Program Manager, Laboratory


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. This position is subject to final approval by the CDC.

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 Laboratory Advisor and 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 to the Ministry of Health, CDC, PEPFAR and other key partners.
• Enhances 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 master’s degree in laboratory science or related field.
Experience, Skills & Minimum Required Qualifications:
• Minimum of 10 years’ experience in managing health projects including proven experience in leading laboratory projects.
• Senior-level experience in designing, implementing, and managing laboratory systems-related projects in developing countries.
• Significant experience leading capacity-building initiatives, and diagnostic and electronic information management system strengthening including development and use of data systems.
• Demonstrated experience serving as a technical resource and in supervisory roles.
• Proven record of effectively train and build the capacity of collaborating partners.
• Proven record of excellent management, leadership, decision-making, and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated ability to create and maintain effective working relations with senior government personnel, international organizations, NGO partners, host country governments, and U.S. Government Agencies.
• Good understanding of the national health system and USG/CDC principles and guidelines
• Fluent English oral and written communication skills; ability to interact professionally in English.
• Nationals or permanent residents of Lesotho are highly encouraged to apply

Application Instructions:
• Interested and qualified candidates are requested to submit their application via ICAP career page – on or before September 25,2020 at 12:00 noon.
• Incomplete applications will not be considered.
• Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.

Columbia University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.