Senior laboratory technical advisor, systems strengthening, GHSC-PSM

NGO Jobs / UN Jobs Vacancy

Country: United States of America
Organization: Chemonics
Closing date: 28 Oct 2020

Chemonics seeks a Systems Strengthening Senior Laboratory Technical Advisor in support of the Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement Supply Management (GHSC-PSM) project. The Senior Laboratory Technical Advisor is a senior member of the project’s laboratory team and will ensure that the project’s lab strategy and implementation keep pace with technical trends in the field. We are looking for candidates with operational lab and diagnostics experience as well as a deep understanding of Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Office of the U.S. Global Aids Coordinator (OGAC) approaches and expectations at the country and site level. Candidates will also come with solid analytical, writing and presentation skills. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

In this role, you will serve as a technical advisor for PEPFAR-specific issues in field implementation and provide input and technical guidance to GHSC-PSM headquarters supply chain staff, field offices, Ministries of Health, United States Government (USG) President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and other external collaborators. You will also have the opportunity to build in-country capacity of GHSC-PSM teams including developing reference tools and documents for use with the teams and Ministries and other stakeholders in country, document practices and lessons in lab supply chain for reports, presentations, abstracts, and publications. As a Senior Technical Advisor, you will work closely with the GHSC-PSM HIV/AIDS Director and the Strategic Engagement team to support collaboration with donors, stakeholders and implementing partners on lab technical and programmatic issues globally and in the field.

GHSC-PSM is the primary vehicle through which the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) procures and provides health commodities for countries receiving U.S. government foreign assistance. The project also provides technical assistance to improve the efficiency, reach, and sustainability of in-country supply chains and is supported with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, USAID’s family planning and reproductive health program, and USAID’s maternal and child health program.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overall responsibility for providing technical assistance that builds country capacity to ensure access to quality laboratory commodities, with a focus on viral load scale-up in support of 90-90-90

  • Advise and consult with GHSC-PSM Global Supply Chain (GSC) team in providing HIV/TO1-related reports, evaluations, and presentations to OGAC regarding technical strategies, indicators, work with implementing partners on the ground, and general reporting on the PEPFAR-funded work of GHSC-PSM.

  • Lead the writing of GHSC-PSM reports, articles and technical documents related to laboratory

  • As a senior member of the GHSC-PSM lab team, play a leadership role in advising and supporting GHSC-PSM country teams as they work in collaboration with and conduct procurements for USAID, CDC and implementing partners in the field.

  • Lead the lab team to validate orders and produce training materials for VL and EID platforms to inform procurement teams and in country stakeholders

  • Work with field offices, PMUs, and FASP team to validate laboratory supply plans on a quarterly basis

  • Provide technical assistance and guidance related to Lab specific orders and or contractual agreements to other departments and project staff as required

  • Providing technical assistance to country office staff and governments and other country stakeholders, in GHSC-PSM laboratory-related activities with a special focus on harmonizing USAID and CDC collaboration on laboratory implementation in countries in which GHSC-PSM is procuring and providing technical assistance.

  • Regularly contribute to support “Communities of Practice” on laboratorysupply chain best practices

  • Collect, create and disseminate information on innovations, best practices, and positive outcomes in laboratory

  • Collaborate with HSS Advanced Analytics team in national level laboratory optimization initiatives to improve the efficiency of the lab network including providing Short Term Technical Assistance (STTA) and facilitating workshops

  • Lead/direct national integrated sample transportation network optimization initiatives including providing STTA and facilitating workshops as needed

  • Provide training and technical support to countries to use LabEquip

  • Provide technical advice to the technical advisory committees for ForLabPlus and LabEquip

  • Lead/direct laboratory forecasting initiatives to quantify the requirements for laboratory reagents and commodities including providing STTA and facilitating forecasting workshops

  • Provide training and technical support to countries to use ForLabPlus for the forecasting and Pipeline for the supply planning of laboratory reagents and commodities

  • Review and approve forecasts and supply plans for laboratory reagents and commodities

  • Participate in monthly calls with all in-country GHSC-PSM laboratory advisors

  • Regularly host webinars and continuing education sessions for GHSC-PSM in-country lab teams

  • Participate in the GHSC-PSM/USAID laboratory,and other working groups, as appropriate

  • Work with GHSC-PSM global supply chain teams to resolve procurement issues and provide technical production specifications as needed

  • Respond to ad hoc requests for data analysis, report writing, and training preparations as needed

  • Represent GHSC-PSM at international meetings and on expert committees as requested

  • Support countries in the design, operation, and monitoring and evaluation of supply chains responsible for the provision of laboratory commodities

  • Troubleshoot issues with suppliers where relationships with the suppliers would contribute to resolution of contractual, maintenance support, and other issues as well as assisting with complicated procurement and harmonization issues (e.g., protocol changes for products) in the field

  • Participate and develop materials on the Commodity Councils for Laboratory products

  • Respond to ad hoc requests from USAID/Washington as needed

  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required


  • Minimum 8 years of medical or clinical laboratory technology or science experience and an advanced degree with a public health focus. Alternatively, a minimum of 10 years of medical or clinical laboratory technology or science experience, and a Bachelor’s degree

  • Experience leading design, evaluation and implementation of improvements as well as providing technical guidance on laboratory systems in consultation with donor and/or implementing partners required (preferably in sub-Saharan Africa), with a preference for PEPFAR and/or CDC experience in the field

  • Deep understanding and history of collaboration with OGAC level technical experts on issues related to PEPFAR service delivery, with a preference for lab-specific activities.

  • Previous experience providing guidance on laboratory commodity and equipment procurement

  • Extensive knowledge of laboratory commodity and assay specifications to support HIV and TB programming

  • Experience with national level laboratory organizational structure (laboratory network), understanding of ongoing developments in the field of laboratory supplies and technology, and current knowledge of Lab procedures and related equipment and supplies at the country level, strongly desired

  • Experience with supply planning and laboratory harmonization at the national level in developing countries required

  • Strong analytical and statistical aptitude, with advanced skills in data analysis, excel modelling, SPSS, and STATA preferred

  • Experience working in resource constrained countries

  • Excellent written,oral, and presentation communication skills with a track record of presentations and publications of a technical nature related to HIV laboratory issues at a national and global level

  • A proven ability to work as part of a team and to be self-managing

  • Proficient in Microsoft 360, Excel, SharePoint, word processing, and presentation applications

  • Demonstrated leadership, versatility and integrity

  • Working proficiency in French, Spanish and/or Portuguese, desired

How to apply:

Apply through Chemonics Career Center at by October 28th, 2020. No telephone inquiries, please. Only finalists will be contacted.

Chemonics is an equal opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate in its selection and employment practices. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, age, or other legally protected characteristics. Military veterans, AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

COVID-19 Recruitment Information

Chemonics International is monitoring COVID-19 activity around the world. The health and wellbeing of our staff is of the utmost importance to us, and we continue to hire for all open roles with interviewing and on-boarding done virtually. Our new hires and current staff working from our Washington, DC, Arlington, VA, and London offices will temporarily work from home until it is safe to return to our offices.

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