2 Global Fund Biomedical Laboratory Technologists Vacancies – Ministry of Health

Organisation: Ministry of
Health
Funding Source: Global Fund
Reports to: Director Health
Services (Planning & Development)

Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
About US:
The Government
of the Republic of Uganda under the Ministry of Health has received funding
from the Global Fund to Fight HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support
among other things recruitment of key staff to assist in improvement of the
Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) grant performance. The goals of the Health
Systems Strengthening grant are to:
·        
Strengthen the Procurement and Supply Management
(PSM) system
·        
Support improvements in the Management Information
Systems and Monitoring and          
·        
Support community involvement in the delivery of
health services
Additionally,
the National TB and Leprosy Program (NTLP) is under the department of the
National Disease Control (NDC) in the Ministry of Health. NTLP’s overall
functions are to establish country wide quality diagnosis and treatment
services for TB and Leprosy and to coordinate the implementation of TB and
Leprosy control activities. Under the National Program is a National TB
Reference Laboratory whose functions are; to provide technical guidance to all
TB diagnostic facilities and standardization of Laboratory TB and Leprosy provide
technical supervision and training of laboratory staff on TB and Leprosy
Diagnosis Techniques, Confirmation of drug resistant TB and provide follow up
culture and drug susceptible tests as a national referral facility. It also
supports coordinated drug resistant TB surveillance and technical support roll
out of new laboratory technologies and support their uptake and utilization. It
also carries out operational research activities.
Job Summary:  The Biomedical Laboratory Technologists will
perform laboratory procedures, safety practices and activities that strengthen
the quality management system. The job also requires planning and implementing
capacity building, supervision and mentoring periphery laboratory staff as well
as monitoring the performance and utilization of TB laboratories, Xpert machines
in the country.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
·        
Carry out laboratory procedures including sample
reception, processing, analyses, data entry, archiving and shipping in
accordance to approved standard operating procedures
·        
Perform safety procedures as documented in the NTRL
safety manual.
·        
Perform and document quality assurance and quality
control activities within NTRL
·        
The incumbent will perform assigned activities
related to strengthening the quality management system
·        
Plan, monitor, evaluate, report and document
external quality assessment activities organized by NTRL
·        
Compile and send monthly and quarterly summary
reports to the MDR TB Coordinator on newly diagnosed MDR TB patients, MDR TB
patients with follow up culture tests done/results.
·        
Work closely with data managers to ensure timely and
comprehensive updates and reporting in core program performance areas
·        
Take part in National program performance
activities, Coordination meetings, performance reviews
·        
Actively participate in development and dissemination
of new policies, standards, technical and operational guidelines as seen fit by
the NTLP
·        
Actively participate in setting diagnostic and
quality standards for the central and peripheral laboratories
·        
Identify health worker gaps and formulate plans for
capacity building and mentorships of these health care workers based on gaps
identified
·        
Perform any other roles as signed by the Program
Manager or the laboratory management
Qualifications, Skills and
Experience: 
·        
The applicants should hold basic degrees in
Biomedical Laboratory Science,
·        
Possession of a master’s degree in either medical
laboratory sciences or public health or Health Services Management
·        
A minimum of five years’ in a recognized national or
sub-national.
·        
Prior experience in a TB biosafety level 3
Laboratory of at least two years.
·        
Familiarity with MOH and Project reporting
requirements
·        
Broad knowledge and understanding of the MOH current
HMIS tools, TB policies and guidelines. Should have good report writing skills
·        
Excellent communication skills
·        
Well versed with laboratory quality management
systems
·        
Broad knowledge and understanding of TB laboratory
network and infrastructure in the country and health system setting in Uganda.
·        
Laboratory logistics management information system
How to Apply: 
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to send their applications
addressed to the Permanent Secretary, MOH to the address below;
Ministry of
Health,
Plot 6 Lourdel
Road, Room D213, Block D, 2nd Floor.
P.O. Box 7272,
Kampala,
Kampala.
Uganda.
Deadline: 11th September 2015.
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