The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: http://www.clintonhealthaccess.org
CHAI has partnered with the Government in Lao PDR since 2014, supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) across several health programs including Procurement and Supply Management, Malaria Elimination, HIV and TB Access, and Maternal and Child Health. CHAI Laos has also supported the MoH’s COVID-19 response since the beginning of the pandemic.
The ability to make accurate diagnoses is crucial to the control of infectious diseases that have a high public health impact, including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and COVID-19. CHAI has over 15 years’ experience in providing support across more than 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia on Diagnostic testing implementation, diagnostic network optimization and systems strengthening. CHAI has a global team of technical experts for both the supply and demand sides of diagnostics.
CHAI has recently secured funding as part of a consortium for Laboratory system strengthening in Southeast Asia. Through this, CHAI will support the MoH and its National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology to strengthen national laboratory systems to improve COVID-19 and other molecular testing programs. Proposed activities:
The Senior Associate, Laboratory Systems will lead the technical aspects of the Laboratory program, under the guidance and direction of the Program Manager, Laboratory Systems. The Senior Associate will provide the subject matter expertise required to design and implement the laboratory capacity assessment, develop informed mitigation and strengthening plans, and to transfer laboratory knowledge and skills (safety, quality, technical) to MoH laboratory staff as laboratory capacity is expanded nationally to all provinces. The position will be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, with regular domestic travel expected, as conditions allow.
Working together with and supported by the CHAI Lao PDR Laboratory Systems Program Manager and Program Officer and CHAI’s Global Laboratory Team, the Senior Associate will:
Perform other duties that may be assigned by country leadership.