Salary is commensurate with experience and education
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The International Training and Education Center for Health (I-TECH) is a center in the University of Washington's Department of Global Health with projects in more than 20 countries, and its >500 worldwide staff work with multiple ministries of health, universities, non-governmental organizations, medical facilities, and other partners to support health care systems that provide high quality care to all citizens.
I-TECH's Laboratory Systems Strengthening (LSS) team in Seattle implements a broad spectrum of programs that address the development and sustainability of laboratory systems from a workforce perspective with the mission to improve health laboratory operations for optimal patient care and treatment, disease surveillance and response, biosecurity, and informed health policy development. I-TECH has been working in Cambodia since 2013 to support quality improvement at 12 tertiary hospital laboratories throughout the country through the implementation of an intensive laboratory-mentoring program.
I-TECH's LSS team is recruiting a Laboratory Systems Strengthening Specialist to provide project leadership and technical support for two projects aimed at improving the public health laboratory system in Cambodia and Cote d'Ivoire. This work will focus on strengthening laboratory quality management and HIV diagnostic testing quality nationally, and will require close collaboration with a locally based team of laboratory mentors and partners. The Laboratory Specialist will contribute to the LSS team's global projects and training programs through collaborative development of universal tools and resources.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Evaluate laboratory quality and capacity to support disease diagnosis and surveillance for health threats within the country using standard tools such and WHO's LQSI and LAT tools. Develop strategies to strengthen capacities and capabilities based on assessment findings.
Communicate with in-country staff on a weekly basis and travel to project sites quarterly for review meetings and staff training.
Working with the HQ based Principle Investigator, Program Manager, and LSS and project teams to develop and monitor work plans and project monitoring and evaluation tools.
Working with in-country staff, plan, oversee and coordinate activities in areas of laboratory diagnostics, including the establishment and maintenance of a quality assurance system in target laboratories.
Work with the MoH and project staff to support quality assurance (QA) oversight, LQMS implementation, and the accreditation processes of laboratories. Assist with strategic planning for delivery of quality laboratory services as needed.
In collaboration with local and international partners and MOH, develop/adapt standards to enhance capacities of national and referral hospital laboratories and to support disease surveillance and achieve project goals.
Participate in the hiring of in-country staff as needed.
Supervise staff and consultants as requested.
Training and Curriculum Development
Develop and implement training programs in quality assurance for laboratory managers and staff, laboratory mentors and clinicians.
Working with project staff, train laboratory staff and managers in laboratory quality management systems (LQMS), the LQSI tool, RTQII and the ISO 15189 standard.
Pilot, monitor and revise national guidelines and training curricula as needed.
Serve as technical content expert for trainings and curriculum development.
Laboratory Systems Strengthening Program Development
Participate in team meetings, conference calls, and other I-TECH meetings as requested.
Collaborate with the LSS team to develop resources and tools for global projects and address areas of program improvement.
Represent the LSS team at national and international meetings as needed.
Meet with funders, local partners, UW faculty and staff regarding LSS programs and projects.
Serve as a technical content expert for presentations and manuscript development for publications when requested and participate in grant application development.
Other duties as assigned
As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
Doctoral Degree in biomedical science, laboratory medicine, public health or a related field, and a minimum of 3 years' experience in laboratory systems development. An equivalent combination of education and significant experience in laboratory systems development in resource- limited settings may be considered.
Knowledge of national laboratory systems requirements such as policies and regulatory guidelines that ensure quality laboratory practice.
Knowledge of Laboratory Quality Management Systems (LQMS),medical laboratory quality assurance standards (such as ISO 15189), biosafety practices, and implementation diagnostic technologies.
Experience teaching LQMS, knowledge of related frameworks (LQSI), and mentoring clinical laboratories and staff;
Experience working in resource-limited settings with demonstrated ability to diplomatically communicate with colleagues with a variety of cultural backgrounds.
Experience working with Ministries of Health and US government funding agencies.
Proactive work style with demonstrated ability to achieve project results in a complex team environment.
Strong project management and organizational skills; Ability to develop and carry out work plans, and demonstrated skills for solving problems independently.
Strong communication and public presentation skills.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.
Degree in Clinical Laboratory Medicine with ASCP certification highly desireable.
Experience managing quality assurance programs for HIV and TB diagnostic testing such as RTQII
Lean/ Six Sigma process improvement certified.
French Language skills.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.
This full time position is based at the I-TECH offices at the UW in Seattle. The Laboratory Systems Strengthening Specialist position requires up to 30% travel to Cambodia and other countries that often lack adequate public health and safety infrastructure. Travelers must be prepared to follow the UW and US government recommended precautions and prophylaxis for travel safety and disease prevention. The position requires frequent participation in early morning and late evening telephone conference calls in order to accommodate time zone differences between Seattle and its country project sites.
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