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Laboratory Safety Officer Duty Station Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the most deadly infectious disease in the world.
KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context. We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists. We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB.
Over the past century we have built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise, initially by successfully controlling TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have also shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate, and government donors.

Challenge TB

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB, the new USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. We lead an international consortium with eight partner organizations: American Thoracic Society (ATS), Family Health International (FHI 360), Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japanese Anti Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization.

The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.

Purpose of the job

The Laboratory Safety officer is responsible for ensuring that the laboratory has a safe environment for all the staff, visitors and patients. In consultation with management, the Safety Officer will develop, maintain, and implement an effective laboratory safety program. The role of the Laboratory Safety Officer is key to the overall safety of patients and staff within the facility.

Position in the organization

The Laboratory Safety Officer reports to the KNCV Laboratory technical Officer

Profile

As a laboratory Safety Officer you will:

  • Develop, ensure implementation and maintain the Safety Manual
  • Maintain an accident/incident log
  • Train staff in medical laboratory safety and first aid provision
  • Ensure availability of Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Review the Safety Manual annually to ensure continued suitability
  • Organize the training of all staff on use of fire extinguishers
  • Organize and facilitates fire drills
  • Conduct safety inspections on an annual basis
  • Integrate safety into laboratory operations and promote safe work practices based on regulatory requirements and best management practice guidance
  • Assist CTRL in performing risk assessments and makes recommendations on appropriate lab safety practices.
  • Monitor safety events and reports to management
  • Ensure safe and appropriate disposal of laboratory waste on a daily basis
  • Ensure that all staff members receive education and orientation on facility safety issues
  • Compile a list of all hazardous materials, chemicals and reagents used at CTRL, followed by Material Safety and Data Sheets (MSDS) for each hazardous substance.
  • Conduct regular audits in all laboratory departments using an audit check-list appropriate to the needs of the laboratory
  • Report of all incidents, injuries, accidents and occupational illnesses in accordance with Infection Prevent guide lines and / ISO standard
  • Prepare and conduct Lab Safety training including biological, chemical, general, and physical protection in laboratories, hazardous materials shipping, and other customized trainings.
  • Prepare, update and draft policies, guidelines, and procedures for biological, chemical, and physical hazards and processes.
  • Identify unsafe practices and potential hazards, suggest and / or reporting them to management for corrective actions
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned by the Head CTRL.

Who are we looking for?

Education

  • Degree in Medical Laboratory Science plus two years post qualifying experience.
  • Registered with Tanzania Health Laboratory Practitioners Council
  • Training in Medical Laboratory Safety
  • Basic First Aid training will be an added advantage

Knowledge and experience

  • A minimum of 5 years’ work experience in a similar position
  • Experience in developing and implementing policies regarding safety procedures for use in the laboratory.
  • Knowledge of MSOffice, Publisher and computer based laboratory information systems.
  • Experience in developing and presenting training programs and preparing manuals and documentation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English and Swahili

Behavioral skills

  • Able to take initiative
  • Multi-tasking and able to meet deadlines in time
  • Able to cope with stress
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Eye for detail

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A full time( 40 hours) fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend the contract;
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated;
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
  • The salary is dependent upon education and relevant working experience;
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme;

Application and information
You can apply for this position via the form below before the 19th of August 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via +255 22 2664859 or send an email to recruittanzania@kncvtbc.org.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled person.