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Program Officer Job in Suba, Kenya

Program Description

The Research Care and Training Program (RCTP), is a collaboration between Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and University of Washington (UW). 

RCTP leads the Family AIDS Care and Education Services (FACES) program, a comprehensive HIV prevention, care and treatment program working in over 100 clinics in Nyanza Province, Kenya.

Due to its continued growth, the program is seeking amotivated, pro-active individual to fill the following vacancy:

Laboratory District Program Officer (1 position)

Location: Suba district
Opening Date: 28th May 2013 
Closing Date: 7th June 2013
Vacancy No. FN-029-05-2013

Position Summary

This laboratory DPO has an overall responsibility for overseeing and improving the laboratory services in Suba district, he/she will be coordinating sample transportation from facilities to the main hub for analysis, mentoring and supervising the FACES/MOH lab staff and the community lab techs, compiling laboratory monthly reports for the district, working together with the DHMT especially the DMLT, sputum networking and viral load transport to CDC, collection of DST samples for analysis and other duties as will be assigned.

He/she will be reporting to the district coordinator and working closely with the laboratory technical advisor on issues related to the laboratory.


The key responsibility will be running assays and other bench work in the laboratory which include:
  • Developing laboratory Standard Operating Procedures (SOPS).
  • Mentorship and supervision of lab techs in the district
  • Compilation and reporting of lab data
  • Work closely with the DMLT and the MOH lab in- charge counterpart
  • Sample processing
  • Laboratory networking and transportation
  • Reporting to district coordinator
Qualifications: Applicants must have:
  • At least a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Sciences or a similar qualification from a recognized medical training institution and be registered with the board.
  • Additional training in QA/QC and GCLP will be an added advantage
  • At least 2 year’s experience preferably within a busy HIV care program.
  • Basic computer use and common software packages i.e. word, excel, access and internet
  • The position requires a self-motivated flexible individual who can work independently to improve lab operations. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, organized, pro-active, and able to thrive in a fast-paced environment.
Applications should include the following:
  • A cover letter stating current work (if applicable), current salary and date available to work on the project
  • A current CV with the names and telephone contacts of at least 2 referees
  • At least two letters of reference preferably from a previous employer
  • Copies of academic and professional certificates
  • Copy of the latest pay slip
  • An email address and a telephone number (land line or mobile).
All applications must be sent electronically to the email address below followed by hard copies which should be delivered or posted so as to reach the following address by 07-June-2013:

Human Resources Manager
P. O Box 614-40100

Please write the Vacancy Number indicated in the advert.

Note: Only short listed candidates will be contacted. 

Canvassing will lead to automatic disqualification

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