Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation – COVID 19 Testing Technical Officer.

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The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is a proven leader in the global fight to end HIV and AIDS, and an advocate for every child to live a full and healthy life into adulthood.  Founded through a mother’s determination, we are driven to see a world where no other mother, child or family is devastated by this disease. For more than 30 years, EGPAF has been a leader in meeting urgent needs in pediatric HIV and AIDS in the world’s most affected regions.

Project Overview (Anticipated UNITAID COVID 19 Project)

The emergence of the COVID-19 global pandemic has posed new challenges to already strained health systems worldwide. Governments have had to start prevention, containment and mitigation measures rapidly even as new information on the various becomes available. The anticipated UNITAID COVID 19 project will work with the national and county governments Covid 19 response teams to accelerate end-to-end access to novel solutions for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through testing, isolation, care and treatment approaches adapted to the needs of low- and middle-income countries such as Kenya.  The Testing technical officer will be based in Nairobi County and will work with MoH and partners on novel Covid-19 testing solutions and approaches to improve access to COVID-19 identification and management.

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Project Country Lead, in collaboration with Ministry of Health (MoH), local partners and the UNITAID COVID-19 Project, the testing Officer will undertake the following activities to strengthen access to Covid 19 testing and case management in Nairobi County.
 Responsibilities

  • Work with MoH and provide specialized advice and expertise in reviewing existing MoH Covid 19 testing solutions, guidelines and incorporate COVID-19 related measures considering the internationally recommended standards.
  • Develop/Adopt nationally-adapted algorithm to improve identification of patients with SARS-COV-2 or COVID-19.
  • Develop integrated approaches to provide COVID-19 testing through existing routine services, including HIV, TB, and MNCH platforms.
  • Conduct a baseline review and mapping of COVID-19 testing sites to identify existing testing points across project sites in Nairobi County.
  • In partnership with national and county MOH health authorities, design and implement hub and spoke model of testing, facilitate rapid roll out of testing and reporting of results as part of building an optimized diagnostics network.
  • Adoption of training materials for SARS-COV-2 rapid antigen testing in close collaboration with lab partners (Leveraging on existing work by MOH, WHO, A-CDC & ASLM).
  • Adopt or refine standard operating procedures (SOPs) tools for sample collection, sample referral, testing algorithms, and patient referral.
  • Technically support development of job aides, training materials, information sheets on COVID-19 related testing, infection prevention and control, and quality assurance services.
  • Conduct a baseline capacity gap analysis to inform training need in collaboration with MOH and other stakeholder.
  • Conduct training of trainers on the tools and guidelines in close collaboration with MOH, clinical and laboratory implementing partners (IPs) and other agencies.
  • Conduct training of HCWs on SARS-COV-2 rapid antigen testing across in all approved health facilities.
  • Work in collaboration with the national reference public laboratory on COVID-19 testing quality assurance.
  • Implement innovative digital tools for the mentorship and supervision of health care workers.
  • Collaborate with a supply chain management partner to provide site level or last mile data for appropriate forecasting and inform resource allocation.

Required qualifications

  • Higher National Diploma in Laboratory training with at least 3 years of laboratory work experience. Diploma in laboratory training with a minimum of 5 years of laboratory work experience. The Testing officer must be registered with KMLTTB.
  • Documented evidence of Covid-19 laboratory training as part on continuing professional development.
  • At least two years’ experience in infection prevention and control in health sector preferably hospitals.
  • Ability to translate and adapt international guidelines into local context. In-depth understanding of the country’s health system.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with senior MoH officials at national and subnational levels.
  • Basic computer literacy in using (Word, Excel, Power point).
  • Ability to work alone and in teams and have strong interpersonal communication skills.
  • Able to travel to different sites within county based on need.

Competencies

The Foundation expects all employees to possess the fundamental competencies of interpersonal skills, communication, accountability, continual learning, and driving results. The ideal candidate will be either proficient or advanced in the following set of competencies, specific to this position’s level of Officer:

  • Team Building – Team building is a person’s ability to inspire and foster team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. He/she also facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals.
  • Customer Service – Customer service is a person’s ability to anticipate and meet the needs of internal and external customers while delivering high-quality products and services and being committed to continuous improvement.
  • Decisiveness – Decisiveness is a person’s ability to make well-informed, effective, and timely decisions, even when data is limited or solutions produce unpleasant consequences. He/she will also perceive the impact and implications of decisions.

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