Senior Program Officers at the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN)

The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) is a leading and reputable indigenous non-governmental organization implementing a comprehensive family-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the Government of Nigeria job at national, state, local and site levels.

IHVN wishes to engage competent professionals to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Senior Program Officer

Location: Nigeria

Key Working Relationship

  • Reports to the Associate Director (AD) and Director, Clinical Laboratory Services

Major Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Program Officer should have the ability and expertise to:

  • Prepare TB panels and administration for basic and advanced tests.
  • Participate in design of TB Reference laboratories.
  • Coordinate the Quality Management System of the TB Reference laboratory.
  • Coordinate activation of TB Reference , GeneXpert sites and smear microscopy laboratories
  • Participate in the development of national guidelines and policies, supervision checklists, procedures & manuals on TB.
  • Facilitate all TB trainings (Smear Microscopy, TB Culture (Solid and Liquid), Molecular TB Diagnosis (GeneXpert and Line Probe Assay), DST (1st and 2nd line), TB EQA, TB sample transport logistics and biosafety.
  • Participate in setting up and coordinating a continuous quality improvement plan for the Laboratories.
  • Participate in review of reports (site visits, mentoring and supervision etc.) and follow up on challenges.
  • Represent job at local, national and international meetings.
  • Provide appropriate technical support and mentoring to TB Reference Laboratories
  • Participate in onsite data validation exercises with state programs, GeneXpert sites, reference laboratories and DOTs centres.
  • Participate in the TB laboratory Logistic Management.
  • Liaise with the State TB and Leprosy Control Officers (STBLCOS), DR TB focal persons to understand and ensure smooth running of Lab component of the PMDT in the States.
  • Key into the state monthly/quarterly Work plan for supportive supervision to patients in the community.
  • Ensure that laboratory National data capturing (recording and reporting) tools are available, properly and completely filled.
  • Track investigation results from responsible labs to ensure that they are sent back to the state TB program or treatment centres within the turnaround time.
  • Liaise with other relevant Lab staff to oversee the follow up investigations for all DR TB patients in DR TB treatment centres, ambulatory Phase and community initiation (including baseline DST for patients) and patients in the continuation phase across the country.
  • Ensure that electronic Lab management information systems are functional and up-to-date job at all levels (State, treatment centre & reference laboratory).
  • Follow up with TB reference laboratories management and finance department to ensure timely availability of funds and optimal utilization.
  • Assist in coordinating TB related research and training activities that will require the use of the laboratory facilities.
  • Support activation of sites for GeneXpert, Fluorescent Microscopy and TB Culture/LPA.
  • Collate reports and report appropriately. 23. Perform every other duty necessary for the successful implementation of the GF programs.
  • The Senior Program Officer will report to the Program Manager, Associate Director (AD) and Director Clinical Laboratory Services..
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Essential Skills:

  • Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills.
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with diagnostic laboratory.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients, patient results and project operations.
  • Experience in TB smear microscopy, GeneXpert MTB/RIF, TB Culture, Drug susceptibility and Line Probe Assay tests.
  • Must be creative, proactive and be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be willing to learn new skills.
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written/verbal) in English.

The Senior Program Officer should have the following qualifications;

  • A degree in Medical Laboratory Science (sub-specialty in Microbiology) registrable with MLSCN. A master’s degree in relevant sub-specialty will be an advantage.
  • Licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ working experience.
  • Work experience in a TB Reference Laboratory is required.
  • Experience working with donor funders (PEPFAR & GF).

Application Closing Date
21st October, 2016.

Job Application Method
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Application letters and detailed curriculum vitae in Microsoft word format to the “Associate Director, Human Resources” through this email address:

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


  • IHVN only considers educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.
  • All applicants must have completed the NYSC or have been exempted according to regulations of the NYSC.
  • Only applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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