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  • Posted on: 19 July, 2012 Deadline: 20 August, 2012
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  • Laboratory Manager (MRC Basse)

    Title       Laboratory Manager (MRC Basse)
    Salary    Occupational Group D2/D3
    Start Date            Tuesday, July 17, 2012
    End Date              Monday, August 20, 2012

    Job Information
    The MRC Unit, The Gambia is the Medical Research Council’s largest establishment conducting laboratory, field based and clinical research in a developing country. To reflect changes in national and global health priorities and new international funding opportunities a new research portfolio has been organized under three themes: Child Survival; Disease Control & Elimination; Vaccinology. These themes have been selected to target national health needs, to reinforce sub-regional and international links and to address some of the major current priorities in the Millennium Global Health Goals.
    We are looking for a Laboratory Manager to be based at MRC Basse who will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Basse Field Station’s Research Laboratory providing technical and managerial support to the various research projects hosted at the site. In addition, s/he will develop processes towards a steady programme of quality improvement and change management to ensure that all related laboratory practices meet the MRC guidelines and accepted international standards.
    We seek someone with:
        * BSc/MSc in Biomedical science or related discipline.
        * A minimum of 5 years experience of active work in a research laboratory environment.
        * A minimum of 3 years experience in a laboratory management role.
        * Experience in the use and management of routine research laboratory technology.
        * Demonstrated knowledge of new and specialized research laboratory technologies and techniques.
        * Demonstrated knowledge in international accreditation standards and their implementation (i.e. ISO/IEC 15189:2007 and/or GCLP).
        * Experience in implementing change management as it pertains to ensuring quality improvement around laboratory practices and safety.
        * Good working knowledge of training laboratory-based staff and developing competency based training plans.
        * Good working knowledge of cold chain and chain of custody sample management.
        * Good working knowledge of procurement sources and storage procedures for laboratory consumables and equipment.
        * Experience in the safe shipment of biological samples.
        * Computer literate (e.g., Microsoft Office applications)
        * Excellent written and spoken English.
        * Excellent communicator with demonstrated potential for working in a diverse team.
        * Excellent time management skills.
        * Good budgetary and cost management skills.
        * Good change management skills.
        * Keenness to train and impart knowledge.
        * Good organisational and staff management skills (note: with the ability to co-supervise staff with other managers).
        * Experience of working with people from different disciplines and cultures.
        * Previous experience working in capacity development in Africa and/or the developing world.
        * IATA Shipping Training.
        * Training in quality management systems and processes as they pertain to research and/or clinical laboratory environments.
    The post will be for 3 years, extendable by mutual agreement.
    The salary will be in Occupational Group D2/D3 dependent on qualifications and experience.
    We cannot accept applications from people who are currently, or in the last 6 months, employed by The Gambia Government.
    If you are interested and have the skills and abilities for this position please contact the Human Resources Office for an application form and a copy of the job description and person specification for the post. Completed application forms together with photocopies of qualifications should be returned to:
    Human Resources Office
    Vacancy for: Laboratory Manager (MRC Basse)
    MRC Unit, Fajara
    P.O. Box 273
    Telephone: 4495442–6 & 4494072-9
    E-mail: hr@mrc.gm
    Junior Paediatric Consultant

    Title       Junior Paediatric Consultant
    Salary    Occupational Group E3
    Start Date            Wednesday, July 18, 2012
    End Date              Monday, August 20, 2012

    Job Information               
    The MRC Unit, The Gambia is the Medical Research Council’s largest establishment conducting laboratory, field based and clinical research in a developing country.  The Unit aims to improve the health of people in developing countries by contributing to the development, testing and safe adoption of interventions aimed at reducing the burden of morbidity and mortality from infectious diseases.
    The Unit wishes to appoint a Junior Paediatric Consultant to support the Head of Clinical Services at MRC Fajara. The Clinical Services Department comprises a busy 42 bed ward, Outpatient’s Department, Gate (triage) Clinic, X-ray Department and routine diagnostic laboratories. Approximately 50,000 new patients are seen at the MRC’s clinical facilities each year.
    The appointment is for 3 years and is subject to a probationary period of 6 months.
    We seek someone with:
        * MB, BS, or equivalent medical qualification.
        * FWACP Part 2 or equivalent.
        * Minimum of three years experience working at a Senior Registrar/Junior Consultant level in paediatric medicine in high quality teaching institutions.
        * Excellent written and spoken English.
        * Excellent communication skills.
        * Proven experience of managing staff.
        * Excellent record keeping skills.
        * The ability to work well in a multi-disciplinary team.
        * The ability to deal sensitively with the patients.
        * Computer literate, e.g. Word, Excel, Email.
        * An interest in clinical research into the diseases of the tropics.
        * Good understanding of medical audits.
        * Willingness to work on the on-call rota on a regular basis.
        * Willingness to work flexi-time.
    The salary attached to the post is in Occupational Group E3.
    We cannot accept applications from people who are currently, or in the last 6 months, employed by The Gambia Government.
    Please contact the HR Department for an application form and a copy of the job description. Completed application forms should be sent to:
    Human Resources Office,
    Vacancy for: Junior Paediatric Consultant
    MRC Unit, Fajara
    P.O. Box 273,
    Telephone: 4495442–6 & 4494072-9
    Email:  hr@mrc.gm
    The closing date for applications is 20th August 2012.
    MRC is an Equal Opportunities Employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.

    For further information about MRC Gambia visit www.mrc.gm 
    MRC is an equal opportunities employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.
    Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.
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