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Laboratory Advisor at KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the second most deadly infectious disease in the world.

KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context. We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists. We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB. Over the past century we have built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise, initially by successfully controlling TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have also shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate, and government donors.

Challenge TB

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB (CTB), the new USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. We lead an international consortium with eight partner organizations: American Thoracic Society (ATS), Family Health International (FHI360), Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japanese Anti Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization. The project in Nigeria will be for a period of 6 months supporting 15 states in Nigeria for quality implementation of TB program.

The overarching strategic objectives of CTB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB^ TB/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; to strengthen TB platforms.

For the CTB program in Nigeria KNCV is looking for staff to fill the position below:

Position: Laboratory Advisor

Purpose of the position and organizational position

The Laboratory Advisor will work in close collaboration with States’ laboratory quality assurance officers in ensuring effective and quality laboratory services in selected LGAs. The job includes among others: support assessment of Lab services in the selected states/LGA’s; liaise with State Quality Assurance Officer in facilitating quality expansion of microscopy & GeneXpert; supervise in close collaboration with QA officer and LGATBLS all laboratory services; in collaboration with National Reference Laboratories ensure retrieval of all culture results and ensure documentation on patients’ records; reports to Senior Program Manager.

Specific Requirements:

  • A degree in Medical Sciences – MBBS/MB.Bch, or Laboratory Sciences (an MPH would be an advantage) and a minimum of 5 years- experience in TB and/or HIV programs;
  • Experience as laboratory quality assurance officer or laboratory manager;
  • Experience in working with: HIV & TB program; USAID projects or any development partner;
  • Strong coordination, planning, and supervisory skills;
  • Competent with laboratory operational plan development, implementation and evaluation of results.

Duty Station: Rivers

Common requirements for the position

  • Excellent written and verbal English language skills;
  • Self-starter, team player, dynamic, solid, open, flexible, absolute integrity, organizational awareness;
  • Understanding for cultural differences.
  • What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?
  • A fixed-term contract for 6 months, with the intention to extend the contract based on availability of funding;
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated;
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
  • A salary dependent upon education and relevant working experience;
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme; Full-time employment consists of 40 hours per week.

Application and Information:

Your application (curriculum vitae, motivation letter, 3 professional references) should be sent not later than 30th March 2016 to: the Country Representative KNCV Nigeria Challenge TB project; jobskncvnigeria@gmail.com. The position you are applying for should be the subject of your e-mail. Applications submitted more than 30th March 2016 will not be considered. Only shortlisted candidates will be invited for interview.

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