Deadline: Ongoing

Location: Kampala, Uganda

The Family Health International (FHI 360) is seeking to fill the role of Technical Laboratory Lead.

FHI 360 delivers sustainable, high-quality, comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support services.


  • Strengthen and improve management and quality of laboratory services
  • Provide technical support and mentoring in the planning, conduct, and reporting of assessments of laboratories performing HIV and HIV-related diagnostics at all levels of the laboratory network
  • In close collaboration with UNHLS, support mentoring of laboratories in SLMTA, SLIPTA, LCQI, RTCQI and other QMS-related activities to build their capacity to provide high quality, reliable and timely diagnostics
  • In close collaboration with national and regional laboratory management, lead the follow-up of needed corrective and preventive actions
  • Develop and implement continuous improvement initiatives
  • Take an active role in supporting the development of generic QMS, LCQI, and RTCQI documents for counties
  • Provide coordination and TA support for implementation of EQA/PT programme for clinical laboratories for HIV-related diagnostics
  • Provide technical assistance to laboratories and others, as needed and requested, as part of overall capacity building and continuous improvement schemes
  • Prepare training materials and deliver training to laboratories to support uptake of systems for the training, competency, performance measurement, continuing education and qualification of laboratory personnel for an improved laboratory workforce
  • Coordinate with UNHLS and other key stakeholders to support availability of HIV rapid testing kits for sites performing services and duties as needed
  • Provide technical assistance to establish new diagnostics as they become available
  • Support laboratory biosafety and biosecurity initiatives work and help to ensure safe working practices
  • Lead, manage and supervise other junior project staff


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological or Laboratory Sciences within a clinical or diagnostic discipline or specialty (master’s degree will be a plus)
  • Eight years, minimum, of experience working with HIV/TB-related diagnostics
  • Eight years, minimum, of related work experience in laboratory quality assurance, quality control and audits or at least five years in a senior laboratory management position
  • Demonstrated ability and aptitude to perform quality assurance laboratory assessments and mentoring against accepted national and international standards and regulations
  • Experience in successfully mentoring laboratories towards ISO accreditation or national equivalent
  • Ability to communicate and coordinate with government, and national and international non-government stakeholders and UN agencies
  • Ability to work efficiently and effectively in an I.T. environment
  • Demonstrated strong coordination, communication, and interpersonal aptitudes including creative problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated experience in training and mentoring staff and others
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of local dialects (desirable)
  • Ability to travel up to 75 percent of time within Uganda
  • Authorisation to work in Uganda

To apply and for more information, click here.

Photo source: Afya Uzazi Programme


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