Laboratory and Diagnostics Advisor
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We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Laboratory and Diagnostics Advisor for an anticipated USAID Kyrgyzstan Bilateral Tuberculosis Activity. This is a five-year project expected to focus on locally generated solutions tailored to the TB response to patients and communities to address the diagnosis, treatment and prevention needs, addressing stigma and discrimination in Kyrgyzstan.
This position is subject to project award and funding.
The Laboratory and Diagnostics Advisor will be responsible for managing all laboratory diagnostic network strengthening activities of the project in the country; provide technical support to the Ministry of Health, National TB Program and stakeholders on developing or updating laboratory strategy, and will take the lead on planning and implementing activities to improve quality and performance of laboratory services.
Provide strategic leadership and guidance to the laboratory and diagnostics component of the project in coordination with other project technical areas
Work in close collaboration with national counterparts to provide the technical assistance required to fulfill national objectives and targets, especially these related to the laboratory network strategic plan, work plans and quality management system
Provide technical support and mentorship in the planning, conduct, and reporting of assessments, audits for management systems as per national policies
Provide advisory services to the national reference laboratories (NRLs) as well as other stakeholders on the development and implementation of continuous improvement initiatives to build laboratory capacity and quality with reference to ISO 15189 or other standards and requirements
Provide technical and coordination support as needed for implementation of a quality assurance program on TB diagnostics for clinical laboratories
Provide technical support in the implementation of diagnostic network strengthening activities such as specimen referral and transport system, laboratory information management system, data management and reporting, diagnostic connectivity and expansion and optimization of molecular diagnostic tools
Provide onsite and on-the-job technical assistance to laboratories and others as required and requested as part of overall capacity building and continuous improvement schemes
Provide expert advice in preparation of training materials, SOPs, job aids and deliver trainings to the laboratories
Coordinate and support selection, procurement, distribution, and maintenance of laboratory supplies and instruments performing services and duties as needed
Work with NRL leadership to enhance and oversee the TB diagnostic network, update the diagnostic algorithm and improve culture and drug susceptibility testing
Provide technical assistance on establishing new TB diagnostics as they become available.
Provide technical expertise regarding infection prevention control policies and biosafety and biosecurity measures in the laboratories
Work with project management and technical teams in developing work plans, presentations and reports, and represent the project wherever required.
Master’s degree in microbiology or laboratory sciences, or its international equivalent, in biological sciences within a clinical or diagnostic discipline or specialty.
At least 8 years’ experience working with TB or other infectious disease diagnostics and/or in laboratory systems strengthening
Proven 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
Experience in private sector laboratory and diagnostics is preferred
Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; fluency in local language required
This job posting 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.
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