PPO Laboratory Services – P5

JOB TITLE PPO Laboratory Services – P5


INSTITUTION West African Health Organisation (WAHO)
ANNUAL SALARY UA 66,123.98 USD 104,330.42
AGENCY Regional Centre for urveillance and Disease Control (RCDC)
DEPARTMENT Office of the Director General
DIRECTORATE Regional Centre for Surveillance and Disease Control (RCDC)
DIVISION Laboratory Services
LINE SUPERVISOR Executive Director
Applications should be sent to: b1ppolabservicercdc@ecowas.int


Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the incumbent shall ensure proper coordination of laboratory activities of the West African Regional Laboratories Network. S/he will ensure quality development of the network to support disease control activities in the region



·         Lead the development of the Regional Laboratory Quality Assurance Policy;

·         Coordinate the activities of the Regional Laboratories Network;

·         Champion the integration of laboratory activities into the ECOWAS Regional Disease Surveillance System;

·         Provide technical assistance to the strengthening of laboratories governance and capacity;

·         Provide guidance to Reference Laboratories in the implementation of the Quality Assurance Policy;

·         Coordinate periodic assessment of the Regional Reference Laboratories for the renewal of their accreditations;

·         Deliver timely and complete biological information from the Reference Laboratories to Laboratories of National Coordinating Institutions/National Public Health Institutes/national CDCs in the region ;

·         Liaise with Surveillance, Alert and Response Units to set up an efficient early warning system supported by quality laboratory services;

·         Coordinate laboratory activities in the event of epidemics by deploying technical staff and ensuring the availability of mobile laboratories for easy field diagnosis;

·         Mobilize resources to support the Regional Laboratories Network activities ;

·         Perform any other duty as assigned by the supervisor.



•     Master’s degree (or equivalent) in public health, epidemiology, medical laboratory sciences, or related relevant field from a recognized university ;

•     10 years of professional experience including 5 years at a supervisory level;

•     experience in national and international deployment of multidisciplinary investigation teams;

•     experience in implementation of surveillance and disease control strategies;

•     knowledge of management and implementation of public health programmes involving diagnostic laboratories for epidemic prone diseases and research on communicable diseases

•     experience in laboratory analysis of emerging and re-emerging diseases;

•     knowledge of the organization of health systems, policies and health professionals training in West Africa



Be below 50 years old. This provision does not apply to internal candidates.



•     ability to lead in assigned programmes and projects by providing the necessary managerial and operational expertise required for the fulfilment of the organization’s mandate;

•     ability to lead by example and organize teamwork to encourage cooperation to achieve targeted results, champion and build momentum for change and to bring about employee engagement; develops and implements internal controls for pilot program to manage potential barriers to implementation;

•     ability to respect chain of command in an appropriate manner;

•     excellent self-management skills, demonstrating ethics and integrity, confidentiality and displaying due regards for internal controls of rules, delegations and transparency;

•     knowledge of program management at the level usually acquired from a certification in program management.

·         Ability to research benchmarks and trends to bring about the best recommendations for the development and improvement of programs/projects that will best serve the community/organization;

·      well-developed networking and interpersonal skills to seek feedback, information and data from a network of professionals from multiple countries/sectors/organizations and to identify and prioritize the most critical community requirements;

·    Ability to develop and implement best practices in client services;

·                   Ability to develop and implement stakeholder management plans, programs and initiatives to obtain buy-in on new initiatives, to better understand dissenting views, to obtain resources and to increase perceptions of success.

·         ability to be diplomatic, tactful and respect of other people from varied backgrounds, understanding diverse cultural views especially within West Africa with the ability to convert diversity into opportunities to improve program/operational outcomes;

•   ability to remain objective in managing conflict regardless of cultural differences /positions, gender differences, and encourage other staff to overcome cultural and gender bias and  differences;

•     ability and responsibility for incorporating gender perspectives and ensuring the equal participation of women and men in all areas of work;

•   ability to serve the interest of culturally diverse multinational teams/organizations/communities and persons with disability without prejudice and bias.

•     understanding of the ECOWAS organizational structure, associated dynamics and expectations as required to collaborate, participate, contribute and lead effectively;

•     knowledge of the ECOWAS mandate, strategic plan/priorities as well as the economic, political and social situation and trends in member states, as pertains to own scope of work;

•     knowledge of International best practices, program management approaches and research techniques to lead and/or contribute to the development or assessment of programs, projects or initiatives;

•     ability to use ECOWAS rules and procedures to appropriately interpret and apply directive text, provide technical advice, coach others and assess performance.

•     ability to pull together information from different sources to identify the cause of problems, consequences of alternative causes of action, potential obstacles and ways to avoid the problem in the future;

•     ability to break down very complex situations/information into simple terms   to explain recommendations and conclusions aimed at solving problems or improving operations/programs/projects;

•     ability to develop new insights into situations, apply innovative solutions to problems and to design new methods of addressing issues or disconnects where established methods and procedures are inapplicable or no longer effective.

•        ability to communicate with impact, clearly and concisely in a succinct and organized manner conveying credibility & confidence when making presentations, setting expectations and explaining complex issues;

•        accomplished technical writing and editing skills;

•        exhibit active listening skills to encourage stronger communication amongst team members, to show care and make them feel valued and to  drive employee engagement in all institutions and agencies;

•        ability to give constructive feedback, provide recognition, address shortcomings and motivate direct reports to work at peak performance;

•        computer literate with proficiency in information communication technologies(ICT), including the use of analytical databases;

•        Fluency in oral and written expressions in one of the ECOWAS official languages of the Community (English, French & Portuguese). Knowledge of an additional one will be an advantage.

·         ability to set effective goals and targets for self, others, and the work unit and adjusting work or project priorities in response to changing circumstances;

•   ability to use participatory approach in project planning and identify gaps affecting the achievement of program/project expectations and to design and implement intervention plans required to build the desired task;

•   ability to implement rigorous monitoring and evaluation practices and to set in place regular reporting schedules relevant to key outputs;

•   ability to plan, organize, control resources, and to comply with  policies, procedures and protocols to achieve specific goals.




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