The Henry M. Jackson for the Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is seeking a Regional Laboratory Director to support the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) located in Bethesda, Maryland. Incumbent is responsible for assisting the Director for Global Health Programs (GHP) of MHRP in planning, implementation and monitoring of laboratory activities in 7 Africa region programs under the prevention, care and treatment initiatives supported overseas (OCONUS) by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). The incumbent will primarily be responsible for developing measures and directing programs to ensure quality laboratory services are provided as part of MHRP participation in the implementation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)
Under the direction and supervision of the Associate Director for Medical Affairs of the GHP, the incumbent will direct and manage the development of quality clinical laboratory services at MHRP PEPFAR sites consistent with the principles of PEPFAR. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating and leveraging MHRP PEPFAR lab activities and expertise with other U.S. government, international and host government agencies as it relates to the need/goals of care and treatment and research activities supported by DoD/MHRP. The incumbent will work closely with site PEPFAR laboratory leads to provide mentorship and direct technical support for program management and implementation. The incumbent will guide and ensure that MHRP PEPFAR laboratory activities are planned and executed with quality, accountability and measurable impact. The incumbent will represent the overall MHRP PEPFAR laboratory program with USG agencies, donors, partners, suppliers and, as appropriate with in-country lab leads, host country government entities.
- Work as a member of the MHRP GHP HQ team, coordinating lab development with clinical, M&E and program management sections and participating in supporting/executing crosscutting initiatives at HQ and site.
- Work closely with the in country team in providing direction, management and oversight for the MHRP PEPFAR activities in the area of clinical laboratory services to ensure quality laboratory monitoring at MHRP PEPFAR sites.
- Direct and mentor 7 programs for improving laboratory services with particular emphasis on quality management/best practice in the clinical laboratory. This includes periodic evaluation of current activities and practices, seeking and developing new or innovative practices to improve laboratory services delivery/laboratory networks (local and program wide).
- Strengthen MHRP PEPFAR QA/QC program in all sites and support local facilities movement through approved accreditation process as required.
- Maintain extensive knowledge in international, regional and in-country laboratory accreditation systems.
- Instruct and mentor laboratory leads to roll out WHO accreditation for the laboratories in the PEPFAR system.
- Maintain a central repository of laboratory documentation for training programs, technical, quality systems and managerial, plus laboratory documentations, SOPs, quality charts and data.
- Duties will also include ongoing evaluation of appropriate training, identifying new training needs and further education, researching and making any new opportunities available
- Establishing operational research projects within the programs to look at analysis of existing data, development of best-practice, evidence-based approaches to MHRP and PEPFAR priority areas.
- Develop and maintain a cohesive laboratory group for networking in and across all the MHRP PEPFAR countries. Improve communications between laboratory and other technical working groups.
- Identify and deploy necessary internal and external resources as required to meet program objectives.
- Maintain updates of current and future equipment available and in use at sites and support selection, coordination, and maintenance of equipment reagents and supplies.
- Work in collaboration with MHRP PEPFAR in-country lab leads to strengthen the capacity of MHRP supported sites in forecasting, procuring, and maintaining laboratory reagent and supply stocks, and where requested/required, working with implementing partners in developing systems to support these activities.
- Represent MHRP PEPFAR lab requirements with international vendors to coordinate cross program requirements for supplies, reagents and equipment in order to negotiate pricing and services.
- Offer expertise to other USG funded partners and sites in the development of quality laboratory services.
- Coordinate with the DoD representative on the Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC) US based Laboratory HIV/AIDS Working Group, providing technical input in laboratory services, to ensure continued collaborative and coordinated efforts among the USG agencies in the planning and implementation of activities in support of PEPFAR.
- Attend other meetings and serve on other committees as needed to support MHRP PEPFAR laboratory activities providing support and undertaking assigned tasks as needed.
- Represent DoD/MHRP laboratory interests in expansion of HIV/AIDS prevention and care and treatment activities and leveraging of relevant areas of DoD expertise to assist other USG and DoD efforts.
- Support MRHP in-country lab leads in preparing funding documents, written reports, and manuscripts for submission to scientific journals and taking the lead in these activities when required as part of a multi-site activity/evaluation.
- Provide support to in-country lab leads to ensure proper budgeting and accountability for financial matters related to laboratory support, develop budgets, assist in procurement of equipment/reagents/consumables, and oversee budget expenditures.
- Provide regular reports of the state of laboratory services in all MHRP PEPFAR supported countries.
- Serve as laboratory lead, as assigned, for research activities within the PEPFAR research portfolio.
- Provides collaborative assistance to other program personnel and research scientists that require the incumbent's expertise.
- Maintains a safe work environment with appropriate training of other personnel.
- Completes other projects as needed.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Clinical Laboratory Science background.
- Knowledge and experience regarding Clinical Laboratory Science, to include best practice and QC/QA/QI systems.
- Knowledge of standards required for international accreditation
- Laboratory management experience and training in international settings.
- Laboratory monitoring and evaluation.
- Knowledge of applicable complex technology especially molecular diagnostics for HIV clinical monitoring; an ability to communicate effectively to include excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills; ability to troubleshoot technical procedures; ability to work independently and supervise others.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Masters in related scientific or laboratory science discipline is required, PhD preferred.
Minimum Experience: at least 6-10 years related lab management experience and 6-10 years of international work
Physical Capabilities: Incumbent will be based in Bethesda and travel to research/field sites in Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda, as required, sponsored by MHRP to assist program personnel.
Required Licenses, Certification or Registration: Certification in Medical Technology is desirable.
Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Incumbent will work under the supervision of the Associate Director for Medical Affairs, Global Health Program;
Work Environment: Laboratory/office/field environment; may require working evenings and weekends; may involve working with biohazardous materials. International travel is required.
HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.