Save The Children

Provincial TB Laboratory Officer

Save The Children

Job Description

JOB TITLE: PROVINCIAL TB LABORATORY OFFICER TEAM/PROGRAM: Global Fund LOCATION: Provincial Public Health Laboratory (PPHL),Dhulikhel GRADE: 4 POST TYPE: Provincial/Contract Child Safeguarding Level 3 - the responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people ROLE PURPOSE:

Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children. We save children's lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfill their potential. We work together, with our partners from civil societies and government, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. We reached approximately two million populations and invested over 29 million US dollars in 2012 to reach more children than ever before, through programs in Health, Nutrition, Education, Protection and Child Rights and Governance, Livelihood, HIV and AIDS, and Humanitarian crises.

Tuberculosis is still one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in Nepal despite the fact that it can be cured with adequate treatment. The emergence of multi drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is one of the challenges in our efforts to control TB. It has been estimated that each year about 45,000 new TB cases occur annually in Nepal and this estimation is likely to increase considerably as indicated by preliminary results of the ongoing prevalence survey. Although medical laboratories are crucial in making evidence-based diagnosis of TB, they have long been a less prioritized component of health care system in Nepal.

National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Prevention, Care and Control 2016-2021 envisions strengthening existing TB laboratory network and increasing accessibility and utilization of laboratory services across the country. GeneXpert testing (Cartridge-based Nucleic Acid Test) has now been given priority as a diagnostic tool and its expansion and optimal utilization have become important. Functional laboratory Quality Assurance systems are important to improve TB case finding and to ensure appropriate treatment.

It is crucial to have a functioning laboratory quality assurance (QA) and accreditation system to ensure quality of TB laboratory services in healthcare facilities. Nepal now has federal structure and comprises seven provinces. Each province has a Provincial Health Directorate under Ministry of Social Development. Each province will also have a Provincial Public Health Laboratory which will be responsible for ensuring quality of laboratory services within a province. A TB Laboratory Officer is needed in each province to provide support to Provincial Health Directorate and Provincial Public Health Laboratory for strengthening TB laboratory network within the province and ensuring quality of TB laboratory services. The TB Laboratory Officer will provide support to provinces for revitalizing sputum microscopy QA/QC and establishing Quality Assurance and accreditation system GeneXpert services.

SCOPE OF ROLE

Reports to: Province Senior Program Manger Dimensions: Concerned Province Staff directly reporting to this post: None KEY AREAS OF ACCOUNTABILITY:

· Provide support to Provincial Health directorate for establishing TB microscopy QA laboratories (in provinces which do not have QC laboratories) and revitalize TB microscopy EQAS.

· Ensuring quality of GeneXpert testing and timely repair and maintenance.

· Conduct monitoring and supervision visits to health facilities with TB sputum microscopy and GeneXpert services and provide onsite coaching to laboratory personnel.

· Ensuring regular supply of cartridges and other laboratory consumables to health facilities.

· Coordinate and support for training of laboratory personnel on TB diagnostic services.

· Laboratory data consolidation and reporting.

· Coordination and communication with Provincial Health Directorate/ Ministry of Social Development, NTC, and other stakeholders.

· Coordinate for preventive maintenance and other maintenance of the TB laboratory equipment at health facilities.

· Ensure infection control measure are followed by laboratory personnel at healthcare facilities.

· Ensure proper collection, packaging and transportation of sputum specimens from health facilities to GeneXpert sites and to reference laboratories for culture and DST.

· In coordination with TB GeneXpert Coordinator, implement GeneXpert Quality Assurance System at GeneXpert sites.

SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)

Accountability:

· Holds self-accountable for making decision, managing resources efficiently, achieving and role modelling save the children values.

· Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities- giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved.

Ambition:

· Sets ambitious and challenging goals for him/herself and her team, takes responsibility for his/her own personal development and encourages their team to do the same · Widely shares her/his personal vision for improvement of Procurement Management and motivates the team on same direction · Future orientated, thinks strategically for better result.

Collaboration:

· Builds and maintains effective relationships, with team, colleagues, and other stakeholder · Approachable, good listener, easy to talk.

Creativity:

· Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions · Willing to take disciplined risks.

Integrity:

· Honest, encourages openness and transparency; demonstrates highest levels of integrity QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

· Minimum Bachelor's Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology.

· Minimum 3 years professional experience in medical laboratory.

· Experience in National TB Program is preferred.

· Good working knowledge of current national TB guidelines.

· Ability of work with minimal supervision.

· A strong understanding of TB prevention, treatment, care and support program.

· Fluency in English (written and speaking) is essential.

· Proficiency in common computer packages (e.g. Word, Excel) relevant to the work.

· Able to work independently as part of a team.

· Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines.

· High degree of negotiations tact and diplomacy skills
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