• Associate, Laboratory Systems

    Country
    Zambia
    City
    Lusaka
    Type
    Full Time
    Program (Division)
    Country Programs - Country Teams
  • Overview

    The Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (CHAI) is a global health organization committed to saving lives and reducing the burden of disease in low-and middle-income countries, while strengthening the capabilities of governments and the private sector in those countries to create and sustain high-quality health systems that can succeed without our assistance. For more information, please visit: www.clintonhealthaccess.org 

     

    CHAI through the Zambia Pediatric HIV program is supporting the Government of Zambia (GRZ) in closing the treatment gap for infants and children through the age of 14 with funding from the ELMA Foundation. The program supports the Ministry of Health to achieve the 90/90/90 goals for children (0-14) by 2020 through working in target priority facilities to institutionalize proven testing strategies, establish strong linkage to care systems and identifying effective strategies to improve pediatric retention and viral suppression.

    To supplement efforts to address the key gaps in the Child and Adolescent HIV treatment cascade and catalyze more rapid progress towards the 90-90-90 targets, CHAI with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will be implementing the “Faith-Based Action for Scaling up Testing and Treatment for the Epidemic Response” (FASTER) initiative. Under the FASTER Initiative, CHAI will leverage on the successes of current pediatric HIV program, its close and longstanding relationship with the Zambia Ministry of Health and global expertise elsewhere to work closely with the Ministry and in-country implementing partners in addressing key gaps in the child and adolescent HIV treatment cascade and catalyze more rapid progress towards the 90-90-90 targets.

     

    CHAI seeks a full-time Program Lab Associate to work with the Pediatric HIV team under the FASTER Initiative to be based in Lusaka, Zambia. This position offers a unique opportunity to work closely with government in developing and implementing ‘smart’ strategies for scale-up of pediatric HIV care and treatment services for Zambia to reach 90/90/90 goals for children by 2020.

     

    Organizational Setting: The Associate, Laboratory Systems, will work under the direct supervision of the Pediatric HIV Program Manager to meet FASTER laboratory specific program deliverables.

    Responsibilities

    • Lead efforts in scaling up of all laboratory systems related work streams under the FASTER initiative
    • Work with the MoH Laboratory services unit and other stakeholders to expand rational uptake of POC and other diagnostic platforms that improve outcomes for timely HIV diagnosis, especially in infants and children
    • Support MoH and other implementing partners in identifying and addressing barriers to EID/VL use.
    • Lead efforts in designing and implementation of Health Care worker (HCW) mentorship, quality assurance SOPs, and commodity monitoring tools.
    • In collaboration with MOH and partners, support HIV and POC EID/VL commodity quantification and supply chain management systems
    • Support implementation and evaluation of novel HIV testing approaches aimed at improving pediatric and adolescent case-finding
    • Support develop and evaluation of better HIV screening tools to strategically identify children and adolescents in need of HIV testing
    • Conduct laboratory data analysis to determine the effectiveness of Pediatric and adolescent HIV care scale up, and identify any remaining bottlenecks to optimal implementation.
    • Support strategies to improve linkage to treatment for all children and adolescents identified HIV positive
    • Effectively collaborate with CHAI diagnostic teams to ensure coordinated efforts for achieving program goals and deliverables
    • Meet all CHAI internal reporting requirements
    • Perform any other duties as assigned by senior leadership

    Qualifications

    • Degree in Biomedical or Biological Sciences with minimum three (3) years’ experience* or
    • Diploma in Biomedical or Biological Sciences with minimum five (5) years’ experience*
    • Experience working in a clinical or medical laboratory setting is a must*
    • Experience working with international organizations in Zambia, specifically in HIV/AIDS programs is desirable
    • Knowledge and/or Familiarity with GRZ public health sector systems such as HMIS and DHIS II is desirable
    • Experience in program reporting and M&E
    • Experienced user of MS Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
    • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills
    • Excellent team player and experience working effectively with diverse teams and stakeholders
    • Proven ability to operate independently, multitasking, setting and achieving ambitious targets with limited guidance
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and strong interpersonal capabilities
    • Ability to coordinate meetings, meet deadlines, generate data driven reports and work in a fast-paced environment with maximum efficiency and impact
    • Flexible and willing to travel for field work as required

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