The Professional Development Manager , Global Health manages and implements APHL activities and professional development initiatives related to support for the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). The incumbent of this position provides technical assistance and coordinates implementation or assessment of laboratory professional development programs for APHL in-country activities. The position works directly with APHL in-country staff, CDC staff in the APHL supported countries, CDC staff at Atlanta HQ and other partners and collaborators (e.g., WHO Regional Offices, FAO, OIE, Africa CDC) with interests in national public health laboratory system strengthening.


Based on CDC approved country objectives, the position identifies common technical and laboratory management problems and in consultation with APHL HQ and APHL in-country staff, develops technical assistance needs and workforce gaps, plans proposed strategies, organizes work group planning to include CDC and MOH representatives and develops implementation plans consistent with the consensus of the work groups. With approval of the Director of Global Health, the position manages implementation plans directly or in coordination with the in-country APHL staff. The position enlists qualified APHL member and staff experts and non-member experts, organizes project teams, monitors overall project performance and reports on project outcomes. The incumbent duties include writing scopes of work and requests for proposals, monitoring consultant and vendor contracts, and review and evaluation of technical and non-technical reports prepared by consultants, Ministry of Health country staffs and international agencies. Incumbent duties also include reviewing and editing training materials and technical assistance reports, writing summary reports for newsletters and other publications, organizing advisory committee meetings and participating in planning for projects. This position will be responsible for maintaining communication with project sites, CDC and other partners by telephone, e-mail and direct meetings. Identifying experts required to provide technical assistance in project activities and responding to requests from APHL members for participation in project activities.


Global Laboratory Leadership Program (GLLP) Specific Description

The Manager develops, coordinates and organizes all aspects of the creation of the GLLP across six multisector organizations.  This includes participation in the working groups associated with the GLLP (Learning Package, Communication, and Governance) as well as providing the Learning Package update during the virtual or in-person GLLP Partner meetings.  The  Manager also coordinates and helps to develop the GLLP Learning Package that includes curriculum, implementation guides, facilitator guides and participant guides. The Manager also contributes to other GLLP related documents such as communication materials, GLLP brochures, PowerPoint templates and publications. The Manager facilitates the GLLP Learning Package Working Group (LPWG) in which all GLLP partners create, review, edit and publish the GLLP learning modules. The GLLP Learning Package modules content includes PowerPoint presentations, guides, and resource materials.  They are the liaison between APHL and the GLLP development consultants and the instructional design contractor to build the final version for both in-person and virtual offerings of the GLLP for publication on the WHO website. In addition, the  Manager participates in the GLLP communication working group to prepare a one-pager for partner review, and prepare a generic GLLP presentation, explore development of GLLP webpage with content.  The Manager will play an integral role in the pilot program of the GLLP. They will participate in pilot program strategic planning meetings and working group meetings, prepare meeting materials and finalize the pilot program schedule. Additionally, they will create the participant and faculty manual, and lab field supervisor and mentor manual for the pilot program. Finally, they will support GLLP advertisement, the selection of participants, and orientation of mentors and supervisors as part of the GLLP pilot program implementation.


Duties & Responsibilities

Employment Standards- Education and Experience


Public health laboratories, laboratory based surveillance and epidemiology, laboratory-focused curriculum development and project management. Microsoft Office, Word Perfect, PowerPoint, Access database software, email systems.


Skill in the use of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, PowerPoint, Access database software, email systems. Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills.


Ability to establish working relationships with diverse groups; ability to work independently; organize work projects and complete tasks within assigned timeframes.

Special Requirements

Demonstrated capability to handle multiple tasks under tight deadlines. International and domestic travel required (up to 15%) once international travel restrictions are lifted.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the colleague is required to sit for long periods at a time; type using a computer keyboard; visually read information off of a computer monitor; talk, hear, and orally communicate information over the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and color vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to outdoor weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment may vary from light to moderate depending on the location.

Criteria for Evaluation

Performance evaluation will be based on the abilities in meeting the criteria outlined herein.

Reports To

Deputy Director, Global Health

Direct Reports

Yes (1 person)

Position Description Status

The duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract. APHL is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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