Background The US President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) in collaboration with the National Malaria Elimination Programme (NMEP) plans to conduct the 2021 Therapeutic Efficacy Studies (TES) in four select sites beginning July 2021.
In Nigeria, TES is coordinated by the TES Core Team with membership from WHO, PMI and NMEP. The MSH-led President’s malaria Initiative for States (PMI-S) Project is leading the process on behalf of PMI.
We are seeking to engage an Quality Assurance Laboratory Scientist to lead implementation of the 2021 TES working closely with the TES Core Team and reporting to the Core Team through TES Technical Consultant.
S / he will assist in assuring quality of TES preparations, trainings, study sites, and ensuring the overall quality of TES conduct and outputs related to laboratory components based on WHO recommended Lot Quality Assurance (LQA) approach to external quality assurance.
S / he shall work out of the designated National Reference Laboratory (in collaboration with Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) Nigeria team) based in Abuja.
There will be four Quality Assurance Laboratory Scientist for the 2021 TES. The 2021 DTES will be conducted in four Sentinel sites located in Kaduna, Imo, Kwara and Lagos states.
Job Description In collaboration with the TES Coordinator, assure quality of TES protocol related to laboratory and all related standard operating procedures (SOPs) and job aids Collaborate with the TES Core Team to plan, and monitor QA / QC interventions related to the laboratory during the study at site level.
Lead the development of the TES laboratory procedures quality assurance and quality improvement plan Assure adherence to study laboratory protocol at all TES sites Assure good laboratory practice (GLP) including sample collection, preparation of slides and analysis.
In collaboration with the TES data manager assure the quality of laboratory data from the study Provide regular updates on TES implementation related to the laboratory components to the TES core team Conduct periodic supervisory visits and serve as reference microscopist and conduct blinded cross-checking or validation of slides at study site Ensure the appropriate collection of blood on filter paper suitable for parasite DNA extraction according to the protocol l Communicate concerns or issues about the TES immediately to the TES Coordinator Provide regular (weekly) / and as may be determined quality assurance reports for key TES outputs Required qualifications Advanced degree in in public health and Medical Laboratory Sciences with at least 8-10 years cognate experience in quality assurance and laboratory management systems Good understanding of the essential package of implementation of malaria diagnostic package, post qualification experience working in a laboratory setting and advanced training on malaria diagnosis Knowledge of advanced laboratory procedures and other relevant procedures in conducting clinical or epidemiologic trials WHO malaria microscopy certification Familiarity or previous conduct of TES as an external quality assessor MSH is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity, religion, creed, citizenship, national origin, age, veteran status, or disability unrelated to job requirements.
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