Program Officer, Laboratory Services Job at Caritas Nigeria (APPLY Here)


Program Officer, Laboratory Services: (Delta, Enugu & Imo States) CODE: PO, LS-1019.

Summary of Role: The Laboratory Services Officer will report to the Senior Laboratory Services Specialist and provide technical support in the design, planning and implementation of laboratory services and laboratory related activities. Maintaining oversight on the functionality and optimization of all Molecular and Clinical laboratory services as well as laboratory related activities across healthcare facilities and communities; she/he will evaluate laboratory methods and procedures; and conduct periodic laboratory system assessment and review of activities.

Roles & Responsibilities: 

  • Assist in the design, planning and implementation of laboratory services and laboratory related activities. S/he will Compile, analyze and monitor trends on the functionality and optimization of all Clinical laboratory services as well as laboratory related activities.
  • Plan and monitor Rapid test quality improvement initiative across all the states.
  • Support the implementation of Laboratory Continuous Quality Improvement and the deployment and institution of appropriate corrective and preventive action respectively.
  • Assist in the evaluation of laboratory methods and procedures; and conduct of periodic laboratory system assessment and review of activities.
  • Responsible for the implementation and monitoring of the Integrated Sample Referral Network and an efficient biosafety and infection control program across all supported healthcare facilities and communities. 
  • Assist in the development and adaptation of required guidelines/standards for related laboratory services. 
  • Be responsible for the functionality of all laboratory information systems and linkage to EMR. 
  • Responsible for the design, implementation and monitoring system to ensure an efficient documentation of laboratory information. 
  • Prepare progress reports of laboratory activities, lab program implementation and lab quality issues.
  • Develop, implement and monitor the laboratory logistics plan to support program implementation.
  • Be responsible for Dry Tube Specimen (DTS) production, distribution and monitoring of HIV 

Quality Improvement Program

  • Keep inventory of necessary laboratory reagents and supplies needed for DTS production and distribution.
  • Oversee the development and implementation of quality control measures that will monitor specimen quality and storage conditions, including temperature and time.
  • Oversee Viral load activities in the state and reference laboratories.

Additional Responsibilities:

The Responsibilities (Above) are not intended to be all-inclusive. The employee will also perform other related tasks as required and will be responsible for reporting and communicating progress and achievement of the specific assigned tasks.

Qualification and Experience:

Qualified applicants must have:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification in Medical Laboratory Science. A valid certificate to practice as Medical Laboratory Scientist. Mandatory Knowledge and experience in the design, implementation and management of laboratory services in HIV/AIDS program or any other public health intervention program. Experience in a laboratory setting in the areas of molecular diagnosis (viral load determination, drug resistance testing, genotyping and nucleic acid sequencing) is a must. Familiarity with standards and federal/state regulations affecting the laboratory and laboratory practices. Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and make reasoned judgments in a timely fashion. Committing to a course of action without undue delay or prevarication
  • Experience of dealing with difficult and sensitive situations in a professional manner.
  • Ability to work under pressure, efficiently handle multiple tasks, quickly find creative solutions to problems and challenges that arise, and manage stress and time in a fast-paced work and fluid operating environment.
  • Ability to foster and maintain a spirit of unity, teamwork, cooperation, and learning.
  • Willingness and ability to travel.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Sensitivity in working with multiple cultures and beliefs, and to gender equity.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software: MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a part of a team.

Key Competencies

  • Should possess good skills in;
  • Good Knowledge of effective communication skills both inter-personal and intra-personal.
  • Team work and personal impact
  • Attention to detail.

Additional Advantage.

  • Understanding of faith-based organizations and capacity-building in local partnerships
  • Familiarity with policies, procedures, and priorities of Caritas agencies
  • Experience in staff development and partner capacity
  • Demonstrated commitment to improving gender equality in programming and operations.
  • Demonstrated capacity and experience with institutional strengthening of civil society
  • Flexibility to work both in a team and independently
  • Cultural sensitivity, patience and flexibility
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally as required


Interested Applicants with the desired requirements should;

1. Kindly fill out the attached EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FORM as appropriate; and send to; with

2. A Letter of Application, a recently updated CV and Credentials in one single PDF file-format (as attachment).

*Strictly, Single entry only.

Subject of the Application must be written as given on the Vacancy Announcement.

e.g.; Program Specialist, Quality Improvement & Disease Surveillance: (insert choice location) CODE: PS, QIS-1019.

Please note: Applications not received in the stated format will be DISQUALIFIED

Closing Date: Close of Business, Friday October 18, 2019.

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