4 District Laboratory Specialists jobs at Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)


Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

4 District Laboratory Specialists job Posts

Location:  Jobs in Uganda 2021 - 2022


Work Hours: Full-time, 08 hours per day

Salary: UGX

No. of vacancies: 04

Deadline: 09 January 2022

Hiring Organization: Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Job Details:

Background:
The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is a Ugandan not-for-profit organization whose mission is to strengthen health systems in Africa, with strong emphasis on infectious diseases, through research and capacity development. IDI has six operational areas through which it works to achieve its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research, Laboratory services (including the CAP-certified IDI Core Lab & Translational Lab), Global Health Security and Health System Strengthening.
About the project:
IDI has received a five-year transition award entitled USAID Local Partner Health Services-TB Activity. The purpose of the Award is to increase TB case detection and treatment success in Uganda to 90% of all cases and thus contribute to substantial reduction of Uganda’s TB burden by 2026. IDI will work through technical assistance to the national TB Program in the three districts of Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso and Regional Referral Hospitals to increase availability, accessibility and utilization of integrated TB/HIV and MDR-TB services.
In order to successfully, implement the project, IDI is looking for a competent and experienced individuals to fill the positions below:

Job Title: District Laboratory Specialists (4 Positions)
Vacancy Code: DLS-X001
Duty Station: Kampala, Mukono and Wakiso
Classification: Fixed term, full time
Reports to: Senior Technical Advisor

General summary:
The District Laboratory specialist will be responsible for implementing laboratory strengthening activities of the USAID LPHS-TB Activity in Mukono, Wakiso and Kampala. S/he will jointly work with the district/division health leadership to provide technical support for laboratory services at supported health facilities in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health laboratory services structures to ensure delivery of quality TB lab services.

Key Responsibilities:
• Collaborate with district structures and leverage counterpart USG-supported project lab technical officers/advisors in the region to design and implement strategies to ensure that project supported sites attain minimum MoH requirements following SLMTA program (at hubs) and establish a frame work for facility specific LQMS at none SLMTA labs.
• Conduct detailed audit of project supported sites, prepare action oriented work plans and design innovative strategies to address the identified gaps to ensure delivery of quality lab services
• Guide facility teams to regularly report on lab activities through regular submission of high quality HMIS reports and activity reports in line with standard Ministry of Health, donor and project timelines
• Plan, coordinate and conduct didactic trainings and mentorship visits to District and facility teams to address TB lab related capacity gaps and build skills for delivery of quality lab services.
• Conduct site mentorship and joint support supervision visits to labs and facilities to ensure effective implementation of LQMS in liaison with national and District technical teams.
• Design and functionalize systems to support District and facility teams to accurately quantify, forecast, orders and manage laboratory supplies and commodities to ensure constant availability.
• Collaborate with other USG and/or non-USG funded project lab technical advisors in Karamoja region to ensure adequate representation of district/facility TB lab teams in hub coordination review meetings for smooth hub operations and effective utilization of available TB and HIV lab related services.
• Work closely with the clinical team to support lab monitoring of diagnosed TB and TB/HIV patients in line with current national standards, timely results return and related follow up interventions.
• Strengthen QA efforts both at the labs and point of care and ensure regular supervision of point-of-care testers and participation in internal and external quality control schemes in line with national guidelines.
• Establish and strengthen lab biosafety practices, good equipment management practices including calibration, monitoring of commercial service contracts for lab equipment, and ensure that there is uninterrupted service delivery as a result of equipment malfunction.
• Support sample referral services to ensure uninterrupted specimen transport network for health care GeneXpert, culture and drug susceptibility testing(DST) and other related TB-HIV tests.
• Supervise project supported sample riders, their movements and adherence to personal safety standards and lab biosafety standards including timely accountability for project equipment and resources.
• Any other duty assigned by management from time to time


Person specifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory Technology/ Sciences
• Full and active registration with The Allied Health Professionals Council.
• Training in laboratory quality management systems and biorisk management systems.
• At least 3 years’ experience in laboratory planning, management, and QA/QC
• Up-to-date knowledge of current national TB and TB-HIV management protocols
• Experience in supporting lab systems in a health systems strengthening setting
• Good communication, organization and management skills
• Understands client confidentiality and exhibits a high level of ethical conduct
• Good interpersonal skills and can work in a team
• Has basic computer literacy including word processing, excel, internet and PowerPoint
• Good writing and presentation skills.
• Ability to deliver under minimal supervision

Application procedure

Candidates that meet the above criteria and have what it takes to excel in these positions should send their CVs, including details of email address, present position, current remuneration, Certificate/testimonials and address of three (3) Referees plus telephone contact to the stipulated email address not later than 9th January 2022. Please follow this link https://idi.mak.ac.ug/hrms  to apply for this position.
Key Notes:
1. IDI is an equal opportunity employer and does not charge a recruitment fee or any other fees at any stage of the recruitment process
2. Internal candidates who meet the required specifications and have worked with IDI for a period of at least one year will be given priority.
3. Make sure that your application letter, CV and certificates are attached as one document
4. Indicate the Vacancy Code as the subject for your email
5. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted
6. Any form of canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification.
The Senior Human Resource Manager
Infectious Diseases Institute — IDI Knowledge Centre, Makerere University Main
Campus; College of Health Sciences, Makerere University
P.O. Box 22418, Kampala, Uganda

Date Posted: 2022-01-07

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