Consultant I: Consultancy to review the National Medical Lab Policy
MSH Management Sciences for Health
Abuja, Nigeria
2d ago

The overarching aim of the GF Resilient & Sustainable Systems for Health RSSH project is to improve the health and well-

being of the Nigerian people by identifying and addressing systemic issues affecting the optimal delivery of health services in Nigeria.

The resulting high-level interventions have been designed to follow the Global Fund’s framework for RSSH that is built on the essential building blocks of WHO for a well-

functioning health system, including community systems strengthening (CSS) as another critical component to be addressed in support of RSSH.

The RSSH grant is designed to strengthen the Nigerian health system across the HIV, TB, and Malaria program areas. In doing so it'll have interventions targeted at the HMIS, PSM & Lab system strengthening areas.

There's also the additional dimension of the innovative "State approach" to be piloted in the three states of Oyo, Kaduna & Imo.

The state approach covers elements like public financial management, support for health insurance and health sector coordination among others.

Laboratory system strengthening aims to improve laboratory operations for optimal patient care, treatment, disease surveillance and response, biosafety and policy development.

To achieve this an enabling policy environment is required with a National Medical Laboratory Strategic Plan creating a road map for implementation of activities aimed at providing optimal laboratory services in Nigeria.

The 2008 Maputo Declaration calls for the development of dedicated national laboratory policies and strategic plans supporting the enhancement of laboratory services in response to the long-

lasting relegation of medical laboratory systems in sub-Saharan Africa. The Nigeria Medical Laboratory Services Policy was thus developed between 2005 and 2007, to bridge the obvious gaps in the standards of operation of the medical laboratory, in its bid to provide to all Nigerians, appropriate, cost effective and high-

quality laboratory services. This policy has since expired and have not been updated. This consultancy is aimed at reviewing and updating the National Medical Laboratory Services Policy.

Coverage / Scope (WHERE and WHEN) :

A consultant will be required to review the existing national medical laboratory policy working and update to reflect current concepts in global health, international health regulations, sustainable development goals among others as applicable to Nigeria and ensure that all cross-

cutting components of the laboratory Strengthening are addressed.

The consultant would be required to situate the policy within the existing overarching National Health Policy, National Health Sector Development 2018-

2023 and the National Action Plan for Health Security.

The consultant would be required to take in consideration new health legislation such as the National Health Act (2014) and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Act (2018).

The consultants will be required to engage key stake holders (such as NCDC, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN), Federal Ministry of Health, Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), National Laboratory Technical Working Group (NLTWG) and others as deemed fit in the health sector with emphasis on medical laboratory practice in Nigeria.

This engagement is essential for the development the new National Medical Laboratory Policy.

The consultancy will be for a period of 14 working days within the period August to October 2019.

Specific Responsibilities

Specific Scope of Work for Consultants


The key objectives for this short-term consultancy is to develop a new Nigerian National Medical Laboratory Policy.

Specific Terms of Reference

  • Undertake a thorough review of the outdated National Medical Laboratory Policy
  • Prepare detailed report of gaps observed vis-à-vis international best practice considering present country realities.
  • Provide comprehensive framework for stakeholders’ engagement.
  • Provide a detailed report with pictorial evidence of stakeholders’ engagement
  • Develop a new Nigerian National Medical Laboratory Policy.
  • Prepare activity narrative report
  • Expected completion Period : Consultancy will span the period August to October 2019

    Estimated level of effort : 14 working days

    Deliverables :

    Reporting / Means of Verification / Deliverables :

    The consultant is expected to produce or accomplish the following : Prepare detailed report of all consultations (with pictorial evidences) made towards developing a new national medical laboratory policyProvide comprehensive report on stakeholders’ engagement, recommendations and presentations (with pictorial evidences).

    Prepare a detailed design / scope and strategy employed in the development of the new policy.

    Final Draft copy of the National Medical Laboratory Policy.

    Qualifications and Experience

    Required qualifications :

  • A Medical Laboratory Professional with experience in Global health concepts, international health regulations, Sustainable Development Goals, etc.
  • Must be familiar with Nigerian healthcare delivery systems and structures especially as it relates to laboratory services
  • Demonstrable Experience in developing Medical Laboratory Policies
  • Verifiable evidence of performance in similar jobs
  • Background Information

    Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health nonprofit organization, uses proven approaches developed over 40 years to help leaders, health managers, and communities in developing nations build stronger health systems for greater health impact.

    We work to save lives by closing the gap between knowledge and action in public health. Since its founding in 1971, MSH has worked in over 150 countries with policy makers, health professionals, and health care consumers to improve the quality, availability and affordability of health services.

  • Working with governments, donors, non governmental organizations, the private sector, and health agencies, MSH responds to priority health problems such as HIV & AIDS;
  • tuberculosis; malaria; maternal, newborn and child health; family planning and reproductive health; and chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and lung and heart disease.

    Through strengthening capacity, investing in health systems innovation, building the evidence base, and advocating for sound public health policy, MSH is committed to making a lasting difference in global health.

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