Regional Quality Assurance and Laboratory Strengthening Officer, Zambia


Tracking Code
407-566
Job Description
Note: This position is contingent upon award.

Project Concern International (PCI) is a non-profit, international development organization with the mission of empowering people to enhance health, end hunger and overcome hardship. Founded in 1961 and headquartered in the United States, PCI has worked in Zambia since 1996.

PCI is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Regional Quality Assurance and Laboratory Strengthening Officer for an anticipated, Clinical Laboratory and Health System Strengthening Project funded by PEPFAR through the US Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program. Working in partnership with the Zambia Defense Force (ZDF), the project will strengthen ZDF laboratories to support diagnosis and patient monitoring in health centers that provide Antiretroviral Therapy (ART), as well as strengthen health commodity supply chain system and processes in ZDF health facilities. The Regional Quality Assurance and Laboratory Strengthening Officer will assist the Laboratory Strengthening Advisor in providing on-site quality assurance mentorship and technical support to laboratory strengthening aspects of the project. The expected duration of the project is four years.

Key Duties and Responsibilities
  • Assist the Laboratory Strengthening Advisor in implementing baseline assessments in ZDF laboratories to determine gaps that affect the provision of quality HIV testing and viral load testing and referral and determine health personnel competency in providing HIV testing in line with national guidelines and assays
  • Participate in the development of a ZDF Laboratory comprehensive training system focusing on internal and external quality assurance processes
  • Develop a trainee competency assessment strategy based on national HIV testing assays and biosafety guidelines and implement baseline competency assessments and periodically post training with an integrated corrective and remedial plan for identified competency gaps
  • Work in partnership with ZDF senior biomedical officers to develop a standardized Internal Quality Assurance (IQA) system for HIV testing (at facility and community levels), biosafety and viral load testing and monitoring based on national algorithms
  • Conduct routinized supportive supervision and mentoring visits and provide on-site mentorship and supportive supervision to site-based ZDF Laboratory Managers in IQA for HIV testing, biosafety and viral load testing and implement on-site corrective and remedial plans for identified gaps
  • Conduct supportive supervision visits to ZDF project sites participating in the External Quality Assurance (EQA) program for HIV rapid diagnostic testing and implement onsite corrective and remedial plans to address identified gaps
  • Assist the ZDF Monitoring and Evaluation Department, and the PCI Monitoring and Evaluation Manager to monitor the effective implementation of the data management and analysis system for EQA to enable data use for decision making
  • Conduct onsite monitoring in ZDF sites participating in the EQA program to assess the operation of the transportation system for EQA specimen panels and viral load specimen and develop corrective and remedial plans for identified gaps
  • Assist the Laboratory Strengthening Technical Advisor in providing routinized supportive supervision and onsite mentorship to 6 ZDF laboratories participating in the Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA) program
  • Assist the Laboratory Strengthening Technical Advisors in planning and conducting IQA and biosafety training for ZDF laboratory managers
  • Participate in a process to refine HIV RDT and viral load monitoring standard operating procedures (SOPs) and quality assurance protocols and train laboratory strengthening and quality assurance officers and site-based ZDF laboratory manager on the usage of SOPs to monitor and support quality delivery of laboratory services
  • Assist the Laboratory Strengthening Technical Advisor in ensuring all laboratory strengthening contract deliverables are met within the allocated timeline
  • Assist the Laboratory Strengthening Advisor in developing and monitoring annual work plans and budgets and execute the workplan and budget using a team effort
  • Assist the Laboratory Strengthening Advisor in preparing relevant donor reports
  • Carry out additional responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time in consultation with the Laboratory Strengthening Advisor

Required Skills
  • College diploma in Biomedical Sciences required
  • Minimum four years of experience working in laboratory strengthening, project management, or capacity building required; experience in implementing SLMTA/SLIPTA programs and conducting laboratory strengthening IQAs and EQAs a plus
  • Knowledge of PEPFAR funding and its contractual and reporting requirements a plus
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving and decision making skills
  • Written and spoken English proficiency

NOTE: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please DO NOT submit your application by mail or email. Only candidates who submit their application online will be considered.

Women and Zambians are encouraged to apply.

APPLY
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular Posts

Labels

AB Bank Zambia Abt Associates ACC Anti Corruption Commission Zambia Access Bank Accountant Administration Afdb African Development Bank Agriculture Airtel Zambia Atlas Copco Zambia AU African Union Aviation Jobs AWF African Wildlife Foundation BancABC BANKING JOBS Barclays Bank Zambia Blantyre BOZ Bank of Zambia British Council in Zambia CARE INTERNATIONAL ZAMBIA Cavmont Bank Center for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia CHAI Clinton Health Access Initiative Chamber of Mines of Zambia Chibombo Chililabombwe Chingola Chipata Chirundu Choma Citibank Civil Engineer Climate Change and Environment COMESA Community Development Jobs Consultancy Copperbelt Copperbelt Energy Corporation Copperbelt University CRS Catholic Relief Services Customer Care Customer Support - Technical Support Danish Refugee Council DBZ DEVELOPMENT BANK OF ZAMBIA Democratic of the Congo Driver Jobs ECOBANK ZAMBIA Economist Education EGPAF Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA Electrical Engineering Environmental Jobs ERB Energy Regulation Board ESAMI Eastern and Southern African Management Institute FHI360 Finance Finca Malawi FINCA Zambia First Quantum Minerals Ltd FNB FIRST NATIONAL BANK ZAMBIA Food and Nutrition GOVERNMENT JOBS Graduate Trainee Health Hospitality Jobs HPCZ Health Professions Council of Zambia Human Resources Human Rights ICT JOBS Insurance Jobs Internship IRC International Rescue Committee Islamic Relief Jhpiego Kabwe Kalulushi Kalumbila Kasama Kasumbalesa Kitwe Konkola Copper Mines plc Lecturer Legal Aid Board Legal Jobs Librarian Lilongwe Livingstone LMC Lumwana Mining Company Limited Lubambe Copper Mine Limited Lumwana Lusaka Lusaka University Maamba Collieries Limited Malawi Jobs Marie Stopes Zambia Marketing Mazabuka Mechanical Engineering MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS MEDICAL STORES LIMITED Mining Jobs Ministry of Gender and Child Development Ministry of local government and housing MKUSHI Mongu Monitoring and Evaluation Mopani Copper Mines PLC MPIKA MTN Zambia MU MULUNGUSHI UNIVERSITY Mufulira NAPSA National Pension Scheme Authority National Airports Corporation National Milling Corporation NCC NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR CONSTRUCTION Ndola NEPAD NFNC National Food and Nutrition Commission NGO JOBS NHA National Housing Authority NLACW National Legal Aid Clinic for Women NPA National Prosecution Authority NRFA National Road Fund Agency NU Northrise University OXFAM PACRA Patents and Companies Registration Agency PACT PATH INTERNATIONAL PC Population Council Peace Corps Zambia PIA Pensions and Insurance Authority Plan International Procurement Jobs Project Manager PSI Puma Energy International Purchasing - Supplies Manager PwC RDA Road Development Agency Records Management Research Restless Development Rural Electrification Authority SADC Southern African Development Community Sales Sandvik Save the Children SCHOLARSHIPS Security Jobs SNV ZAMBIA Solwezi Standard Chartered Bank Statistician SUPPLY CHAIN Teaching Jobs Telecommunications The World Bank UN United Nations UNDP UNICEF UNZA University of Zambia US Embassy in Zambia USAID Zambia Veterinary Council of Zambia Volunteering VSO Voluntary Service Overseas WaterAid Zambia WFP World Food Programme WHO World Health Organization Workers Compensation Fund World Vision WWSC Western Water and Sewerage Company Zambia Banks Zambia Breweries Plc Zambia Catholic University Zambia Red Cross Society Zambia Sugar Plc Zamtel Zanaco Zambia National Commercial Bank ZAWA Zambia Wildlife Authority ZDA Zambia Development Agency ZEMA Zambia Environmental Management Agency ZESCO Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Limited ZICA Zambia Institute of Chartered Accountants ZICTA Zambia Information n Communications Technology Authority Zimbabwe ZIPAR Zambia Institute for Policy Analysis and Research ZNBS ZAMBIA NATIONAL BUILDING SOCIETY ZRA Zambia Revenue Authority ZTB Zambia Tourism Board ZWMA Zambia Weights and Measure Agency