Laboratory Systems Strengthening Advisor USAID Project Careers – University Research Co., LLC (URC)

Job Title:          Laboratory Systems Strengthening Advisor
Organisation: University
Research Co., LLC (URC)
Project Name: USAID’s Defeat
TB Project
Duty Station: Kampala,
About US:
University Research Co., LLC (URC) is a global company dedicated to
improving the quality of health care, social services, and health education
worldwide. With a non-profit affiliate, the Center for Human Services (CHS),
URC manages projects in over 45 countries, including the United States.
About USAID Defeat TB project:
University Research Co., LLC (URC) is implementing the USAID’s Defeat
TB project. Aligned with Objective #3 in USAID’s Country Development
Cooperation Strategy and in support of the Government of Uganda’s TB Program,
this five-year, USAID funded project’s goal is to increase TB case
notification, case detection, and treatment outcomes through health system
strengthening.  The Defeat TB project
goal is to increase TB case notification, case detection, and treatment
outcomes through health system strengthening with the aim of ending the TB
epidemic in Uganda.
Job Summary: The Laboratory
system strengthening Advisor is responsible for designing and leading the
project’s laboratory system strengthening activities.S/he will maintain a
comprehensive quality assurance system for TB laboratory services at the
project supported sites, including diagnosis of TB, sputum sample referral and
quality control of TB diagnostic tests. In collaboration with the National TB
Reference Laboratory (NTRL), District Laboratory Focal Persons and the facility
laboratory teams, the Laboratory system strengthening Advisor will work to
ensure an effective laboratory network oversight role by the NTRL, including
technical support in the scale up and optimization of the available Gene Xpert
equipment in the country
Key Duties and
Work in collaboration with the NTRL to enhance
its capacity to oversee the national TB laboratory network
Work in collaboration with the NTLP/NTRL to
monitor and ensure availability of laboratory commodities and supplies at the
supported sites 
Monitor TB sample referral at the project
supported sites and support to address the identified gaps
Support GeneXpert implementation in the project
supported sites, ensuring uniform implementation of the diagnostic algorithm
and use of the recording and reporting tools
Monitor performance of the Gene Xpert sites in
the project supported areas and support reporting of utilization data to the
Support MDR TB surveillance activities in the
project supported sites and linkage of identified drug resistant cases to MDR
treatment centers for treatment initiation
Work in close collaboration with the NTRL and
the facility teams, support and coordinate an effective external quality
assurance program for sputum microscopy and Genexpert testing in the project
supported sites
Work in collaboration with the NTRL/NTLP, to
support the decentralization of External Quality Assurance to the regional
hospital laboratories, ensuring capacity building at the regions and monitoring
of the service
Support capacity building activities for the
laboratory staff at the project supported sites through training,
supervision/mentorship and provision of standard operating procedures for
quality management of TB laboratory services.
Develop annual, quarterly, monthly work plans
and periodic reports
Coordinate knowledge and skills building
activities for application of quality improvement methods to improve laboratory
processes, through training, coaching, mentoring and documentation of Quality
improvement results

Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
The applicants for the USAID Defeat TB Project
Laboratory Systems Strengthening Advisor job opportunity must hold a Bachelor’s
degree in laboratory sciences or its equivalent from a recognized University
Post graduate qualification in Public Health or Project Planning and Management
Training in Good Laboratory Practice
Demonstrable successful experience in laboratory
quality assurance  programming
Excellent oral and written communication skills
are required to develop and maintain effective, sustainable working
relationships with national and international working partners and to
accomplish reporting requirements.
Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new
program design, management and implementation approaches is required. This
includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid
instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports.
The ability to influence other collaborative
organizations engaged in TB & HIV control programs to adopt appropriate
strategies for improving the programs for patients with TB/HIV co-infection is
an important skill required for this position.
Detailed knowledge of current TB, TB/HIV and
DR-TB landscape in Uganda, the health care system, Ministry of Health policies,
regulations and program priorities
Detailed knowledge of USAID Administrative
policies and regulations
Demonstrated experience in onsite training,
mentorship and Quality Improvement 
coaching and documentation of QI results
Demonstrated organizational and supervisory skills
and abilities; sound judgment, and high ethical standards; flexible and able to
adapt to changing priorities and deadlines
NB: Only candidates who are
eligible to work in the Uganda for an indefinite period without a need for
sponsorship will be considered for this position.
How to Apply:
All suitably qualified and interested candidates who wish to join the
URC should upload their updated CVs / résumés and cover letters at the link
below. Also, please complete your application form and attach a completed USAID
Form 1420 Contractor Employee Biographical Data Sheet as well, download it
Deadline: 26th October 2017 by 4:00
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