Laboratory Advisor

  • Added Date: Thursday, 06 February 2020
  • Deadline Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Program Manager, the Laboratory Advisor will provide technical laboratory leadership, including technical assistance and capacity building support, for ICAP’s proposed CDC-funded project, Expanding Access to Quality Laboratory Service (EQUALS) in the Kingdom of Lesotho under PEPFAR (CDC-RFA-GH20-2044).
The position is contingent upon availability of grant funding

Major Accountabilities:

  • Provides technical expertise and direction, strategic vision, and management guidance to all laboratory-related project activities.
  • Ensures sustained capacity to deliver quality laboratory services in the country to improve clinical outcomes and treatment and prevention services of HIV, tuberculosis (TB), and related diseases.
  • Trains and mentors laboratory staff to improve human resources capacity to improved laboratory workflow and efficiency.
  • Develops new and revises current guidelines, policies, strategic plans, and standard operational plans to improve laboratory infrastructure and ensure increased access to laboratory services.
  • Provides technical expertise in assessing existing laboratory systems, capacity, and services, and supports the design and implementation of sustainable laboratory strengthening strategies.
  • Ensures laboratory staff adheres to requirements of national and international standards to improve the accuracy and reliability of laboratory tests and achieve laboratory accreditation.
  • Oversees the development and implementation of innovative and sustainable laboratory test delivery services to reduce turnaround time.
  • Supports the M&E Technical Advisor in improving laboratory data capture for program management and surveillance.
  • Provides project-related guidance and direction to highly skilled laboratory specialists from ICAP, the Ministry of Health (MOH), and key national stakeholders.
  • Supports the implementation of national laboratory strategic and operational plans, guidelines, manuals, training materials, and standard operational protocols.

Education:

  • An advanced degree in laboratory medicine or related field.

Experience, Skills, and Minimum Qualifications:

  • At least ten years of experience working in a large clinical or research laboratory, with significant experience in microbiology, laboratory management, and renovation.
  • Prior experience with relevant technical laboratory procedures related to HIV/AIDS and TB.
  • Demonstrated experience in quality assurance, quality control, protocol development, specimen management, and electronic information systems within a laboratory context.
  • Experience implementing laboratory accreditation and laboratory strengthening programs.
  • Proven ability to effectively mentor and advise laboratory professionals; experience overseeing the training of staff engaged in laboratory activities and improvements.
  • Written and spoken English proficiency.

This vacancy is archived.

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