Friday, 12 February 2016

Senior Program Officer Laboratory Research at the Institute of Human Virology (IHVN)

The Institute of Human Virology (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 at national, state, local and site levels. The Institute's mission is to be Center of Excellence in providing health service implementation, capacity building, and research, and ensuring equitable access to individuals and communities through innovative and evidence-based strategies.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Program Officer, Laboratory Research

 Central Office, Abuja

  • The Senior Program Officer, Laboratory Research will take part in the research and routine analytical work in the virology section. In particular the successful candidate will be involved in receipt of samples, keeping of sample inventory, RNA extraction, RT-PCR, PCR purification, sequencing and analysis of samples from the different cohorts.
  • The person will be expected to work following Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) and safety guidelines.
  • The person will also do other duties as assigned by the head of the unit to whom she/he will report.
Essential Functions
The Senior Programme Officer, Laboratory Research is to:
  • Contribute to the scientific and organizational management of the Research Division
  • Handle preparation, packaging and shipment of research samples
  • Train staff and temporary hires
  • Be involved in the evaluation of new technologies
  • Prepare budgets and supply orders
  • Provide monthly/regular updates of progress to both senior and junior staff
  • AnalyzeHIV drug resistance proficiency testing panels
  • Adhere to and enforce good research and laboratory practice including Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC).
  • Must hold a Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, a Master's Microbiology of a PhD in Virology with at least 5 years of experience.
  • She/he should have worked in an active research laboratory especially carrying out genetic sequencing in conjunction with the head of department and staff of Laboratory Research Division.
  • Must be involved in the execution of projects within agreed time lines.
Application Closing Date
24th February, 2016.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should send a detailed Resume, genuine supporting documents, academic qualifications and a one page Cover letter as one MS Word document saved with applicants name in the following format e.g. Musa Okafor Application Program Officer explaining suitability to "Associate Director, Human Resources" through this email address:


  • Application must explicitly state the position and location applied for in the subject of the email e.g. Laboratory Research Officer.
  • Candidates are advised to provide two professional referees with functional email addresses and telephone numbers.
  • Only applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.
  • The appointment will be for 6 months in the first instance but may be renewed subject to continued funding and to mutual consent by the two parties.
  • The successful applicant must be prepared to accept flexible working hours.