Program Officer, Diagnostics

Closing date: 18 Jan 2017

Position Overview:

As CHAI Malawi seeks to continue its support to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) efforts to provide high quality HIV diagnostics to Malawians the office is looking for a Program Officer, Diagnostics to lead a diverse set of activities designed to increase access to Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), Viral Load Testing (VLT) and linkage to second-line treatment for people living with HIV in Malawi. The Program Officer will work on devising and implementing innovative strategies for scaling-up testing and monitoring programs, which include EID and VLT for patients who are on ART. The Program Officer will report directly to the Program Manager, Diagnostics.


  • Conduct various analyses of bottlenecks and challenges with testing uptake and linkage to adherence counseling and second line treatment, recommend solutions to MOH, and support implementation of these solutions
  • Organize trainings for pilot studies and scale up of EID and VLT Point-Of-Care (POC) testing to ensure highest quality of trained personnel
  • Coordinate mentorship activities for sites that use POC devices
  • Attend policy meetings and prepare program update presentations for MOH and partners
  • Advise MOH impartially on policy and technological issues relating to VLT, linkage to treatment, POC, and other diagnostics in general
  • Coordinate quality assurance activities for both conventional and POC technologies for EID and VLT
  • Support resource mobilization efforts for VLT scale up, POC, and other diagnostics for Malawi

Desired Skills and Experience:

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Bachelor’s degree plus one to two years of work experience*
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills*
  • Strong quantitative capacity, problem solving skills, and analytical capabilities*
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Detail-oriented with strong organization skills
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently and flexibly with a strong commitment to excellence
  • Ability to be effective in high-pressure situations and work in a fast-paced environment with limited-structural support
  • Ability to maintain strong relationships with a variety of people and organizations, including but not limited to high-level MOH officials, district health officers, laboratory professionals, partner NGO’s staff, and fellow CHAI employees

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