Senior Technical Officer-Lab
Job Title : Senior Technical Officer-Lab
Reports To : Deputy Chief of Party
Program : Afya Nyota ya Bonde Program
JOB SUMMARY :
The Senior Technical Officer (STO), Laboratory Technical Specialist will provide laboratory support
and guidance to staff and partners for a public health project in Kenya. S / he will implement and
monitor laboratory systems strengthening initiatives according to international standards, funder and
Government of Kenya requirements. S / he will implement a laboratory capacity building and
networking strategy and support laboratory training, mentorship, technical assistance, and quality
assurance activities to build the capacity of facility staff, government counterparts and local partners
in supported laboratory facilities. The STO will support the development and adoption
of laboratory procedures and manuals and train staff in their use. S / he will also evaluate
programmatic effectiveness and provide laboratory technical assessment reports to include corrective
actions and capacity building plans. S / he will take lead in the lab-clinical interface to improve patient monitoring and use of laboratory results for clinical decision making .
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS : DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES :
Prepare and oversee implementation of laboratory work plan in consultation with County and subcounty Laboratory coordinatorsLiaise with the various CMLTS / SCMLTs in order to improve delivery of lab services for HIV care including EID, PCR tests, CD4 tests, Hematological tests and Biochemistry tests Provide technical assistance / guidance on laboratory testing processes, infection prevention and control, and quality of HIV testing and HIV / TB care and treatmentWill be a member of the regional technical team and will take part in the donor review meetings on a quarterly basis and SIMS sites visitsDevelopment, implementation and review of laboratory standard operating procedures (SOPs) to be applied in HIV Care and Treatment servicesWork closely with the STOs / TOs to ensure all facilities are provided with their lab related targets and dash boards, and ensure that these are updated on a monthly basis Conduct training and on-site mentorship for laboratory personnelSupport laboratory sample transport networking in supported facilitiesProvide technical support for the purchase of laboratory equipment, reagents and controlsSupport commodity forecasting, quantification, reporting and redistribution / buffering in supported facilities in partnership with county teamsCoordinate performance and documentation of daily internal quality control and participation in External Quality Assessment to MOH supported facilitiesWork closely with the HTS lead to ensure all HTS providers undergo proficiency testing to assure quality of HIV testingIdentify and mobilize NGOs / FBOs / CBOs and other stakeholders that will coordinate with HSDA in laboratory activities.
Participate in the various relevant TWGs in the county and supra county levels
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES, EXPERTISE AND COMPETENCE :
Experience in supporting laboratory activities in a donor funded projectWorking knowledge of USG funded programs and reporting requirementsDocumented evidence of HIV / AIDS laboratory training as part on continuing professional developmentDedicated team player with excellent interpersonal, communication, report writing and analytical skillsTakes initiative and able to work without supervision in a dynamic multi-cultural environmentAbility to exhibit professionalism and high ethical standardsHigh level of integrity and able to maintain confidentiality.
Excellent organizational skills including the ability to multitaskComputer skills including demonstrated hands on-experience with MS Word, MS Power Point, and MS Excel for generating and analyzing reportsProficiency in both written and spoken English and Kiswahili.
KEY PERFROMANCE INDICATORS :
GeneXpert to maximum 2 days and EID to maximum 7 daysProportion of eligible clients with cd4, sCrAg tests- 100%Proportion of TB suspects undergoing GeneXpert tests at HSDSA supported sites 95%Proportion of sites achieving >
80% (Green and Dark Green) score in Laboratory and Infection Prevention and Control program area during SIMS visit conducted by the donor- 95%
MINUMUM REQUIREMENT STANDARDS :
BS / BA Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences with a Minimum 7-9 years’ experience in implementation of HIV related medical laboratory activities in a donor funded project or MS / MA / MPH in relevant filed with 5-7 years of experience.
Registered with KMLTTB.
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