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Laboratory Technician at Lighthouse Trust

Lighthouse Trust

Lighthouse Trust is a registered Public Trust established to manage Centres of Excellence (CoEs) and provide leverage for leadership and delivery of integrated HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services in Malawi. Lighthouse has been involved in the development of locally applicable HIV care and treatment models. It is strategically positioned in Malawi’s national HIV response due to its close collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MoH). The Lighthouse in close coordination with MoH provides integrated services at Kamuzu Central Hospital, Bwaila Hospital, and some health facilities in urban and rural areas in Lilongwe, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre, Zomba Central Hospital and Mzuzu central hospital in Mzuzu. Its strategic approach focuses on client- centred care based on four goals which are:

Goal 1: Service delivery: to enhance high-quality, integrated HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for adults and children.

Goal 2: Model interventions and operations research: to develop, pilot, evaluate, and disseminate innovative programs and policies across the continuum of prevention, treatment, care and support for HIV infection and its co-morbidities, both infectious and non-infectious.

Goal 3: Quality management: to ensure that all patients at Lighthouse clinics and all supported sites are receiving quality health care and services as recommended by the MoH and other health development partners by utilizing quality improvement (QI) methodologies in a multidisciplinary team approach.

Goal 4: Capacity strengthening: to build and strengthen healthcare capacity for high quality HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.

Lighthouse Trust, with support from the United States of America President’s Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through a Cooperative Agreement with Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has two grants to operate Centres of Excellence for Comprehensive Integrated HIV Care and Treatment Services in Lilongwe (Grant #NU2GGH002131).

In order to achieve the above – mentioned goals, Lighthouse wishes to recruit a highly qualified and experienced person to fill the position of:

Position Title : Laboratory Technician
Reports to : Clinic Manager
Team : Clinic
Location: Martin Preuss Centre (Bwaila) & Umodzi Family Centre (QECH)

Overview of the Position
The laboratory technician will be responsible for managing laboratory services.

Responsibilities (which include, but are not limited to):

  • Perform processing of laboratory samples according to current protocols, procedures and quality assurance requirements.
  • Perform laboratory tests on scheduled benches.
  • Perform reagent preparation and equipment maintenance.
  • Perform freezer sample storage and retrieval according to current protocols and prepare lab samples for shipment as needed.
  • Maintain a high level of precision and accuracy for all work performed.
  • Provide input as required for updating laboratory procedures and procedure manual.
  • Meet or exceeds continuing education requirements for position.
  • Oversee stock keeping of tests and materials required in the laboratory.
  • Provide technical supervision and assistance to colleagues (nurses, others) in the laboratory.
  • Respond to technical and logistical problems encountered in the laboratory in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Assist with implementation of new study protocols, new instrumentation, new methodology and training as needed. Assist with training and problem solving as needed.
  • Follow all laboratory procedures including safety guidelines, the use of personal protective equipment and awareness of blood-borne pathogens.
  • Demonstrate a cooperative attitude in relationships with co-workers and other personnel.
  • Meet or exceeds quality assurance levels of the laboratory.
  • Maintain confidentiality of patients, patient results and project operations.
  • Serve as an effective representative to physicians, nurses, counsellors and visitors in a courteous and empathetic manner.
  • Follow laboratory and collaboration polices.
  • Use all facilities and supplies with care and in a cost-effective manner.
  • Assist or carry out other duties as assigned by the Clinic Manager
  • Maintain a clean and safe work environment.

Qualification and Experience
• Degree or Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology
• Registered with Medical Council of Malawi
• Minimum of three years’ experience in laboratory services.

Application Procedure
Eligible internal candidates meeting the required qualifications and experience should send their applications with cover letter, detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV), copies of certificates, names, addresses and telephone numbers of three traceable referees.

Applications should be received not later than 8th April 2024 to the following address:

The Executive Director
Lighthouse Trust
Kamuzu Central Hospital
P O BOX 106
LILONGWE
Or email to: recruitment@lighthouse.org.mw

Only those shortlisted candidates will be communicated.

To apply for this job please visit lighthouse.org.mw.