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Laboratory Manager NGO Careers – Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)

Job Title:     Laboratory Manager
Organisation: Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Uganda
Reports to: Principal Investigator
Position Number: MUWRP – 002
About US:
The
Makerere University Walter Reed Project (MUWRP) is a non-profit HIV research
program that was established in 2002 as a result of a memorandum of
understanding between Makerere University and The Henry M. Jackson foundation
for Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. of USA (HJF). The primary purpose of
MUWRP is to develop, evaluate and provide interventions to mitigate disease
threats of public health importance to Uganda. Activities include; vaccine
development and building of vaccine testing capability in Uganda, conducting of
epidemiological and basic research and provision of HIV Treatment, care and
support, surveillance in influenza and other emerging infections.
Job Summary: The Laboratory Manager will be responsible for
overseeing the daily operations of the MUWRP College of American Pathologist
(CAP) accredited laboratory located within the Makerere University Medical
School in Kampala. The laboratory manager plays a focal role in ensuring
efficient day-to-day operations of the laboratory and resources, to maximize
productivity and minimize costs while maintaining high quality, safe patient
care.
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • The Laboratory Manager, under the direction
    of the Deputy Laboratory director and guidance of the lab Director,
    provides day-to-day supervision of testing practices and reporting of test
    results to laboratory Clients.
  • The Laboratory Manager steers and provides
    overall technical and supervisory direction in clinical process assessment
    and improvement, to ensure that the laboratory services comply with
    standards established all CAP , FDA, Allied health professional , DAIDS
    and other regulatory agencies in a productive, efficient, and
    cost-effective manner.
  • The Laboratory Manager assures that lab
    services are available to accommodate the needs of clients, acting as a
    partner in patient care services.
  • To acquire new and emerging technologies and
    assist in transferring new technology into the scope of work in the MUWRP
    Laboratory
  • Offer support to the MUWRP Ministry of Health
    supported labs
  • Act as a liaison between MUWRP and other
    biotechnical institutions throughout Uganda.
  • Manages high and moderate complexity testing
    performed by qualified laboratory staff
  • Mentor, trrain students, staff and other
    users on laboratory assays and procedures, instrumentation operation, and sample
    preparation.
  • Works at the bench, when needed, to assure
    expected turnaround times.
  • Keenly reviews preventive maintenance (PM)
    logs and quality control records, on a daily, weekly and/ or monthly
    basis, as needed, ensuring, by spot checks if necessary, that all PM
    activities are performed, that all control specimens are analyzed and
    analytical systems shown to be functioning before patient reports are
    released, and that standard remedial actions are taken whenever test
    systems deviate from the laboratory’s performance specifications.
  • Perform equipment maintenance, updates, and
    repairs as necessary to maximize equipment performance and availability.
    Troubleshoot hardware and software.
  • Coordinate equipment service contracts and
    servicing requirements with vendors.
  • Reviews timesheets and time and
    attendance  for staff
  • Develop, implement, and update laboratory
    tests costs as needed
  • Establishes and operates intra-laboratory
    specimen processing and management systems to minimize pre-analytic
    sources of variation, including specimen processing, in-house testing, and
    specimen delivery to appropriate reference laboratory as needed.
  • Provide technical expertise, consultation,
    and collaboration for lab clients.
  • Develop, investigate, and apply new
    procedures, instrumentation, and techniques.
  • Assist in the preparation of research
    proposals, scientific papers, and conference presentations.
  • Provides technical consultation to the deputy
    laboratory Director , including facilitation of the Laboratory Management
    Team, by setting up meetings, agendas, topics of interest, and the
    gathering of data for related topics.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of laboratory
    quality systems, and continuously supports the QAQC unit  and all staff  in their understanding of how each
    employee’s duties fit within the context of high quality (accurate,
    timely) results and organizational learning and improvement.
  • Ensures that competency evaluations are
    performed annually for all laboratory personnel, and that new employees
    receive a thorough orientation, training, and a six-month competency
    evaluation.
  • Works closely with MUWRP logistics and lab
    logistic officers to optimize reagent and consumables purchases, maintain
    appropriate inventory, and avoid special orders and outdated inventory.
  • Works with the QAQC unit  to ensure that new analytical
    instruments, before being placed into service, have a well-documented
    validation and that results reflect both manufacturer’s specifications and
    are relevant to the population being tested.
  • Creates audit mechanisms to ensure that
    analytical process occurrences (process deficiencies) feed into a
    laboratory-wide occurrence management system designed to reduce defects.
  • Contributes to the development and updating
    of laboratory standard operating procedures.
  • Contributes to the development and updating
    of the laboratory safety manual.
  • Contributes to the development and updating
    of all job descriptions.
  • Meets with the existing and potential
    laboratory clients (internal and external) on a regular basis to
    coordinate laboratory services with the needs of client demands
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The applicant should preferably hold a
    Bachelor’ s degree (Master’s degree preferred) from an accredited college
    or university with completed program coursework in biomedical sciences,
    immunology or virology.
  • Hold a valid laboratory professional license
    ( Allied health professional ) to practice in Uganda
  • A minimum of six years’ experience (combined
    testing and supervisory experience) in an accredited clinical and research
    laboratory, with evidence of increasing supervisory responsibility.
  • Must have relevant testing and supervisory
    experience must include one year experience EACH in any TWO of the
    following laboratory specialties: specimen processing, chemistry, hematology,
    coagulation, microbiology and /or immunology.
  • processes and quality systems in accordance
    with CAP and GCLP guidelines
  • Laboratory information and data management
    system preferably freezer works
  • Basic supervisory skills and standard human
    resources policies and procedures (interviewing, counseling, annual
    performance review, performance evaluation development and deployment,
    termination)
  • New instrumentation evaluation and
    acquisition; reagent purchasing and inventory
  • Occurrence management practices and use in
    internal audit; continuous quality improvement
  • Facilities and safety policies and procedures
  • Demonstrates proven ability to prioritize and
    multi-task project and meeting deadlines.
  • Possess strong interpersonal/professional
    relationship development skills.
  • Possess initiative and strong organization
    skills
  • Possess strong communication skills: verbal
    and writing
  • Proven ability to work with others
How to Apply:
All
suitably qualified and interested candidates should download the application
form, download here,
attach it together with application letters, CVs, Photocopies of academic
qualifications and three professional referees. The position number (Check top
of advert) and preferred location should clearly be stated in the application
letter.
Please
send applications to:
The
Human Resources and Administration Manager
Makerere
University Walter Reed Project
Plot
42 Nakasero Road.
P.O.
Box 16524 Kampala. Uganda
Deadline: 15th February 2016

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