Deadline of this Job: 05 December 2022JOB DETAILS:
FHI 360 is a nonprofit human development organization dedicated to improving lives in lasting ways by advancing integrated, locally driven solutions. Our staff includes experts in health, education, nutrition, environment, economic development, civil society, gender, youth, research, and technology — creating a unique mix of capabilities to address today’s interrelated development challenges. FHI 360 serves more than 70 countries and all U.S. states and territories. We are currently seeking qualified candidates for the position of: Diagnostics Specialist
The CDC Enhancing Global Health Security (EGHS) project is a global mechanism that supports Global Health Security Agenda goals through programs and activities focused on protecting and improving health security at country and regional levels. Core priorities include strengthened laboratory and surveillance systems, public health workforce, emergency operations and capacity to implement the International Health Regulations.
The primary function of this position is to provide technical assistance to recipients of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria’s COVID-19 Response Mechanism (GFATM C19RM) to strengthen national laboratory systems with effective modern point-of-care and laboratory-based diagnostics, comprehensive quality management systems, timely and accurate reporting of animal and human diseases, strong specimen referral and transport system, and laboratory information systems.
• Provide technical assistance to establish routine wastewater surveillance for COVID-19 and other priority diseases including polio in Lusaka.
• Provide technical assistance to design the wastewater surveillance strategy from collection through laboratory analysis to response, requiring development of sampling and testing SOPs and tools, and enabling procurement of consumables in coordination with APHL.
• Liaise with GFATM implementer and CDC in country to provide relevant technical facilitation. Utilize technical backstopping support from APHL for methods.
• Support national stakeholders to develop wastewater surveillance strategic plans, SOPs, and policies for utilization of results.
• Monitor and report progress with wastewater surveillance activities as per the approved country work plan.
• Provide technical support to ZNPHI for wastewater surveillance system methods and strategies development based on current best practices and established diagnostic and operational standards while also being locally relevant and sustainable.
• Strengthen capacity in local diagnostic stakeholders to utilize information obtained through wastewater surveillance.
• Align wastewater surveillance diagnostics with ongoing national quality management system enhancements under the auspices of the Ministry of Health Quality Assurance Coordinating Unit.
• Provide technical assistance to ZNPHI and other consumers of wastewater surveillance data such as UTH Virology (polio surveillance), the food and drug lab (cholera surveillance) and the Lusaka Water and Sanitation Company and other WASH stakeholders.
• Align wastewater surveillance with ongoing QMS toward accreditation under the auspices of the MOH Quality Assurance Coordinating Unit.
• Coordinate and work with a diverse group of national organizations including the government and other diagnostic network leaders, development partners, other regional and global EGHS staff, and CDC
• Provide support on expansion of wastewater surveillance to additional geographic locations and diagnostic capabilities, as guided by Zambia government priorities
• Coordinate with EGHS team in other countries to ensure synergies and experience sharing within the project and across countries to remain abreast of emerging methodology for wastewater surveillance
• Contribute to the preparation of required reports.
Applied Knowledge and Skills
• Knowledge of and experience in PCR diagnostics (bench experience), and environmental sampling.
• Knowledge of quality management system.
• Awareness of the mechanisms and strategies that are being deployed under the Global Health Security Agenda and other similar mechanisms to combat emerging infectious disease threats.
• Working knowledge of laboratory reporting tools, and laboratory information systems
• Sensitivity to cultural diversity and understanding of the political, contextual, and ethical issues in assigned areas.
• Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
• Excellent and demonstrated project management skills.
• Ability to network and collaborate with others in a complex multi-partner context.
• Demonstrated proficiency with using Microsoft Office Suite required.
• Ability to analyze and interpret data, identify errors, and prepare reports.
• Ability to solve problems and implement corrective action as needed.
Education and Experience
• Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in clinical diagnostics or equivalent.
• At least 4years of relevant experience in diagnostic system strengthening and capacity strengthening in the country.
• Experience in diagnosis of infectious diseases, including specific hands-on diagnostics experience
• Competent in current diagnostic methods for infectious diseases, including point-of-care tests.
• Knowledge and experience with strengthening laboratories to achieve international quality standards including against ISO 15189 and/or SLMTA/SLIPTA.
• Prior work experience in a non-governmental organization (NGO), government agency, or private organization.
• International program development or program management experience preferred.
Typical Physical Demands
• Typical office environment
• Ability to spend long hours looking at a computer screen and doing repetitive work on a keyboard
• Ability to sit and stand for extended periods of time
• Ability to lift/move up to 5 lbs.
Technology to be Used
• Personal computer, Microsoft Office (Office 365, SharePoint, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Skype/Zoom/Teams, cell phone/mobile technology, and standard office equipment.
• Up to 75% within the country
• Must be able to read, write, and speak fluent English
This job description summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
The last day of receiving applications is 5 December,2022.
This job posting summarizes the main duties of the job. It neither prescribes nor restricts the exact tasks that may be assigned to carry out these duties. This document should not be construed in any way to represent a contract of employment. Management reserves the right to review and revise this document at any time.
Deadline of this Job: 15 December 2022JOB DETAILS:
Organizational Setting and Work Relationships
The Associate Human Resources Officer supports the UNHCR’s People Strategy and contributes to the implementation of the 2018 independent Human Resources review, which resulted in the establishment of HR strategic priorities and the reconfiguration and transformation of the Division of Human Resources (DHR) from a largely transactional model into a strategic business partner for field operations and senior management. Having the right people in the right place at the right time is at the core of enabling UNHCR to protect and respond to persons of concern. By attracting, retaining and developing a talented, diverse and agile workforce while nurturing a culture of excellence, respect and wellbeing for all, UNHCRs Human Resources acts as a strategic partner to the organization, enabling a people-centric culture.
The Associate Human Resources Officer provides support and assistance in the areas of operational support, workforce planning, assignments and talent acquisition, organizational cultural changes, HR policy implementation and duty of care. The incumbent maintains employee confidence and protects the organization and its workforce by keeping human resources information confidential.
The Associate Human Resources Officer is usually supervised by the HR Officer or Senior HR Officer or Head of Office in a Country Operation, or the most senior HR staff in a Regional Bureau. She/he usually supervises HR General Service staff.
The incumbent maintains a direct working relationship with a number of units within the Division of Human Resources (DHR). The incumbent also works closely with the Senior HR Partner, the Senior Medical Officer and the Senior Staff counsellor for his/her region.
All UNHCR staff members are accountable to perform their duties as reflected in their job description. They do so within their delegated authorities, in line with the regulatory framework of UNHCR which includes the UN Charter, UN Staff Regulations and Rules, UNHCR Policies and Administrative Instructions as well as relevant accountability frameworks. In addition, staff members are required to discharge their responsibilities in a manner consistent with the core, functional, cross-functional and managerial competencies and UNHCRs core values of professionalism, integrity and respect for diversity.
Workforce Operational Support:
• Assist in implementation of HR initiatives that support organizational culture change such as good people management practices, and promoting gender, inclusion and diversity.
• Implement HR operational activities to ensure timely provision of HR solutions, prioritizing according to the needs and risks.
• Contribute to the development of a HR customer service-oriented culture that values proactivity, continuous improvement, innovation and high performance.
• Provide support, guidance and trainings to HR staff.
Assignments and Talent Acquisition:
• Coordinate the process of recruitment, assignment and reassignment of locally-recruited staff and affiliate workforce, also assisting with set up and running of (Regional) Assignments Committee where relevant.
• Assist in organizing outreach campaigns to attract diverse applicants. Ensure proper consideration is given to all applicants without distinction on the grounds of race, color, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity.
• Analyse, track and report on recruitment and assignments trends for management, including efforts to reach gender parity.
• Take a proactive approach to risk management in the areas of recruitment, ensuring the issues are identified, addressed and reported and, where appropriate, escalated.
Advice to managers and staff, and contribution to an inclusive work environment:
• Build dialog and outreach with staff; answer questions, and provide information to staff as to where to go for help or ask questions.
• Be proactive in identifying issues, themes and patterns affecting the workforces health and welfare, including sexual harassment and abuse of authority.
• Ensure that on-boarding, induction, re-integration into the workplace and off-boarding support, is provided to colleagues. Induction programmes should include information on Protection from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (PSEA) and Sexual Harassment, Code of Conduct as well as workforces rights and obligations.
HR policies and inter-agency:
• Enforce compliance with UNHCRs Human Resources policies and procedures and the UN staff rules, regulations and UNHCR administrative instructions.
• Participate in the ICSC survey on living conditions and classification of duty stations as well as in the UN Country Team local staff salary survey and other local inter-agency HR-related fora and initiatives.
Duty of Care:
• Contribute to establishing and maintaining a medical evacuation plan with senior management, Field safety and the Senior Medical Officer.
• Assist in the security and medical evacuations of UNHCR personnel.
• Support the implementation of a Duty of Care strategy. Identify and assess issues related to duty of care including physical, mental health and safety of UNHCRs workforce, promoting workforce balance.
For positions in Regional Bureaux only: In the absence of a Senior Talent Development Officer in the Bureau:
• Contribute to the implementation of a talent development strategy for UNHCR workforce in the region, in line with UNHCRs needs and staff members career planning.
• Contribute to the implementation of a talent sourcing and acquisition plan to identify talent mainly among but not limited to national staff and affiliate workforce in the region.
• Perform other related duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications Education & Professional Work Experience
Years of Experience / Degree Level For P2/NOB – 3 years relevant experience with Undergraduate degree; or 2 years relevant experience with Graduate degree; or 1 year relevant experience with Doctorate degree
Field(s) of Education
Human Resources Management; Human Resources Development; Personnel Administration; Business Administration; or other relevant field. (Field(s) of Education marked with an asterisk* are essential) Certificates and/or Licenses UNHCR HR certification; (Certificates and Licenses marked with an asterisk* are essential)
Relevant Job Experience Essential:
Experience working in Human Resources. UNHCR HR certification is a plus. Knowledge of general HR policies, processes and systems.
Desirable: Experience in one or more of the following areas: HR Administration, workforce planning, recruitment, HR policy or talent development. Experience in HR information technology systems and tools. Experience in field humanitarian operations and/or emergency settings. Experience working with the United Nations. Experience working in a multi-cultural setting.
Functional Skills HR-Local mass recruitment HR-Talent Development and Nurturing HR-HR data and people analytics HR-Employee Relationship Management SO-Learning Agility HR-HR Business Partnering MG-Client Relationship Management HR-Inclusion, Diversity and Gender strategy design and implementation (Functional Skills marked with an asterisk* are essential)
For International Professional and Field Service jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English.
For National Professional jobs: Knowledge of English and UN working language of the duty station if not English and local language.
For General Service jobs: Knowledge of English and/or UN working language of the duty station if not English.
All UNHCR workforce members must individually and collectively, contribute towards a working environment where each person feels safe, and empowered to perform their duties. This includes by demonstrating no tolerance for sexual exploitation and abuse, harassment including sexual harassment, sexism, gender inequality, discrimination and abuse of power. As individuals and as managers, all must be proactive in preventing and responding to inappropriate conduct, support ongoing dialogue on these matters and speaking up and seeking guidance and support from relevant UNHCR resources when these issues arise. This is a Standard Job Description for all UNHCR jobs with this job title and grade level. The Operational Context may contain additional essential and/or desirable qualifications relating to the specific operation and/or position. Any such requirements are incorporated by reference in this Job Description and will be considered for the screening, shortlisting and selection of candidates.
Desired Candidate Profile
• Solid experience in HR management, in-depth understanding of HR Rules and Regulations, Policies and Procedures, proven experience managing a diverse workforce in a versatile environment.
• Demonstrated ability to handle complex situations with tact, diplomacy, and respect for confidentiality.
• Demonstrated effective communication skills.
• Strong client orientation skills
• Proven managerial and teamwork skills, including experience in virtual management of teams (support teams in remote locations).
• Open minded, out of the box thinker, interested in innovative solutions and approaches
• Ability to quickly grasp the dynamic of the Operation to facilitate appropriate and timely interventions to support a fair and inclusive working environment.
Required languages (expected Overall ability is at least B2 level):
Occupational Safety and Health Considerations:
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Nature of Position:
The Associate HR Officer will be heading the HR Unit in Zambia. Solid experience in HR management including excellent knowledge of the MSRP HR module is needed (MSRP HR correction mode). The incumbent needs to oversee the administration of national, international staff, vacancy management of national and international positions, as well as duty of care. The Associate HR Officer ensures appropriate response to the operational requirements timely, accurately and effectively. Efficient HR services are to be provided in a client-oriented manner while ensuring consistent and harmonized conditions of service among the existing workforce i.e. UNHCR, UNOPS and other affiliates. The Associate HR Officer implements UNHCR’s People Strategy at the country level, as well as the Regional HR priorities. S/he ensures integrity, transparency, fairness and professionalism in all HR matters and processes throughout the country. The Associate HR Officer provides advice and guidance to the managers and staff at large on the complex HR matters, liaises and consults with relevant HR counterparts at the Bureau level as well as HQ departments on policy level discussions, clarifications and confirmations. The AHRO is closely involved in addressing the issues of staff relations and grievances, conflict management, counselling, providing advice on support and complaint mechanisms, as well as ensuring that the staff welfare is attended at all levels within the operation. A seasoned HR professional with maturity, excellent knowledge of the HR rules and regulations, coupled with excellent communication, drafting, inter-personal and managerial skills is thus required. The incumbent should have several years of working experience in HR so that s/he can quickly grasp the dynamic of the operation and ensure that timely support is provided to other units as well as to the senior management.
Living and Working Conditions:
Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia, a country heading towards middle-income country status. Zambia is an English speaking country. Shops are well stocked, and all basic commodities can be found, Lusaka has various supermarkets and malls around town. Imported goods tend to be available but more expensive. Health facilities, international schools, banking services are available in Lusaka. Finding accommodation meeting MORRS standard is possible, either in stand-alone house or in apartment or town house in housing complexes. Domestic flights are costly but available. The local airline, Proflight and Mahogany operates flights to larger towns in the country. Zambia is a vast country and road travel can take days, given the distances and at times the road conditions. Zambia is peaceful with minimal security threats. There have been no restrictions on travel within Zambia. There have been no curfews or restricted movements within Lusaka or elsewhere. There have been no reported cases of serious incidents involving UNHCR staff members in the past. No incidents affecting UN staff members have been reported so far in 2020. Like in other duty stations, staff members are advised not to be complacent and be vigilant. International staff members are expected to have security guards from a recognized / recommended security company at their residences. Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, entry screening will be conducted at all airports and all travellers entering the airport are subjected to temperature and symptom screening. All travellers coming into the country through the international airports are required to provide a negative SARS CoV-2 PCR test results. The test should have been conducted within the previous 14 days. Travelers not meeting this requirement are not allowed entry into the Country.