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Senior Laboratory Specialist at FHI 360

- September 02, 2017

FHI 360
Senior Laboratory Specialist
Duty Station : Dar es Salaam (TANZANIA)

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About 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. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of:Senior Laboratory Specialist/Laboratory Support Manager.


The Senior Lab Specialist will be responsible for managing all laboratory strengthening activities of the project in the country. S/he will provide technical support to the Ministry of Health, National TB Program and stakeholders on developing or updating lab strategy, and will take the lead on planning and implementing activities to improve quality and performance of lab services in Tanzania.

Job Summary / Responsibilities:

Provide technical support and mentorship in the planning, conduct, and reporting of assessments, audits, and accreditation-ready inspections of HIV and Tuberculosis clinical laboratories against ISO 15189 or other standards performing services to the Laboratory System Strengthening Program. Provide advisory services to the teams as well as other stakeholders on the development and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives upon request to build HIV and Tuberculosis laboratory capacity and quality with reference to ISO 15189 or other standards and requirements.In close collaboration with laboratory management lead the follow-up of needed corrective and preventive actions following audits.Responsible for developing and implementing continuous improvement initiatives upon request to build laboratory capacity and quality with reference to ISO 15189 standards or others and requirements.Take active role in developing generic Quality Manual, SOPs, and work instructions with reference to ISO 15189 or other standards.Provide coordination support as needed for implementation of EQAS program for clinical laboratories for HIV and TB diagnosticsProvide technical assistance to laboratories and others as needed and requested as part of overall capacity building and continuous improvement schemesPreparation of training materials and deliver trainings to HIV and TB laboratoriesCoordinates and supports selection, procurement, distribution, and maintenance of laboratory supplies and instrumentations for laboratories performing services and duties as neededProvide technical assistance to establish new HIV and TB diagnostics as they become availableLead laboratory infection control work and help to ensure safe working practices.Lead a team of FHI 360 Laboratory Specialists to implement the program activities.Coordinate with host-country partners and stakeholders to develop national laboratory strategic plans, guidelines and tools and assist with tailoring for local implementation.


At least a Bachelors degree or its international equivalent in biological or laboratory sciences within a clinical or diagnostic discipline or specialty.At least 5 years experience working with HIV and TB diagnostics and/or HIV/TB laboratory systems strengtheningAt least six years related work experience in laboratory quality assurance, quality control and audits or at least seven years in a senior laboratory management position required.Demonstrated ability and aptitude to perform quality assurance laboratory audits and assessments against accepted national and international standards and regulations.Demonstrated creative problem solving skills.Demonstrated experience in training and mentoring staff and others.Proven experience working with government officials, particularly the Ministry of Health is highly desirable, to support strategy development, implementation plans and decision making;

**Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; knowledge of local language is desired

This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.

We offer competitive compensation and an outstanding benefit package. Please click here to visit FHI 360's Career Center for a list of all open positions.

FHI 360 is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. FHI 360 is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.