Job Title: Laboratory and Supply Chain Management Technical Advisor
Reports to: Chief of Party
Position Location: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
The Laboratory and Supply Chain Management (Lab/SCM) Technical Advisor is responsible for
provision of technical support in the planning, coordination and implementation of high-quality
laboratory services and supply chain management for improved HIV and TB services in the
supported regions. The Technical Advisor supervises and coordinates zonal teams and provides
state of the art technical support for HIV and TB including drug resistant MDR TB laboratory
services and linkage to treatment services in collaboration with the Tanzania Ministry of Health
Community Development Gender Elderly and Children (MoHCDGEC), National AIDS Control
Program (NACP), and National TB and Leprosy Program (NTLP), regional and council health
management teams (R/CHMTs). Improves coordination for continuous availability of reagents,
equipment functionality, supplies and commodities, implementation of Laboratory quality
systems and promotion use laboratory data for accessible, efficient and uninterrupted laboratory
Roles and Responsibilities:
• Lead the planning and implementation of laboratory HIV and TB supply chain management
activities required for continuous availability of HIV and TB services including capacity
development in supported regions and health facilities (HFs).
• Participate in regular joint supportive supervision in supported Police and Prisons HFs
including mentorship to ensure uninterrupted, accessible quality HIV, TB and TB/HIV
testing services at all supported HFs.
• Provide technical support on proper management of health commodities including improving
inventory management practices and regular logistics data reporting to inform forecasting
and quantification of HIV and TB commodities at national, R/CHMTs and HFs.
• Provide technical support to enhance implementation of HIV and TB laboratory information
systems (LIS) including integrated specimen referral system and development of tools for
recording and reporting to enhance laboratory data management and utilization to focus
laboratory and health systems strengthening investments.
• Coordinate implementation of laboratory quality management systems in the supported
regions including internal and external assessments and contribute to accreditation of
laboratories and testing sites.
• Support in consultation with the MoHCDGEC development of laboratory training materials
and coordinate, organize, and oversee comprehensive HIV and TB services related laboratory
capacity building of laboratory and other healthcare providers (HCPs).,
• Provide high quality technical support at THPS and national level in the development/review
of laboratory tools: laboratory standards, SOPs, job aids, laboratory data management tools
(registers, logbooks, and sample referral forms) as needed based on national and international
guidelines and standards to improve HIV and TB diagnostic services.
• To provide technical support to the MoHCDGEC in the evaluation and validation of new
HIV and TB diagnostic tools including diagnostics and RCH services.
• To represent THPS and the USAID Police and Prisons Activity on laboratory-related issues
at the donor and MoHCDGEC technical meetings as well as work closely with both the
donors and MoHCDGEC in harmonizing HIV and TB services.
• Carry any other laboratory-supply chain related activities assigned by supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience required;
• Basic degree in medical laboratory sciences from a recognized medical laboratory training
• Postgraduate degree in health sciences discipline; microbiology, molecular biology, public
• Additional qualification in supply chain management is an advantage
• A minimum of 5 years of successful experience as senior-level technical advisor/expert in
health laboratory support services especially in HIV and TB diagnostics.
• Experience in working with PEPFAR supported programs.
• Technical knowledge and experience in the areas of HIV, TB and DR TB diagnostics in
accordance with the national guidelines and Manuals.
• Proven ability to provide leadership to relevant teams at national, regional and expert groups
including task forces and technical working groups
• Ability to build strong partnerships with relevant national, regional and district leaders
• Proven experience in producing high quality English-language communication products such
as progress reports, presentations, and best practices documentation
• Demonstrated excellent organizational, analytical, oral, and written communication skills
• Experience and proven skills on the use of computer Office packages
How to apply:
Interested applicants should send their application cover letter one-page maximum and CV four pages’ maximum to firstname.lastname@example.org by (10th November 2020) with a subject line of ‘USAID Police and Prisons Activity’. Only shortlisted applicants will be contacted. Please do not attach any certificates when submitting online.
THPS is an equal opportunity employer; women, people living with HIV/AIDS and people living
with disability are encouraged to apply