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Fresh Vacancies at Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation Nigeria (MGIC)


Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation Nigeria (MGIC) is a non-profit affiliate of UMB with a mission to administratively support international operations of UMB Principal Investigators. Our purpose is to provide the administrative infrastructure for sizable and sustained operations outside of the U.S.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Zonal Laboratory Specialist

Location: Nationwide
Duration: One Year with the possibility of renewal, subject the availability of fund.

Job Description

  • Through a contract with the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) implements The Nigeria AIDS Indicator and Impact Survey (NAIIS)).
  • The NAIIS program assists Nigeria to implement household-based surveys in the areas of HIV/AIDS and HepB & C population based survey.
  • The NAIIS program seeks to fill a Laboratory Specialist position to support the survey. The position is based in zonal locations.

Key Responsibilities
The Laboratory specialist will be responsible for providing technical assistance to the NAIIS Program on the measurement of biomarkers in population-based surveys and for the management of biomarker measurement in individual surveys together with the NAIIS survey team. Specific duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Training of field staff on data collection tools, blood and other sample collection procedures; preparation of dried blood spot; monitoring and supervision of field work; preparation of manuals, SOPs and other training documents
  • Training of field staff on the use and application of rapid diagnostic tests for HIV, HepB Ag & HepC Ag and point-of-care devices for the measurement of CD4.
  • Conducting assessments of host country laboratories to determine the labs’ capacity to carry out CD4, viral load and HIV resistance testing for the NAIIS survey
  • Training and supervision of in-country laboratories to conduct testing to support data collection in population-based surveys. Testing will include but is not limited to HIV, HepBAg, Hep C Ag, CD4, ARV metabolites, HIV resistance testing.
  • Participating in other NAIIS activities, e.g., assisting in developing questionnaires and modules, training curriculum, conducting further analysis studies, preparing/revising core manuals, preparing/reviewing biomarker sections of NAIIS reports, making presentations to CDC and other stakeholders.
  • The laboratory specialist position is a position that requires approximately 90% travel around the country. It is expected that the laboratory specialist will demonstrate a high level of flexibility in performing the responsibilities of the position.

Required Qualifications:

  • A bachelor degree in a biomedical science.
  • 8-10 years of experience, including at least 3-5 years of laboratory experience conducting assays for the diagnosis of HIV and other infectious diseases
  • An experience with population survey will be an added advantage
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Required Skills:

  • In depth knowledge and practical experience performing enzyme immunoassays, specimen management and data management.
  • Familiarity with basic molecular techniques.
  • Experience with viral load testing and other nucleic acid tests
  • Experience or knowledge of CD4 enumeration using point-of-care testing and FACS assay
  • Experience working with developing country institutions
  • Experience performing Quality Assurance measures in all phases of biomedical testing
  • Experience writing short technical reports
  • Ability to write clear and concise summaries of reports for internal and external audiences
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in English required.

Work Skills:

  • Ability to work for long hours
  • Ability to give attention to details
  • Ability to work with their hands and will need dexterity to work with small vials, test tubes, and delicate lab equipment.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Supply Chain Specialist

Location: Abuja

Essential Functions

  • To provide technical and programmatic support to NPHIIA Project in health supply chain management, including capacity building for individual service delivery points (SDPs) supply chain management,


  • One Year, with the possibility of renewal subject to the availability of fund.


  • The incumbent would ideally be a highly competent team player who enjoys taking initiative.
  • Attributes would also include immense patience, tenacity and creative thinking

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical support to service delivery points in ensuring best practices in health commodities commodity management
  • Ensure timely receipt and review of utilization of consumption reports from the field
  • Update and manage a logistic management system for all health commodities
  • Provide feedback to field staff at the SDPs assigned on LMIS reports/ADR reports
  • Prepare accurate commodity requirements/delivery order for commodities and ensure an uninterrupted supply of commodities for program needs
  • Conduct monitoring and support visits to assigned service delivery points to ensure smooth implementation of supply chain and pharmacy activities
  • Ensure supply chain activities in SDPs are aligned with the government of Nigeria standard operating procedure treatment support.
  • Provide professional clinical supervision and mentorship to other pharmacists and pharmacy support personnel at the SDPs
  • Actively develop and contribute to medication safety initiatives such as Adverse Drug Event (ADE) monitoring, reporting, analysis and prevention.
  • Participate in practice-based research and drug utilization evaluation (DUE) studies for increased knowledge on medication use outcomes.
  • Contribute to the identification and documentation of best practices and success stories on the NPHIIA project.
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Minimum Qualifications

  • Minimum of a first degree in Pharmacy (BPharm), or a related degree, Certificate inLogistics Management of Health Commodities or its equivalent
  • Experience: Minimum of three (3) years’ work experience in a donor funded public health program e.g. HIV, Malaria, etc.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Job Title: Logistics Technical Lead

Location: Abuja
Duration: One Year with the possibility of renewal subject to the availability of fund.

Essential Functions

  • To lead and provide technical and strategic direction to the NPHIIA health supply chain team in ensuring an uninterrupted supply of health and non-health commodities required in achieving the goals and objectives of the NPHIIA Nigeria program)

Key Area of Responsibility

  • The incumbent would ideally be a highly competent self-starter with strong ability to communicate, motivate and lead a team.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide supportive supervision, capacity building and mentorship to the health supply chain team
  • Coordinate the activities and functions of the health supply chain team to ensure an uninterrupted supply of commodities required on the NPHIIA grant
  • Organise and conduct training of program staff on logistics management.
  • Forecast commodity needs for the program
  • Develop and maintain systems and mechanisms for the acquisition and delivery of health and non-health commodities that are most appropriate to the needs of the Nigeria NPHIIA Program and and field staff.
  • Support the health Supply chain specialists to implement best practices in commodity management (e.g. storage, inventory management, waste drive, etc.) of health commodities and other related improvements and recommendations identified during assessments.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Education: Minimum of a Masters Degree in Public Health, a Bachelors Degree in Pharmacy or a related field, Certificate in Logistics Management of Health Commodities or its equivalent
  • Experience: Minimum of ten (10) years relevant experience managing health supply chains on donor funded programs e.g. HIV, Malaria, etc. with at least five (5) years managerial responsibility

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note: Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Deadline: 9th February, 2018.


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