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Zonal TB Laboratory Officer, SNNPR

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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Zonal TB Laboratory Officer,

Duty Station: SNNPR

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the first deadliest 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. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide.

Challenge TB

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB (CTB), the new USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, B/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms. The KNCV office in Addis Ababa is responsible for the overall implementation of CTB project (to be significantly expanded in 2016). As lead partner, KNCV implements the project together with MSH and WHO and operates in close communication with the National TB program (NTP), the USAID Mission and other stakeholders.

The project focusses specifically on four major areas: 1) technical support (TA) to the national level of the National TB Program (NTP); 2) TA to two Regions; 3) TA to three urban areas, and 4) tailored support to key populations. In 2016 the CTB Project will be expanded to four other regions, with significant collaboration of MSH. It is expected that at the main office in Addis Ababa, a mix of KNCV and MSH senior technical staff will provide both national TA and policy support and regional/zonal TA.

Purpose of the position

The zonal TB Laboratory officer is responsible for providing overall support to laboratory activities of Challenge TB to ensure quality assured laboratory services are received by the beneficiaries in his/her respective assignment in SNNPR region. As the laboratory is an essential component in the continuum of TB diagnosis, care and treatment, s/he will work closely with the Regional TB Advisor and M&E Advisor to ensure progress is being achieved towards ensuring quality laboratory services.

The Zonal TB Laboratory officers will assist regional reference laboratories (RRLs) to strengthen the External Quality Assessment (EQA) and Quality Assurance (Q/Aystems in his/her catchment areas in collaboration with other partners. S/he contributes to the improvement of laboratory services at health facilities in SNNPR region. S/he establishes, and/or reinforces innovative protocols for transfer of sputum smears from the community to health center labs and receipt of results back in a timely fashion. S/he will contribute to introduction and implementation of new TB diagnostic technologies.

Position in the organization

The Zonal TB laboratory officer  reports to Regional Laboratory Advisor and s/he works closely  with regional laboratory networks in SNNPR.

Specific Responsibilities 

  • Develop close working relationships with sub-regional Reference Laboratory, Zonal Health Bureau and other stakeholders that have responsibility to implement, strengthen and improve TB microscopy and culture capacity.
  • Work with Zonal Health Office to assist in organizing, conducting and evaluating the training for TB microscopy.
  • Coordinate with RRL’s and health facility laboratories in the project zones to ensure that laboratory personnel are trained on the updated TB laboratory standards and support health facilities to achieve these standards during supportive supervision visits.
  • Provide support to Zonal Health Office to improve the quality of smear microscopy, improve external quality assessment (EQA) of smear microscopy, including implementation of EQA guidelines, analysis of the results of EQA, and strengthening the feedback mechanism to microscopy laboratories.
  • Develop/strengthen innovative protocols for MDR-TB suspect sputum transportation from the health facilities in a safe and secure way to ensure viability of samples, timely testing in labs and prompt notification of results.
  • Work with sub-regional reference laboratory in TB lab commodity inventory management implementation.
  • Support Sub Regional Labs and Zonal Health Offices, in supportive supervision and on-site mentorship/coaching of laboratory staff.
  • Support the Sub-Regional Reference Lab and Zonal Health Offices in training and technical assistance, as well as implementation of new diagnostics such as GeneXpert and other molecular techniques.
  • Ensure appropriate disposal of sputum specimens and other infectious material.
  • Develop/implement tools for laboratory reporting as part of laboratory network strengthening and help build capacity of staff at facility based diagnostic labs, Woreda and Zonal Health offices in using data for decision making.
  • Conduct targeted supervision, mentorship for laboratory professionals working in the facilities.
  • Represent CTB on Zonal TB, TB/HIV forums
  • Contribute to the quarterly and annual report writing processes.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Who are we looking for?

Education

BSc degree in Laboratory Technology

Knowledge/experiences

  • Al least 3 years of work experiences in the field of Medical Laboratory with a minimum of 2 years in TB diagnostics.
  • Hands-on experience in new TB diagnostic Technologies such as Florescent Microscope (FM.), GeneXpert,
  • Experience in provision of training related to TB laboratory, demonstrated experience in mentoring, coaching and enabling lab staffs in health facilities.
  • Work experience with RHBs is preferred
  • Experience with USAID or other USG funded projects is preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Good interpersonal communication.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Acts as a teamplayerSound analytical skills.
  • Eye for detail
  • Cultural sensitive

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 30 October 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228 or recruitethiopia@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.