Technical Officer- Lab SPARS Non-profit Careers – Management Sciences for Health (MSH)

Job Title:         Technical
Officer- Lab SPARS
Organization: Management
Sciences for Health (MSH)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Reports to: Equipment,
Logistics and Supplies (ELS) Coordinator
Job ID: 13-9238
About Us:
Management Sciences for Health (MSH) is a nonprofit international
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.
Job Summary: The Technical
Officer- Lab SPARS (Supervision Performance Assessment Recognition Strategy) is
a secondment from the Uganda Health Supply Chain project to the Central Public
Health Laboratories (CPHL). The main function of the Technical Officer – SPARS
will be to support CPHL to implement the Lab SPARS strategy. The incumbent will
work together with the other CPHL/UHSC secondments, and UHSC staff to ensure
that the Lab SPARS is implemented according to the implementation plan,
relevant trainings undertaken, regular supervisions scheduled, health facility
staff are mentored and performance assessments carried out to measure
performance according to the monitoring indicators. He/she will work with the
district-based Lab SPARS Supervisors to ensure that all supervision data is
captured and input into the electronic system, for onward analysis and
generation of reports for central CPHL and district levels.
Key Duties and
Offer support to the CPHL Equipment, Logistics and Supplies (ELS)
Coordinator and 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
Finalisation of Lab SPARS training materials
(trainers’ guide, participants’ guide and PowerPoint presentations)
Identify the trainers for Lab SPARs with the
target of ensuring sustainability.
Work closely with the CPHL Equipment, Logistics
and Supplies (ELS) Coordinator and training coordinators, ensure that all
District-based Lab SPARS Supervisors in the implementation districts, are
trained in supervision and performance assessment, with clearly defined roles
and responsibilities.
Participate in the trainings and practical field
Support the CPHL Equipment, Logistics and Supplies (ELS) Coordinator
and UHSC Lab Advisor in the implementation of the Laboratory SPARS by ensuring
that the following are undertaken in a timely manner:
In charge of the review and update of the
performance assessment tool
Responsible for the development of Lab SPARS
implementation plans, timelines and budgets for all activities.
Supporting the rollout of LAB SPARS through
orientation of Lab SPARS Supervisors on the 
Lab SPARS database
Follow-up and ensuring that all Lab SPARS
Supervisors in selected districts have quarterly supervision work plans and
that supervisions are conducted as scheduled, in a bid to ensure health
facilities adopt positive practices in all aspects of the Laboratory supply
Provide ongoing administrative support for Lab
SPARS to districts (attending to emergent issues arising regarding logistics,
reimbursements, supportive tools for the SPARS Supervisors, work plans, etc)
Perform any other duties assigned.

Qualifications, Skills and
The applicants for the Management Sciences for
Health (MSH) Technical Officer- Lab SPARS career placement must hold a
Bachelor’s degree in Laboratory Sciences or related qualification.
Additional qualifications in laboratory
logistics/supply chain management is an added advantage.
A minimum of five years’ experience in
supporting lab services delivery.
Previous experience in logistics, supply chain
management of lab commodities, and laboratory logistics management and
information (LMIS) systems.
Familiarity with supply chain concepts and
laboratory supplies/logistics indicators is an added advantage.
Working experience in the Ugandan public health
sector with relevant knowledge of Uganda’s public laboratory network.
Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office
Suite applications such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
Excellent presentation, report writing and
English Language-oral and written-skills
Working experience in US Government – supported
programs is an added advantage.
Flexibility and adaptability to changing
priorities and shifting deadlines.
Good team work, communication and project management
Strong capacity building/training experience.
Ability to meet tight deadlines.
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: 12th
October, 2016 by 5:00pm
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