Hours:    40 hours a week 

Location:  Lubombo

Reports to:  Lubombo Associate Director-Clinical Services

University Research Co., LLC (URC)

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In Swaziland, URC works with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to provide technical assistance for scaling up provision and access to comprehensive, integrated and decentralized HIV/TB services. URC is implementing the CDC-funded Strengthening Local capacity to deliver sustainable quality assured Universal coverage of clinical HIV/TB services in Lubombo region and provision of central level technical assistance to SNAP in the Kingdom of Swaziland under PEPFAR announces a position opportunity for candidates with perquisite skills and experience.

Internship Summary:

The Laboratory Officer will support the provision of HIV related point of care testing technical assistance, including specimen management to project supported facility testing points in the Lubombo region. He/She will work in collaboration with the regional hub laboratories, the Swaziland Health Laboratories and lead implementing lab partner. He/She is responsible for supporting the streamlining of HIV/TB point-of-care testing (pre, analytical and post-analytical) through training and mentoring of clinical staff to support the attainment of the 90-90-90 care and treatment targets.

Roles and Responsibilities:

• Provide on the job training and mentoring to clinical staff on POCT following manufacturer instructions and the established Quality assurance framework (WHO-CDC point-of-care testing Step wise improvement checklist;

• Provide technical assistance to enhance the roll out of HIV internal quality control and External quality assurance at all HIV testing entry points.

• Assist facilities with the development, implementation and monitoring of comprehensive quality Improvement plans to meet established quality and service level standard related to HIV POCT.

• Work with Hub laboratories to ensure that progress toward quality, timely sample collection and results delivery is sustained and further improved.

• Support facilities in implementing HIV/TB diagnostic algorithms and ensure compliance to quality assurance standards.

• Strengthen bio safety practices and procedures for HIV related point of care testing.

• Orient health care workers on HIV related POCT procedures, including the maintenance of POC equipment

• Provide ongoing project reports and document best practices.

• Provide any other duties as assigned from time to time.

• Support the laboratory aspects for the smooth roll out of mHealth technologies for timely results return at peripheral service delivery points.

Minimum Qualifications. Skills & Attributes:

• Medical Laboratory Degree

• At least 2 years of post-training working experience in related field.

• Excellent verbal, written, facilitation and presentation skills are required

• Ability to work harmoniously as a member of a team, adapt to diverse educational and cultural background and maintain a high standard of personal conduct.

• Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite of programs (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).

• The candidate should possess a valid driver’s license

To Apply:

For immediate consideration, please send your resume and motivation letter to urcswaziland@urc-sa.com or hand deliver to the URC offices at the Mbabane Office Park, Building I , 3rd floor, North Wing.

If you are not contacted within 2 weeks of the closing date, please consider your application unsuccessful.
Closing Date: 26 November 2019

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