Activation Date: 06 Apr, 2021 Announced Date: 06 May, 2021 Expire Date: 20 Apr, 2021
About (MSH) Management Sciences for Health (AFIAT):
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MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB:
The TB Lab Technical Officer will lead the implementation of AFIAT’s TB lab component in the target provinces. S/he will assist the NTP in the development and implementation of TB lab policies and strategies at national level and on guidelines, SOPs, and policy documents focusing on scale up of GeneXpert, sample transportation system, lab sputum microscopy and management, Gx-Alert System, First/Second Line Drugs LPA, Culture and DST for TB.
S/he will develop and oversee activities to integrate drug sensitive (DS-TB) and drug resistant (DR-TB) diagnosis in a variety of public and private health facilities, maximize utilization of existing GeneXpert and microscopy diagnostics for early diagnosis for DS-TB and DR-TB in AFIAT’s provinces.
S/he will be expected to maintain MSH’s professional and procurement integrity standards in all activities.
- Together with the Senior Manager and M&E team, analyse monitoring and evaluation data, track AFIAT TB lab indicators as the basis for measuring performance and inform project implementation improvements in the designated provinces.
- Assist the NTP/MoPH in trainings of TB lab staff as required.
- Participate in supportive supervisions and mentorships of TB labs.
- Provide timely data and reports on project TB lab activities for inclusion in the quarterly and annual reports, and to allow project leadership to respond to ad-hoc demands for project related information by USAID and MoPH.
- As indicated by the supervisor, represent AFIAT in official meetings and discussions related to this project area.
- Preparation of monthly, quarterly, and annual plan and progress reports of TB lab activities.
- Provide timely contributions to the project workplan and budget for those activities as needed.
- Support the NTP to reconnect the GxAlert system with all GeneXpert machines and share the data and feedback to the related responsible persons and PMDTs.
- Explore opportunities for improvement across multiple issues in TB diagnostic network, such as GeneXpert scale up plan, connectivity to the GxAlert, DS-TB and DR-TB specimen sample transportation system, quality assessment and improvement processes including lab accreditation, and supervision processes.
- Assist the NTP to scale up the First and Second Line (F&SL- LPA), Culture and DST, and other new technologies.
- Support the Target Support Team (TST) to apply the mentorship program at the HF level.
- Assist the lab department at NTP to assess the competencies of lab technicians on the direct exam and GeneXpert machines utilization and build skills with mentorship modality.
- Support the capacity building of TB Lab staff at national, provincial and HF levels in the management of laboratory services, scale up of new technologies, laboratory data management, quality assurance and diagnostics.
- Provide regular updates on lab activities, gaps, and solutions to the NTP and AFIAT including developing and submitting technical monthly progress report and bi-annual monitoring and evaluation reports.
- Follow and implement Bio Safety procedures in the laboratories.
- Maintain regular communication and coordination with UNDP/GF and UHI project team to avoid any overlap in TB lab activities in the target provinces.
- Maintain regular communication with employer.
- Carry out additional responsibilities as may be needed or assigned
REQUIRED MINIMUM EDUCATION
Required: Bachelor degree from a well-known institute of lab technology.
REQUIRED MINIMUM EXPERIENCE:
- Required: Seven (7) years of professional experience working in public health and TB Lab in Afghanistan. Previous experience in similar positions. Recognized expertise in TB lab management and epidemiology, sputum lab microscopy, and new technologies for TB diagnosis (GeneXpert, GxAlert System, First/Second Line Drugs LPA, Culture and DST for TB).
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Understanding of current key TB lab issues in Afghanistan.
- Proven ability to build strong relationships, work well as part of a team, and to incorporate views of other disciplines into his or her work.
- Demonstrated organizational and planning skills and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical standards; flexible and able to adapt to changing priorities and deadlines.
- Previous USAID experience preferred.
- Experience working with Global Fund funded programs desirable, but not essential
- Proven leadership and collaboration with other technical advisors, experts, and host country staff from the NTP, public, private, and nongovernmental organization sectors
- Demonstrated capacity to develop and implement work plans, monitor and evaluate activities, and draft technical TB Lab reports
- Exceptional interpersonal, teamwork and collaboration skills
- Written and oral fluency in Dari, Pashto, and English
- Ability to travel in the project supported provinces.
- Navigating the Environment: Country perspective, donor/clients’ responsiveness, partner collaboration and collegiality, dealing with ambiguity, organizational, political, and strategic agility.
- Ensuring Delivery of Results: Functional/technical skills, client (country, donor) focus, managing through systems, measuring work in terms of efforts and progress, negotiating, information sharing within and across the project partnership, process management, priority setting, problem solving and timely decision-making.
- Leading with Credibility: Building effective teams, conflict management, managing with vision and purpose, integrity, and trust, motivating others, approachability and developing direct reports.
- Core Personal Competencies: Maintain highest ethics and values, integrity and trust, ability to listen, high level of professional verbal and written communication.
- Core MSH competencies: Creativity and innovation in support of organization and project success. Generate highest quality and timeliness of work while maintaining close team relationships. Optimize effective resource utilization.
Interested candidates should go apply through the below link and submit an application form for positions they are suitably qualified for.
Please click the employment opportunities tab and select Afghanistan from the list of countries. A list of positions will appear, please select those you wish to apply for. Candidates who do not apply through the above-mentioned link will not be considered for the shortlist. Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.
Management Sciences for Health is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap.
Note: The deadline for applications is for three weeks. However, interviews of suitable candidates may begin as applications are received. Please apply early.