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LVCT Health – Senior Technical Advisor.

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LVCT Health is an established Kenyan NGO that is renowned for the implementation of health programs at scale in Kenya. Through its vision of Healthy Empowered Communities, LVCT Health is a leader in designing and implementing innovative HIV prevention and treatment approaches, sexual
and reproductive sexual and gender-based violence programs reaching the most vulnerable populations. The organisation works with the government and other stakeholders at the national and county levels.
USAID Stawisha Pwani is a 5-year program funded by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to increase the use of quality
country-led health services in the four Coastal counties of Kilifi, Kwale, Mombasa and Taita Taveta. The program aims to strengthen county health systems with a focus on TB/HIV Prevention & Treatment, Family Planning, Reproductive, Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health (FP/ RMNCAH) and
Nutrition. The program will support the four-county governments toward sustainability in quality and health services systems.


The program objectives are:
• Increased demand for and access to quality HIV prevention services.
• Increased demand for and access to quality HIV treatment services.
• Use quality FP, Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child & Adolescent Health, and Nutrition Services (FP/RMNCAH).
• Strengthened capacity of county health systems, local partners, and communities to deliver quality health services.
LVCT Health seeks to fill in the following position: –
POSITION: Senior Technical Advisor – Laboratory Service LAB/LVCT/06/2022
REPORTING TO: The Deputy Chief of Party
LOCATION: Mombasa with frequent travel to the field


Job Summary: –
The Senior Technical Advisor will provide technical, strategic, and management support on laboratory and diagnostics systems management to program staff, County staff, local partners, and facility staff within the supported facilities. S/he will oversee laboratory systems strengthening
initiatives, capacity building, efficient networking strategy, laboratory training, mentorship and capacity building, technical assistance, and quality assurance activities.

Key responsibilities
▪ Provides technical expertise and leadership to program staff, County staff, local partners, and facility staff within the supported facilities to execute program deliverables.
▪ operations and performance of laboratory indicators in compliance with USAID requirements, accreditation standards, safety, environmental regulations, and other applicable requirements.
▪ Support and strengthen an effective sample networking system for all funded HIV/TB and COVID-19 samples across the Counties.
▪ Maintains equipment inventory and oversees maintenance/calibration/certification and testing of equipment and instruments to ensure accuracy, efficiency, and performance safety.
▪ Ensures laboratory/facility safety and verifies that all laboratory participants and HTS providers have completed appropriate safety training; monitors activities to ensure compliance with safety standards.
▪ Develops annual laboratory work plan and budget in liaison with the respective County teams, with regular progress monitoring measures.
▪ Participation in relevant technical working groups (TWGs), regional, County, and program stakeholders’ forums
▪ Develop, standardise and review laboratory SOPS for diagnostics and surveillance in HIV/TB
▪ Support and facilitate participation in relevant EQA proficiency testing programs in HIV Testing Services (HTS) and Laboratory
▪ Support implementation and monitoring of Laboratory Quality Management Systems (QMS) within the supported laboratories
▪ Together with the County team, develop accurate quantification, forecasting, reporting, and ordering for health laboratory and HIV testing commodities.
▪ Ensure scale-up of RTCQI implementation in all the supported facilities and implementation of corrective measures
▪ Support horizontal scale-up and activation of HIV Recency in the supported sites across the Counties
▪ Support implementation of a quality improvement and data use for program improvement.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required
• Ability to supervise and train employees.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• Knowledge of current technological developments/trends and guidelines in HIV/TB diagnostic management.
• Knowledge of work plan and budget preparation
• Technical leadership skills within the area of expertise.Competencies
LVCT Health expects all employees to possess the fundamental competencies of interpersonal skills, communication, accountability, continual learning, and driving results. The ideal candidate will either be proficient or advanced in the following set of competencies specific to this position’s level of Management:
• Accountability – Takes ownership of work responsibilities and holds high standards. Keeps commitments and takes appropriate actions to ensure obligations are met. Pursues efficiency and effectiveness and adheres to Foundation policies and procedures.
• Driving Results – Takes responsibility for own performance and maximises contribution. Exercises initiative and proactively seeks solutions. Models high performance and produces timely, high-quality results. Works collaboratively and support others for overall success.
• Managing People is a person’s ability to build and manage a workforce based on organisational goals, budget, considerations, and staff needs. They will ensure that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded. They will also manage a multi-cultural workforce and various workforce situations.


Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in laboratory sciences (Master’s degree is an added advantage)
• At least six years of experience managing laboratory services in a PEPFAR-funded project
• Experience and well versed with PEPFAR laboratory reporting requirements
• Registered with KMLTTB and valid practising license
• Experience in working with the Counties/MOH collaboratively is mandatory


How to apply: –
Interested and qualified candidates are invited to submit their applications and CV along with a cover letter expressing interest and indicating Salary history and expectations to recruitment@lvcthealth.org. The position applied for, and reference number should be displayed on the subject line and cover letter.
The closing date is July 22, 2022. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. LVCT Health is an equal opportunity employer. Please visit our website http://www.lvcthealth.org for more information about the organization.
LVCT Health DOES NOT CHARGE any fee whatsoever in any part of the recruitment process LVCT Health is committed to preventing unwanted behaviour at work, including sexual harassment, exploitation and
abuse, stigma and discrimination of individuals of various diversity, lack of integrity and financial misconduct. LVCT Health expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Failure to adhere will result in disciplinary action.

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