AD-HOC Program Assistant, Laboratory in Institute of Human Virology

Job Title: AD-HOC Program Assistant, Laboratory in Institute of Human Virology

Location: Nigeria

Office/Department: Clinical Laboratory Services Department

Scheduled Work Times: Monday – Friday

Immediate Supervisor/Reports To: The Program Assistant will report to the Program Officer, Senior Program Officer, Program Manager, Associate Director (AD) and Director Clinical Laboratory Services.


  • IHVN has been the Principal Recipient for the Global Fund DR-TB Grant since June 2011 till date. The objectives of the grant include surveillance for Drug Resistant TB (DR-TB), support for treatment at health facilities and the community level.
  • The AD-HOC Program Officer is to ensure pre-analytical and post-analytical phases of TB tests are carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures.

Essential Functions

The AD-HOC Program Assistant, Laboratory should have the ability and expertise to:

  • Follow laboratory, organizational and collaboration policies.
  • Undergo training and competency assessment according to laboratory requirements.
  • Perform various laboratory procedures for specimen and/or media preparation for analysis in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Participate in the diagnostics (smear microscopy, GeneXpert, TB culture, Line Probe Assay) in the TB Reference laboratories.
  • Ensure that laboratory management information systems are functional and up-to-date is up to date.
  • Ensure pre-analytical and post-analytical phases of testing are carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Contribute to the laboratory’s Quality Management System and quality control program by observing written policy and procedures.
  • Collect patient specimens, receive, sort and register specimens for testing.
  • Store/retrieve samples/media (where applicable) to ensure traceability in accordance with procedures.
  • Monitor stock availability of consumables to ensure availability of all necessary supplies in the TB Reference laboratory.
  • Perform daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual maintenance of laboratory equipment as required in a timely manner
  • Collect & Collate AFB smear microscopy and GeneXpert MTB/RIF data report across all IHVN sites.
  • Perform every other duty necessary for the successful implementation of the GF programs and as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications


  • The AD-HOC Program Assistant, Laboratory should have the following qualifications;
  • Licensed Medical Laboratory Technician/ Licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist/ Biomedical scientist.
  • Work Experience in a diagnostic laboratory or related field will be an added advantage.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Must be willing to learn new skills, hardworking and dedicated.
  • Demonstrate a cooperative attitude in relationships with co-workers and other personnel.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients, patient results and project operations.
  • Must be creative, proactive and be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, written/verbal.

Note: Candidates should indicate appropriate position and preferred location in their application letter. IHVN is an equal opportunity employer.

Method of Application

Interested and qualified candidates should send their application letter and detailed curriculum vitae in Microsoft word format should be forwarded to the “Associate Director, Human Resources” through this email address:


Closing Date: 17th April, 2018