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Job Summary / Responsibilities:
The Regional Laboratory Technical Advisor will provide technical expertise, coordination and supervision of all laboratory strengthening aspects of an anticipated CDC PEPFAR Grant for multiple countries in Africa, with the general objective to improve access to diagnosis, treatment and management of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in PEPFAR-supported countries. Activities are expected to fully scale-up and operationalize quality management system tools, guidelines and policies at all levels of the diagnostic network with the aim to improve quality assurance and quality management at the laboratory and point of care settings for all HIV-related testing; increase human resources (HR) capacity ;support access to timely and accurate test results across the diagnostic cascade to achieve optimal clinical outcomes, reach and surpass UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets.
S/he will provide technical support and supervision in collaboration with project management teams to ensure the successful planning and implementation of laboratory strengthening activities, including work planning, budgeting, supportive supervision, and reporting in assigned areas. The incumbent will coordinate with project partners in their region, provide laboratory related representation for the CDC project at regional meetings as may be called upon, collaborate with laboratory-related national mechanisms and institutions in supporting laboratory strengthening activities to improve quality access to HIV related testing.
*Recruitment is contingent upon successful award of the project and the selection of the final applicant is subject to donor approval. The position will be based in Country in Central Africa
Specific responsibilities may include but are not limited to:
Provide technical leadership and oversight for the project team on expansion of diagnostics and laboratory system networks to improve access to quality HIV related testing.
Provide technical assistance and capacity building support to project technical staff in countries and/or regions for expansion of quality laboratory services especially to improve access to laboratory diagnosis and monitoring through HIV testing, Viral Load testing, CD4 testing, Early Infant Diagnosis and Gene Expert TB testing to support provision of quality integrated HIV services at health facilities.
Provide support to strengthen the coordination of all aspects of the HIV related testing activities across the FHI 360 network for the project.
Provide oversight, technical assistance and capacity building to establish and expand quality assurance testing in a number of African countries in collaboration with partners and stakeholders.
Liaise with relevant stakeholders on performance of Proficiency testing, site supervisions, site audits, staff competency evaluation and key milestones.
Support capacity building and technical assistance to laboratory mentors and facility laboratory personnel on reagent/commodity forecasting, quantification, procurement and consumption reporting as needed for improved access to quality of testing.
Work in close collaboration with the project management team to strengthen laboratory systems and services to offer improved access to laboratory diagnosis and monitoring in support of provision of quality integrated health services.
Set performance standards against international, normative body guidance documents; and ensure work plans and activities contribute to achieving those standards, provide TA and capacity building according to those standards.
Work in close collaboration with the Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor to strengthen Laboratory Health Management Information Systems and use of program data to improve commodity reporting at all levels of the project.
Represent the project team at technical/stakeholder forums with the county, national government, regional entities, the donor institutions and other implementing partners access to quality HIV related testing.
Qualifications and Experience:
Masters’ degree with 5-8 years’ experience implementing PEPFAR laboratory strengthening service delivery programs.
A demonstrated track record of providing mentorship and supervision for strengthening laboratory services and training in quality improvement approaches.
Good knowledge on utilization of data to improve laboratory programs especially around reporting and LMIS functionality.
Experience working with MOH, INGO, USG to strengthen laboratory networks and access to testing.
Ability to work in a complex project implementation environment with multiple tasks, short deadlines and intense pressure to perform.
Excellent skills in facilitation, team building and coordination
Strong programming, management, technical and critical thinking skills to facilitate program implementation.
Excellent analytical, communication, presentation and report writing skills.
Knowledge with strengthening laboratories/POCT to achieve international quality standards including against ISO 15189 and/or SLMTA/SLIPTA or in-country standards.
Ability to build teams, recognize, acquire and retain talents.
Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the ethical issues surrounding research and surveillance.
Minimum of 25 % national and international travel.
This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
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