018.

Please note that:

  • IDI is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a recruitment fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment process
  • indicate the Vacancy Code as the subject for your email and make sure that your application letter, CV and certificates are attached as one document
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.

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