Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) Job Vacancies in Nigeria, October 2016

The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) is a leading and reputable indigenous non-governmental organization implementing a comprehensive family-focused HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in partnership with local and international organizations and the different tiers of the Government of Nigeria at national, state, local and site levels.

IHVN wishes to engage competent professionals to fill the vacant position below:

Job Title: Program Officer
Location:
Nigeria
Key Working Relationship

  • Reports to the Senior Program Officer, Program Manager, Associate Director (AD) and Director, Clinical Laboratory Services.

Major Task, Duties and Responsibilities

  • Undergo training and competency assessment according to laboratory requirements. Development and reviewing of checklist, procedures, manuals and training materials for TB QA/QC program.
  • Participate in TB panel preparation.
  • Participate in the preparation and review of Sites TB EQA panel reports.
  • Participate in the activation of TB laboratories.
  • Facilitate trainings on HIV rapid testing/sputum smear microscopy, GeneXpert, TB culture, DST and LPA, for Medical Laboratory Scientists and other Laboratory personnel.
  • Collate, review reports of the TB laboratories.
  • Involvement in the TB logistics management.
  • Monitor TB Reference and other supported laboratories.
  • Participate in the diagnostics (smear microscopy, GeneXpert, TB culture, Drug Susceptibility Testing, Line Probe Assay) in the TB Reference laboratories.
  • Provide appropriate technical support and mentoring to TB Laboratories.
  • Track investigation results from responsible labs to ensure that they are sent back to the state TB program or treatment centres within turnaround time.
  • Ensure that electronic Lab management information systems are functional and up-to-date is up to date at all levels (State, treatment centre & reference laboratory).
  • Ensure pre, analytical and post analytical phases of testing are carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Liaise with other relevant Lab staff to oversee the follow up investigations for all DR TB patients in DR TB treatment centres, ambulatory Phase and community initiation (including baseline DST for patients) and patients in the continuation phase across the country.
  • Perform every other duty necessary for the successful implementation of the GF programs and as assigned.

Education/Experience
The Program Officer should have the following qualifications:

  • A Degree in Medical Laboratory Science (sub-specialty in Microbiology) registrable with MLSCN.
  • 3 years’ working experience.
  • Work experience in a TB laboratory or related field will be an added advantage.

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills.
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with diagnostic laboratory.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients, patient results and project operations.
  • Experience in TB smear microscopy, GeneXpert MTB/RIF, TB Culture, Drug susceptibility and Line Probe Assay tests.
  • Must be creative, proactive and be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be willing to learn new skills.
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written/verbal) in English.

Job Title: Program Officer Assistant
Location:
Nigeria
Key Working Relationship

  • Reports to the Program Officer, Senior Program Officer, Program Manager, Associate Director (AD) and Director, Clinical Laboratory Services.

Major Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follow laboratory, organizational and collaboration policies.
  • Undergo training and competency assessment according to laboratory requirements.
  • Perform various laboratory procedures for specimen and/or media preparation for analysis in accordance with standard operating procedures.
  • Contribute to the laboratory’s QMS and quality control program by observing written policy and procedures.
  • Collect patient specimens, receive, sort and register specimens for testing.
  • Store/retrieve samples/media (where applicable) to ensure traceability in accordance with procedures.
  • Monitor stock availability of consumables to ensure availability of all necessary supplies in the TB Reference laboratory.
  • Perform daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual maintenance of laboratory equipment as required in a timely manner
  • Participate in the diagnostics (smear microscopy, GeneXpert, TB culture, Line Probe Assay) in the TB Reference laboratories.
  • Ensure that Lab management information systems are functional and up-to-date is up to date.
  • Ensure pre, analytical and post analytical phases of testing are carried out in accordance with standard operating procedures
  • Collect & Collate AFB smear microscopy and GeneXpert MTB/RIF data report across all IHVN sites.
  • Perform every other duty necessary for the successful implementation of the GF programs and as assigned.

Essential Skills:

  • Must be willing to learn new skills, hardworking and dedicated.
  • Demonstrate a cooperative attitude in relationships with co-workers and other personnel.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients, patient results and project operations.
  • Must be creative, proactive and be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Excellent communication skills in English, written/verbal.

Education/Experience
The Program Assistant should have the following qualifications:

  • Licensed Medical Laboratory Technician/ Licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist/ Biomedical scientist.
  • Work Experience in a diagnostic laboratory or related field will be an added advantage.

Job Title: Program Manager
Location:
Central Office
Major Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities
The Program Manager should have the ability and expertise to:

  • Review reports (site visits, monthly/quarterly narrative, data, mentoring and supervision, etc.) and follow up of challenges.
  • Participate in the development of national guidelines and policies, supervision checklists, procedures & manuals on TB.
  • Ensure the functionality of the TB Reference laboratories.
  • Provide appropriate technical support and mentoring to TB Reference Laboratories, liaise with the National TB and Leprosy Training Program (NTBLCP), State TB and Leprosy Control Officers (STBLCOS), Regional Laboratory Officer (RLO), DR TB focal persons to understand and ensure smooth running of PMDT in the states.
  • Coordinate proficiency programs with Supranational Reference Laboratory Network and inter-laboratory comparisons.
  • Participate in TB panels preparation and administration for basic and advanced tests
  • Participate in review of sites’ TB EQA panel reports.
  • Participate in design of TB Reference laboratories.
  • Activation of TB Reference , GeneXpert sites and smear microscopy laboratories
  • Facilitate all TB trainings (Smear Microscopy, TB Culture (Solid and Liquid), Molecular TB Diagnosis (GeneXpert and Line Probe Assay), DST (1st and 2nd line), TB EQA, TB sample transport logistics and biosafety.
  • Participate in setting up and coordinating a continuous quality improvement plan for the TB Laboratories.
  • Representation at local, national and international meetings.
  • Provide appropriate technical support and mentoring to TB Reference Laboratories.
  • Participate in onsite data validation exercises with state programs, GeneXpert sites, reference laboratories and DOTs centres.
  • Coordinate TB laboratory Logistic Management.
  • Sourcing for vendors, catalogue numbers and placing of orders for reagents, consumables and equipment for TB work.
  • Liaise with the State TB and Leprosy Control Officers (STBLCOS), DR TB focal persons to understand and ensure smooth running of Lab component of PMDT in the States.
  • Key into the state monthly/quarterly Work plan for supportive supervision to patients in the community.
  • Ensure that laboratory National data capturing (recording and reporting) tools are available, properly and completely filled.
  • Track investigation results from responsible labs to ensure that they are sent back to the state TB program or treatment centres within the turnaround time.
  • Liaise with other relevant Lab staff to oversee the follow up investigations for all DR TB patients in DR TB treatment centres, ambulatory Phase and community initiation (including baseline DST for patients) and patients in the continuation phase across the country.
  • Ensure that electronic Lab management systems are functional and are up-to- at all levels (State, treatment centre & reference laboratory).
  • Follow up with TB reference laboratories management and finance departments to ensure timely availability of funds and optimal utilization.
  • Assist in coordinating TB related research and training activities that will require the use of the laboratory facilities.
  • Activation of sites for GeneXpert, Fluorescent Microscopy and TB Culture/LPA.
  • Collate reports for appropriate and timely dissemination.
  • Ensure that Laboratory Management Information System is up to date.
  • Perform every other duty necessary for the successful implementation of the GF programs.

Essential Skills

  • Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills.
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with diagnostic laboratory.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients, patient results and project operations.
  • Experience in TB smear microscopy, GeneXpert MTB/RIF, TB Culture, Drug susceptibility and Line Probe Assay tests.
  • Must be creative, proactive and be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be willing to learn new skills.
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written/verbal) in English.

Education/Experience
The Program Manager should have the following qualifications:

  • A degree in Medical Laboratory Science (sub-specialty in Microbiology) registrable with MLSCN. A master’s degree in relevant sub-specialty will be an advantage.
  • Licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Minimum of 7 years’ working experience.
  • Work experience in a TB Reference Laboratory is required.
  • Experience working with donor funders (PEPFAR & GF).
  • Must possess good program management experience.
  • Should be reliable, proactive and visionary.
  • Must be creative in program design/planning and implementation towards achieving set goals

Key Working Relationship

  • Reports to the Associate Director (AD) and Director, Clinical Laboratory Services

Job Title: Senior Program Officer
Location:
Nigeria
Key Working Relationship

  • Reports to the Associate Director (AD) and Director, Clinical Laboratory Services

Major Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Program Officer should have the ability and expertise to:

  • Prepare TB panels and administration for basic and advanced tests.
  • Participate in design of TB Reference laboratories.
  • Coordinate the Quality Management System of the TB Reference laboratory.
  • Coordinate activation of TB Reference , GeneXpert sites and smear microscopy laboratories
  • Participate in the development of national guidelines and policies, supervision checklists, procedures & manuals on TB.
  • Facilitate all TB trainings (Smear Microscopy, TB Culture (Solid and Liquid), Molecular TB Diagnosis (GeneXpert and Line Probe Assay), DST (1st and 2nd line), TB EQA, TB sample transport logistics and biosafety.
  • Participate in setting up and coordinating a continuous quality improvement plan for the Laboratories.
  • Participate in review of reports (site visits, mentoring and supervision etc.) and follow up on challenges.
  • Represent at local, national and international meetings.
  • Provide appropriate technical support and mentoring to TB Reference Laboratories
  • Participate in onsite data validation exercises with state programs, GeneXpert sites, reference laboratories and DOTs centres.
  • Participate in the TB laboratory Logistic Management.
  • Liaise with the State TB and Leprosy Control Officers (STBLCOS), DR TB focal persons to understand and ensure smooth running of Lab component of the PMDT in the States.
  • Key into the state monthly/quarterly Work plan for supportive supervision to patients in the community.
  • Ensure that laboratory National data capturing (recording and reporting) tools are available, properly and completely filled.
  • Track investigation results from responsible labs to ensure that they are sent back to the state TB program or treatment centres within the turnaround time.
  • Liaise with other relevant Lab staff to oversee the follow up investigations for all DR TB patients in DR TB treatment centres, ambulatory Phase and community initiation (including baseline DST for patients) and patients in the continuation phase across the country.
  • Ensure that electronic Lab management information systems are functional and up-to-date at all levels (State, treatment centre & reference laboratory).
  • Follow up with TB reference laboratories management and finance department to ensure timely availability of funds and optimal utilization.
  • Assist in coordinating TB related research and training activities that will require the use of the laboratory facilities.
  • Support activation of sites for GeneXpert, Fluorescent Microscopy and TB Culture/LPA.
  • Collate reports and report appropriately. 23. Perform every other duty necessary for the successful implementation of the GF programs.
  • The Senior Program Officer will report to the Program Manager, Associate Director (AD) and Director Clinical Laboratory Services..

Essential Skills:

  • Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills.
  • Must possess good interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with diagnostic laboratory.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients, patient results and project operations.
  • Experience in TB smear microscopy, GeneXpert MTB/RIF, TB Culture, Drug susceptibility and Line Probe Assay tests.
  • Must be creative, proactive and be able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be willing to learn new skills.
  • Excellent computer skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written/verbal) in English.

Education/Experience
The Senior Program Officer should have the following qualifications;

  • A degree in Medical Laboratory Science (sub-specialty in Microbiology) registrable with MLSCN. A master’s degree in relevant sub-specialty will be an advantage.
  • Licensed Medical Laboratory Scientist.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ working experience.
  • Work experience in a TB Reference Laboratory is required.
  • Experience working with donor funders (PEPFAR & GF).
How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should send their Application letter and detailed curriculum vitae in Microsoft word format to the “Associate Director, Human Resources” through this email address: [email protected]

Candidates should indicate appropriate position and preferred locations in their application letter. IHVN is an equal opportunity employer.

Note

  • IHVN only considers educational qualifications obtained from an accredited institution.
  • All applicants must have completed the NYSC or have been exempted according to regulations of the NYSC.
  • Only applications sent in the required format will be considered and only short listed candidates will be contacted.

Application Deadline  21st October, 2016.

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