Laboratory Officer-Bugando Focal at MDH October, 2020

Management and Development for Health (MDH) is a non-profit, non-governmental organization whose primary aim is to contribute to address public health priorities of the people of Tanzania and the world at large. These priorities include: communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; Reproductive, Maternal, New-born and Child health (RMNCH); Nutrition; Non-Communicable Diseases of public health significance; as well as Health System Strengthening. MDH strongly believes in and works in partnership with various local and global institutions, Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children (MOHCDGEC); President’s Office Regional Authorities and Local Government (PORALG); donor agencies; academic and non- academic institutions; implementing partners; civil society, community-based and faith-based organizations and others. MDH seeks to recruit a qualified individual to fill the below vacancies:




Location: MWANZA,





The Laboratory Officer – Bugando molecular laboratory coordinator is a self-motivated individual who will work in close collaboration with the Bugando Medical Center and its stakeholders to guarantee provision of effective support in enhancing efficiency and capacity of VL and EID testing at Bugando laboratory under MDH Afya Kwanza Project. Her/his main objective is to guarantee the highest technical, logistical and administrative performance of the Bugando Molecular Laboratory for accurate, reliable and timely release of results.

Duties and responsibilities;

  1. Work closely with the Bugando Medical Center, MOHCDGEC, NHL-QATC, R/CHMTs and Implementing Partners to ensure provision of technical support to Bugando Molecular Laboratory for enhancing the capacity and efficiency of testing
  2. Provide capacity building for staff to receive, process and test viral load and EID samples as well as manage patient results and documentation in the
  3. Provide capacity building and administrative support to the Bugando laboratory management in proper management of the laboratory and staff for the successfully operation of the
  4. Work with the laboratory management to evaluate staff proficiency and
  5. Ensure effective execution of the approved workplan and budget to achieve the set targets
  6. Provide regular assessments, internal audits and measures to address identified gaps in strengthening VL/EID testing activities in the laboratory
  7. Support the laboratory management to conduct daily, weekly and monthly performance reviews of all the sections in the laboratory
  8. Work with the Bugando laboratory management to prepare, review and submit progress reports daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and as
  9. Work closely and support the laboratory to meet the set turn-around time (TAT) of the VL and EID test results
  10. Work closely and support the laboratory to ensure proper management and maintenance of all equipment including cold storage/store and analyzers
  11. Work with the laboratory to properly perform pre-analytical procedures on all specimens/reagents/supplies received including but limited to registration, separation, storage and documentation as per SOPs
  12. Work closely with the laboratory to ensure 100% utilization of the testing capacity in 24 hours daily
  13. Design and implement supervisions, training and mentorship programs to improve performance of the laboratories
  14. Provide technical and logistical supports to strengthen VL/EID inter-laboratory networking for enhanced testing capacity and
  15. Provide technical support for the laboratory to work all the processes and procedures as per ISO15189 standard for laboratory accreditation
  16. Provide technical and logistical supports to ensure timely availability of reagents and supplies in the laboratory
  17. Participate fully in weekly laboratory staff meetings, laboratory management review meeting and all laboratory crucial
  18. Coordinate and participate in periodic meetings with stakeholders to discuss progress of VL/EID testing
  19. Collaborate with regional stakeholders (R/CHMTs and IPs) to provide technical support to the hubs and facilities for proper sample collection and management
  20. Ensure effective support to all MDH supported laboratories and facilities in delivering services as per the national and international set goals and standards
  21. Participate in the development of workplans and
  22. Carry out any other related task as assigned by supervisor



Requirements, Education, work experience and skills

  1. A degree or Master’s degree in health laboratory sciences or biomedical laboratory sciences
  2. A minimum of 4 years’ experience in working at laboratory project management especially managing the VL/EID laboratory in HIV care and treatment setting
  3. Vast experience on implementing QMS for the laboratory ISO 15189 accreditation standard
  4. Ability to collaborate with government health management teams and other partners
  5. Ability to work both as individual and as a team with minimum supervision




Interested candidates should submit an application letter indicating clearly the position applied for, a detailed copy of their CV, and names and contact information (email addresses and telephone numbers) of three work related referees.

Applications should be submitted by Friday 25October, 2020, to the Director of Human Resource through e-mail [email protected]


Kindly note that only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

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