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Program Officer, Laboratory Systems


  • Organization: CHAI - Clinton Health Access Initiative
  • Location: Laos
  • Grade: Entry Level - Open for both International and National Professionals - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Project and Programme Management
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Program Officer, Laboratory Systems

Full Time
Program (Division)
Country Programs - Laos

The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit:


CHAI has partnered with the Government in Lao PDR since 2014, supporting the Ministry of Health (MoH) across several health programs including Procurement and Supply Management, Malaria Elimination, HIV and TB Access, and Maternal and Child Health. CHAI Laos has also supported the MoH’s COVID-19 response since the beginning of the pandemic.


Program Overview


The ability to make accurate diagnoses is crucial to the control of infectious diseases that have a high public health impact, including HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, and COVID-19. CHAI has over 15 years’ experience in providing support across more than 20 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia on Diagnostic testing implementation, diagnostic network optimization and systems strengthening. CHAI has a global team of technical experts for both the supply and demand sides of diagnostics.


CHAI has recently secured funding as part of a consortium for Laboratory system strengthening in Southeast Asia. Through this, CHAI will support the MoH and its National Centre for Laboratory and Epidemiology (NCLE) to strengthen national laboratory systems to improve COVID-19 and other molecular testing programs. Proposed activities:

  • Conduct national assessment of laboratory capacity to identify gaps and opportunities for laboratory systems strengthening investments, in collaboration with ongoing investments and partners (WHO, SEALAB)
  • Design roadmap for laboratory systems strengthening investments in support of MoH goal to reach 100% of provinces with RT PCR capacity
  • Provide financial and technical support for lab systems strengthening investments in line with the roadmap
  • Support adoption and roll out of context-appropriate COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Diagnostic Tests
  • Under the guidance and direction of the Program Manager, the Program Officer, Laboratory Systems will support the MoH to improve COVID-19 molecular and antigen testing programs and other diagnostic services including for HIV, TB and Malaria. The position will be based in Vientiane, Lao PDR, with regular domestic travel expected, as conditions allow.

Working together with and supported by the CHAI Lao PDR leadership team, the Laboratory Systems Program Officer will:

  • Assist the Program Manager and Senior Associate, Laboratory Systems in executing the project, including conducting analysis on epidemiological, logistics, operational and financial data, drafting proposals and reports, and presenting and sharing findings from projects with senior management at MoH and NCLE
  • Develop training materials, work plans, budgets, and other program materials to support effective implementation of the laboratory systems strengthening roadmap
  • Coordinate and plan logistics for meetings and team travel schedules
  • Support written and verbal communication of technical processes, including translation, to build capacity of government staff
  • Support the team's administrative tasks, as needed
  • Perform other tasks as necessary

CHAI is seeking a highly motivated individual with experience working in client-facing positions, strong analytical abilities and communication skills, and the ability to work independently.

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher and at least 2 years of professional work experience
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in Lao and English, with the ability to prepare compelling presentations and memo documents
  • Ability to work independently, flexibly, and responsively on multiple work streams in parallel, with a strong commitment to excellence
  • Outstanding planning, coordination, and organizational skills
  • Excellent diplomatic and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build professional and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders
  • Proficient problem solving, analytical and quantitative skills, including previous experience working in Excel
  • High levels of proficiency in Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word as well as Internet-based applications
  • Experience working with the Government or other NGOs at the various levels of the health system would be an advantage
  • Knowledge and experience in supporting national laboratory systems and networks would be an advantage

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