The laboratory lead will assist with the planning and implementation of laboratory activities required for HSDSA supported HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs, including baseline laboratory assessments and laboratory capacity development. He / She will ensure accurate, quality and timely tests for all diagnoses, related to clients care are concerned to ensure HIV testing services, TB screening and diagnostics, and treatment monitoring PMTCT, TBHIV and CCC patients / clients at all HSDSA supported sites. He will work closely with the DCOP and procurement department to generate specifications, forecasting and quantification of laboratory equipment’s and commodities, and to ensure a service contracts for laboratory equipment’s are available their schedule is adhered to.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Work closely with the CHMT to support Coordination of laboratory activities within the supported region and sites, including coordinating CHMT support for the sub counties.
Will be the lead for the Laboratory program as well as the one responsible for the results of this project area.
Responsible for the coordinating the development of weekly, monthly and quarterly work plans and review the Project officer’s budgets and requisitions for technical soundness for the laboratory section.
Coordinate Identification of training needs and support implementation of relevant training modules targeting medical staff and other Laboratory service providers.
To provide technical assistance to facility-level laboratory personnel, including regular and systematic observation of laboratory testing procedures, and ongoing bench-level supportive supervision and instruction
To provide technical assistance to facility-level laboratory managers, including: establishing routine workflow; developing/refining SOPs, job aids, log books, and referral forms as needed; planning of laboratory activities to improve test performance and decrease turnaround time; and developing and implementing an equipment maintenance program
To help implement and monitor efficient documentation of laboratory results at the sites, as well as effective linkages between laboratory and clinical services
To supervise laboratory reagent and consumable purchase and distribution
To supervise equipment purchase, installation and maintenance
To provide technical assistance in quality assurance, logistics, access and uptake management of rapid HIV tests, haematology, bacteriology, clinical chemistry tests, VL assay and Early infant diagnosis
To organize, supervise, optimize and manage the various laboratory network
To develop SOPs for major equipment and procedures or assays
To prepare reports on progress of each site on project implementation activities
To assist in the implementation of quality management/quality assurance activities and laboratory accreditation for supported laboratories
Minimum of a BSc degree in Biomedical Science / Medical Laboratory Science,
Additional relevant professional qualification in medical microbiology, biomedical science, or related pathology discipline.
At least seven (7) years extensive experience working in Public Health Laboratory service delivery in Kenya
Required skills and experiences
Minimum 5 years’ experience working in HIV/AIDS and TB surveillance, prevention, care and treatment laboratory services.
Good knowledge of health care delivery systems and structures, including national and county level services in Kenya.
Familiarity with and experience in implementing local and national commodity management and logistics systems.
Experience in HIV programs targeting children/ adolescents is an added advantage
Ability to conduct HIV/AIDS related trainings; specifically in HIV Testing services and quality assurance
Demonstrated understanding of current national policies, strategies and guidelines for HIV testing and treatment monitoring for children, adolescents, pregnant mothers and adults and the relevant recording and reporting tools .
Demonstrated experience in test kits logistics management in the MOH system