Laboratory Specialist – Infectious Diseases Institute (IDI)

General Summary

The Local Service Delivery for HIV/AIDS activity (LSDA) is a five-year USAID funded project implemented by the Uganda Protestant Medical Bureau (UPMB) with local partners- Baylor-Uganda, Infectious Disease Institute (IDI) and Most at Risk Populations (MARPI). The LSDA implements comprehensive HIV/TB interventions through Private Not-For Profit (PNFP) entities currently supported by the USAID/Regional Health Integration To Enhance Services (RHITES) projects in the five sub-regions of East Central, Eastern, Acholi, Lango and South western Uganda. The LSDA supports PNFPs (Faith Based and Civil Society health facilities/sites and organizations) to provide integrated HIV/TB services in furtherance of the Government of Uganda and PEPFAR goal of attaining and maintaining HIV epidemic control by 2020, and ending AIDS by 2030.

In this partnership, IDI provides capacity strengthening support to LSDA regional staff and PNFP facilities for effective delivery of HIV/TB and laboratory services. IDI also supports LSDA supported sites’ IT innovations and solutions to enhance access to quality HIV/TB services.

General Summary

The Laboratory Specialist will work closely with development partners, Ministry of Health, District, and facility teams to strengthen lab systems and build capacity of supported laboratories to provide high quality services in line with national guidelines on HIV/AIDS/ TB diagnostics and related diseases as required.

Key Responsibilities

  • Design and implement strategies to ensure that project supported sites attain minimum MoH requirements following SLMTA program (at hubs) and establish a frame work for facility specific LQMS at non- SLMTA labs.
  • Conduct detailed audit of project supported sites, prepare action oriented work plans and come up with innovative strategies to fill the identified gaps to ensure delivery of quality lab services
  • Guide facility teams to regularly report on lab activities through routine high quality HMIS reports and activity reports in line with standard Ministry of health, donor and project timelines
  • Plan, coordinate and conduct didactic trainings and mentorships for district and facility teams to address capacity gaps and build skills for delivery of quality lab services.
  • Conduct site mentorship and joint support supervision visits to SLMTA and non SLMTA labs and facilities to ensure effective implementation of LQMS in liaison with national and district technical teams.
  • Guide and supervise lab infrastructure refurbishments and management efforts in all project supported sites.
  • Design and functionalize systems to support district and facility teams to accurately quantify, forecast, orders and manage laboratory supplies and commodities to ensure constant availability.
  • Organize and schedule hub coordination review meetings and ensure smooth hub operations and effective utilization of HIV and TB related lab services including VL, TB gene xpert, crag, DNA-PCR.
  • Work closely with the clinical team to support viral load monitoring to at least 90% coverage, results return within agreed upon TAT, follow up of unsuppressed patients and specimen rejection rates to less than 5%.
  • Strengthen QA efforts both at the labs and POC and ensure that the lab supervises point-of-care testers to participate in internal and external quality control schemes in line with national guidelines.
  • Establish and strengthen lab biosafety practices, good equipment management practices including calibration, monitor commercial service contracts for lab equipment, regional and central equipment maintenance workshops and ensure that there is uninterrupted service delivery as a result of equipment malfunction.
  • Support sample courier services to ensure uninterrupted Specimen transport network for health care (HIV, CD4, VL, Crag and TB (gene xpert and C/S for MDR etc.).
  • Supervise hub/Sample rider movements, ensure rider is trained in biosafety, has protection gear, vaccinated, bike is well maintained, fuel +2T availed and accounted for and schedule followed.
  • Any other duty assigned by the supervisor from time to time

Desirable Skills & Qualities

  • Up-to-date knowledge of national HIV/AIDS and TB management protocols
  • Good communication, coordination, organization, mentorship and management skills
  • Understands client confidentiality and exhibits high level of ethical conduct
  • Has basic computer literacy including word processing, excel, internet and power point.
  • Good understanding of public health systems and local government policies.
  • Good understanding of the health system strengthening processes for local government, MoH, PNFP entities, donors and other stakeholders.

Educational requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Laboratory technology/ Sciences.
  • Full and active registration with the Allied Health Professionals council.
  • Training in laboratory quality management systems and biosafety

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