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1. Blood Safety Technical Advisor

Project: Boresha Maabara (Lab Strengthening)

Report to: Senior Technical Advisor


The post holder will work closely with Kenya National Blood Transfusion Service (KNBTS) providing technical assistance in blood safety, blood donor care, quality assurance, appropriate utilization of blood and blood products and hemovigilance.

This will include support in development/review of policies, strategies, guidelines, job aides; attainment/maintenance of quality management systems; training and mentorship on practice/service delivery and cold chain and blood inventory management among other roles.

Key Responsibilities:
  • In liaison with KNBTS, support development/review of relevant policies, guidelines, standards and job aides through involvement in the relevant technical working groups and or taskforce.
  • Support adoption and uptake of relevant policies, guidelines and standards by counties and transfusing facilities to enhance sustainability and self-sufficiency of blood transfusion services.
  • In coordination with regional PEPFAR laboratory implementing partners, provide training and mentorship to transfusing facilities in areas of blood safety, blood component therapy, management of transfusion reactions and blood cold chain.
  • Provide technical assistance to KNBTS on blood safety activities such as collection, testing, handling, processing, storage, transport and distribution of blood and blood products collected from donors for transfusions.
  • Support the blood donor services including mobilization, recruitment, donor care, donor notification and linkage to care and treatment
  • Support maintenance and functionality of the blood cold chain system at designated sites.
  • Support reporting of adverse blood transfusion events and investigation of transfusion reactions/incidents.
  • Support implementation of a national hemovigilance system with structured routine reporting.
  • Initiate, develop and provide technical assistance in implementation of quality improvement plans to strengthen appropriate handling, transportation, utilization and inventory of blood at designated health facilities.
  • Support strengthening and maintenance of good interdisciplinary working relationships between laboratory and clinical staff and enhance the lab-clinical interphase
  • Enhance capacity and functionality of Hospital Transfusion Committees.
  • Support strengthening of Quality Management Systems (QMS) at the regional blood transfusion centers, satellite blood transfusion services and transfusion facilities.
  • Support implementation of QMS to result in compliance to World Health Organization (WHO) guidance, AFSBT accreditation of the blood centers or Laboratory ISO accreditation through SLMTA or as advised by KNBTS and CDC.
  • Support implementation of robust internal and external quality assurance programs with close follow-up of preventive and corrective actions as necessary.
  • Support utilization of data for enhanced service coverage through supporting implementation of a data demand and information use framework.
  • Support the implementation and optimal utilization of the blood establishment computer system (BECS) or other relevant system.
  • Assist in formulation of quarterly progress report in relation to the specialty.
  • Work closely and complement the laboratory strengthening program.

  • Medical doctor with specialization in hematology and blood transfusion.
  • At least five (5) years’ experience in supporting blood safety related initiatives.
  • Ability to work independently, under pressure and to adhere to set deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with various government institutions.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and report writing skills.
  • Experience in implementing laboratory Quality Management Systems (QMS)
  • Experience working with the Kenya National Blood Transfusion Services will be an added advantage.

    Apply on or before 18th October, 2016.

    2. PWID HIV Prevention Specialist
    Medical Officer – PWID Pragram
    Department: Technical
    Reports to: PWID HIV Prevention Specialist

    The Medical Officer – PWID Program will work to ensure Quality care to PWID using health oriented approach including capacity building of the clinical technical team and facility staff.

    Primary Responsibilities:
  • Provide high quality clinical patient care including leading clinical effectiveness efforts, ensuring implementation of recommended clinical protocols and national guidelines;
  • Support clinical team in implementation of harm reduction strategies including management of HIV and related diseases;
  • Operationalize data demand and information use at designated facilities.
  • Onsite mentoring to clinical teams with the goal of performance improvement in the overall patient care
  • Examine facility operations and systems and recommend ways to improve outputs and outcomes;
  • Represent organization in technical capacity at county and Facility level meetings;
  • Organise and facilitate trainings using National curricula;
  • Organize and facilitate in various CPDs based on National Curricula; and
  • Organize and co-ordinate facilitation of journal review meetings and CMEs at designated facilities.

    Academic Qualifications:
  • Bachelors’ degree in Medicine

    Professional Qualifications
  • Registration with Medical practitioners and dentists board

  • 4 years’ experience, 1 year at supervisory level. Experience in management of key populations will be an added advantage

    Skills & Attributes
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent analytical skills
  • Innovative with a high degree of initiative
  • Organisational skills
  • Leadership skills

    3. Pharmacist- PWID Program
    Reports to: PWID HIV Prevention Specialist

    Pharmacist PWID program is responsible for Methadone dispensing ensuring that all the policies and guidelines are followed, Capacity builds and mentors the pharmaceutical technologist working under her/his supervision and is responsible for reporting.

    Specific responsibilities
    a. Provide overall leadership to the pharmacy staff in the MAT Clinics.
    b. By use of innovative training methodologies, adapt curricula to support trainings at MAT clinics.
    c. Organize and facilitate in various CPDs and evaluate impact of training activities and share recommendations
    d. Conduct trainings targeting the MAT pharmacy staff on forecasting commodity needs, procurement, tracking inventory and monitoring pharmaceutical commodities within the MAT Clinics.
    e. Will be involved in establishing a framework through which continued mentorship can take place.
    f. Participate in the development and implementation of a strategy for local management of Methadone Maintenance therapy
    g. Serve as a member of the Harm reduction TWG and MAT linkage forum as needed.
    h. Collect, analyze, and oversee data entry on relevant quality performance indicators.
    i. Monitor and evaluate appropriateness of facility quality control plans and practices.
    j. Design, schedule and conduct quality review audits as appropriate to the facility or service; performs or coordinates chart and/or other medical record reviews and records and/or abstracts specific relevant data as appropriate.
    k. Generate and/or coordinate the development of various reports regarding performance against quality indicators, as appropriate to the individual position.

    Qualifications and Requirements:
    a. Bachelor in Pharmacy.
    b. Current registration with Pharmacy and Poisons Board
    c. More than 5 years’ hands on experience in a similar position with a USG funded project, Experiences working with People who inject drugs is an added advantage.
    d. Professional training in Public Health or Supply Chain Management is an added advantage.
    e. Knowledge of accreditation and certification requirements and standards.
    f. Knowledge of quality control practices and procedures within a hospital, patient care, or registry environment.
    g. Records maintenance skills.
    h. Ability to write reports containing technical information.
    i. Word processing and/or data entry skills. Knowledge of patient care charts and patient histories.

    How to Apply:
    Kindly send your application, cover letter and current CV with the names of three professional referees to on or before 25th October, 2016 with subject headline of the job to apply.

    Maryland Global Initiatives Corporation is an equal opportunity employer.

    Only short listed candidates will be contacted.

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