Thursday, 21 January 2016

Laboratory Specialist - Haemovigilance

Vacancy: Laboratory Specialist - Haemovigilance
Location: Nairobi
Proposed Start Date: Immediately
Introduction: Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation (MGIC) is an affiliate of University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB). 

UMB has a Global Health Program which is delivered through the Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation (MGIC) and housed by various institutes among them the Institute of Human Virology (IHV). 

Since 2004, IHV has partnered with the governments of Kenya, Guyana, Haiti, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia to address each country’s growing HIV and AIDS epidemics.

The Institute has led efforts to build National Health Systems in each country via strategic international, national, and local collaborations through the design and implementation of unique education, training, and treatment programs addressing each country’s complex HIV/AIDS epidemics.

In Kenya, UMB through the Institute of Human Virology started operations in 2004 under the AIDS Relief Project consortium funded by Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through HRSA/CDC. 

This was the beginning of UMB’s work in Kenya which has seen implementation of 11 grants to-date. MGIC is seeking a suitably qualified person able to fill the position of Laboratory Specialist-Haemovigilance, under the Boresha Maabara Grant.
Boresha Maabara Grant: “BORESHA MAABARA” (improve laboratory services) is a five (5) year project funded through the US Government Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). 

The project seeks to enhance diagnostic testing for the prevention, surveillance and treatment of infectious diseases such as HIV and tuberculosis, and other HIV-related opportunistic infections. 

The project is implemented jointly by the Ministry of Health, National Public Health Laboratory Services, National Blood Transfusion Service and the respective County Governments.

Position Summary: Under the supervision of Senior Technical Advisor, Laboratory Specialist-Haemovigilance will be responsible for strengthening haemovigilance related practices and outcomes in the project designated sites.

 He/she will be expected to ensure that all haemovigilance related practices meet national recognized policies, guidelines and standards. 

He/She will also support practice/service development and capacity building in the area of haemovigilance through mentorship and training to facilitate development of competencies within the specialty.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Facilitate adoption and uptake of relevant policies, guidelines and standards on the usage of blood components as developed by the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services.
  • Promote and facilitate adherence to best practice in all aspects of transfusion practice including identification and administration of blood and blood products, and proper identification of sample.
  • Support maintenance and functionality of the blood cold chain system at the designated sites.
  • Support hospital transfusion committees in investigating all reports of transfusion reactions/incidents and reporting of adverse blood transfusion reactions.
  • Initiate, develop and provide technical assistance in implementation of haemovigilance quality improvement plans to strengthen appropriate handling, transportation, utilization and inventory of blood at designated health facilities.
  • Support strengthening and maintenance of good interdisciplinary working relationships between laboratory and clinical staff.
  • Enhance capacity and functionality of Hospital Transfusion Committees.
  • Supports strengthening of Quality Management Systems (QMS) in designated sites ensuring QA/QC/EQC systems are functional.
  • Support utilization of data for enhanced service coverage through supporting implementation of a data demand and information use framework.
  • Provide mentorship/ coaching on improving functionality of manual and electronic management information systems such as Blood Established Computerized system (BECs) to enhance utility of data in decision making.
  • Support strengthening of biosafety, infection control, occupational health and safety and medical waste management in the speciality.
  • Represent the project at local, regional and national and meetings as required.
  • Assist in formulation of quarterly progress report in relation to the speciality.
Required Qualifications
  • Relevant Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in biomedical and or health sciences.
  • Individuals with a diploma in medical laboratory coupled with significant work experience in the specialty may be considered.
  • Must demonstrate depth and breadth of experience in Blood Transfusion Services.
  • Awareness of current and emerging haemovigilance strategies and policies in relation to the Blood Transfusion Practice
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in supporting strengthening of haemovigilance practice.
  • Ability to work independently, under pressure and to adhere to set deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with various government institutions, counties and local partners.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and report writing skills.
Desired Skills
  • Ability to work independently, under pressure while at the same time adhering to strict deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills and problem solving skills.
  • Innovative with a high degree of initiative
  • Organizational skills
  • Excellent Leadership & Presentation skills
How to Apply

If you meet the above qualifications, you are requested to send your application and CV to by January 27, 2016. 

Candidates are required to quote the title of the position being applied on the subject line of the email. Only shortlisted candidate will be contacted.

Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.



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