Head of Department- Laboratory Services Programme Employment Opportunity – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Organisation: Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Executive
Director
Vacancy Code: HLSX01
About US:
The Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI) is an international non-profit organization which is a
partnership of infectious diseases and public health specialists. The overall
objective of the IDI is to strengthen health systems with strong emphasis on
Infectious Diseases, through Research and Capacity Development. IDI has five
operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention,
Care and Treatment; Training, Research and Laboratory services (provided
through a partnership with the Makerere University – John Hopkins University
Core Lab) and Outreach.
Job Summary:  The Head of Lab Services (HLS) is a member of
the Senior Management Team (SMT) and is accountable for the strategic
development and management of the IDI Lab 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 Lab services
in a manner which synergistically optimises 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.
Key Duties 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 Lab Services Steering Group (quarterly)
    and the Lab 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 Lab Services structure and lead the laboratory teams and
    ensure there is sufficient lab capacity and that lab operations function
    efficiently.
  • Ensure CAP certification is maintained and other international
    quality standards are achieved
  • Work with grants management unit to ensure timely and accurate lab
    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 lab courses (including GCLP) in conjunction with
    the IDI Training & 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 lab 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 lab data management systems
  • Contribute to the overall strategy and management of IDI and produce
    material for Board meetings as required.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Head of Department- Laboratory Services
    Programme job must hold 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.
  • At least five years of 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
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates should E-mail their updated CVs, which
should include details of email address (if any), present position, current
remuneration, Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus
telephone contact to the following address. Please make sure that your
application letter, updated CV and certificates are attached as one document
and indicate the Vacancy code as the subject for your email
The Senior Human
Resource Manager,
Infectious Diseases
Institute — IDI Knowledge Centre,
Makerere University
Main Campus College of Health Sciences, Makerere University,
P.O. Box 22418,
Kampala, Uganda.
Email to: hr@idi.co.ug
Deadline: 23rd November 2018
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