USAID UHSC Project Technical Officer, Lab SPARS Jobs – Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Organization: Management
Sciences for Health (MSH)
Project Name: USAID Uganda
Health Supply Chain UHSC Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Laboratory
About MSH:
Sciences for Health (MSH) is a international non-profit health organization
composed of nearly 2500 people from more than 74 nationalities working in over
50,countries. Our mission is to save lives and improve the health of the
world’s poorest and most vulnerable people by closing the gap between knowledge
and action in public health. Together with our partners, we are helping
managers and leaders in developing countries to create stronger management
systems that improve health services for the greatest health impact.
About USAID UHSC Project:
Sciences for Health (MSH) is implementing a USAID-funded project called the
Uganda Health Supply Chain, a five year program supporting the Government of
Uganda’s health system to improve the availability and accessibility of
essential medicines and health supplies (EMHS). The expected results of are
to:1) strengthen national policies and strategies and support cost-effective,
equitable, and transparent utilization of EMHS resources; 2) strengthen country
capacity for effective management and utilization of EMHS; and 3) increase
availability and access of EMHS among priority populations.
Job Summary:  The Technical Officer, Lab SPARS will support
CPHL in the implementation of Lab SPARS. He/she will work with the other
CPHL/UHSC secondments and UHSC staff to ensure that performance based
supervision (Lab SPARS) is implemented according to an implementation plan,
that trainings are undertaken, supervisions are scheduled, health facility
staff are mentored and performance assessment is done based on agreed
indicators. The incumbent will work closely with the Regional/DLFP will ensure
that all supervision data is captured, analysed and fed into a quarterly Lab
SPARS report to the district and CPHL.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
Assist the Laboratory Advisor in all aspects related to training and
implementation of the Laboratory SPARS by ensuring that the following are
undertaken in a timely manner
Regularly review and finalisation of training
materials (trainers guide + exercises, participant guide + exercises, Summary,
Power point presentations)
Determine the best place training institution to set
up training and trainers for Lab SPARs to ensure sustainability,
Work closely with the CPHL training coordinator,
ensure that all DLFP (District Lab Focal Person) and SLT (Senior Lab
Technician), in the implementation districts, are trained in supervision and
performance assessment, with clearly defined their roles and responsibilities.
Conduct trainings and practical field visits
Support the Laboratory Advisor in the implementation of the Laboratory SPARS by
ensuring that the following are undertaken in a timely manner:
Support review and update of performance assessment
tool (if necessary)
Development of criteria for selection of DLFP
(District Lab Focal Person) and SLT (Senior Lab Technician)
Develop Lab SPARS implementation plans, timelines
and budgets for all activities.
Support the rollout of LAB SPARS through orientation
of users of Lab SPARs database training for new and existing mentors,
supervisors, DLFPs & SLT in use of the Lab SPARS tools
Follow up and ensure that all DFLPs and SLT in
selected districts have quarterly supervision work plans that are adhered to
and that supervisions are conducted as scheduled, in a bid to ensure that
health facilities adopt positive practices in all aspects of Lab management.
Offer ongoing administrative support for Lab SPARS
to districts (covering issues that arise on logistics, payments, computers,
work plans, etc)
Perform any other duties similar in nature as may be
assigned from time to time by the Laboratory Advisor.
Qualifications, Skills and
The ideal candidate should hold a Bachelor’s degree
in Laboratory Sciences or related qualification.
Additional qualification in laboratory logistics is
an added advantage.
A minimum of five years’ experience in lab services
delivery and logistic and supply chain management of lab commodities.
Broad knowledge and understanding of the supply
chain concepts and laboratory supplies/logistic indicators an added advantage.
Working experience in Uganda with knowledge and
comprehensive understanding of Uganda’s laboratory public system.
Computer literacy skills in Microsoft Office Suite
applications such as Microsoft Project, Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Prior experience with US Government supported
programs is an added advantage.
Working knowledge and working experience in
laboratory logistics management information systems
Willingness to be flexible and adapt to changing
priorities and shifting deadlines.
Good team work, communication and project management
Strong capacity building/training experience
Ability to meet required deadlines
Demonstrated English Language skills (both written
and oral) with the ability to make presentations and effectively write/edit
lucid technical reports and documents
How to Apply:
All suitably
qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the Management Sciences
for Health in the aforementioned capacity are encouraged to Apply Online by
clicking on the link below.
Deadline: 16th October, 2015

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