Management Sciences for Health

  • Laboratory Certification Specialist

    Job ID
    # of Positions
    GEN (General)
    A000 - None Specified
    Reports To
    Senior Technical Advisor, Global Health Security
  • Overview

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is seeking a Laboratory Certification Senior Technical Advisor to support CH2M’s U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Biological Threat Reduction Integrating Contract (BTRIC) project in Vietnam that aims to support national and international efforts to counter global biological threats; create sustainable disease surveillance, detection, diagnosis, containment, response, and reporting systems in both the human health and veterinary sectors; promote the development of regulations, legislation, and operating procedures for the reduction of biological threats; improve bio-risk management practices from the field to the laboratory; and support reasonable and safe research on pathogens of security concern.


    This position is a full-time position lasting 1-8 months with an option period of one additional year and will be based in CH2M Hill’s office in Hanoi, Vietnam. It will be supervised by the Senior Technical Advisor, Global Health Security at MSH headquarters and CH2M Hill’s Project Manager in Hanoi.

    Specific Responsibilities

    The Laboratory Certification Advisor serves as a subject matter expert and mentor related to ISO 15190 laboratory accreditation and planning for personnel requirements and long-term sustainment costs to maintain that certification. The position supports and interfaces directly with Contractor team members, the US Government and its collaborators including CDC, WHO, and OIE, and Vietnamese scientists and ministerial officials.

    • Provide the necessary guidance and support to the National Institute for Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) to obtain ISO 15190 accreditation of its laboratory. Note that NIHE previously attained ISO 17025 and 9000 accreditations.
    • Advise NIHE leadership how to plan for personnel requirements and long-term sustainment costs to maintain the certification. 
    • Work collaboratively with Vietnamese and international human and animal health stakeholders to provide technical guidance in the process of achieving accreditation. 
    • Conduct monthly assessment of accreditation activities.

    Qualifications and Experience

    • University degree in biology, chemistry, animal health, or related science discipline; post-graduate degree preferred
    • Minimum of 10 years of experience in laboratory operations and at least 3 years of experience in related certifications and accreditations
    • Demonstrated experience in obtaining or working toward laboratory accreditation in ISO 15190.
    • A highly qualified and recognized expert in the field
    • Experience in international public health highly preferred
    • Understanding of consulting project delivery processes and ability to apply the principles to training processes and practices 
    • Proficiency with training tools, metrics and systems 
    • Ability to perform tasks independently with minimal supervision
    • Ability to motivate, mentor and lead others by creating a positive work environment
    • Excellent written and oral communication, negotiation, and interpersonal skills. 
    • Ability to interact with local scientists, local laboratory staff, and US Government staff 
    • Ability to communicate complex science information to team members
    • Well-organized, detail-oriented, and excellent in time management
    • Fluency (written/verbal) in Vietnamese and English languages

    Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact. We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services. Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS; tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease. Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

    EEO Statement

    Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

    Reports To

    Senior Technical Advisor, Global Health Security
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