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8 months ago

Senior Laboratory

The Senior Laboratory and Supply Chain Advisor will provide technical expertise in the areas of laboratory services and supply chain management for an upcoming Department of Defense (DOD) – funded HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment project. The Sr. Lab and Supply Chain Advisor will operate under the leadership of the Program Director and Jhpiego’s senior management team, and will oversee and ensure the technical and methodological soundness of the project’s lab and supply chain activities. The project aims to reduce the number of new HIV infections and other sexually transmitted infections among active members of the Zambia Defense Force (ZDF), their families and the civilian communities served by the Zambian military and to support the continuum of care and treatment for those infected with HIV.

The Laboratory and Supply Chain Advisor will be based out of the project’s central office in Lusaka, but will travel regularly to field sites across Zambia.

This position is contingent upon award from DOD.

Zambian nationals are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Purpose

To direct, manage and coordinate laboratory operations and provide Technical Assistance to ZDF National and health facility staff in general management of laboratory services

Key Duties And Responsibilities

  • Assume accountability and responsibility for the sound execution of the HIV laboratory portfolio in the care and treatment project, focusing on technical assistance to the provincial and district health laboratory services as well as facility-based support
  • Provide high-level guidance oversight and direction for developing and maintaining key HIV laboratory systems and services
  • Provide technical assistance to the ZDF Lab Program Manager to oversee laboratory operation, monitoring, training and maintenance in all supported sites
  • Provide laboratory technical assistance, ensure submission of monthly consumption reports, monitor site workloads, including management of specimen referrals and results
  • Assist in the development and implementation of systems of quality control and quality assurance for HIV-related laboratory services to improve quality assurance programs including HIV rapid tests, EID, TB and Hematology
  • Strengthen specimen referral / courier systems for supported sites and promote linkage between testing and non- testing sites for Viral Load testing, DBS / PCR testing and sputum sensitivity cultures
  • Support the introduction and scale up of Viral Load testing technologies based on MOH guidelines and plans
  • Provide assistance in advocacy for introduction of new testing technologies with the MOH and other key partners – such as Point of care Technologies (POCT)
  • Participate in national quantification and forecasting of laboratory commodities
  • Participate in training of ZDF staff on equipment use, good laboratory practices, forecasting reagent needs, procurement, tracking inventory, and monitoring labs
  • Provide regular updates to the Project Director, on ZDF health facilities equipment status, and reagent forecasting and procurement
  • Assist ZDF health facilities in addressing problems experienced with using laboratory equipment, including troubleshooting as needed
  • Document Ministry of Health Guidelines and Protocols for Laboratory Management and Procurement in Zambia and ensure that the program adheres to these guidelines and protocols
  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with appropriate government and private institutions, and other donor supported programs
  • Act as a resource for the Jhpiego Project and ZDF on all laboratory issues

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