Job Title: Satellite Hospital Laboratory Technologist (36 Fresher Jobs)
Organisation: Ministry of Health (MOH)
Funding Source: United States Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
The Ministry of Health (MOH) in collaboration with iCAP at Columbia University received funding from the United States Government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement the Uganda Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (UPHIA) survey. The main goal of the survey is to get a better understanding on the impact of public health interventions on the burden of HIV at national level. The survey will enroll approximately 35,000 participants across the entire country over a period of at least 7 months. ACLAIM Africa Limited, a Ugandan Management Firm is a Fiduciary Agent for the UPHIA Project.
Job Summary: The Satellite Hospital-based Regional/District Laboratory Technologists/Technicians will be responsible for receiving and processing whole blood samples including plasma separation, aliquoting, performing external quality assurance (EQA) of HIV rapid testing, dried blood spot (DBS) preparation, storage of specimens using Laboratory Data Management System (LDMS) specimen management software, and shipping of plasma and DBS aliquots to the central HIV Reference Laboratory (HRL) based at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI).
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- The jobholder will attend all required technical trainings as outlined by UPHIA Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
- Receive and accession samples from field survey teams into LDMS specimen management software.
- Ensure samples are processed within specified turnaround time as outlined in the survey SOP.
- Centrifuge whole blood samples and prepare plasma aliquots to be stored in designated freezer locations using LDMS.
- Prepare DBS aliquots from whole blood samples to be stored in designated freezer locations using LDMS.
- The incumbent will repeat HIV rapid tests on the first 50 samples performed by each HTC tester as part of survey external quality assurance (EQA). Produce reports on the number of: whole blood samples received, DBS prepared, plasma aliquots prepared, and EQA Rapid HIV tests done.
- Pack and ship specimens to UVRI using packing instruction 650 of ICAO/IATA guidelines.
- Properly dispose of survey biohazard waste following all national regulations and guidance.
- Adhere to laboratory health safety practices.
- Ensure that all relevant internal quality control (IQC) for UPHIA survey samples are performed and documented according to written standard operating procedures.
- Manage supplies following FEFO rules of Stock management to avoid service interruption.
- Work closely with the Project Manager, Project Coordinator, community mobilization coordinator, Procurement and Logistics Officer, satellite laboratory health facility staffs and field survey teams Identify and document survey non-conforming events and implement recommended corrective action.
- Perform any other duties as assigned.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
- The applicants for the Satellite Hospital Laboratory Technologist Jobs should hold Diplomas or above in medical laboratory technology/ biomedical sciences
- Registered with Allied Health Professional Council and with valid renewed certificate.
- A minimum of two years’ laboratory experience in HIV testing and Quality Control and Quality Assurances procedures in a recognized health facility
- Those with practical experience in use of LDMS and experience
- Excellent organizational and good analytical laboratory skills.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication (written and spoken) skills in English as well as any of the relevant local languages.
- Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines and to successfully manage multiple assignments concurrently.
- Ability to work non-standard working hours in order to ensure 24-hour operation cycle.
- Ability to solve problems and work as a team member.
- Computer literacy i.e. Proficiency in relevant computer applications: MS Word, Excel, Internet, Email, etc.
- Ability to function independently or with minimal supervision.
- Ability to adhere to medical research health ethics, as provided.
- Applicants should be available for immediate training.
- All applicants should be able to read and write in English and at least one of the seven (7) major local languages spoken in Uganda namely; Ateso, Karamajong, Luganda, Lugbara, Luo, Runyakole-Rukiga and Runyoro-Rutoro.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested applicants should send their applications including a cover letter, Curriculum Vitae and copies of academic certificates and send to:
ACLAIM Africa Ltd,
Plot M99 Nakasero Hill Lane,
P.O. Box 7202, Kampala, Uganda,
Email to: [email protected]
Deadline: 17th April, 2016