Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Tanzania Health Promotion Support (THPS) is Looking for National HIV Viral Load Laboratory Coordinator!

THPS is an indigenous NGO established under nongovernmental organization act No 24 of 2002 as part of partnership framework implementation plan between the USG and the Government of Tanzania which calls for an uninterrupted transition of PEPFAR funded HIV and AIDS programs into local entities. THPS works in partnership with the Ministries of Health,
Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children and Regional Administration and local government (PMORALG) with a  goal of ensuring accessible high quality health care services to Tanzania's through establishment and strengthening of comprehensive family focused HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and  Treatment services in Pwani, Kigoma, Mtwara regions and Zanzibar. This is a continuation of the PEPFAR funded broader US Government HIV/AIDS initiatives through Centre for Disease Control Tanzania (CDC) in Tanzania.

As CDC prime awardee; THPS is currently seeking committed and motivated Tanzanians to fill in the following positions.

Position title:                    National HIV Viral Load Laboratory Coordinator
Reports to:                       Assistant Director of Diagnostic Services – Ministry of Health
Duty Station:                   Ministry of Health– Dar es Salaam (with frequent field travel)

Job Summary: National HIV Viral Load (HVL) Laboratory Coordinator will serve as the focal point for coordination of the HVL activities.  Under the supervision of the Director of Diagnostic Services, the National HVL Laboratory Coordinator will provide national coordination and technical support to ensure HIV viral load activity is operational in accordance to Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly & Children (MoHCDGEC) standards, guidelines and protocols. To maintain continuous functionality of health laboratories to support clinical services for HIV care and treatment and other health problems. Specifically she/ he will focus on HIV viral load laboratory quality improvement using national and international laboratory standards and support all laboratory and non laboratory testing to the highest quality possible. The National HVL Laboratory coordinator will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health, National AIDS Control Program, Implementing Partners and other stakeholders to ensure the goals and objectives of the Ministry are achieved.
This position requires a person, who is capable of working independently, fully engaged, understands and is committed to implementing quality standards required of an accredited laboratory.

Key Responsibilities 
·         Provide technical advice for strengthening the national HIV viral load monitoring system
·         Work with MoH, NACP and Laboratory Partners to develop/review and update key HVL monitoring indicators, standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines
·         Provides technical assistance to zonal PCR reference laboratories   including regular and systematic observation of HVL testing procedures and on site supportive supervision and mentorship whenever required.
·         Builds capacity of Regional and District laboratory technologists (RTL and DTL) in providing ongoing mentorship and supportive supervision to laboratory and non-laboratory health care providers on HIV viral load testing and other parameters.
·         Participate in national quantification of HIV viral load reagents and consumables
·         Monitor HIV viral load equipments and reagents status and  provide monthly updates from HVL testing laboratories
·         Builds capacity of laboratory health care providers in appropriate laboratory logistics management to ensure uninterrupted laboratory services across all HIV viral load implementing sites from health centres to regional facilities.  
·         Supports laboratory staff to follow written Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for every aspect of pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic phases of the HIV viral load testing process in the health systems of the country.
·         Ensures compliance to quality assurance standards based on national, ISO and other International standard requirements to all laboratories in the country.
·         Supports laboratory staff in HIV viral load involved sites to implement laboratory quality management system as per national laboratory policy.
·         Provides mentorship to laboratory staff and health care providers on performing quality laboratory services and interpretation of HIV viral load and other laboratory parameters if deemed vital.
·         Assists in the preparation and delivery of proficiency testing for EQA from external laboratories to in Country HIV viral load laboratory sites.
·         Conducts training programs/continue medical education appropriately to address gaps identified during supportive supervision.
·         Participate in relevant technical working group meetings especially laboratory partners meeting and provide technical advice on how to support the MoH in HVL monitoring
·         Provides technical assistance to facility level lab managers, Quality Officers and other lab staff including: establishing routine workflows; developing/refining SOPs, job aides, log books, and referral forms as needed; planning of lab activities to improve tests performance and decrease turnaround time; and developing and implementing an equipment maintenance program.
·         Facilitate implementation of efficient HIV viral load sample transportation and results delivery, as well as effective linkage between laboratories and clinical services.
·         Works closely with Ministry of health & THPS, regional, council and hospital management teams (RHMT, CHMTs, and HMTs) and other laboratory stakeholders to improve laboratory performance.
·         Performs any other duties as may be assigned from time to time from supervisors

Qualifications: Degree in medical laboratory science or equivalent from a recognized University. Any Postgraduate qualification is an added advantage

Experience:    Minimum 5 years of clinical laboratory experience in molecular biology.

Skills and competencies:
·         Computer literacy with skills in Ms Office required
·         Must have knowledge and experience in national HIV viral load monitoring algorithms and national policies
·         Experience in working in the HIV field for at least 3 years is an added advantage
·         Experience in working with multiple stakeholders is an advantage
·         Effective time management skills
·         Effective verbal and written communication skills
·         Effective problem solving skills
·         Ability to work as part of a team and independently when required

How to apply:
Interested applicants should apply through THPS website ( using vacancy link located under career opportunities, attaching their application letter one page maximum and CV four pages maximum by June 21st 2016  with a subject line for example: National HIV Viral Load Laboratory Coordinator. Only short listed applicants will be contacted. Please do not attach any certificates when submitting online.

THPS is an equal opportunity employer; women and people living with HIV/AIDS are encouraged to apply.