Laboratory Co-ordinator Non-profit Careers – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Organisation: Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Project
Vacancy Code: LCFF(X01)
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.
About Project:
In order to achieve
the above mission, the Global Health Security Project under IDI has received
funding from the UK Department of Health and Social Care through the Mott
MacDonald, a management agent to implement the multi-national Fleming Fund
Country Grant. This grant is to address critical gaps in the surveillance of
antibiotic resistant bacteria in Uganda through investing in laboratory
infrastructure enhancement, human resource strengthening and workforce reforms,
surveillance systems strengthening, building foundations for Antimicrobial
Resistance (AMR) and Antimicrobial Utilization/Consumption (AMU/C) surveillance
data use and promoting rational use of antimicrobial medicines. The major aim
of the project is to improve AMR and AMU/C surveillance data to inform policy
and practice at national and international levels. The overall goal is to avert
the human and economic burden of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In order to
fully support the implementation of the project, Global Health Security
Program-IDI seeks to recruit for the following positions as follows:
Job Summary: The
Laboratory Co-ordinator will be responsible for the coordination of field-based
activities including supervising field, laboratory testing activities, and
reporting activities. She or he will also assist in promoting one health
practices and approaches in the areas of operations; and also work with consortium
partner’s co-ordinate CPHL, NADECC and different stakeholders on assigned key
duties and responsibilities below.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Support co-ordination of samples and isolates from human and animal
    surveillance sites to reference laboratories for confirmatory testing and
  • Support transmission of results from reference labs to surveillance
  • Support development of a biorepository system for isolates at both
    human and animal surveillance sites and national reference labs including
    collection of relevant epidemiological data and enforcing biosafety and
    biosecurity standards
  • Support the establishment of a central media preparation facility at
    UNHLS that prepares and distributes quality assured media to human and
    animal surveillance sites.
  • Support the establishment of a sheep blood production unit for media
    preparation Co-ordinate the set-up of a quality assured, high welfare
    sheep blood supply established for media preparation. 
  • In collaboration with QA units at UNHLS, NADDEC, COVAB, DMM-MUK,
    DMM- MUST and other surveillance sites, establish a microbiology quality
    assurance program for the project including IQC and EQA schemes
  • Support implementation of project strategies to ensure that support
    facilities have capacity to perform culture, AST in addition to referral
    of isolates in national labs
  • Conduct quality and safety audits of project sites and support
    preparation of work plans.
  • Guide project sites to provide regular quality reports in line with
    national and project templates and timelines
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct trainings and mentorships for site lab
    teams to address capacity gaps and build skills for delivery of quality
    microbiology services lab services.
  • Any other duties assigned by the supervisor from time to time.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant for the Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) Laboratory
    Co-ordinator job must hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory
    Technology or Medical Laboratory Technology
  • At least two years of experience in related laboratory systems
    strengthening and good report writing skills
  • Training in one health, lab quality management systems and bio-risk
  • Knowledge of Global Health Security Agenda and the GLASS manual
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating with varying types of
  • Strong computer skills in at least word, power point, spreadsheets,
    and database programmes. 
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:
Deadline: 28th December 2018
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