Graduate Assistant Technical Officer, Laboratory Services at FHI 360

FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research and technology - creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today's interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories.


Job Title: Assistant Technical Officer, Laboratory Services

Description

  • The Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) project is a five-year PEPFAR program to provide high quality HIV/AIDS services, and to build the capacity of the public and private sectors in Nigeria in order to provide these services in a sustainable manner.
  • The SIDHAS project is funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Responsibilities

  • Liaise with the State Technical Officer to provide technical support and implement high quality laboratory services for FHI Nigeria programs.
  • Assist in providing technical assistance in capacity building for laboratory services to FHI360 and facility staff.
  • Assist in providing technical support on laboratory quality assurance issues at the state office level.
  • Give support in coordinating the inventory management along with AXIOS to ensure adequate stock and quality data capture in the DHIS.
  • Contribute to development of lessons learned from programs and projects related to laboratory management of HIV/AIDS and liaise with STO to apply these lessons and modify existing program.
  • Remain informed on current programs in the field of laboratory management of HIV/AIDS and related development fields by reviewing current literature and staying alert to any implication of such experience and research for department activities as outlined by the technical supervisor.
  • Perform other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

  • B.Sc in Laboratory Sciences or related field with 1-3years post national youth service experience in provision of laboratory support for HIV/AIDS.
  • Knowledge of advanced laboratory procedures, diagnosis and management related to HIV/AIDS care and treatment is required with some experience in an international development area preferred.
  • Certification of license to practice as a medical laboratory scientist is required.
  • Familiarity with Nigerian public sector health system and NGOs and CBOs highly desirable.
Skills 
  • Knowledge of Quality Assurance and Quality Control.
  • Knowledge of Laboratory Equipment and techniques for the following categories of assays: HIV rapid and confirmatory testing, hematology, biochemistry, CD4/CD8, HIV viral load, HIV DNA qualitative test, HIV viral resistance (genotype and phenotype) and management issues related to the clinical management of HIV/AIDS, including ART.
  • Sensitivity to cultural differences and understanding of the social, political and ethical issues surrounding HIV infection.
  • Ability to work well with others and to develop and maintain compatibility among project staff, subcontractors, consultants and recipients of assistance.
  • Ability to manage tight deadlines and deliver high volumes of work with minimal supervision.
  • High degree of proficiency in written and spoken English communication.
  • Well-developed computer skills.
  • Ability to travel within Nigeria 25% time.

Location: Anambra

Closing Date
31st March, 2017.



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