Regional Technical Lead – Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) at Sightsavers Nigeria

Sightsavers is an international organisation that changes lives for the long term. We work in more than 30 countries to eliminate avoidable blindness and support people with visual impairments to live independently.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Regional Technical Lead – Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD)

Location: Nigeria
Contract Type: 18 months fixed term contract (renewable subject to funding)
Reports to: Director Lymphatic Filariasis & Onchocerciasis Technical Unit
Specific Hours: Standard Office hours

Purpose of Role

  • Currently our drive to eliminate onchocerciasis is hampered by low capacity to conduct entomological surveys as well as limitations by laboratories in endemic countries to provide diagnostic support on collected samples.
  • We are therefore actively seek to employ a technical adviser to support national NTD programmes in strengthening NTD laboratory capacity, focusing specifically on onchocerciasis and to a lesser degree lymphatic filariasis and other vector borne NTDs.
  • The post-holder will provide technical advice and assistance that further develops regional and global strategies, networks and collaborations to strengthen NTD diagnostic capacity (survey methods, training, data collection and analysis) of laboratories in endemic countries.

About the Role
Main responsibilities will include but not limited to:

  • Lead the development of strategies, training packages, and knowledge transfer initiatives to increase and strengthen onchocerciasis diagnostic capacity in endemic countries and programmes.
  • Develop standardised training and refresher training packages for use of existing Ov16 and black fly PCR protocols, drawing on existing best practice and laboratory expertise in country
  • Setting up quality assurance protocols to cover common controls and assay parameters, blind re-testing of randomly selected samples on both ELISA and O-150 PCR within and between laboratories, assay calibration in each lab through running a standardised calibration panel
  • Champion accreditations across laboratories to meet national standards, for example SLIMTA, SLIPTA and GLP.
  • Ensure collaborating laboratories complete the laboratory assessment tool and maintain a register of its usage
  • Coordinate and align technical advice and activities in countries where Sightsavers is not the only source of funding for onchocerciasis laboratory strengthening activities
  • Support the dissemination and application of best practice for onchocerciasis diagnostic capacity strengthening, in line with global standards and emerging m-Health systems, working closely with Sightsavers Director for Digital Health and Innovation
  • Support for the development of new funding proposals for onchocerciasis diagnostic implementation or research, ensuring proposals are technically sound, deliverable, and align with WHO guidance and Sightsavers strategic vision and priorities.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
Essential:

  • Tertiary Degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline such as Biology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology, or similar
  • Proven work experience in a similar role at Regional level within international development
  • Laboratory experience working on onchocerciasis diagnosis, particularly Ov16 serological methods and O-150 molecular methods
  • Excellent written and spoken English
  • First class communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent time management and organisation
  • Experience designing and delivering training to laboratory personnel
  • Availability to travel for field visits, attend meetings, workshops and conferences
  • Strong stakeholder management and engagement
  • Ability to work independently escalating risks and issues to the wider team and senior members.

Desirable:

  • Understanding of research governance and ethical principles particularly in relation to research with vulnerable people
  • Knowledge of NTDs and health systems
  • Experience with GLP, SLIMTA or SLIPTA.
  • The Regional Technical Lead is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills.

Salary
Local Terms and Conditions apply.

Application Closing Date
9th November, 2022.

Interview Date
Interviews are likely to take place virtually week commencing 14th November, 2022 onwards. This will be a one-stage interview process.

Method of Application
Interested and qualified candidates should:
Click here to apply online

Note

  • As an equal opportunity Employer we actively encourage applications from all sections of the community. Sightsavers is a Disability Confident Leader therefore qualified people living with a disability are particularly encouraged to apply
  • Sightsavers is an employer that does not tolerate any form of harassment and has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse.
  • All potential candidates will be subjected to rigorous background checks and controls.
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