Laboratory Specialist at The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)

The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) - The Global Fund is a 21st-century organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as epidemics. As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases, the Global Fund mobilizes and invests nearly US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 140 countries. By challenging barriers and embracing innovative approaches, we are working together to better serve people affected by the diseases.In close collaboration with the Federal government of Nigeria (FGoN) through the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Health's National Products Supply Chain Management Programme (NPSCMP), we are embarking on an ambitious and innovative approach to the challenges across Nigeria's supply chain.We are recruiting to fill the position below:Job Title: Laboratory Specialist Vacancy Code: VA/2017/B5316/12359Location: Abuja, NigeriaContract type Local ICA SpecialistContract level LICA Specialist-8Duration 6 Months with possibility of extensionBackground Information - Job-SpecificTo achieve this objective in its continuous efforts collaborating with Donors/Partners, the National Supply Chain Integration Project (NSCIP) was created in 2014 as a transitory mechanism to full Government ownership after a three year implementation. The goal of NSCIP is to improve on the effectiveness and efficiency of the national supply chain by removing duplications while promoting synergy; strengthening collaboration through mutual participation in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation; skill transfer through improved local content participation in project execution which would in turn prevent stock outs of health products in store/facilities, minimise wastages and effectively run the entire system.Functional ResponsibilitiesThe officer among other things will support and organizes laboratory related work by ensuring some documentations, quality assurances, equipment standards, trainings, consolidating laboratory data, supporting procurement, inventory, storage and distribution of laboratory commodities, and arranging reports for decision making.Maintains quality results by running standards and controls, verifying equipment function through routine equipment maintenance and advanced trouble shooting; calibrating equipment utilizing approved testing procedures; monitoring quality control measures and protocols.Key ResponsibilitiesCoordinate the Laboratory supplies and demand process including ordering, procurement, warehousing and distribution of laboratory supplies.Coordinate reports on Laboratory inventory and LMIS for the ProjectSupport the Forecasting and Quantification of Laboratory commoditiesDevelopment of standard tools for evaluation & troubleshooting of laboratory equipment.Development & revision of Instrument maintenance policy and manuals.Liaising with manufacturer’s service engineers to ensure the continuous functionality of all laboratory equipment.Liaising closely with other medical professionals, such as doctors and nurses as well as with end-users (patients and their care-givers) to ensure proper understanding and utilization of laboratory protocols and equipment.Supporting and training of Secondary Health Facilities personnel on the protocols for quality in the laboratory.Plan, monitor and supervise mentoring and coaching of site personnel on Laboratory techniques.Track and diagnoses equipment malfunctions and dismantles and repairs equipment.Evaluate quality control and quality assurance statisticsDevelop and update SOP manuals as and when neededDesign of protocols for efficient quality management of a clinical laboratory.Test new and improved laboratory methods and procedures.Prepare laboratory notes, charts and graphs and writes up results of examinations.Keep accurate monthly Laboratory Project RecordsPrepare & distribute testing panels for Quality Laboratory AssessmentManagement of staff Performance at Secondary Health Facilities LaboratoriesServe as resource persons for GF laboratory trainingsTrains or supervises training of partner laboratory staff.Preparation of training manualsOn-site hands-on trainings on general Laboratory proceduresCase-based demonstrations of proper laboratory proceduresAuditing of the laboratory systemMonitoring of product (laboratory reagents and supplies) consumption rateMonitoring of the storage condition of commodities at Health Facilities, zonal warehouses, laboratories etc.In collaboration with other program team members, ensure monthly collation of Laboratory data from the zonal warehousesCompile a comprehensive report for all laboratory itemFacilitate sample logging between facilities to support a facility with faulty equipment.Ensure that there is no stock-out of reagents and supplies at facilities. 

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