VdE | Oficial de laboratório | Abt Associates

 

Job Summary

Job Description

Opportunity:

Efficiencies for Clinical HIV Outcomes (ECHO) is a $209 million project to support the Government of Mozambique’s achievement of HIV/AIDS epidemic control and establishing a sustainable, government-led HIV response by 2023 in provinces where USAID is the primary clinical support partner. The objectives of the project include strengthening the essential public health services for HIV epidemic control at national, provincial, and district level to ensure long-term sustainability of the HIV response, reaching and maintaining 95% HIV treatment coverage and viral suppression in designated geographic regions, ensuring that Mozambique is utilizing the latest evidence for rapid scale up and maintenance of effective HIV interventions, and providing the Government of Mozambique with data, measured findings and recommendations necessary to make key service delivery decisions.

As part of an Equipa Integrada, and with the technical support of the Sr. Lab/Viral Load Specialist, the Lab Officer conducts regular visits to districts and health facilities to provide technical assistance to district and facility staff on laboratory issues related to HIV diagnosis, care, and treatment, towards the achievement of project targets. S/he works in close collaboration with other members of the Equipa Integrada to provide holistic technical assistance, following up on other areas as needed.

Key roles and responsibilities include:
  • Conduct regular technical assistance visits to health facilities to support the improvement of laboratory-related services, including technical assistance on data use related to the laboratory for quality improvement
  • Provide technical support in the development of DPS laboratory-related work plan activities.
  • Support the preparation of the DPS Drugs Depot requisitions to central level and from SDSGCAS Drugs Depots to the Provincial pharmacy warehouse.
  • Provide strategic technical guidance to the facility, DPS, SDSGCAS, and laboratory staff in the field on laboratory programs, equipment, reagents, and overall strategy
  • Provide guidance and support in developing QA/QC systems for laboratories
  • Address technical queries in the area of laboratory equipment, services, and programs
  • Advise, train, coach, and perform on-the-job training for laboratory staff at health facilities.
  • Assist DPS and SDSMAS in strengthening Laboratory technical initiatives; including designs of new approaches as necessary according to the MISAU strategies
  • Assist with Monitoring and Evaluation efforts as necessary
  • As part of the Equipa Integrada, provides technical assistance and support to health facilities in other areas as needed, using technical assistance and/or monitoring tools

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in laboratory sciences, or related field.
  • At least 4 years of experience in laboratory setting, preferably in HIV/viral load.
  • Sound knowledge of GRM guidelines, protocols, and strategies related to laboratory, including related to HIV.
  • Team player, able and willing to perform other unanticipated tasks as needed to achieve project goals
  • Good communication skills
  • Diplomatic and able to relate and cooperate with the DPS, SDSGCAS, health facility staff, and other stakeholders
  • Good organizational skills and ability to write and interpret reports
  • Willing to travel regularly throughout the districts of the assigned province.
  • Fluency in Portuguese required; English skills are an advantage

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree + Five years of relevant experience, or Master’s Degree + Three years of relevant experience, or PhD

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

About Us

The International Development Division focuses on improving the lives and economic well-being of people in lower and middle-income countries. We command technical expertise in health, agriculture, climate change, food security and governance—as well as in international evaluation. Our multi-layered health portfolio includes policy, health promotion and disease prevention, health finance, and health systems management. In partnership with government clients and local experts, our high-quality programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East are known for impact and innovation.

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.

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