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Project Assistant – Laboratory Technologist Job in Kenya

Project Assistant – Laboratory Technologist

AMREF in Kenya is looking for a highly motivated, organised and results oriented individual to join a dynamic team and help bring better health for Africa.

The position reports to the Laboratory Manager and is based in Nairobi.

Purpose of the Job:

To provide technical expertise and support project activities and implementation of the project strategy.

Basic Function of the Position:

The main role of the position is to support the production of External Quality Assessment (EQA) materials as a major component of the East African Regional External Quality Assessment Scheme (EA-REQAS) project and a requirement to support its scale up. 

This will involve training technical and administrative staff at national EQA centres that have been identified to undertake this role by the Ministries of Health in all participating East African countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and Rwanda.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Preparing materials for EQA and examining standard materials from regional reference laboratories
  • Quality checking of material, preparing and completing documentation for the scheme and maintaining the data base
  • Developing appropriate educational programmmes and health learning materials for the EA-REQAS project
  • Assist in data entry, analysing results and disseminating reports
  • Assist in preparing monthly, quarterly and annual reports relating to the project; assist in preparation of annual proposal and progress reports as per donor requirements
  • Provide training in production of EQA materials to staff of the identified EQA centres identified by Ministries of Health in the participating East African countries
  • Examine TB and malaria slides from various NGOs sent for EQA rechecking
  • Give advice on remedial action to the relevant NGO staff
  • Participate in processing EQAS materials e.g. Haematology, Clinical Chemistry and Microbiology sent to AMREF laboratory
  • Support in routine laboratory work in AMREF’s Central Laboratory and adhere to laid down policies and procedures
Qualifications and Competencies:
  • The ideal candidate must have a minimum qualification of Higher National Diploma in Medical Laboratory Science or its equivalent and formal training in proficiency panel sample preparation. 
  • At least five (5) years of relevant work experience in a busy clinical/laboratory environment;
  • training others in proficiency testing material production will be an added advantage;
  • experience of working with Ministries of Health and partners;
  • excellent interpersonal skills, excellent written and oral communication skills, ability to prioritise duties and work under minimal supervision.
This is a challenging opportunity for a dedicated and highly motivated professional. 

If you would like to join this dynamic team and help bring better health for Africa, please quote the position and reference number (KCO/HR/026/2011) in the subject matter and send your CV and application letter which should include remuneration requirements and contact details of three work-related referees, to the

Human Resources Manager,
AMREF in Kenya
by email to recruitment@amref.org

The closing date for submitting applications is August 5, 2011.

We regret that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

AMREF is an equal opportunity employer and has a non-smoking environment policy.


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