Job at Save the Children: Laboratory Technician (Deadline: 27 March 2018)
Rwanda Country Programme, Kigali Rwanda
Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We work together, with partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives. Save the Children works in thirty districts in Rwanda with a current staff complement of approximately 180 staff.
SC Rwanda Country Office seeks to hire qualified, committed and experienced national staff to fill the following position:
Position: Laboratory Technician
Place of work: Kirehe
Reports directly to: Head of Laboratory of SCI Health Center
Reports indirectly to: Clinical Lead of SCI Health Center
Staff directly reporting to this: None
Time Frame: Open ended
Tentative start date: ASAP
Level 3 – The responsibilities of the post may require the post holder to have regular contact with or access to children or young people.
Health and Safety
The role holder is required to carry out the duties in accordance with SCI Health and Safety policies and procedures.
The Laboratory Technician will work to contribute to an improvement in the overall health of the targeted refugee population of Mahama Camp through the provision of quality laboratory services.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSABILITIES:
Within delegated authority, the Laboratory Technician will be responsible for the following duties:
- Provide technical support to the Head of Laboratory:
- Regularly perform preventive maintenance of all laboratory equipment following the technical specifications of the manufacturers of the equipment;
- Provides fast and efficient resolution for all problems related to laboratory performance
- Assists in providing fast and efficient resolution for all problems related to laboratory performance
- Assists the Head of laboratory to ensure proper reporting of problems to the manufactures;
- Ensures effective communication and coordination with maintenance technicians and prompt facilitation of an on-site service if needed;
- Ensures safe handling of bio-hazardous materials in compliance with international standards and practices;
- Draws blood samples applying international sterilization and bio safety standards;
- Conducts various tests;
- Supports clinicians(Medical Doctors, Nurses and other medical personnel)in laboratory results interpretation;
- Carries out accurate blood tests for complete blood count – Haematology, clinical chemistry and serology etc. and also handles tests for urinalysis, stool, urethral and vaginal swabs analysis providing results to clinician for further action;
- Ensures cleanliness of all glassware, work counters and other apparatus;
- Collects and labels urine, stool and sputum samples for different tests following international bio safety standards
- Performs all laboratory tests as requested by clinicians in a prompt and professional manner;
- Autoclaves and sterilizes instruments and containers following international standards of bio safety
- Assists in organization and implementation of health promotion/monitoring programmes;
- Performs diagnostic and screening laboratory tests using the available equipment and instruments;
- Releases reports of tests to clinicians in a timely manner ensuring confidentiality;
- In close coordination with the VCT counseler,assists with voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) program quality improvement , following national standards and guidelines;
- Ensures appropriate disposal of hazardous material following international bio safety standards in coordination with the Medical Doctors, Nurses and Pharmacist;
- Perform other duties as deemed necessary by the Head of Laboratory r or designated authority.
SKILLS AND BEHAVIOURS (our Values in Practice)
- Holds self-accountable for making decisions, managing resources efficiently, achieving results together with children and role modelling Save the Children values
- Holds the team and partners accountable to deliver on their responsibilities – giving them the freedom to deliver in the best way they see fit, providing the necessary development to improve performance and applying appropriate consequences when results are not achieved
- Creates a managerial environment in-country to lead, enable and maintain our culture of child safeguarding
- Sets ambitious and challenging goals for self and team, takes responsibility for own personal development and encourages team to do the same
- Widely shares personal vision for Save the Children, engages and motivates others
- Future oriented, thinks strategically and on a global scale
- Builds and maintains effective relationships, with own team, colleagues, members, donors and partners
- Values diversity, sees it as a source of competitive strength
- Approachable, good listener, easy to talk to
- Develops and encourages new and innovative solutions
- Willing to take disciplined risks
- Honest, encourages openness and transparency
- Always acts in the best interests of children
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE AND ATTRIBUTES
- A qualified Registered Medical Laboratory Scientist holding Bachelor’s Degree in Biomedical Laboratory Sciences with 5 years’ experience, updated License of practice from Rwanda Allied Health Professions Council.
- Experience of working with international NGO.
- Excellent liaison abilities and good communication skills (French and English preferred).
- Willingness to work in resource poor environment and be culturally sensitive.
- Ability to produce basic reports in English
- Ability to work in a remote area and in context of insecurity issues.
- Language skills in Kinyarwanda, French, English and Kirundi
- An area of particular expertise within humanitarian health
- Experience of working in Laboratory services
CHILD SAFEGUARING POLICY:
Any employee, consultant, contractor or the supplier undertaking an activity on behalf of SCI must sign the Child Safeguarding – Declaration of Acceptance Form] and comply with the SCIs Child Safeguarding Policy which is a statement of SCI’s commitment to preventing abuse and protecting children with whom it comes into contact.
- This extends not only to children with whom SCI and its partners work directly, but also includes children whom staff are responsible for. SCI believes that the situation of children must be improved through the promotion of their rights supported and demonstrated by all members of staff. Save the Children International’s Code of Conduct sets out the standards which all staff members must adhere to.
Interested candidates should send an application letter plus updated Curriculum Vitae in English, including 3 names of professional referees to HR-Rwanda@savethechildren.org. The deadline for receiving applications is March 27th 2018.
*Note that only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.