Job title: Senior Technical Advisor, Laboratory Services
Company: FHI 360
Job description: Position Title: Senior Technical Advisor – Laboratory Services
Supervisor: Technical Director
The Senior Technical Advisor-Laboratory provides leadership in implementing high quality laboratory services including building laboratory capacity at health facility sites to combat HIV, TB, malaria and other infectious diseases. S/he will provide support to SRs in specific target states to improve the quality laboratory services available in health facilities in line with National guidelines.
Duties and responsibilities:
Provide technical leadership and technical support related to the laboratory services and management component of HIV/AIDS care and treatment in the designated zones for the Nigeria bilateral project Coordinate the design, planning and implementation of the laboratory component of HIV/AIDS care and treatment, including ART, in collaboration with state and community level project clinical staff, laboratory specialists and state and local agencies in Nigeria Provide technical assistance in capacity building for laboratory services at the designated states of activity implementation and other settings as appropriate Carry out quality control functions/ activities, in collaboration with the state team, of the labs, including quality control inspections schedules and the collection of quality control records; ensure the availability of high-quality documentation Develop quality control and quality assurance systems in collaboration with existing personnel and systems and ensures related documentation, training and monitoring Review and monitor QA and QC activities of the Laboratory in order to determine conformance with established policies, national regulations, and accreditation requirements Develop guidelines, tools and recommendations related to the implementation, monitoring and quality assurance of laboratory services for TB care and treatment, malaria care and treatment and opportunistic infections (OI) in collaboration with technical staff within AHNi and at national, state and local agencies in Nigeria Develop lessons learned from activities related to laboratory services and management for HIV/AIDS care and treatment and apply these lessons to improve both existing programs and the design of new programs Remain informed on new findings in the field of laboratory technology that relate to HIV/AIDS, OI, malaria care and treatment by reviewing current literature, and draws implications from research for program activities Develops concept papers and research papers to improve and or extend existing laboratory activities Support the Project Director in managing the FHI 360 Laboratory Services Department, defining strategies, goals, objectives and working plan, and monitoring their implementation Supervise and mentor other AHNI lab staff both at the HQ and state offices to improve and maintain high standards of performance in all their local laboratory activities Play a key role in facilitating and maintaining complex collaborative lab programs with international partners Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills & Attributes:
Knowledge of health and development programs in developing countries in general and Nigeria specifically Excellent working knowledge of laboratory equipment and techniques for the following categories of assays: HIV rapid and confirmatory testing, hematology, biochemistry, CD4/CD8, HIV viral load, HIV DNA qualitative test, HIV viral resistance (genotype and phenotype) Good working knowledge of laboratory equipment and techniques for the microscopic identification and culturing of different TB species, and drug resistance tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Experience in the management of laboratory services, particularly health facility-based services, including quality assurance systems, laboratory analysis, and interpretation and reporting techniques based on best practices, quality management practices and safe work practices Knowledge of laboratory service and management issues related to the clinical management of HIV/AIDS, including ART Knowledge of laboratory service and management issues related tomycobacteriumDrug resistance Tuberculosis (MDR-TB) Knowledge of laboratory service and management issues related to Opportunistic infection (OI) and malaria Knowledge of District Health Information System (DHIS) and ) is required Ability to work well with others and develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, project collaborators, subcontractors and consultants Outstanding organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously while meeting deadlines Must be able to work independently, and as part of a management team Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the social, political and ethical issues surrounding HIV infections Ability to represent AHNi to donors, government officials and the NGO community. High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English communication, including presentation and training skills Proven ability in supervising staff Well-developed computer skills Ability to travel within Nigeria 25% time.
Qualifications and Requirements:
- Master’s degree in laboratory sciences, biological science or related degree with 7 to 9 years relevant experience
- Or doctorate degree in laboratory sciences, biological science or related degree with 5 to 7 years relevant experience
- A minimum of 5 years experience in laboratory setting of which 3 must be on a HIV laboratory management donor funded program
- Certification / license to practice as a medical laboratory scientist is required
- Experience in a clinical laboratory setting and working in a donor funded program is required
- Proven experience in project development, planning and facilitating technical training.
- Familiarity with Nigerian public sector health system and NGOs and CBOs is highly desirable
- Familiarity with USAID and PEPFAR programs is as advantage.
FHI 360 is committed to provide a safe environment for all employees, beneficiaries and anyone contracted by FHI 360. This Includes taking measures to protecting vulnerable people from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (SEA) by either FHI 360 employees or associated personnel. FHI 360 abides by child safeguarding principles. FHI 360’s Safeguarding Policies apply and flow out to all FHI 360 staff, board members, volunteers, and partner staff (subcontractors, consultants, vendors, and sub-recipients), regardless of the funding mechanism or amount of contract, agreement, or purchase order.
This job posting 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.
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FHI 360 will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws.
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