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Program Officer-Amachara Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (TBRL)

The Institute of Human Virology (IHVN) is a leading and reputable non-governmental organization addressing infectious and non-infectious diseases such as HIV, tuberculosis, and cancer through prevention, diagnosis, treatment, capacity building, research, care, and support services. IHVN is in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the government of Nigeria at the national, state, and local levels. The Institute’s vision is to provide quality health services, capacity building, and research in West Africa and beyond.

The GF-TB Project seeks to improve access to diagnostic and treatment services by implementing intensified case-finding activities, undertaking diagnostic network optimization activities leveraging existing diagnostic services, optimal use of GeneXpert and other TB molecular diagnostic platforms for case detection, and private sector engagement.

IHVN is seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

PositionProgram Officer-Amachara Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory (TBRL)
Reports ToHOD Lab.  GC7 TB/HIV Unit Heads
Operational ContactsRegional Manager Delta, GF Coordinator, and GF Project Director.
Scheduled Work TimeMonday – Friday (Flexibility, willing to travel and work weekends)
Employment TypeFull
LocationTBRL Amachara, Abia State
Number of PositionsOne

Opening Date: March 14, 2024

Closing Date: March 28, 2024

Position Overview

The Program Officer Amachara TBRL has the requisite tuberculosis technical expertise and is skilled in TB diagnostics. She/He will be required to coordinate and provide technical guidance to the TB Reference Laboratories. She/He will liaise with the relevant National and State TB program stakeholders.


  • Perform the following TB diagnostic tests: GeneXpert, Truenat, TB-LAMP, LF-LAM, Genotypic tests (Molecular Line Probe Assay for 1st and 2nd line assays) and phenotypic tests (TB Culture, Drug Susceptibility Testing).
  • Coordinate the TB Logistic Management System in the reference laboratory.
  • Provide technical assistance to the other staff at the TB reference laboratory.
  • Adhere to the Quality Management System to enhance laboratory quality systems, encompassing the creation of a quality manual, safety manual, audits, testing, and the development of standard operating procedures (SOPs), and partner with the NTBLCP Laboratory Team to develop national documents.
  • Support TB reference laboratories to attain international laboratory standards towards accreditation using the Global Laboratory Initiative’s (GLI) stepwise process towards accreditation with other tools and checklists for implementing quality management systems.
  • Conduct capacity building on mycobacteriology.
  • Collaborate with the relevant stakeholders to ensure prompt sample movement from facility and community levels to the testing laboratories and results retrieval.
  • Collate and review facility reports (site visits, monthly/quarterly narrative, data, mentoring and supervision, etc.)
  • Flag and report TB laboratory challenges and follow up the execution of prompt interventions.
  • Perform every other duty necessary for the successful implementation of laboratory activities of IHVN.
  • Ensure timely submission of laboratory deliverables and reports.
  • Collate/review the GeneXpert QRRIF report/ensure distribution of cartridges.
  • Summarize mentoring and supervision reports; collate finalized TB Reference laboratory’s deliverables.
  • Keep an inventory of and manage TB laboratory supplies, providing support to the headquarters Supply Chain Management team to create a list of supplies for procurement.

Required competencies

  1. Core requirements:
    1. Ability to supervise and mentor others
    1. Strong interpersonal skills
    1. Fluent in verbal and written English
    1. Ability to communicate well
    1. Basic computer skills: proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    1. Ability to work independently and consistently to produce timely and high-quality work
    1. A team player
    1. Proficient in high-impact influencing and persuasive techniques, able to represent the organization to donors and other stakeholders.
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of guidelines and policies related to TB molecular diagnostic laboratories.
  • Education and Experience:
  • Academic training: Should possess B.MLS or its equivalent with a current practicing license from the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria.
  • A Master’s degree in Public Health or its equivalent is an added advantage.
  • Experience: At least three years of experience working with TB diagnostic laboratory

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

IHVN is an equal employment employer. We do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on religion, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, genetic information, or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable laws.

Mode of Application:

Please submit your application letter and detailed curriculum vitae as one single Microsoft Word document to the Assistant Director, Human Resources, through this email address: [email protected].