Tuberculosis Laboratory Technical Advisor

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Published on 16.08.2019


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Position : Tuberculosis Laboratory Technical Advisor

FELLOWSHIP TITLE: Tuberculosis Laboratory Technical Advisor    
HOST ORGANIZATION: National Tuberculosis Program, Ministry of Health

LOCATION: Lusaka, Zambia   

POSITION LEVEL: Mid-Career Advisor 


TRAVEL: 25% estimated travel



USAID is a leader in the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) and supports anti-TB efforts in high burden TB countries. STAR Fellowship is a key component of the USAID Administrator's TB Accelerator initiative that aims to reach the UN General Assembly TB Declaration targets as well as to build the capacity and commitment of the host governments to ensure TB self-reliance through evidence-based TB programs.  


The TB Laboratory Technical Advisor (Advisor) shall provide state-of-the-art technical expertise to support the National Tuberculosis Program (NTP) in implementing their National TB Strategic Plans (NSPs).  S/he will support the NTP in strengthening the diagnostic network with the goal of moving more accurately and efficiently to detect and monitor TB and Drug Resistant TB (DR-TB).

Reporting structure:

The Advisor will work in close collaboration with the USAID/Zambia and USAID/Washington TB Team and will receive technical direction from the NTP Manager, who will serve as his/her Onsite Manager.

Essential Duties and Outcomes:

Build capacity of the NTP to provide lab technical assistance:

  • Develop and implement the National TB Lab strategic plan.
  • Strengthen the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) National Reference Laboratories (NRL) to provide quality assurance and quality control for TB diagnostics across the laboratory network.
  • Support the capacity building of National, Provincial Health Office and District Health Office in management of laboratory services, laboratory data management, quality assurance and diagnostics.
  • In coordination with NTP, conduct technical supervisory visits to provincial level.
  • Support and strengthen NTP for an effective specimen transportation system.

Improved nationwide coordination of diagnostic network activities:

  • Strengthen the NTP’s relationship with Directorate of Clinical Services and establish a formal platform for dialogue, data sharing, and addressing key laboratory issues.
  • Support further expansion of diagnostic techniques including GeneXpert MTB/Rif technology, digital chest X-ray, data connectivity, and culture/ DST.

Improved timely identification of technical assistance needs and coordination of responses among stakeholders:

  • Identify TB lab technical assistance needs and work with USAID and other partners to address those needs.
  • Explore opportunities for improvement across multiple issues in TB diagnostic network, such as Xpert expansion planning, connectivity, specimen transport, quality assessment and improvement processes including lab accreditation, and supervision processes.
  • Together with the NTP, facilitate the coordination of TB and TB/HIV lab strengthening activities with other partners.
  • Participate in Lab technical working group and the Global Fund’s implementation meetings.
  • Provide technical assistance to the NTP in the area of TB laboratory commodity forecasting and quantification.
  • Provide regular updates on lab and diagnostic progress to NTP and USAID, including developing and submitting technical monthly progress report and bi-annual monitoring and evaluation report to USAID staff.
  • Collaborate with partners for implementation of operational research on laboratory strengthening.
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Anticipated learning outcomes: * Required 10% time

  • Demonstrate proficiency across the core global health competencies defined as development practice, cross cultural awareness, communication, capacity strengthening, ethics of public health, health equity, gender equality and global burden of disease that is necessary for persons practicing in global health.
  • Apply diagnostic network and TB knowledge to strengthen program  
  • Apply and distinguish international standards within TB and lab strengthening area to support programming.
  • Cultivate leadership skills based on the STAR GH mentorship curriculum to effectively facilitate capacity building and knowledge sharing activities amongst staff and peers.
  • Expand access to knowledge and resources through networking and collaborative practice within global health.



  • Minimum 7 years of relevant technical experience with master's degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences or a minimum 9 years of relevant technical experience with bachelor's degree
  • Minimum 5 years of TB laboratory and TB control experience, preferably at the national level.
  • Demonstrated strategic planning and management experience in managing public health programs in general.
  • Specific experience in strengthening diagnostic networks is added advantage.
  • Knowledge of mycobacteriology laboratory works in Zambia, solid and liquid culture and/or other TB diagnostics.
  • Experience in conducting trainings and capacity building activities.
  • Experience working with the key stakeholders in TB program, preferably the national stakeholders and international donors.

Thank you for applying before the closing Date 28 August, 2019 by 5:0..0 pm Eastern time

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