Director Laboratory Services – Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)

Organisation: Joint
Clinical Research Centre (JCRC)
Duty Station:  Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Executive
About JCRC:
Joint Clinical Research Centre
(JCRC) is a national Ugandan organization that was established in 1991 as a
medical institution and HIV AIDS Centre of Excellence specializing in medical
research, health care and training.
Job Summary: The
Director Laboratory Services will ensure that all JCRC lab processes are conducted
in line with laboratory best practice, established standards, policies and
procedures and/or as prescribed in the Research Protocols. The incumbent also
ensures that all JCRC lab infrastructures in Kampala and all Regional Centers
of Excellence is effectively utilized and maintained to serve their intended
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Responsible
    for implementing and maintaining the laboratory standards equivalent to
    the College of American Pathologists
  • Ensure
    an effective quality management program for the laboratory.
  • Ensures
    proficiency testing, alternative assessment, and QC procedures are
    sufficient for the extent of testing performed in the laboratory
  • Regularly
    communicate laboratory data and appropriate patient result reporting.
  • Technically
    support consultations regarding the ordering of appropriate tests and the
    medical significance of laboratory data
  • Provide
    educational programs, strategic planning, and research and development
    appropriate to the needs of the laboratory and institution.
  • Ensures
    sufficient personnel with adequate documented training and experience to
    meet the needs of the laboratory.
  • Responsible
    for ensuring the implementation of a safe laboratory environment in
    compliance with good laboratory practice and applicable regulations.
  • Document
    and specify individuals delegated to carry out specific activities.
  • Participate
    in the selection of laboratory equipment and supplies with respect to
  • Ensures
    that all laboratory processes in JCRC are carried out in accordance with
    laboratory best practice, JCRC established standards, policies and
    procedures and/or as prescribed in the Research Protocols
  • Ensures
    that all JCRC laboratory infrastructures are effectively utilized and
    maintained to a standard complying with the JCRC Code of Practice and in
    compliance with health and safety regulations
  • Steers
    the development and implementation of JCRC safety policy to ensure safety
    and minimization of accidents in all JCRC labs
  • Develops
    and guides implementation of JCRC Labs Sharing Policy that guides the
    sharing of lab infrastructure with external research collaborators
  • Actively
    contributes to the development of Laboratory training curricula and
    participates in the conduct of any such training for both JCRC staff and
    other health service providers.
  • Plans
    and evaluates the performance of lab staff through appropriate performance
    standards and provides mechanisms for performance improvement
  • Develops
    and manages plans and budgets for lab services.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The
    applicant should preferably hold a master’s degree in clinical laboratory
    science or related sciences from an accredited institution. A PhD would be
    an added advantage.
  • Be
    certified and continue to be certified by a board approved by the medical
  • A
    minimum of eight years’ experience among which three should have been at the
    same level in managing a busy and multi-disciplinary lab preferably
    involved in clinical or bio-medical research
  • Possess
    good interpersonal and communication skills and a team player
How to Apply:
All candidates should send
their applications and supporting documents including copies of academic
qualifications and curriculum vitae (CV) indicating names plus telephone
contacts of three professional referees should either be posted to: Manager;
Human Resource & Development, Joint Clinical Research Centre (JCRC), Plot
101, Lubowa Hill, Entebbe Road, P.O. Box 10005, Kampala, Uganda OR sent via
email to:
Deadline: 13th March, 2015
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