FHI 360

Technical Officer Laboratory Services

FHI 360

Job Description

VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT Title: Technical Officer, Laboratory Services X 01 Supervisor: Technical Advisor Location – Lusaka About FHI 360: FHI 360 is a nonprofit Human Development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, Nutrition, environment, Economic Development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Technical Officer - Laboratory Services    JOB DESCRIPTION FHI 360 seeks a Technical Officer - Laboratory Services for the US DOD-funded Zambia Defence Forces Prevention, Care and Treatment (ZDFPCT) Project. The ZDFPCT project is implemented by FHI 360 for continuing collaborations with the Zambia Defence Force (ZDF) and Ministry of Health (MOH), in scaling up prevention, care, treatment, and support for adults and children living with HIV and TB, through the military, their families and surrounding communities. The project conducts a range of activities to reach the UNAIDS 90-90-90 fast track goals by 2020 and contribute to reaching epidemic control. Job Summary/Responsibilities: Under the supervision of the Technical Advisor, the Technical Officer - Laboratory Services will assist in providing Technical Support for laboratory services to assure quality of care in the ZDFPCT project across the country. He/she will support the Technical Advisor to ensure that laboratory services are integrated into facility HIV programs for routine monitoring of ART clients. S/he will oversee all Lab activities including but not limited to Sample collection, testing, transportation, and storage of high-quality biologic specimen for the project. He/ She will be based in Lusaka but having frequent travels to the Central lab, satellite labs and to the field for supervision and will requires 100% commitment in the laboratory Duties and responsibilities: Develop a laboratory strategic and work plans that aligns with other project activities such as work-plans for Incidence (Recency) testing Develop/oversee and implement a sample storage plan samples for both short and long-term sample integrity for the project Provide oversight and technical assistance in strengthening laboratory systems and review requirements for accreditation Support appropriate operations/implementation science research to inform programming and improve patient outcomes Develop and ensure the implementation of precise laboratory policies, SOPs and manuals to support access and results utilization Train and mentor facility, satellite and central lab staff on lab procedures, techniques and other activities Working with survey stakeholders, develop policy and guidelines for national specimen repository and use Overall responsibility for the collection, processing, testing, transportation, and storage of high-quality biologic specimen from satellites to hubs, and to central/PCR labs Oversee laboratory personnel training and Capacity Building in analysing all laboratory test results correctly and promptly Liaise closely with strategic information team to ensure accurate and well tracked laboratory services for coverage and result utilization Monitor the entire quality system from Pre-examination, examination and post-examination: Occurrence management, daily/weekly reviews of QC documentation, troubleshooting both equipment and QC failures Monitor and ensure optimal laboratory environmental/infrastructure conditions are maintained to ensure quality of data Perform any other duties as may be assigned. Qualifications and requirements: A Degree in Laboratory Science or related field strongly preferred. Master’s degree an added advantage Experience in HIV program: Molecular Biology techniques like viral load testing, proficiency testing is an advantage Experience in working on the laboratory bench for at least 5 years Familiarity with laboratory QMS, ISO 15189 standard and SLMTA through training and mentorship experience is essential. Training in laboratory mentoring skills and techniques. Experience performing Quality Assurance measures in all phases of biomedical testing Ability to write clear and concise SOPs, reports for internal and external audiences Ability to troubleshoot equipment and routine equipment maintenance. Experience in QMS and Data Management Registration with the Health Professions Council of Zambia and in possession of a valid practicing License Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Fluency in English required This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable Law. The closing date for receiving all applications is Wednesday , July 22, 2020. *Please note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time. FHI 360 fosters the strength and health of its workforce through a competitive benefits package, professional development and policies and programs that support healthy work/life balance. Join our global workforce to make a positive difference for others — and yourself.
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