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16 Aug 2023

Laboratory Service Officers x5 at Amref Health Africa

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Job Description

Amref Health Africa in Tanzania is a non-profit public health organization supporting the Government of Tanzania to address public health issues including maternal and child health, HIV, TB, Malaria, and Nutrition in Tanzania 1987. Amref Health Africa in Tanzania is funded by The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through CDC Tanzania, to execute a robust

HIV care and treatment clinical cascade project aiming to accelerate the achievement of the current 95-95-95 goals and the HIV epidemic control in Tanzania. Branded as Afya Thabiti, this new project will be implemented in Mara, Smiyu, and Zanzibar from October 2023 covering facility and community-based prevention (including VMMC), care, and treatment services. Afya Thabiti will work in collaboration and with guidance from the Tanzania Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children, Zanzibar Ministry of Health, and President’s Office Regions Authority and Local Government (PORALG). That said, Amref Health Africa -Tanzania is announcing the following vacancies to be filled soon:

         Position:                 Laboratory Service officers (5), 
              Work Station:     Mara (2), Simiyu (2), Zanzibar (1) 
              Reports to:            Regional Program Manager 


Job Summary: 

The Laboratory Service Officer will strengthen Laboratory Quality Management System and provide technical support for laboratory services to improve the quality of HIV diagnosis and Viral Load Monitoring to attain the current 95-95-95 of the HIV clinical cascade


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for supporting health facilities through an evidence-based CQI approach to implement a comprehensive Lab quality management program to surpass the 95-95-95 targets and adherence to safety laboratory requirements.
  • Strengthen External Quality Assurance (EQA)/PT program for EID, HVL, HRT, TB, and OI tests through mentorship and Technical assistance
  • Work collaboratively with Tanzania Posts Cooperation and CHMT to strengthen laboratory sample transportation/results transmission and other HIV-related testing to meet National standards
  • Work collaboratively with the Hub Focal person and TA partner to strengthen the Lab Information System
  • Prepare and submit weekly and monthly reports regarding HVL/EID, reagents status, and any other laboratory matters in their region/District
  • Ensure that laboratories are familiar with supply chain management procedures
  • Work close with RLTs, DLTs R/CHMTs in quality management systems to increase coverage of laboratory participation into SLMTA and ensure graduation with at least 2 stars for enrolled Laboratories
  • Participate in training, mentorship, supportive supervision, and clinical guidance to healthcare providers
  • Strengthening the utilization of POC machines for both EID and VL samples
  • Make use of training materials/curriculum, SOPs, and Job Aids useful to the providers according to the National guidelines and policies
  • Participate in meetings/events relevant to the project and provide relevant technical contributions according to the Ministry of Health guidelines and PEPFAR policies
  • Collaborate with all other project staff in the related program areas as would be needed


Qualifications, Experience & Skills Required:

  • A minimum qualification of a Bachelor’s Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences, with knowledge and skills in molecular biology, Good Clinical Laboratory Practices, and Quality management systems.
  • Proven competence in supporting the HIV related Lab services with at least 3 years of handson experience as a Laboratory officer/Manager position in HIV prevention, care, and treatment in PEPFAR-supported NGOs
  • Knowledge and skills in laboratory mentorship on quality improvement is an added advantage.
  • Sound understanding of the Molecular laboratory settings, testing flows, and laboratory data analysis
  • Experience in M&E as it relates to laboratory services (Including LIS, eSRS, and GX-alert)
  • Proven critical analysis skills and report writing skills
  • Experience working with Local Government Authorities and PEPFAR funded project  Good interpersonal and people management skills-a team player and builder.
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Method of Application

If you are AMREF Tanzania Staff and meet the criteria given above and are interested in the vacancies, please send an application letter and CV combined as one document indicating your present job position, daytime telephone contact, and names and addresses of three referees. Amref will conduct interviews at Tanga, Mara, Simiyu, and Dar es Salaam Offices to select qualified candidates. To be considered, your application must be received by 16.30 Hours on August 18, 2023. Please mention the job title/vacancy name or use the job title as the subject line when applying for this position, failure to do that your application may not be retrieved.

All correspondences should be directed to: Email: [email protected]Direct application through mail or hand delivery will not be accepted.

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