Major duties - Part 1
I. Program Management & Technical Assistance 60%
Incumbent serves as principal coordinator for laboratory systems and services within Tanzania and is responsible for planning and implementation of capacity building of all laboratories to ensure consistency of results. In general, reviews individual laboratory procedures, weighing against accepted protocols and develops programs to ensure consistency. Participates in developing major initiatives including the country program plan and planning of all cooperative agreements that require research and diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, STD, AI, TB, malaria and emerging diseases in laboratories throughout Tanzania.
Jobholder provides technical evaluation of all proposals for laboratory capacity building projects of partners, ensuring that protocols are being followed appropriately and recommends amendments/approval to supervisor. The annual budget for external laboratory programs in Tanzania in fiscal year FY 2013 is $2 million. Incumbent is responsible for planning and drafting the laboratory portion of the Country Operational Plan (COP) each year and working with Counseling & Testing, Care and Treatment, Prevention and Strategic Information colleagues to ensure that programs are working together to complement support and capacity building.
Incumbent provides guidance and direction to grantees, program collaborators and contractors on management and implementation of activities to be consistent with USG and international policies and guidance.
Jobholder collaborates with Tanzanian government Ministry of Health, TPDF, international organizations and non-governmental organizations on their activities to make sure programs are being carried out as designed. In building laboratory capacity, collaborates with Tanzanian senior scientists on the design of new public health laboratory diagnostic approaches that are based on latest research findings. Works closely with staff of Tanzanian Ministry of Health, Ministry of Defense and cooperating partners to ensure that tasks are carried out correctly and in a timely manner. Recommends procedural modifications as warranted to align with investigative protocols. Assesses national referral and regional laboratory capacity to support surveillance and diagnostics for HIV/AIDS and HIV-related risk behaviors, STI, TB, malaria and other opportunistic infections (OIs) as well as international emerging infections. Develops strategies to strengthen capacities and capabilities based on assessment findings. Introduces new diagnostic technology as it becomes available. Develops training plans and arranges for competent instructors to provide training for personnel at laboratories for which responsible.
Plans, oversees and coordinates contracts, grants, cooperative agreements with the Tanzanian government for activities in areas of laboratory diagnostics, including the establishment and maintenance of a national quality assurance system. Institutes Quality Assurance (QA) programs, including internal and external quality control standards. Works with Tanzanian government to support accreditation process of laboratories that have been targeted for that process.
Develops standards to enhance capacities of regional and referral hospital laboratories and to support surveillance for HIV/AIDS, STD, AI, TB, malaria and emerging diseases. Standardizes testing protocols for diagnostics and surveillance. Develops and updates national guidelines for laboratory systems at all levels of operation. Designs safety and anti-contamination strategies according to international standards.
Prepares technical papers that report on laboratory assessments and operational research studies for presentations at national and international meetings on improving laboratory capacity throughout the country.