Lab Technologist at USAID Discover Health Project October, 2020

USAID Discover Health Project

JSI Research & Training Institute Limited

JOB OPPORTUNITY

JSI implements the five-year USAID DISCOVER-Health project to support the Ministry of Health (MOH) in the provision of quality health services and products. The project’s aim is to improve the lives of Zambians by ensuring equitable access to and use of high-quality HIV, maternal new-born and child health (MNCH), family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) services and products at the district and community levels. The project utilizes and sustains a health model that maximizes the relative strengths of the public and private sectors to deliver health products and services that reach all beneficiaries and consumer markets.
JSI is recruiting for the following position:

Position Title : Lab Technologist (01)
Position Type : Full Time
Location : Chingola x 1
Reports to : Hub Manager
Dotted line reporting : Supply Chain & Lab Services Coordinator

Job Purpose:

The Laboratory Technologist ensures that quality laboratory services are provided at the USAID DISCOVER-Health hub. He/she works with colleagues from the MOH at provincial, district and facility levels to ensure that laboratory procedures and tests are conducted to the highest quality. Reporting to the Hub Manager, the Laboratory Technologist is the lead and coordinator for all laboratory work at the USAID DISCOVER-Health hub and outreach sites within their district. The Laboratory Technologist will also ensure that laboratory services at the hub are aligned with the priorities of the Ministry of Health, USAID, PEPFAR, and program beneficiaries.

Duties/ Responsibilities

  • Perform Clinical chemistry, Haematology, Immunology and other biomedical tests in collaboration with MOH
  • Process and store samples for Viral Load (VL) and Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) tests
  • Ensure that quality control and other quality assurance procedures are implemented and adhered to in the laboratory
  • Coordinate sample transfer from USAID DISCOVER-Health outreach sites to the hub lab for testing
  • Provide technical assistance and training to USAID DISCOVER-Health outreach teams in laboratory sample handling
  • Inventory management of laboratory reagents and consumables including ordering commodities from MSL using the Electronic Logistics Management Information System (eLMIS)
  • Ensure collaboration with Ministry of Health laboratories within the district
  • Laboratory equipment maintenance and trouble shooting
  • Represent USAID DISCOVER-Health at district laboratory meetings organized by MOH and other partners
  • Work with the Supply Chain Officer to mobilize HIV test kits for hub activities
  • Facilitate reporting of consumption data by HTS partners
  • Work with the Supply Chain Coordinator to ensure that laboratory commodities are available at the hub and that all laboratory matters are attended to
  • Ensure that client results are secured, stored properly and backed up regularly
  • Perform other duties as may be assigned by the supervisor

Qualifications and Requirements:

  1. Diploma in Biomedical Sciences with at least 3 years’ experience in providing laboratory support and conducting laboratory tests
  2. Grade 12 School Certificate
  3. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others
  4. Physical fitness and high energy a plus
  5. Willingness to accept any other reasonable duties, as allocated

Skills and requirements

  • Training in public health or other related field an advantage
  • Computer proficiency in Word, Excel and Power Point
  • Excellent analytical, written and communication skills
  • Registration with Health professions Council of Zambia, and in possession of a valid practicing license

Application Process

Please send a written application via email. Your application should consist of a cover letter and a detailed CV, including full address and contact telephone number/s. Please indicate the position you are applying for in your cover letter. Please send e-mail applications, with the position you are applying for in the subject line, to: [email protected]

Closing date for receiving applications: 16th October, 2020.

To apply for this job email your details to [email protected]

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