Laboratory Technologist (Consultant)., Juba, South Sudan

Organization: World Health Organization (WHO)

Country: South Sudan

City: Juba

Office: WHO South Sudan

Laboratory Technologist (Consultant).

( 2103761 )

Contractual Arrangement : External consultant

Contract Duration (Years, Months, Days) : 3 Months

Job Posting: Aug 18, 2021, 4:35:28 PM

Laboratory Technologist (Consultant).

GRADE

P2 Level

CONTRACT DURATION

Three months

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES OF THE FUNCTION

WHO continues to support member states to strengthen capacities for disease surveillance and response through the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and to attain core capacities for the IHR (2005). To this end, WHO intends to support the strengthening of national laboratory capacities in the country to support investigation and testing of IDSR priority diseases and other emerging diseases. The

incumbent will therefore work very closely with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to support the strengthening of the national public health laboratory network that includes strengthening microbiology testing capacities for bacteriological, virological, and parasitic laboratory confirmation in South Sudan. The incumbent will support South Sudan’s efforts to attain national laboratory core capacities under the International Health Regulations (2005). This position is the WHO South Sudan Country Office focal point for laboratory Services strengthening.

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Job Description

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective

To provide support in strengthening the national and health sector capacity to prepare for, mitigate, investigate, confirmatory microbiological laboratory testing, and response to public health emergencies related to all hazards (natural, man-made, biological, chemical, and radio-nuclear and others) in compliance with IHR (2005) and Government’s priorities for disease control in the context of IDSR.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing

on work environment within and outside the organization)

Under the direct supervision of the WHE Team Lead, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and relevant stakeholders to provide overall technical leadership and coordination of laboratory activities at the country level and provide technical advice to strategic development, planning and programme management, decision making and operations management, for improved microbiological services and the overall laboratory services in the country. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the relevant national and Sate level Ministry of Health authorities and health partners as well as technical staff in HQ, and Regional Office.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

· Responsible for the overall technical leadership and coordination including strategic development, planning and programme management, decision making and operations management, for improved microbiological services and all laboratory-related activities linked to National public health laboratories (NPHL), IDSR priority and disease control activities in departments of Virology, Bacteriology, Parasitology, and other related departments to support laboratory systems strengthening.

· Review and monitor the public health laboratory system, design, and perform regular assessments to enable accurate situational analysis and make appropriate recommendations to improve laboratory capacity and coordination at both national and county level

· Conduct site monitoring missions together with MOH and partners to ensure adequate monitoring of laboratory program performance

· Support the quantification and procurement of microbiological reagents and primers required for uninterrupted bacteriological, parasitological, virological, and molecular testing and maintain them for internal quality control and for any further analysis needed, for teaching, and future research.

· Support the enrolment, development, and improvement of the bacteriology and molecular (PCR) laboratories in recognized international or regional Proficiency Testing schemes for bacteriological culturing and virological molecular testing to monitor and maintain quality testing services.

· Coordinate laboratory training needs assessment and capacity building and training session at national and county level on Laboratory related activities as required.

· Assessing the competence of trained laboratory staff and ensure continuous execution of standard testing in compliance with established SoPs.

· Training of laboratory staff on proper sample management including collection, packaging, referral, storage, and disposal, including proper waste management in the laboratory.

· Train laboratory staff on equipment management including development of SoPs for user care and maintenance of equipment and on laboratory supplies management to ensure uninterrupted testing in the laboratory.

· Train laboratory staff on total quality management system following ISO 15189:2012 and AFRO-SLIPTA checklist

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· Train laboratory staff on safety and biosafety procedures including correct use of safety cabins, glove box, and correct disposal of hazardous waste.

· Train the laboratory staff on preparation of test reports and monthly reports on the specimens processed and the results and other relevant issues including the use and stocks of reagents and functionality of equipment.

· Support the staff to establish a code of conduct of acceptable laboratory practices.

· Provide work bench mentoring, formal training, competency assessments, and other appropriate methods to achieve the above objectives.

· Coordinate Laboratory working group to review and develop critical documents including Laboratory strategic plan, Laboratory policy document, operational plans, for different departments within the National Public Health Laboratory including Integrated Disease Surveillance Response (IDSR) guidelines and strategic plan. Epidemic preparedness and response plans, and the South Sudan National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) in South Sudan.

· Collaborate with partners to develop implementation plans for integration of new technologies and diagnostics e.g. Real Time PCR, GeneXpert and Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT). into testing algorithms. Organizing and facilitating training on new technology as required.

· Support the procurement of adequate investigation and laboratory kits and other essential equipment and establish a stock management system for laboratory reagents and supplies.

· In collaboration with other stakeholders, support the MoH to establish a robust laboratory information management system (LIMS).

· Provide technical guidance to the Ministry of Health, stakeholders, and outbreaks taskforce on establishing and maintaining optimal functioning of the microbiology laboratories to optimally support response to emerging outbreaks and pandemics.

· Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

· Assess and collate information to monitor main parameters of laboratory systems strengthening, including existing testing (abilities. Testing capacity and turn-around-times, human resources, analysis equipment, and collection and

· Dissemination of laboratory‘ results as feedback to partners

· Perform other duties as required.

DELIVERABLES

· Trained laboratory staff on equipment management including development of SoPs for user care and maintenance of equipment and on laboratory supplies management to ensure uninterrupted testing in the laboratory.

· Improved laboratory capacity and coordination at both national and county level

· Regular site monitoring missions together with MOH and partners to ensure adequate monitoring of laboratory program performance

· Support the quantification and procurement of microbiological reagents and primers required for uninterrupted bacteriological, parasitological, virological, and molecular testing and maintain them for internal quality control and for any further analysis needed, for teaching, and future research.

· enrolment, development, and improvement of the bacteriology and molecular (PCR) laboratories in recognized international or regional Proficiency Testing schemes for bacteriological culturing and virological molecular testing to monitor and maintain quality testing services.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: First University degree in any of the Laboratory‘ Sciences disciplines

Desirable: Post graduate qualification in public health or global health.

Experience

Essential: At least 2 years‘ experience. At the national and international levels, in Laboratory

science and management. Experience in seeing up, managing and evaluating public health

laboratories in context of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers/Ebola Virus Disease outbreak preparedness and response. COVID -19 Prior humanitarian working experience in developing, with expertise in outbreaks and/or health emergency response.

Desirable:

Use of language skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English

Specific skills required: (e.g. Excel) and presentation packages (e.g. Power point).

REMUNERATION AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

· P2 level consultant pay rate

$7000 (paid monthly)

· Full DSA for first 30 days

· Full return air ticket at Economy Class

TITLE

Laboratory Technologist (Consultant).

GRADE

P2 Level

CONTRACT DURATION

Three months

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES OF THE FUNCTION

WHO continues to support member states to strengthen capacities for disease surveillance and response through the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) and to attain core capacities for the IHR (2005). To this end, WHO intends to support the strengthening of national laboratory capacities in the country to support investigation and testing of IDSR priority diseases and other emerging diseases. The

incumbent will therefore work very closely with the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders to support the strengthening of the national public health laboratory network that includes strengthening microbiology testing capacities for bacteriological, virological, and parasitic laboratory confirmation in South Sudan. The incumbent will support South Sudan’s efforts to attain national laboratory core capacities under the International Health Regulations (2005). This position is the WHO South Sudan Country Office focal point for laboratory Services strengthening.

Job Description

Objectives of the Programme and of the immediate Strategic Objective

To provide support in strengthening the national and health sector capacity to prepare for, mitigate, investigate, confirmatory microbiological laboratory testing, and response to public health emergencies related to all hazards (natural, man-made, biological, chemical, and radio-nuclear and others) in compliance with IHR (2005) and Government’s priorities for disease control in the context of IDSR.

Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing

on work environment within and outside the organization)

Under the direct supervision of the WHE Team Lead, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and relevant stakeholders to provide overall technical leadership and coordination of laboratory activities at the country level and provide technical advice to strategic development, planning and programme management, decision making and operations management, for improved microbiological services and the overall laboratory services in the country. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the relevant national and Sate level Ministry of Health authorities and health partners as well as technical staff in HQ, and Regional Office.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES

· Responsible for the overall technical leadership and coordination including strategic development, planning and programme management, decision making and operations management, for improved microbiological services and all laboratory-related activities linked to National public health laboratories (NPHL), IDSR priority and disease control activities in departments of Virology, Bacteriology, Parasitology, and other related departments to support laboratory systems strengthening.

· Review and monitor the public health laboratory system, design, and perform regular assessments to enable accurate situational analysis and make appropriate recommendations to improve laboratory capacity and coordination at both national and county level

· Conduct site monitoring missions together with MOH and partners to ensure adequate monitoring of laboratory program performance

· Support the quantification and procurement of microbiological reagents and primers required for uninterrupted bacteriological, parasitological, virological, and molecular testing and maintain them for internal quality control and for any further analysis needed, for teaching, and future research.

· Support the enrolment, development, and improvement of the bacteriology and molecular (PCR) laboratories in recognized international or regional Proficiency Testing schemes for bacteriological culturing and virological molecular testing to monitor and maintain quality testing services.

· Coordinate laboratory training needs assessment and capacity building and training session at national and county level on Laboratory related activities as required.

· Assessing the competence of trained laboratory staff and ensure continuous execution of standard testing in compliance with established SoPs.

· Training of laboratory staff on proper sample management including collection, packaging, referral, storage, and disposal, including proper waste management in the laboratory.

· Train laboratory staff on equipment management including development of SoPs for user care and maintenance of equipment and on laboratory supplies management to ensure uninterrupted testing in the laboratory.

· Train laboratory staff on total quality management system following ISO 15189:2012 and AFRO-SLIPTA checklist

WHO | World Health Organization

· Train laboratory staff on safety and biosafety procedures including correct use of safety cabins, glove box, and correct disposal of hazardous waste.

· Train the laboratory staff on preparation of test reports and monthly reports on the specimens processed and the results and other relevant issues including the use and stocks of reagents and functionality of equipment.

· Support the staff to establish a code of conduct of acceptable laboratory practices.

· Provide work bench mentoring, formal training, competency assessments, and other appropriate methods to achieve the above objectives.

· Coordinate Laboratory working group to review and develop critical documents including Laboratory strategic plan, Laboratory policy document, operational plans, for different departments within the National Public Health Laboratory including Integrated Disease Surveillance Response (IDSR) guidelines and strategic plan. Epidemic preparedness and response plans, and the South Sudan National Action Plan for Health Security (NAPHS) in South Sudan.

· Collaborate with partners to develop implementation plans for integration of new technologies and diagnostics e.g. Real Time PCR, GeneXpert and Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDT). into testing algorithms. Organizing and facilitating training on new technology as required.

· Support the procurement of adequate investigation and laboratory kits and other essential equipment and establish a stock management system for laboratory reagents and supplies.

· In collaboration with other stakeholders, support the MoH to establish a robust laboratory information management system (LIMS).

· Provide technical guidance to the Ministry of Health, stakeholders, and outbreaks taskforce on establishing and maintaining optimal functioning of the microbiology laboratories to optimally support response to emerging outbreaks and pandemics.

· Perform any other related incident-specific duties, as required by the functional supervisor.

· Assess and collate information to monitor main parameters of laboratory systems strengthening, including existing testing (abilities. Testing capacity and turn-around-times, human resources, analysis equipment, and collection and

· Dissemination of laboratory‘ results as feedback to partners

· Perform other duties as required.

DELIVERABLES

· Trained laboratory staff on equipment management including development of SoPs for user care and maintenance of equipment and on laboratory supplies management to ensure uninterrupted testing in the laboratory.

· Improved laboratory capacity and coordination at both national and county level

· Regular site monitoring missions together with MOH and partners to ensure adequate monitoring of laboratory program performance

· Support the quantification and procurement of microbiological reagents and primers required for uninterrupted bacteriological, parasitological, virological, and molecular testing and maintain them for internal quality control and for any further analysis needed, for teaching, and future research.

· enrolment, development, and improvement of the bacteriology and molecular (PCR) laboratories in recognized international or regional Proficiency Testing schemes for bacteriological culturing and virological molecular testing to monitor and maintain quality testing services.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education

Essential: First University degree in any of the Laboratory‘ Sciences disciplines

Desirable: Post graduate qualification in public health or global health.

Experience

Essential: At least 2 years‘ experience. At the national and international levels, in Laboratory

science and management. Experience in seeing up, managing and evaluating public health

laboratories in context of Viral Hemorrhagic Fevers/Ebola Virus Disease outbreak preparedness and response. COVID -19 Prior humanitarian working experience in developing, with expertise in outbreaks and/or health emergency response.

Desirable:

Use of language skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English

Specific skills required: (e.g. Excel) and presentation packages (e.g. Power point).

REMUNERATION AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

· P2 level consultant pay rate

$7000 (paid monthly)

· Full DSA for first 30 days

· Full return air ticket at Economy Class

Link to the organization’s job offer: https://unjobs.org/vacancies/1629315506140