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Summary of Executive Director of Programs Position:

Position Title ID Type Position Date Start Date Job Location
Executive Director of Programs 2016-1191 Regular Full-Time 3/31/2017 As soon as possible Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Executive Director of Programs position offers the opportunity to help lead a growing and dynamic international non-profit as it expands across the African continent. This role is ideal for those interested in applying skills developed in the public and private sector or technical professionals with excellent project management experience. Help lead the growth of ASLM!


Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, the Executive Director of Programmes oversees all aspects of coordinating and implementing ASLM’s continent-wide laboratory strengthening agenda. Specifically, the Director of Programmes will:

  • Coordinate and guide continent-wide program implementation with ASLM partners
  • Oversee and coordinate the implementation of the ASLM-WHO/AFRO Stepwise Laboratory Quality Improvement Process Towards Accreditation (SLIPTA) programme, which helps laboratories identify and respond to gaps in order to improve the quality of services offered to patients.
  • Facilitate training activities to support the use of innovative diagnostic technologies, such as Gene Xpert.
  • Coordinate technical consultations for African Ministries of Health (MoHs) and other stakeholders on relevant topics of interest, including HIV drug resistance and quality assurance.
  • Support gap analyses to evaluate and harmonise training programmes for laboratorians.
  • Promote Africa-centred laboratory medicine research efforts via ASLM’s research mentorship programme and the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine.
  • Oversee a new laboratory mentorship programme in 16 laboratories across 13 countries.
  • Manage ASLM’s diverse partnership portfolio, which includes relationships with the African Union (AU), African MoHs, the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (LSHTM), UNAIDS, and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Solicit new technical and financial partnerships to support ASLM’s work.

Successfully coordinating these initiatives will require the Director of Programmes to effectively manage staff, monitor programmatic budgets, develop work plans, write grants and reports, coordinate with stakeholders, and ensure compliance with donor requirements.


  • Cultivate existing relationships with partners with the goal of ensuring sufficient space and resources, and access to services.
  • Develop and implement strategies that will maximize the synergies among program areas.

Team Management and Development:

  • Develop and implement a system to evaluate the skill, experience, and professional development needs of all staff.
  • Implement a professional development program to address employee experience and skill gaps.
  • Work with staff to develop objective performance measurements across all sites, to ensure consistent, high-quality evaluation and goal setting for all employees.
  • Instill a sense of accountability among team members by modeling tight oversight of individual and organization performance standards.
  • Recruit, hire, and oversee training and orientation of all staff members.

Program Operational Management:

  • Using the existing balanced score card and program dashboard;
  • establish consistent, objective program performance standards of accountability


  • Minimum of MBA or Master’s degree in fields such as medicine, public health, laboratory science, social work, education, or similar, with at least five (5) years of experience in a team management role with demonstrated success developing and evaluating programme models, and selecting and successfully operationalizing innovative programmes;
  • Strong project management skills managing complex, multi-faceted projects resulting in measurable successes and programme growth;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to detail;
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for ASLM’s mission.

Additional Information:

Please note that all applicants should apply online by close 5:30pm (EAT) Sunday, April 03, 2017.

*ONLY successful candidates shall be contacted for an interview.

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