Source Dailynews,1st March 2017
Job Title : Viral Load and EID Coordinator -1 position
Reports to : Director of Laboratory Operations
Location : Mbeya
The Viral Load and EID Coordinator will have the key responsibility of coordinating all activities regarding Viral load testing for monitoring patients on ART as well as testing of infants born to HIV positive mothers in the HIV EID program in the regions of Rukwa, Katavi, Mbeya, Songwe and Ruvuma, The Coordinator will work in close collaboration with the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) in the implementation of routine HIV-VL testing in compliance to MoHCDGEC and WHO recommendations/guidelines. The position holder will take day to day responsibility for all VL and EID activities that include but are not limited to: Patient sample preparation, transportation, processing, testing and results feedback, reagents' ordering distribution and monitoring, data collection and reporting and routinely providing technical assistance to the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital PCR (Molecular Biology) Team on PCR for EID and VL testing. The Coordinator shall also ensure uninterrupted availability of laboratory reagents and supplies for VL and EID, ensuring proper functioning of VL and EID laboratory equipment through coordination with various stakeholders including MSD and local councils. This position requires good coordination skills in addition to knowledge of Good Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP). The Laboratory Coordinator (VL &EID) shall work as part of a team contributing to the goals and objectives of HJFMRI/WRP. This position reports to the HJFMRI/WRP Laboratory Director.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Work in close collaboration with the National AIDS Control Program (NACP) in the implementation of routine HIV- VL and EID testing in compliance to MoHCDGEC and WHO recommendations/guidelines.
• Work in collaboration with regional laboratory coordinators and facility staff to ensure efficient patient sample collection and transportation schedules are made and implemented for each district.
• Ensure all facilities are trained on sample collection, processing and transportation
• Ensure facilities have the appropriate tools and equipment for VL and EID testing implementation
• Ensure uninterrupted availability of all reagents and other required laboratory commodities required for VL and EID testing through timely ordering and regular monitoring and reporting.
• In collaboration with Regional Lab Coordinators and Vendors ensuring that preventive maintenance and repair of Laboratory equipment related to VL and EID at supported sites is carried out in a correct and timely manner .
• Responds to logistical problems regarding VL and EID equipment functioning encountered in the laboratory in a timely manner
• Establishes a link between research activities that utilize VL and EID and other lab programs in HJFMRI/WRP in Southern Highlands.
• Prepare weekly, monthly and quarterly reports on all VL and EID activities
• Ensures that there is a record of all activities carried out by Walter Reed Program at the Facility Laboratories by ensuring that reports of visits and supervisions are in existence and up to date.
• Conducting assessment for all Labs under PEPFAR support in Southern highlands for quality improvement.
• Provide Technical support for EID services including SMS Printer installation and operation, HIT System roll out, Courier Service logistics and distribution of Job Aids and SOPs
• Organizes technical training programs where needed for equipment use, in conjunction with 'other program staff.
• Ensures that technicians are well trained for tasks and are familiar with SOPs.
• Responds to on-site problems including equipment failures, utility failures, testing errors, personnel problems, supply shortages
• Track and report condition of existing equipment and the reagents status at agreed regular intervals
• Coordinate sample transportation and results feedback to and from sites in the assigned region.
• Acts as an advisor for external research projects, ensuring correct transport, labeling, testing and storing of patients specimens for studies.
• Prepare and submit weekly and monthly reports regarding Equipment and reagents status and any other' laboratory matters in their region
• Assists with implementation of new study protocols, new instrumentation, new methodology and training as needed.
• Assists with training and problem solving as needed.
• Work close with RLTs and DLTs in their respective regions.
• Demonstrates a cooperative attitude in relationships with co-workers and other personnel.
• Meets or exceeds quality assurance levels of the laboratory and collaboration.
• Maintains confidentiality of project operations.
• Serves as an. effective representative to internal and external clients as well visitors in a courteous and empathic manner.
• Follows laboratory and collaboration polices.
• Uses all facilities and supplies with care and in a cost- effective manner.
• Assists or carries out other duties as assigned by the Laboratory Director of Operations
• A minimum qualification of Bachelors Degree in Medical Laboratory Technology with knowledge and skills in molecular biology
• Knowledge in laboratory technology and quality system management
• Good understanding on running laboratory services in low resource settings
• Knowledge and skills in laboratory mentorship for on quality improvement will be additional advantage
• Sound understanding of laboratory testing and analysis
Candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Tanzanian Medical Laboratory Council
Position title Laboratory Program Officer (7 positions)
Reports to Laboratory Program Manager
The Laboratory program officer - Medical Laboratory Scientist/ Technologist's key responsibility will be carrying out day-to- day testing services and assisting with the implementation of the quality management system at the Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital (MRH) General and Specialized Laboratories. In addition the incumbent will be responsible for providing technical support to other laboratories in supported facilities in the areas of clinical laboratory testing, quality management systems implementation and on-site staff training and mentorship. This position requires good laboratory basic knowledge and skills in applied Molecular Biology and Virology, Clinical Chemistry, Haematology, Flow-cytology, Serology, Microbiology and Mycobacteriology in addition to competency in medical laboratory science practice. Eligible candidates will be trained in specialized clinical laboratorytests offered at MRH. As a Medical. Laboratory Technologist/ Scientist, you shall work as part of a team contributing to the goals and objectives of HJFMRI/WRP and the Mbeya Referral Hospital (MRH). This position r"eports to the HJFMRI/WRP
Laboratory Program Manager.
Duties and Responsibilities
Work at the Mbeya Referral Hospital Laboratory and other supported facilities as a Laboratory Technologist carrying out laboratory diagnostic and clinical monitoring tests including diagnostic Nucleic Acid PCR assays, Genotyping and Proteomics, Bacterial and Mycobacterial cultures,
Clinical Chemistry analyses, Hematological tests and another duties as assigned by the laboratory manager.
Provide mentorship and onsite training to staff in peripheral supported sites on performance of clinical laboratory tests, equipment use and maintenance, and implementation of laboratory quality management procedures.
Follow written Standard Operating Procedures for every aspect of pre-analytic, analytic' and post-analytic phases of the testing process in a laboratory.
Ensure compliance to quality assurance standards based on recommendations from the Section Supervisor and Laboratory Program Manager.
Assist in the implementation of a quality management system for the MRH Laboratory and other supported facilities.
Assist in the preparation and delivery of proficiency testing for EQA.
Assist the section head institute in the departmental audit.
Document all occurrences in the occurrence log and carry out corrective and preventive action.
'Participate in the organization's staff appraisal scheme
Contribute actively to departmental training programs as appropriate, and to the training of medical technologists within the locality national and international.
Contribute to the goals and objectives of the HJFMRI/ WRP (program review meeting, supportive supervision, data compilation) and MRH activities.
Knowledge and Qualification
Applicant must have the following minimum qualification of
A Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology/Sciences. A degree in Medical Laboratory
Technology/Sciences will be an added advantaqe.
Certified Health Laboratory practitioner is an added advantage.
Certificate/proof of registration with The Health Laboratory
Practitioner's Council of Tanzania
Knowledge and skills of working with Nucleic Acid
Amplification and detection techniques (Important)
Knowledge of DNA sequencing methods
Knowledge and skills in general microbiology laboratory procedures
Knowledge and skills in general clinical chemistry, hematology, flow cytometry and serology laboratory procedures
Knowledge and practical experience of use of Good
Clinical Laboratory Practice (GCLP) and Laboratory
Quality Standards implementation
Excellent written and oral communication skills in both
English and Kiswahili
Computer Skills including MS Word, MS Excel, MS Power
Point and MS Access packages.
Ability to work independently, committed to implementing quality standards required of an ISO: 15189 accredited
Laboratory in accordance with directives 'issued by the Section Supervisor.
Candidates must be registered or eligible for registration with the Tanzanian Medical Laboratory Council
Position Title:VMMC Truck Driver -1 position
Reports to :Senior Logistics Officer/VMMC Technical Advisor
General Overview: This position is established for the effective delivery and efficient transport services for the program staff and activities Reports To as required in favor of Walter Reed Program Southern Highlands HIV/AIDS support.
Duties and Responsibilities
Ensure Oils/fuel level is checked on daily basis. All other gauges, lights, tire pressure are checked and adjusted according to the acceptable standards
Inform appropriately on motor vehicles necessary documents renewals, insurance renewals and others to comply with ethical practice and applicable Tanzanian
Traffic rules and regulations as required;
Ensure motor vehicle general Services are fully made after every 5,000 kilometers and The vehicles are maintained clean always and on regular basis;
Ensure Monthly fuel consumption reports and mileage accounting for office is made available regularly;
Log book for the vehicle is properly maintained and filled appropriately;
Ensure that all accident reports are recorded and filed appropriately;
Ensure private use of office vehicles are monitored and billed accordingly;
Attend some basic logistics and clerical assignments as may be tasked by a supervisor;
May be required to work on overtime basis to facilitate program transport assignment on an urgent basis during weekends or holidays;
Required to be report on duty on timely as required and sometimes earlier when required to facilitate transport needs;
Do other duties as may be required/assigned on regular general activities to support the need of the program during normal working hour;
Accurately complete and submit all necessary paperwork, such as daily dispatch sheets, petty cash items, etc.
Delivery and pickup of items, documentation ensuring accurate capture of what the item/documentation is, who requested the transport of the item, who received the item, and obtaining proper signatures.
Keep assigned vehicles free from damage, in acceptable condition, and consistently clean in a manner. Employee must ensure that the vehicle is in proper and safe condition prior to use, and accept responsibility to report any damage or mechanical malfunctions that exist.
Work extra/overtime hours as needed according to departmental workload.
Operate vehicles and equipment safely and responsibly, as assigned.
Respect and maintain the relationship of trust required to obtain a high level of security access to offices, homes, and properties of company personnel without supervision.
Be willing and able to perform tasks without direct supervision that may require physical labor, and possibly the use of hand tools. This work may need to be performed both indoors and outdoors in inclement weather.
Dress in a fashion that enables the employee to complete the daily tasks, while maintaining a professional and appropriate appearance.
Ensure general Services of Mobile generator and Air condition
Manages vehicle's water system
Manages vehicle's waste water systems including dumping at waste water facilities
Manage vehicle's electricity systems.
Ensures that tents are clean and well attended;
Performs any other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor
Keeps interior of vehicle clean and orderly.
Picks up and stocks supplies for clinic vehicle operation (i.e. gloves, forms, etc.)
To assemble and disassemble the tents
Repair inflatable tents in case of any damage
Qualifications & Experience
At least a-level or high school education with Advanced
Driving Certificate from VETA or National Institute of Transportation;
Certification as a mechanical tradesman
Clean and valid Driver's License
Acceptable driving record.
Read, write, understand, and communicate clearly in
Phone that can reach you at all times.
Availability to work long hours when needed.
Ability to work in all types of weather.
A team player who demonstrates patience, flexibility and honesty
A self-starter, who is able to plan and manage his/her own work, takes initiative and strives to meet deadlines
Be able to work in a multicultural environment
Position: Biomedical Equipment Engineer-
Reports To: Lab Quality Assurance And Coordinator
A Biomedical Equipment Engineer has the responsibility to support patient diagnosing and treatment by installing, testing, calibrating, and repairing biomedical Laboratory and other equipment, training users, and maintaining safe operations of the equipment. This position requires good knowledge and skills in medical equipment maintenance and competency in basic mechanical and electronic engineering practices. The Biomedical Equipment Technician will work as part of a team contributing to the goals and objectives of HJFMRI/WRP.
Duties and Responsibilities
Performing day to day maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of medical laboratory and related equipment at supported sites in the southern highlands zone of Tanzania.
Install and validate new biomedical equipment by carrying out physical establishment, calibrations and performance testing in accordance with manufacturer's guidelines.
Prepare, execute and document equipment preventive maintenance schedules following manufacturer's instructions and schedule special servicing where appropriate.
Oversee the implementation of equipment service contract in existence.
Ensure proper biomedical equipment operation by providing equipment operation demonstrations, training and instruction to other healthcare staff in use and care of equipment.
Participate in evaluation of new biomedical equipment by providing technical support to the evaluation team.
Improves biomedical equipment performance data as required to inform the program for the various assessments and Public Health Evaluations.
Work as the lead technical person for the establishment of the zonal medical laboratory equipment maintenance workshop
Maintain biomedical equipment maintenance inventory by checking stock; anticipating needs; placing and expediting orders in collaboration with the logistics coordinator.
Prepare routine and special biomedical reports by collecting, analyzing and summarizing information and trends.
Ensure a safe and healthy working environment by conducting safety tests on all the equipment, recommending and complying with procedures, training and guiding medical and healthcare personnel on safe operation and safety .compliance regarding biomedical equipment.
Adhere to strict confidentiality rules regarding patient information where access to such information is encountered in the process of performing these duties.
This position requires a person, who is capable of working independently, fully understands and is committed to the provision of laboratory services in a public health setting in accordance with host program practices and direction of the department supervisor.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. .
A Bachelors degree in engineering technology or an equivalent attainment with demonstrable technical knowledge of mechanics and electronics
Technical Certification in the fields of practice preferred
Minimum 3 years experience working with biomedical equipment in a clinical engineering environment
Complex computer skills required, including the ability to administrate a system, interpret error codes, defragment hard-drives, replace power supplies, interpret computer codes, and apply networking concepts
Ability to integrate information from a variety of sources
Frequently required to reach, pull, and/or employ fine motor skills during the installation, servicing, and maintenance of medical equipment
Frequently required to bend, crouch, kneel, climb, balance, or otherwise maneuver body while servicing and inspecting medical equipment
Frequently required to operate tools/machinery that uses hand and/or foot controls (drills, saws, electronic test equipment, etc when servicing medical equipment
Frequently required to lift, carry, or otherwise move up to 50 Ibs while working with medical equipment
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills
facilities in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Job Title Outreach Program Officer - 4 position
Reports to Regional Outreach Coordinator
Assigned districts in Rukwa, Katavl, Mbeya and Songwe
The Outreach Program Officer (OPO) is the focal person for the outreach program implementation at the district level. The OPO will work closely with Regional Outreach Coordinator (ROC) and Program Technical Leads/Advisors to serve as the primary technical expert and contact for HJFMRl's outreach program activities at the organizational and community level. S/he will facilitate the development, modification, and/or adaptation of appropriate community services strategies, with the goal of improving both clinical and community access to and use of services. The OPO is expected to collaborate across technical areas to strengthen linkages for the continuum response from sexual prevention, Gender Based Violence, HIV Testing and Counseling (HTC) to Care. S/he will build the capacity of local partner organizations and HJFMRI staff to deliver high-quality community based services in the assigned districts in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Provide technical support in the development of approaches and strategies for mobilizing partner organizations and communities for the establishment or strengthening of community based strategies and activities;
Liaise and consult regularly with the relevant authorities, partner organizations, health facilities, community leaders and beneficiaries in relation to the planning, design and implementation of HJFMRI and partner activities;
Support the development of integrated, innovative and gender sensitive interventions for the provision of comprehensive HIV and AIDS services for key populations and priority populations and their sexual partners;
Facilitate and provide overall leadership and sound advice at facility and community settings and improve client adherence to ART
Build the capacity of the partner organizations and government technical staff to deliver high-quality community based services;
Provide on-going support through coaching, supervision visits and mentoring to partner organizations and HJFMRI staff in implementing community/outreach based activities;
Document, consolidate and disseminate knowledge and information regarding best practices, lessons learned, and, proven approaches in the district;
Ensure quality implementation, achievement of results for activities within the HJFMRI project and within partner projects, and collaborate with other HJFMRI program staff to ensure effective teamwork;
Participate in development of annual work plans, budgets and reports for community and outreach activities; and ensure integration of project activities into wider HJFMRI and partners annual plans;
Provide ongoing leadership, training and guidance to
Outreach Partners' Program Staff and volunteers to ensure
HIV programming and implementation meets MoHCDGEC standards;
Liaise with the M&E team to ensure that outreach program components are functional (e.g. clarity of indicators, quality of M&E data collection tools, data quality and reporting).
Develop and maintain good working relationships with other partners, governmental and non-governmental, within the districts;
Provide technical assistance to other HJFMRI programs including Medical, Lab, Research & other projects as needed;
Perform any other assignment or duties that may be required to support the general program
Degree in Social Sciences and behavioral sciences (e.g. public health, epidemiology, education/educational psychology, social work, nursing, etc.)or Advanced
Diploma in health/counseling/ psychology/ social work or other HIV and AIDS related discipline and/or postgraduate training in Public or Community Development or relevant
Medical background is an added advantage;
Minimum of three years experience in managing HIV program, particularly community outreach programs including HIV Testing and Counseling, Palliative Care/HBC and IEC/Behavioral Change Communication and OVC support or impact mitigation
Experience in managing donor funded projects
Experience working with NGOs, FBOs/CBOs at the community level;
Knowledge of the current developments and best practices in the field of HIV and AIDS prevention, globally and in Tanzania;
Should be able to work under minimum supervision and able to mentor others;
Knowledge of proposal development, budgeting and reporting with excellent writing skills
Cover letter and resumes should be sent to the
Human Resources Manager
P.O.Box 6396 Mbeya or emailed to email@example.com. NOTE: To be considered applicant must put the TITLE OF THE JOB in the subject line.
Deadline: 15th March 2017