Head, Clinical Laboratory Services under the Laboratory Services

icddr,b, Dhaka, Bahrain

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
Above 10 Years
Closing Date for Applications: 
20th June, 2015

Job Description

Job Profile

  • Planning and Organising: Identify financial and non-financial resource requirements for clinical diagnostic laboratories (e.g. manpower & equipment estimations, space utilisation); maximize use of such resources; set-up operational plans, QA and maintenance procedures under the guidance of the Senior Management; establish performance parameters of the labs; and communicate operational plans, laboratory procedures, and performance parameters of staff  in order to set the direction for clinical laboratories.
  • Review and Control: Track progress against operational plans; review adherence to quality norms and procedures; analyse operational parameters in the clinical labs (such as % utilisation of equipments, utilisation of human resources, expenses etc.); direct necessary corrective actions (such as re-allocating work across staff to balance workload, servicing of equipments); review MIS reports and anticipate potential issues; and coordinate and resolve day-to-day operational issues aiming at efficient delivery of clinical laboratory services.
  • Quality Assurance : Approve technical quality of reagents, and laboratory supplies and equipments; establish and maintain quality control procedures and conduct annual quality assurance audits of laboratories; monitor and review quality control assays from reference laboratories outside of Bangladesh; cross-validate accuracy of data with referenced results; analyse gaps (e.g. human error, reagents, instruments) in internal testing, and resolve such issues; develop SOPs for laboratory procedures (e.g. transportation, storage, test results and reporting); guide and monitor staff to set-up laboratory technique/ assays for pilot phase of SOP deployment; train staff on finalised laboratory techniques; monitor SOPs and their application in meeting quality and safety norms to ensure highest quality of service delivery.
  • Bio-Safety: Understand processes and norms for bio-safety and waste management; organise staff training on such processes and establish and maintain them in the clinical laboratories; monitor incident reports and react swiftly to critical incident reported and resolve them, and determine their root causes and deploy corrective procedures; educate staff members on compliance, and report compliance issues on bio-safety and waste management issues to safeguard staff and environment from contamination.
  • People Management: Conduct technical and/or behavioural interviews; shortlist candidates; cascade department objectives and set individual goals; conduct periodic appraisals and confront poor performance in a positive manner; identify, mentor and reward high performers; assess training need and organise training of lab staff; recommend increments and promotions; address staff concerns to develop a high performing team in the clinical laboratories.

Education and Relevant Experience :

  • MBBS or Masters in Biological Sciences from a reputed university; a PhD in relevant field will be desirable;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience in managing large clinical diagnostic laboratories including experience in developing new businesses for the clinic/hospital;
  • Interested candidates who fulfill the requirements should submit online applications using icddr,b website: https://centre.icddrb.org/recruitment/jobList.jsp by June 20, 2015. Internal candidates must mention their identification number in the application.

Functional Competencies: Knowledge of

  • Laboratory equipments and their usage;
  • Laboratory testing methods;
  • Laboratory equipments maintenance;
  • Buffer and cell culture media preparation;
  • Specimen collection and handling guidelines and techniques;
  • Biohazards, Biosecurity and Biosafety requirements;
  • Regulatory requirements;
  • Laboratory IT Systems;
  • Business development;
  • Inventory management guidelines and tools;
  • Budgeting and tracking mechanisms;

Behavioral Competencies:

  • Must have organizational and financial awareness;
  • Ability to execute for results;
  • Innovative thinking;
  • Effective communication skills;
  • Ability to build high performing team.

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