Regional Laboratory Advisor, PHIA



Reporting to the PHIA (Population-based Impact Assessments in Resource-Constrained Settings under the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) 2.0) Laboratory Director and PHIA Regional Project Director, the Regional Laboratory Advisor, PHIA Project will support the implementation of a laboratory agenda in PHIA implementing countries, assist with country level laboratory assessments, strengthen country laboratory networks through capacity building and quality management systems, support biomarker trainings, conduct monitoring visits and support the implementation of laboratory procedures and activities for PHIA.

This position is grant-funded.

Location – Pretoria, South Africa


  • Support the implementation of a laboratory strategy for PHIA supported countries.
  • Assist in country level assessment of laboratories to determine their capacity to support PHIA laboratory activities.
  • Provide technical support for the development and implementation of laboratory QA/QC procedures including adaptations of SOP’s and operational manuals for use in PHIA focus countries.
  • Assist with PHIA country laboratory supplies needs assessment and inventory including for training and field implementation.
  • Assist in reviewing, ensuring consistency and quality of laboratory documents, standardized tools, training materials, SOPs, and protocols as needed for adaptation to specific country contexts.
  • Provide technical support in the implementation of biomarker testing including standardizing operational manuals, implementation of standardized procedures for the collection, testing, processing and storage of laboratory specimens.
  • Provide technical assistance for the design of PHIA toolkit, including leading technical input in standardizing operational manuals in PHIA focus countries
  • Support biomarker trainings in PHIA focus countries.
  • Assist in building PHIA laboratory capacity by conducting monitoring and support supervision through site visits of field work.
  • Assist in supervising highly skilled country laboratory advisors
  • Approximately 50% travel to supported countries throughout Africa
  • Perform any other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree in biomedical sciences or related relevant scientific field.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in laboratory services and laboratory management.
  • Experience implementing quality control programs in a laboratory related setting.
  • Knowledge in developing laboratory related procurement and supply lists.
  • Prior experience in training and supervision of multi-cultural laboratory professionals.
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills; ability to interact professionally in English.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.).
  • Knowledge of HIV related testing and laboratory processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Highly organized with extreme attention to detail and the ability to work independently to reach identified deadlines.
  • Ability to creatively solve problems
How to apply:

Interested applicants should send their detailed CV’s to [email protected] with the job tittle “Regional Laboratory Advisor, PHIA” in the subject line on or before 16th June 2019.

Please note only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.