Laboratory Specialist at Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is an International non-governmental organization supporting relief and development work in over 100 countries around the world. CRS programs assist persons on the basis of need, regardless of creed, ethnicity or nationality. CRS works through local church and non-church partners to implement its programs, therefore, strengthening and building the capacity of these partner organizations is fundamental to programs in every country in which CRS operates. CRS re-established presence in Nigeria in 2000 and currently focuses on vulnerable children, agriculture, health and HIV, extractives and governance, and peace building programming.We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:Job Title: Laboratory Specialist Job Ref Code: LABS071817Locations: Delta & EdoProject: HSS / Investing for Impact Against HIV/AIDS and TuberculosisPosition Band: D-1Reports to: State Team Lead & Logistics and Supply Chain Manager    Job ContextCRS is a Sub-Recipient to Family Health International (FHI 360) on the Global Fund New Funding Model HIV Program in Nigeria.The Program seeks to scale up gender sensitive HIV prevention services among children and adults in Nigeria.Job ResponsibilitiesQuality Assurance:Training of Secondary Health Centre personnel on the protocols for quality inthe laboratory.Evaluate quality control and quality assurance statistics and modifies manuals as 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 Records  Prepare & distribute testing panels for Quality Laboratory AssessmentManagement of staff Performance at SHC LaboratoriesInstrument Evaluation/Maintenance:Development of standard tools for evaluation & troubleshooting of laboratory equipment.Development & revision of Instrument maintenance policy. Liaising with manufacturer’s service engineers to ensure the continuous functionality of all laboratory equipment.Diagnoses equipment malfunctions and dismantles and repairs 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.Trainings/Mentoring:Serve as resource persons for GF HIV 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 systemCommodity Management:Monitoring of product (laboratory reagents and supplies) consumption rateMonitoring of the storage condition of commodities at SHC laboratoriesIn collaboration with other program team members, ensure monthly collation of RTK, DBS and CRIFF data.Compile a comprehensive report for item (c).Program Management:Facilitate sample logging between facilities to support a facility with faulty equipment.Ensure that there is no stock-out of reagents and supplies at facilities.Facilitate the prompt movement and documentation of DBS samples (with retrieval of results) from PHCs to SHC; and from SHCs to the referral laboratories.In collaboration with site mangers, ensure that all GeneXpert laboratories in the SHCs are fully functional and are able to provide full services.Develop and maintain healthy relationships between CRS’ GF partner facilities, CRS, the GoN and other relevant stakeholdersIn collaboration with the GF program staff and other technical staff, develop, implement and periodically update a decentralized GF workplan.CRS/Nigeria Program ResponsibilitiesThe Laboratory Specialist will also participate as a full member of the CRS/Nigeria Program Department. This will include active involvement in all Program Department activities as needed.Agency Wide Competences (For all CRS Staff):These are rooted in the mission, values, and guiding principles of CRS and used by each staff member to fulfill his or her responsibilities and achieve the desired results.Serves withintegrityModelsstewardshipCultivates constructive relationshipsPromoteslearningKey Working Relationships:Internal:Senior Program Manager, State Team Leads, Supply Chain Manager, Technical Specialists, M&E OfficersExternal: FHI, NACA, Chemonics, Lab equipment maintenance vendors, PEPFAR IPs 

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