Career Opportunities

Laboratory Systems Strengthening Advisor

Location: Jinja, Uganda | Job Type: Full-time | Post Date: 03/17/2017
Job Description: 

The Laboratory Systems Strengthening Advisor will support the Senior Technical Advisor - Laboratory Services to closely work with relevant departments of the MOH, CPHL and AIDS Control Program (ACP), the regional referral hospital, general hospitals, and lower health facilities, as well as district health teams and other HIV program implementing partners, to plan for and provide the required support to strengthen capacity of public health facility laboratories, as per the Uganda Ministry of Health and RHITES-EC project strategies.

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APPLICATION PROCESS: Qualified applicants should submit their cover letter, certificate of good conduct curriculum vitae, copies of academic credentials and contact information for 3 professional references by Friday 31st March, 2017 at 12:00 pm addressed to:
Human Resource Coordinator
University Research Co., LLC – Centre for Human Services
Plot 10 Kiira Lane, Mpumudde Division, UGANDA


Job Responsibilities: 
  • Working with stakeholders, periodically assess the training needs for facility laboratory staff and recommend appropriate trainings to improve their knowledge and skills
  • Working with other RHITES EC technical officers, coordinate and supervise the laboratory renovation process, ensuring that the desired laboratory standards are met and duplication of effort and resources is avoided
  • Work with respective health care facility teams and other partners to develop/strengthen and ensure efficiency of systems for transporting test samples and results to and from referral laboratories
  • Review the laboratory Strengthening needs assessment report and plan, and together with various stakeholders, rationalize what additional equipment may be needed, including maintenance and servicing systems in place, and/or may be needed in each laboratory
  • Closely working with appropriate MOH departments, National ware houses for laboratory supplies and individual facilities to ensure that HIV related laboratory test supplies and reagents, are well managed
  • Ensuring there are systems and standard operating procedures for preventative maintenance of equipment in supported facilities
  • Leading a RHITES-EC supported process and activities to develop and implement a sustainability plan for laboratory services for individual facilities with respect to, among other areas: capability to provide their own HIV-related laboratory services, strengthened capacity of laboratory personnel and equipment maintenance
  • Participate in Implementation of quality Improvement activities related to laboratory services to improve efficiency and the quality of laboratory test results
  • Working with other stakeholders, ensure that the supported laboratories improve their services towards meeting the requirements for WHO accreditation
  • Prepare regular progress reports
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor
Job Requirements: 
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Laboratory Science or equivalent degree qualification
  • Additional post-graduate qualifications/training will be of added advantage
  • At least 3 years of demonstrable practical experience with managing HIV laboratory programs and laboratory commodities
  • In-depth knowledge of the current approaches in the field of adult and paediatric HIV prevention, care, treatment and monitoring laboratory services set-up and delivery desired
  • Knowledge in quality improvement approaches desired
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills desired
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and others) desired
  • Please note: Only candidates who are eligible to work in the Uganda for an indefinite period without a need for sponsorship will be considered for this position

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About University Research Company (URC):
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