Vacancy: Assistant Manager Laboratory Operations

Job 2

Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) is a Zambian Non-Governmental Organisation improving the health of Zambians by conducting locally-relevant research, providing technical support and training, and strengthening primary healthcare provision systems in the areas of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis and other infectious diseases, women’s health including cancer, newborn and child health, community outreach, and health systems strengthening. CIDRZ has been an active partner of the Government of the Republic of Zambia since 2001 through collaboration with the Ministry of Health and other line Ministries. CIDRZ now wishes to recruit:


Assistant Manager Laboratory Operations         Ref No. AM/LB/14/10/15 – Lusaka

Reports to the Lab Operations Manager, and supervises the lab practice, staff competency and quality of work across all sections of the central laboratory and the satellite labs.


  • Develops the duty roster with specific assigned tasks for each lab staff member
  • Trains, mentors and supervises the lab practice and quality of work of Biomed Techs and Lab Assistants.
  • Trains Lab support staff
  • Monitors general compliance to the Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) system review across all benches
  • Compiles and submits bi-weekly reports to management on QC lapses observed during reviews
  • Provides primary review of documents across all lab benches
  • Monitors clinic staff adherence to policies and requirements per the Laboratory Manual, and other documentation
  • Follows through with all vendors for timely performance of scheduled preventive maintenance
  • Works with the Virology team to ensure that monthly reports for the Early Infant Diagnosis program are submitted to the Ministry of Health

QUALIFICATIONS:Please send application letter quoting Reference Number and relevant academic, professional certificates and detailed CV with day-time telephone to:

CIDRZ Director Human Resources P.O. Box 34681, LUSAKA or email:

CIDRZ Expertise Contributes to A Toolkit for Implementing Health Services

CIDRZ’s Director of Maternal Neonatal and Child Health contributed as a Senior Author to the Maternal Health Toolkit component of the UN Commission on Life-Saving Commodities for Women’s and Children’s Health “A Toolkit for Implementing Health Services”. The toolkit is already being used by the Neonatal Technical Working Group in revising national guidelines. The  Toolkit was sponsored by Amref health africa and Life Saving Commodities.

Research Meeting: Need to Improve Menstrual Hygiene Management to Improve Girl’s School Attendance

At today’s CIDRZ Research Meeting qualitative researchers Joyce Chinyama Chilekwa, Mercy Mwale and Lisa Chileshe (photo from left) presented preliminary findings of a Menstrual Hygiene Management (MHM) assessment conducted in Mumbwa District, Zambia. Focus Group Discussions and In-Depth Interviews with male and female students, teachers and parents indicated that there was lack of understanding about menstruation, how, when and who should prepare girls with this knowledge, and scarcity of hygienic and comfortable menstrual sanitary supplies and pain relief for use. Girls indicated that they preferred to stay away from school for the days of their menses for fear of soiling their uniforms and being ridiculed by male peers.

Assessment of school water and sanitation facilities indicated a lack of safe, private, and clean lavatory, hand washing, and appropriate disposal facilities.

The study was undertaken to provide the Ministry of Education task force on improving Menstrual Hygiene Management for school-going girls data to inform the development of MHM guidelines. Improving general understanding about menstruation, and provision of menstrual supplies, and private water and sanitation facilities at schools for girls will improve their school attendance and self-esteem.




Research Meeting: Highlights from the Community COMPACT Project


At this week’s research meeting Musonda Musonda (above), Head of CIDRZ Community Programmes, presented the end of Fiscal Year 2015 update on the PEPFAR/CDC-funded Community COMPACT programme.

This COMPACT community-led HIV prevention programme aims to increase  individuals and couples who know their HIV status and receive information and services that will help avert new infections in urban Kanyama Compound, Lusaka Province and rural Kalabo District, Western Province, Zambia.

Community COMPACT is unique because the community itself determines it HIV prevention strategy, receives the required training to enact the plan, and then carries out the work. Here are some highlights of this year’s accomplishments:

  • Through door-to-door VCT drives and facility-based HIV counselling and testing 79,816 individuals in these 2 communities now know their HIV status. Those found positive have received Prevention with Positives messaging and also have been referred to relevant services at health facilities and are encouraged to start anti-retroviral (ART) treatment regardless of their CD4 T-cell count.
  • Community volunteers received training in Couples Counselling and reached out to peers to provide testing and counselling in a model that is especially effective if the testing couple are found with discordant HIV results. In Kanyama, couple counsellors have also reached out to those in church fellowships and mosques. In Kalabo, 50 couple counsellors reach out to those in remote rural areas, and formation of Couples Clubs enables couples to support and encourage each other in adherence to treatment.
  • Fifty COMPACT volunteers in Kanyama have also received training in Key Populations Counselling that has enabled them to reach out and provide HIV testing and counselling, condoms, and prevention and treatment messaging to commercial sex workers and other vulnerable target populations.

An integral part of COMPACT is to ensure that the community knows about and accesses other health services available to them such as cervical cancer screening, family planning and medical male circumcision.

Vacancy: Senior Data Manager

CIDRZ is an independent, local, non-governmental health organisation established in Zambia in 2001. Our experts utilise innovative and collaborative approaches to develop research, health services and training initiatives with measurable results in public health. In the context of CIDRZ’s vision to improve health outcomes in Zambia, health systems strengthening refers to a range of activities and initiatives designed to improve the underlying health system or manage interactions between components of the system in ways that help ensure more equitable and sustainable health services and health outcomes. In addition to addressing health system issues, CIDRZ has a strong commitment to answering key research questions relevant to Zambia and the region. We achieve this mission by conducting high quality clinical trials and implementation science.

TERMS OF REFERENCE:     Senior Data Manager

The position of Senior Data Manager is key to ensuring that a strong and creative team is in place to manage and implement research/programmes to fulfill this mandate. This grade C8 position reports to the Chief Scientific Officer and manages CIDRZ databases for programmatic reporting, monitoring and evaluation, and clinical research and involves close collaboration with the ICT Director, Chief Scientific Officer, and service and research Programme Heads. He/she will create, refine, implement and oversee standard operating procedures for comprehensive data management.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Work closely with ICT department to ensure that all data management software and hardware needs are met and maintained.
  • Interact with project Principal Investigators and programme Heads to ensure that all data management needs are understood and met.
  • Take the lead in reviewing the current and future data management needs of the institution and implement required systems to handle those needs.
  • Provide leadership and mentorship to data managers and other unit staff on systems and technical skills and training.
  • Have administrative and managerial responsibility in terms of planning, day-to-day operations and forecasting of unit needs.
  • Ensure that each project is making due progress according to agreed data management plans and that the data can be extracted for needed analyses in a timely manner.
  • Lead establishment, review and upgrading of data management unit Standard Operating Procedures
  • Ensure that the existing data systems are functioning optimally at all times
  • Promote team building and work collegially as part of all studies and programme teams from the data angle
  • Actively participate in exploring new avenues to keep CIDRZ up to date with current global trends in data management practices.
  • Provide support to new studies and programmes in formulating their data management plans and budgetary requirements
  • Provide oversight and supervision to staff in data management
  • Address issues of data access and maintain various levels of permissions to staff accessing data
  • Be responsible for the safe storage and archival of all CIDRZ electronic data
  • Ongoing strategic planning to build data systems that meet diverse program needs, including reporting, quality improvement and research
  • Other data management related duties as may be assigned



  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics or Computer related subject; Bachelor of Science in CS/Informatics/Data related field OR Master of Science in CS/Informatics/Data related field OR more than 5 years’ experience managing large databases, preferably in the health field
  • Must be highly proficient in SAS or STATA programming, ideally with some proficiency in both
  • Highly proficient in SQL, VBA and other database software such as Access
  • Relevant experience in data management OR with at least 3 years’ work experience at senior data management level
  • Proven team leadership skills in diverse settings
  • Experience designing data systems and working knowledge of data analysis

Excellent written and oral communication skills, with demonstrable experience writing grants and progress reports


  • Strong computer skills
  • Demonstrable exposure to data processing/analysis
  • Experience in real world database design both for research enterprises as well as for clinical use

If interested, please send cover letter and current CV including reachable references to Chief Scientific Officer, Dr Roma Chilengi via or Chief Executive Officer, Dr Charles Holmes via