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Senior Laboratory Officer At Management Sciences For Health

Date Posted: 29/May/2014
Deadline: 13/Jun/2014

Senior Laboratory Officer, Sokoto

Overall Responsibilities


The objective of the Senior Laboratory Officer is to provide technical support to the Laboratory Systems Specialist on leadership of the ProACT laboratory program in the State in a manner that strengthens integrated delivery of comprehensive HIV/AIDS and TB services in partnership with the state government and other partners, and leads to sustainable health systems for services delivery using HIV/AIDS prevention and control efforts as an entry point.

Specific Responsibilities

    1. The Senior laboratory Officer will be required      to support the establishment      of laboratory systems for sustainable delivery of high quality      comprehensive HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, care and treatment services.      This will involve designing and implementing capacity building      programs for State and Local government health workers, coaching/mentoring      facility staff to become champions of good lab practice and coordinating      resources. S(he) will be responsible for strengthening laboratory systems      in line with MSH broader health systems focus.


  1. In liaison with the Laboratory      Systems Specialist and the Country office Laboratory Team, S(he) ensure      all MSH-supported laboratories in the State provide quality Lab services      (at least rapid HIV testing, haematology, chemistry and CD4) at all times      throughout the year. This will entail making sure all lab equipment is      serviced, repaired and fully functional at all time; maintaining      zero-stock out time for all reagents and RTKs.


  1.  Establish strong      links/collaboration with the Laboratory Directorate in the SMOH and      backstop processes that will lead to increased State Government ownership      and funding of lab system improvements efforts leading to sustainability.


  1. Specifically support the SMOH, health facilities      and partners to establish continuous quality improvement programs      evidenced by proportion of State Labs that are registered  by the MLSCN and prepared towards attaining national accreditation by the      MLSCN
  2. Provide capacity building on basic      laboratory management, laboratory ethics and ongoing support to the      laboratory staff  on the use of      respective testing and automations systems, basic maintenance of BD      FACSCount machine, Clinical Chemistry and Haematology analyzers through      the use of various tools with Quality control results on the relevant      tests properly charted on L-J charts
  3. He/She will contribute to the health      facility upgrades plans in the area of laboratory upgrades including needs      for equipment, water and drainage, safe disposal of sharps and      contaminated wastes, and health facility laboratory staff in services      training.


  1. As part of this role, the senior laboratory      officer will work closely with the Laboratory Systems Specialist and the      Country office Laboratory Team to ensure health facility laboratories      implement GoN-approved diagnostic protocols, quality control procedures,      significant biosafety and biosecurity practices not limited to safe      disposal of sharps and contaminated laboratory waste.


  1. To carry out quality control      functions/ activities, in supported health facilities laboratories,      including quality control inspections schedules and the collection of      quality control records including but not limited to PT and other EQA      samples, ensure the availability of quality records documents.
  2. Take programmatic responsibility for the functioning of the laboratory information system (LIS) whether paper or electronic at the state level as well as work closely with State Logistics Officer (SLO) to ensure that bi-monthly reports from Health facilities  reach the country office in a timely manner using standard templates
  3. Ensure quality reporting as required by PEPFAR, MOH and MSH (monthly , quarterly, and as required)



  1. A Medical      Laboratory Scientist, must be registered with Medical Laboratory Science      Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) and licensed to practice in Nigeria
  2. Minimum of      B.MLS/AIMLS  Medical Laboratory      Science with 4 to 5 years post license experience
  3. Preferably      with a Postgraduate degree in public health/health science
  4. Significant      experience in laboratory diagnosis of AIDS, tuberculosis and other      opportunistic infections and laboratory monitoring of clinical status of      people living with HIV essential
  5. Significant      expertise in laboratory Quality management Systems
  6. Familiarity      with local and WHO/AFRO Accreditation process is a plus
  7. Familiarity      with ministry of health national HTC guidelines and HIV/AIDS diagnostic      algorithms is also essential


Background Information

PrO-ACT is an MSH-implemented project in Nigeria that aims at supporting State Ministries of Health (SAPC) and State Action Committees on AIDS (SACA) to deliver comprehensive HIV/AIDS/TB services—including providing antiretroviral therapy for the hundreds of thousands of people in need in Nigeria. The project will scale up the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) programming to achieve its goals for provision of ART, palliative care services for HIV-TB co-infected individuals, and prevention of HIV transmission from mother-to-child (PMTCT) through a health system for service delivery models in its support....

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