3 USAID MAPD Laboratory Technologist Job Opportunities – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

Organisation: Infectious
Diseases Institute (IDI)
Project Name: USAID Malaria
Action Program for Districts (MAPD)
Duty Station: Kampala,
Hoima, Arua, Kabarole and Masaka, Uganda
Reports to: Laboratory
Diagnostic Specialist –MAPD
About Us:
The Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI) is an international non-profit
organization which is a partnership of infectious diseases and public health
specialists. The overall objective of the IDI is to strengthen health systems
with strong emphasis on Infectious Diseases, through Research and Capacity
Development. IDI has five operational areas through which it works to achieve
its mission: Prevention, Care and Treatment; Training, Research and Laboratory
services (provided through a partnership with the Makerere University – John
Hopkins University Core Lab) and Outreach.
About USAID MAPD Program:
The Malaria Action Program for Districts (MAPD) is a five-year project
funded by U.S Agency for International Development (USAID)/PMI. The project
aims to prevent and control Malaria illnesses and deaths in order to minimize
the social-economic effects of the disease among the overall population of
Uganda especially in children under-5 years of age.
Key Duties and
Offer support to districts in building and
maintaining capacity and systems for accurate malaria laboratory diagnosis in
all supported districts;
Mentor and train district trainers on malaria
laboratory diagnosis;
Work closely with district trainers to train
lower level laboratory personnel on malaria laboratory diagnosis;
Support districts to implement external quality
assurance and quality control for malaria diagnosis;
Work in close collaboration with other MAPD
technical experts, RPMT staff and district based resource persons, conduct
integrated support supervisions in all facilities in MAPD-supported districts;
Link with the diagnostic specialists on the
regional performance monitoring team (RPMT) based in the region where the
project will be implemented;
Actively participate in planning meetings and
provide technical support to field staff; 
Coordinate trainings for laboratory staff in the
region assigned;
Write activity and progress reports;
Participate in grant writing exercises;
Attend laboratory meetings and relevant
trainings with Ministry of health and implementing partners;
Develop and maintain regular channels of
communication with stakeholders in the region; and 
Perform any other duties assigned by the project
management team.
Qualifications, Skills and
The applicants for the USAID MAPD Laboratory
Technologist jobs must hold Degrees in Medical Laboratory Science from a
recognized institution;
Post graduate training in public health or
health services management is an added advantage;
Must be registered with the Allied Health
Practitioners’ Council;
Previous experience of not less than three years
in malaria lab diagnosis using microscopy and RDTS;
Prior exposure and experience in building
capacity of lab personnel in malaria lab diagnosis;
Prior participation in either a WHO malaria
microscopy certification course or Malaria Alert Centre Kisumu malaria
microscopy course is an added advantage;
Previous experience in implementing malaria
microscopy, external quality control and assurance;
Must have a valid practicing annual license;
Experience working in a laboratory management
position is an added advantage; and
Extensive experience working in public health
laboratory service delivery in Uganda with knowledge of health care delivery
systems and structures in Uganda.
High level of accuracy in preparation,
reading  and interpreting of malaria
blood slides;
Training and mentoring skills in malaria lab
Presentation skills;
Computer literacy: competency with Microsoft
Office, internet and email systems;
Report writing skills;
Leadership skills;
Excellent interpersonal, analytic, facilitation,
verbal communication and writing skills; and
Fluency in written and spoken English is
essential, and ability to work in other local languages is an added advantage.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to hand
deliver  their application letters with
detailed CVs, naming at least two professional referees, to:
The Manager, Human Resources,
Infectious Diseases Institute,
P. O. Box 22418, Kampala.  Uganda
Email to: hr@idi.co.ug
Deadline: Tuesday, 8th November
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