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    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 supported States

    Laboratory Advisor

     

    Job objective

    The objective of the Lab Advisor position is to provide technical leadership of the ProACT laboratory program in a manner that strengthens integrated delivery of comprehensive HIV/AIDS and TB services in partnership with the Federal and State government and other partners, and leads to sustainable HIV/AIDS prevention and control efforts.

     

    Management responsibility

    1. Spearheading the strategic design and implementation of the ProACT Laboratory program.
    2. Member of the Project Management Team that is responsible for overall project performance
    Specific Responsibilities
    1. Provide technical input in the development of an integrated ProACT project plan in collaboration with the Project Director, Associate Director Laboratory Services, Advisors and State Teams.
    2. Take lead in the development of high quality health laboratory systems in supported States that support delivery of comprehensive HIV/AIDS and TB prevention, care and treatment services.
    3. Design and implement laboratory capacity building programs for State and Local government health workers on Laboratory Logistics and Lab information Systems.
    4. Mentor and provide technical leadership and support to the State Lab Specialists and related staff.
    5. Take Programmatic responsibility for the functioning of the laboratory M&E system.
    6. Advocate and champion increased use of laboratory diagnostics in the Nigerian  health system
    7. Liaise with the National STD/AIDS Control Division, Logistics Advisor and AXIOS to establish an efficient supply chain management system for laboratory commodities.
    8. Ensure timely relevant technical support to all implementing health facilities.
    9. Represent MSH ProACT project at the federal level on matters of Laboratory Logistics Systems and services.

    10. Liaise and network with relevant ProACT partners and collaborators to improve MSH’s visibility, coordination of activities and promotion of shared advocacy agenda.

    11. Provide clear documentation of programmatic achievements and keep ProACT senior management informed on monthly, quarterly and annual basis.

    12. Work with ProACT management to document and publish best practices.

    13. Perform other duties as may be assigned time to time by the Associate Director Laboratory Services


    Qualifications
    1. A Medical Laboratory Scientist registered with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) with a current practicing license
    2. Hold a B.MLS  Medical Laboratory Science degree with 5 to 6 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
    5. Significant expertise in laboratory Quality management Systems with thorough understanding of health systems
    6. Familiarity with local and WHO/AFRO Accreditation process is a plus
    7. Experience managing, supervising and teaching laboratory staff.
    8. Experience with HIV/AIDS programs supported by bilateral agencies such as USAID and international agencies such as WHO and World Bank preferred, particularly those related to HCT, prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission, and care and treatment desirable
    9. Excellent oral and written communication skills and  fluency in English

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    Laboratory Systems Specialist

     

    Overall Responsibilities
    Job Objectives
     
    The objective of the Laboratory Systems Specialist position is to provide technical 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
    The laboratory Specialist will be required to take lead in the establishment  of laboratory systems in supported States that support 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 supervise the      Senior Laboratory Officer and be responsible for strengthening laboratory      systems in line with MSH broader health systems focus.
     
    In liaison with the      ADLSS and other Advisors, 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.
     
     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.
     
    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
    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
        
       
    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.
     
    As part of this role, the laboratory      specialist will work closely with the ADLSS and other technical advisors      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.
     
    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.
     
    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 SLOs to ensure that EOM reports from HF reach the country office in a timely manner. They will also be responsible for collating EOM using standard templates
     
    Ensure quality reporting as required by PEPFAR, MOH and MSH (monthly , quarterly, and as required)
     
    Qualifications
    A Medical  Laboratory Scientist, must be registered with Medical Laboratory Science      Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) and licensed to practice in Nigeria
    Minimum of B.MLS/B.Sc  Medical Laboratory      Science with 4 to 5 years post license experince
    Preferably with a Postgraduate degree in public health/health science
    Significant experience in laboratory diagnosis of AIDS, tuberculosis and other      opportunistic infections and laboratory monitoring of clinical status of      people living with HIV essential
    Significant      expertise in laboratory Quality management Systems
    Familiarity      with local and WHO/AFRO Accreditation process is a plus
    Familiarity      with ministry of health national HTC guidelines and HIV/AIDS diagnostic      algorithms is also essential

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    Senior Laboratory Officer

     

    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
    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.
     
    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.
     
     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.
     
    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
    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
        
       
    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.
     
    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.
     
    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.
    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
    Ensure quality reporting as required by PEPFAR, MOH and MSH (monthly , quarterly, and as required)
     
    Qualifications
    A Medical      Laboratory Scientist, must be registered with Medical Laboratory Science      Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) and licensed to practice in Nigeria
    Minimum of      B.MLS/AIMLS  Medical Laboratory      Science with 4 to 5 years post license experience
    Preferably      with a Postgraduate degree in public health/health science
    Significant      experience in laboratory diagnosis of AIDS, tuberculosis and other      opportunistic infections and laboratory monitoring of clinical status of      people living with HIV essential
    Significant      expertise in laboratory Quality management Systems
    Familiarity      with local and WHO/AFRO Accreditation process is a plus
    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 supported States.

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