12 July 2016

2 DHSS Laboratory Technician Job Placements - The AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda)

Organisation: The AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda)
Duty Station: Mbale, Tororo, Uganda
VA No.: TASO-2016-HR/5
Reports to: DHSS Focal Person

About US:
The AIDS Support Organization (TASO Uganda) is an organisation contributing to a process of preventing HIV infection, restoring hope and improving the quality of Life of persons, families and communities affected by HIV infection and disease.

Job Summary: The DHSS Laboratory Technician will offer support to PHFs laboratory services to ensure that the services are well planned for, provided with necessary resources and implemented in accordance with set policies and standards.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:  
  • Initiate ordering and supplies of laboratory logistics
  • Manage stock at PHFs
  • Keep DHSS Laboratory rrecords (stock cards, books etc)
  • Monitor expiries and with draw and destroy
  • Ensure external and internal quality assurance
  • Maintain Laboratory equipment and inventory
  • Avail data capturing tools
  • Ensure quality improvement, SLAMTA and quality assurance
  • Request for logistical support
  • Plan and coordinate PHFs
  • Plan, Budget and review DHSS performance
  • Conduct Joint performance reviews and support visits to DHOs, MTC and DLFP
  • Follow up timely submission for all PHFs report to NMS in time
  • Follow up all district reports to NMS
  • Carryout trainings need assessment for PHFs (Safety training, GCLP)
  • Support the development and implementation of SOPs
  • Adhere to acceptable national algorithms and standards
  • Conduct timely forecasting and planning
  • Draw an up to date laboratory work schedule
  • Manage inventory in regard to laboratory
  • Develop SOPS for procedures and machines
  • Mentor and train stand ins
  • Check the functionality of laboratory equipment and ensure that they are in good working condition
  • Carry out laboratory testing, using current protocols, procedures, and quality assurance requirements
  • Ensure that there is high level of precision and accuracy for all the tests conducted
  • Responds to technical and logistical problems encountered in the laboratory in timely and appropriate manner
  • Perform daily, weekly and monthly  maintenance of laboratory equipment as required
  • Prepare the patient for sampling
  • Collect the right sample from the right patient at the right time
  • Carry out the test procedures correctly, accurately and timely
  • Harvest blood
  • Record the samples and results
  • Report results according to  SOPs
  • Prepare solutions, reagents, and stains following standard laboratory formulas and procedures
  • List topics of relevance
  • Identify target groups
  • Identify teaching aids
  • Convey message to audience
  • Allow participants to contribute in discussion
  • Ask questions and probe for understanding
  • Answer questions
  • Provide learning materials
  • Conduct QA and QC programmes
  • Monitor and interpret QC data to benefit the laboratory
  • Keep record of QC data as per procedures
  • Fill and maintain QC logs
  • Carry out client interviews
  • Write and update SOPs
  • List the number of different test reagents
  • Verify all supplies received
  • Keep track record of all items and supplies
  • purchased
  • Monitor consumption by filling the stock card for each item
  • Requisition items from stores
  • Monitor stock levels by stock taking
  • Make specifications for laboratory items
  • Verify supplied items
  • Inventory management SOP
  • Make specifications of  test kits  and other laboratory supplies and reagents to be procured
  • Carry out verifications of the supplies and reagents delivered
  • Verify supplies to and from laboratory and make recommendations to procurement of laboratory supplies
  • Proper and accurate use of PPE
  • Participate in writing a safety manual
  • Follow laboratory safety guidelines
  • Ensure safe disposal of laboratory waste
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment
  • Keep record of all incidences in the laboratory
  • Follow all laboratory procedures including safety guidelines, the use of personal protective equipment and awareness of blood- borne pathogens
  • Ensure safe disposal of laboratory waste at the facility
  • Carry out mentorship of lower cadres, stand ins and student attachees
  • Keep abreast with the current laboratory techniques and protocols
  • Conduct in service laboratory training
  • Carry out and document proficiency testing
  • Develop a career development plan
  • Keep record of every professional award achieved
  • Conduct laboratory improvement program in the laboratory
  • Document all activities carried out using relevant MOH tools
  • Make periodic reports to MC and Laboratory technologist
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:  
  • The applicant for the Laboratory Technician (DHSS) vacancy must hold a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology with a bias in either clinical chemistry, Microbiology and Hematology. GCLP and CLP training will be an added advantage.
  • At least three (3) years of laboratory work experience in HIV research based organization is required and registered with the AHPC
  • Working knowledge of Clinical laboratory practices
  • Knowledge of laboratory diagnosis techniques
  • Basic facts about HIV/AIDS
  • HIV/AIDS Care policies and procedures
  • Ability to perform complete range of laboratory functions is required
  • Laboratory Technology skills
  • Good computer skills
  • Stores management skills
  • Good counselling skills
  • Integrity
  • Confidentiality
  • Empathy
  • Patience 
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified candidates are invited to send an application letter, resume, copies of academic certificates, testimonials and three referees.
All interested Candidates MUST attach a fully filled Application Form, download here, or pick it from any TASO Centre and register in the applications book.

Note: Please firmly staple your papers together only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Please forward your applications to:                     
The Director, Human Resource & Administration,
P.O. Box 10443,                                                      
Kampala. Uganda
OR Hand deliver your application to TASO HQ level II, located at Old Mulago Hospital

OR Apply Online -> Click Here

Deadline: 22nd July, 2016.

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