Project Director/Senior Laboratory Technical Advisor, Directeur de projet/Conseiller technique principal de laboratoire, Yaoundé, FHI 360

Project Director/Senior Laboratory Technical Advisor, Directeur de projet/Conseiller technique principal de laboratoire, Yaoundé, FHI 360

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Job Title: Project Director/Senior Laboratory Technical Advisor

Program: Strengthening Public Health Laboratory Systems in the Republic of Cameroon under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Reports to: Principal Investigator (PI)

Location: Yaoundé, Cameroon

About FHI 360:

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.

We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of Senior Laboratory Technical Advisor for an anticipated multiyear project to provide technical assistance (TA) to the Cameroonian Ministry of Public Health of the National Public Health Laboratory (LNSP) and the Directorate of Pharmacy, Medicines and Laboratories (DPML). Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of the final applicant is subject to donor approval.


The Project Director/Senior Laboratory Technical Advisor will provide technical expertise, coordination and supervision of all laboratory strengthening aspects of an anticipated CDC PEPFAR Grant for Cameroon that has the general objective to strengthen public health laboratory Systems in Cameroon under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Activities will consist of direct site support and technical assistance (TA), focusing on coordination of the national specimen transportation system, strengthen the national laboratory workforce, laboratory professional network, and laboratory clinical interface, integrate the laboratory management information system (LMIS) with the national health management information system (HMIS) to provide high quality laboratory and patient information across systems, including providing free software use to government of Cameroon, strengthen national laboratory policies and institutions and improve adherence to national guidelines and  implement Quality Management Systems (QMS) in all laboratory networks to increase the number of laboratories, points of care (POC), and voluntary counseling and testing sites (VCT) providing quality services this will support Cameroon to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 goals.

They will provide technical support and supervision in collaboration with project management teams to ensure the successful planning and implementation of laboratory strengthening activities, including work planning, budgeting, supportive supervision, technical support and reporting in assigned areas. The incumbent will provide laboratory related representation for the CDC project at the FHI 360 Headquarters and/or regional meetings as may be called upon, collaborate with laboratory-related national mechanisms and institutions in supporting laboratory strengthening activities to improve quality access to HIV related testing.



Provide technical leadership and oversight for the project team on expansion of diagnostics and laboratory system networks to improve access to quality HIV related testing.

Provide technical assistance and capacity building support to project technical staff for expansion of quality laboratory services especially to improve access to laboratory diagnosis and monitoring through HIV testing, Viral Load testing, CD4 testing, Early Infant Diagnosis and Gene Expert TB testing to support provision of quality integrated HIV services at health facilities.

Liaise with the DPML on all aspect of governance for the project

Provide oversight, technical assistance, and capacity building to establish and expand quality assurance testing in Cameroon in collaboration with the LNSP, partners and stakeholders.

Liaise with relevant stakeholders on performance of Proficiency testing, site supervisions, site audits, staff competency evaluation and key milestones.

Support capacity building and technical assistance to laboratory mentors and facility laboratory personnel on reagent/commodity forecasting, quantification, procurement, and consumption reporting as needed for improved access to quality of testing.

Work in close collaboration with the project management team to strengthen laboratory systems and services to offer improved access to laboratory diagnosis and monitoring in support of provision of quality integrated health services.

Work in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to strengthen Laboratory Health Management Information Systems and use of program data to improve commodity reporting at all levels of the project.

Support the dissemination of program results internally and externally

Represent the project team at technical/stakeholder forums, the MOH, regional entities, CDC, and other implementing partners access to quality HIV related testing.


Bachelors’ degree with at least eight years’ experience implementing PEPFAR laboratory strengthening service delivery programs.

A demonstrated track record of providing mentorship and supervision for strengthening laboratory services and training in quality improvement approaches.

Good knowledge on utilization of data to improve laboratory programs especially around reporting and LMIS functionality.

Demonstrated good knowledge of the health System in Cameroon.

Experience working with MOH, NGO, USG to strengthen laboratory networks and access to testing.

Ability to work in a complex project implementation environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines, and intense pressure to perform.

Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination.

Strong programming, management, technical and critical thinking skills to facilitate program implementation.

Excellent analytical, communication, presentation and report writing skills.

Knowledge with strengthening laboratories to achieve international quality standards including against ISO 15189 and/or SLMTA/SLIPTA.

Experience and knowledge of EQA/PT schemes: production, distribution, corrective actions.

Ability to build teams, recognize, acquire, and retain talents.

Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the ethical issues surrounding research and surveillance.

French Language is a plus

Travel Requirements:

Up to 50% in Cameroon

This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, protected Veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.

FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support a healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.

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