Laboratory Advisor x1: Zimbabwe Technical Assistance, Training and Education Center for Health (Zim-TTECH).

Deadline: 19 September 2022.

About the organization:

Zim-TTECH is seeking highly qualified and experienced applicants to fill the position of Laboratory Advisor for the Impilo EHR/CBS program. Zim-TTECH’s activities occur primarily in the technical areas of health system strengthening; epidemiology and strategic information strengthening, health workforce development; operations research and evaluation; prevention, care, and treatment of infectious diseases. Zim-TTECH is funded by PEPFAR through the Center for Disease Control (CDC) to implement Strengthening Epidemiology and Strategic Information in the 44 districts of the Republic of Zimbabwe. Zim-TTECH also implements HIV & TB treatment and care services in five Zimbabwean provinces in support of the Ministry of Health and Child Care (MoHCC) under the Zim-PAAC (Zimbabwe Partnership to Accelerate AIDS Control) Program. Additionally, the ZimPAAC DREAMS consortium comprising of three local partners implements DREAMS activities in four districts in Matabeleland North Province (Bubi, Nkayi, Tsholotsho and Lupane). The contract of employment for this position will support the epidemiology and strategic information scope of work and is renewable yearly subject to availability of funding and satisfactory performance of the candidate.

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Epidemiologist, the Laboratory Advisor is responsible for all the Laboratory operations.

Responsibilities

Develop Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the implementation of lab related aspects of the survey. Develop training materials, organize, and prepare reports for all laboratory trainings for CBS survey and the HIV Recency testing. Work with the NMRL to develop an efficient distribution system for lab supplies and consumables for the HIV Recency testing scale up. Develop a plan for the activation of the Recency sites according to the deployment plan of the E.H.R teams. Participate in site activation, support, and monitoring visits during data collection. Prepare regular progress reports and laboratory related budgets. Review the development and implementation of QA/QC procedures for the collection, processing, and storage of other study-related lab specimens. Supervision of all district Recency survey activities in active districts to ensure the smooth flow of Recency kits, QC data and Recency data. Assist with the interpretation of laboratory results from the surveillance and provide feedback on ways to improve/streamline lab procedures and systems. Represent Zim-TTECH in discussions with national stakeholders and assess ways in which national capacity to process samples can be developed and strengthened.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience   

Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences Degree (HBMLS) or equivalent. Master’s degree in Biostatistics or Epidemiology (advantage). Registered with the Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientists Council of Zimbabwe (MLCSCZ). Minimum 8 years of related experience in providing laboratory technical expertise in HIV surveys. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with partners, staff, and colleagues with a high level of tact, diplomacy, and confidentiality. Ability to prioritize, act independently, work under deadlines, and implement several tasks at once. Extensive knowledge and experience in design, implementation, and management of laboratory services in HIV programs. Satellite lab QA and QI experience. Knowledge/experience of procurement procedures and equipment/supply/stock tracking and inventory. Experience with lab-related data management systems. High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Excel.

Commitment to Diversity

Zim-TTECH recognizes that disparities in health around the globe stem from inequity. Therefore, the organization encourages and supports the multiple identities of staff including, but not limited to, socio-economic status, age, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity and expression, culture, spiritual practice, geography, mental and physical disability. Zim-TTECH strives to become a local, national, and international leader in developing and maintaining increased representation and recognition of each of these dimensions of diversity among its staff.

Interested candidates should submit their application letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae, and certified copies of certificates to The Human Resources Manager to: ehrla@zimttech.org

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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