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Call for Applications: Global Laboratory Initiative for Africa (GLI Africa) Core Group Membership 2018

The Global Laboratory Initiative for Africa (GLI Africa) is pleased to announce a “Call for applications” for new members of the GLI Africa Core Group for the 2018-2020 term.

Application Deadline: 23rd April 2018

Eligible Countries: African countries

To Be Taken At (Country): Ethiopia

About the Award: The Global Laboratory Initiative for Africa (GLI Africa) was established in 2014 to support countries to achieve quality assured, accessible and sustainable TB laboratory services in the African Region and drive the adaptation and dissemination of global guidance and policy. This is accomplished by coordinating technical assistance to support countries, building regional capacity to support African TB diagnostic networks, and developing solutions for Africa based on international best practices and policy.
The GLI Africa Secretariat is hosted by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The GLI Africa Core Group:

  • Advises stakeholders on issues related to TB laboratory and diagnostic network strengthening;
  • Promotes laboratory services and diagnostic networks in member states to scale up access to diagnostic tests for management of TB and drug-resistant TB;
  • Promotes, expands and coordinates laboratory technical assistance and local capacity
  • Building to strengthen TB laboratory and diagnostic networks at country and regional levels;
  • Participates in the analysis of data on new and existing methods and approaches to TB laboratory

Priority Areas:

  • High TB, TB/HIV and DR-TB burden countries
  • Countries without sufficient capacity for quality-assured microscopy, Xpert MTB/RIF culture and DST
  • Countries implementing drug-resistance surveys (DRS), prevalence surveys and other WHO and partner TB laboratory projects
  • Countries with appropriately equipped and staffed NTRLs and the financial resources and political will to become SRLs

Type: Jobs (Volunteer)


  • Core Group(CG) members are elected based on their individual capacity and do not represent a specific constituency.
  • Membership is limited to approximately 12-15 members and is based on specific programmatic, technical, scientific, and managerial needs for the CG.
  • The CG will broadly represent key constituencies involved in TB laboratory and diagnostic network activities in Africa that may include multilateral organizations (e.g. WHO), technical partners, Supranational Reference Laboratories, National Reference Laboratories, funding and development agencies, National TB Control Programs and civil society.
  • To promote broad representation, the number of CG members from an organization, institution, or constituency may be limited.

Number of Awards: 12-15

How to Apply:

  • Interested individuals may send in applications that contain a CV with a motivation letter indicating reasons for wanting to be part of GLI Africa Core Group. A letter of endorsement from one’s institution/organization may also be attached along with the application.
  • The selection of Core Group members is based on consideration of expertise.
  • Interested individuals are invited to send their applications to the GLI Africa Secretariat at:
    [email protected]

Visit the Program Webpage for Details

Award Providers: African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM)