Laboratory Specialist | FHI 360- Nakuru, Kenya

Job Details:
Provides laboratory technical assistance, capacity building, training, and quality assurance services to clinical laboratories serving, FHI 360 research and public health programs. In addition, provides these same services to third-party funded programs. Prepares laboratory procedures and manuals and trains staff in their use. Prepares reports and supports the follow-up of technical assistance and assessment visits to include corrective actions and capacity building initiatives.
Job Summary / Responsibilities:
Working closely with Laboratory Specialists in the FHI 360 Nairobi office and the APRO Laboratory Sciences Global Division as well as research and public health program staff provide technical assistance, quality assessment and capacity building services to ensure and enhance the quality of laboratory services associated with FHI program and research areas. This position will focus their efforts on providing technical support to the FHI 360-led laboratory strengthening program in the Rift Valley, Kenya. Specifically, the key responsibilities are:
*. Provide technical assistance to laboratories and others as needed and requested as part of overall capacity building and continuous improvement schemes.
*.Assist in incorporating laboratory strengthening and clinical laboratory functions and services into their programs.
*.Assists with the preparation and delivery of laboratory trainings and training-related services particularly relating to laboratory quality management systems for HIV, TB and opportunistic infections.
*.In close collaboration with laboratory management support the follow-up of needed corrective and preventive actions.
*.Responsible for initiating continuous improvement initiatives upon request to build laboratory capacity and quality with reference to accepted standards and requirements.
*.Perform other duties as assigned.
*.Assist with the preparation and delivery of trainings to laboratory staff to include general laboratory technician training and laboratory supervisor training as well as technical trainings on HIV, TB and OI diagnostics.
*.Assist laboratories with developing quality systems to include an overall Quality Management Plan, routine SOP development, quality control and quality assurance systems, staff training, and others as needed focusing on the requirements of ISO 15189 and the SLMTA/SLIPTA program.
*.Encourage and assist laboratories with preparing for and seeking accreditation through locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally accepted accreditation agencies.
*.In close collaboration with laboratory management develop and assist with the implementation of corrective actions and implementation of continuous improvement systems, procedures, and measures.
*.Assist laboratories with setting up internal quality control systems and/or participating in External Quality Assessment Schemes.
*.Assist with the preparation of project progress reports and tracking project progress.
*.Perform other duties as assigned.
*. Working knowledge of quality assurance systems including pertinent national and international regulations and guidance...
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