International Lead Laboratory Research Project Coordinator

Job Description

The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) School of Medicine, Institute of Human Virology (IHV)

 is currently expanding our global lab team to support laboratory strengthening and disease surveillance in eight countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The 

International Lead Laboratory Research Project Coordinator

 plays a critical role in coordinating and designing laboratory programs to strengthen the system of sample transport, sample tracking, and reporting of results; viral load (VL) and EID (early infant diagnosis) actionable clinical results linkage; laboratory quality management systems (LQMS) with emphasis on EQA towards accreditation; and TB and H. 

This position will require travel to sub-Saharan Africa 30% of time.


Benefits Information:

 UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools. 

Essential Duties:

  • Provide technical assistance in strengthening regional level to rollout lab services including Viral Load Monitoring (VLM).
  • Work closely with Health Informatics team to support the establishment/ strengthening of sample tracking system.
  • Support health facilities to increase access to viral load testing.
  • Support viral load testing sites to reduce backlog samples and data to improve viral load testing Turnaround Time (TAT).
  • Facilitate and support the development and/or revision, distribution and proper utilization of viral load specimen referral SOPs, request forms, registers and different provider support tools.
  • Facilitate and support the development and/or revision, distribution and proper utilization of sample tracking, QMS, and HIV and TB surveillance SOPs, forms, registers and different support tools.
  • Provide technical support and facilitate a robust EQA system.
  • Provide technical support to implement WHO AFRO Laboratory accreditation process.
  • Assess laboratories and prepare reports containing actionable strategies of improvement.
  • Prepare and evaluate annual work plan with targeted benchmark indicators and evaluate them quarterly and harmonize annual, semi-annual and quarterly basis.
  • Prepare and submit weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual activity reports.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.



 Bachelors in Biology, Chemistry or field of study related to the research of the laboratory. Master’s degree is preferred. 


 Three (3) years research coordination experience including two (2) years in HIV research. 


May consider a combination of directly related experience and education. 


  • Preferred TOT/ basic trainings on EID/VL testing, specimen referral, rapid HIV testing, CD4 enumeration, TB diagnosis and DST, LQMS, SLMTA, and Proficiency Testing (PT) preparation and interpretation, etc.
  • Preferred experience in teaching, mentoring, organizing and conducting training.
  • Preferred experience in mentoring and assessing WHO-AFRO SLIPTA and accreditation.
  • Preferred experience in development of national/ regional documents related to specimen referral, testing and laboratory accreditation process.


  • Excellent interpersonal and coordination skills.
  • Excellent communication skills (Proficiency in both English and French languages an advantage).
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Hiring Range:

 Commensurate with education and experience

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