Microbiologist / Laboratory Manager in Palestinian Occupied Territories

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international, independent, medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare. We work in over 60 countries, offering assistance to people based on need, irrespective of origin, religion, creed or political affiliation.

MSF Operational Centre Brussels is looking for a: Microbiologist / Laboratory Manager in Palestinian Occupied Territories

Operational Context

The continued blockade and restrictions of movement outside Gaza disregards international humanitarian law is causing hardship on the civilian population. Increasing hostilities over the years has resulted in destruction of basic infrastructures and houses.  Gaza is now called an open prison, Israel controlling the entries and exits.  This has pushed the population to despair yearning for freedom of movement and there right to return to their land.

The “Great March of Return” demonstrations started on the 30th of March and reach its climax on the 14th of May when 58 Palestinians were killed. The protest took place near the perimeter fence, east of Gaza city, on 14 and 15 May, 62 Palestinians were killed, 2768 injured, including 8 children.

With the high number of injured needing surgical interventions and prolonged care is put the health system to its limitation. According to MoH more than 22000 people were injured out of that more than 5300 had gunshot related injuries and wound needing specialized surgical interventions.

The entire Gaza health system was put on standby for emergency preparedness to be able to receive mass casualties. This has forced all hospitals and health centers to discharge their patients too early in attempt to create space for casualties. Gaza health system is over stretched in provision of acute care for the wounded, while continuing the regular medical conditions and preventive health activities which suffered and need support. The private medical sector as well as the MoH system are greatly affected by the current situation.

MSF Belgium arrived in Gaza in May 2018 to provide assistant  to the “Great March of Return’s” injured patients, following the request of the Union Health Worker Committee; a local non-profit organization.

Since the beginning and until recently, the project had been on “emergency mode”. Currently the mission is aiming to create a sustainable strategy and maintaining the relationship with our partner.

Main objectives

Set-up and implement all activities in the new microbiology lab in Alawda Hospital, train and guide the microbiology lab staff and set-up a data-collection, analysis and reporting system and build a good relationship with UHWC. The microbiologist should also play an essential role as a member of the antibiotic stewardship and infection control teams.

Purpose of the post

The clinical microbiology laboratory provides a vital function in the diagnosis of infections, which optimize patient individual antimicrobial management treatment.  It is essential to set up a qualified microbiology laboratory which also plays a critical role in the surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and advice on infection control issues.

Responsibilities

Management

  • Planning and supervising, in close coordination with the HR department, the associated processes (recruitment, training, performance evaluation, development and internal/external communication) of the laboratory staff of the project to improve staff capabilities and to ensure both the sizing and the amount of knowledge required
  • Compiling, analyzing and reporting microbiology lab activities and results to the medical staff and the immediate supervisor providing relevant information for AMR surveillance. 
  • Provide monthly reports based on extracted data from surveillance program WHONET.
  • Ensuring the implementation of IQC (internal quality control) and EQA (external quality assurance).
  • Ensuring the confidentiality of all patients’ laboratory results at any time, according to protocols in place
  • In coordination with the project biomedical service supervising the appropriate use of medical devices under his/her responsibility so they can be used at any time (e.g. correct automatic instrument calibrations and correct and updated inventories of laboratory material and equipment) anticipating and communicating future needs
  • Collaborate and be part of an operational resource if is required.

Training

  • Training of the laboratory staff from scratch on microbiology procedures based on MSF intersectional SOPs
  • Provide guidance/training for adequate collection of microbiology specimens based on existing SOPs
  • Provide guidelines/training for the interpretation of microbiology test results

Routine laboratory work

  • Provide timely, reliable, and reproducible identification and antimicrobial susceptibility results.
  • Actively participate in the antimicrobial stewardship committee or workgroup
  • Promptly report unusual patterns of resistance, test supplementary agents, and provide advice on therapy for patients awaiting results
  • Collaborate in audit and feedback of antimicrobial therapies for specific pathogens or syndromes where the role of lab test values is critical (e.g., C.difficile, bloodstream infections)
  • Use cascade or selective reporting
  • Collaborate with ID physicians and pharmacists on updating methods for susceptibility testing

Requirements

Education

  • Laboratory science/Biologist with clinical microbiology specialization.
  • Laboratory scientist/Biologist certified in clinical microbiology
  • Clinical microbiologist (MD)
  • Clinical pharmacist with Microbiology specialization
  • Master -PhD- specialization in Clinical microbiology

Experience

  • Experience in working with MSF is a strong asset
  • Experience with setting up a new microbiology lab & training of staff strongly desired
  • 2 years of relevant professional experience in bacteriology services preferably in a hospital (including hospital experience before diploma)
  • Strong competencies in antibiograms analysis and identification of resistance mechanisms

Competencies

  • Essential computer literacy
  • Behavioural Flexibility
  • People Management and Development
  • Result and Quality Orientation
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • Commitment to MSF Principles

Languages

  • English C1

Conditions

  • Expected starting date: asap
  • 9 months fixed-term field contract, based in  Gaza.
  • Salary according to MSF-OCB Field salary scale. Transport, accommodation, vaccinations are taken in charge by MSF.  Per diem + medical insurance
  • No family position
  • Adhere to the MSF principles and to our managerial values: Respect, Transparency, Integrity, Accountability, Trust and Empowerment
  • Adhere to the MSF Behavioral Commitments
  • A dynamic and stimulating work environment alongside multicultural colleagues

How to apply?

Apply online by 16 August 2020 the latest by clicking below or copying this link in your browser (https://hr-app.msf.org/Position/144/2/56). You will be redirected to our online application tool.

Please note that only short-listed candidates will be contacted.

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