Laboratory Volunteer at King's Sierra Leone Partnership – University of Copenhagen

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05 July 2018

Laboratory Volunteer at King's Sierra Leone Partnership

Terms of reference
Start date: As soon as possible
Location: Freetown, Sierra Leone
Placement duration: 6 months extendable to 1 year

About the King's Sierra Leone Partnership
The King’s Sierra Leone Partnership (KSLP) is a long-term capacity building partnership, bringing King’s College London and King’s
Health Partners together with key partner institutions in Sierra Leone. It is part of King’s Global Health Partnerships, who facilitate
similar partnerships in Somaliland and Kongo Central, Democratic Republic of Congo. KSLP’s mission is to help the government
improve health care and its outcomes by empowering people, strengthening organisations and enhancing Sierra Leone’s health
system. We do this by contributing technical advice, mentoring and training, research, access to resources and facilitating
collaboration, with a focus on improving training, clinical services, policy and research. Key partners include University of Sierra
Leone Teaching Hospital Complex Connaught Hospital, the College of Medicine & Allied Health Sciences (COMAHS) and the
Ministry of Health & Sanitation (MOHS).

The Role
The successful candidate will be part of a team working on a health systems strengthening project to improve the management of
patients with fever. The project will be based at Connaught Hospital, but with the aim of learning lessons and developing
implementation strategies that can be rolled-out to other hospitals in Sierra Leone. The team works in conjunction with the
National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP), Connaught Hospital Management and the Ministry of Health’s Directorate of
Hospitals and Laboratories with technical advisory input from senior academics at KCL.
The laboratory volunteer will work with Connaught staff and other team members to identify barriers to good quality laboratory
services and implement and evaluate quality improvement strategies. This will focus on the use of microscopy and rapid
diagnostic tests with the potential to expand to microbiology and other areas crucial to the management of patients with malaria
and non-malarial fever. Activities will include improving: quality control, infection prevention and control practices, supply chain,
documentation (including introducing electronic recording). In addition, the laboratory volunteer will be expected to develop
SOPs and training materials in conjunction with Connaught staff.

Person Specification
• Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in laboratory science (or other relevant field)
• Laboratory experience: Experience working in a clinical laboratory, particularly in public sector clinical laboratories.
Parasitology and microbiology experience desirable.
• Training: Experience training and mentoring laboratory staff (and other clinical staff) on the use of diagnostics
• Quality improvement and project management: Experience in identifying, implementing and evaluating quality
improvement interventions in laboratories. Experience developing and evaluating SOPs for existing and future practice.
• Experience in improving supply chain sustainability desirable.
• Personal Characteristics: Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a diverse team. Ability to manage a substantial
and complex workload with excellent organisational skills. Adaptable to a changing work environment.

Support provided to Volunteers
This is a 6-12 months unpaid voluntary position. The post holder will be provided with:
• Return flights to and from initial post, plus one paid leave flight to and from Freetown for every six months in post
• £500 monthly stipend for living expenses, paid in local currency
• Multi-entry visa, residency permit & professional registration
• Vaccinations & antimalarials
• Insurance
• Accommodation in a shared KSLP house

For more information or to apply
Submit a cover letter (maximum 2 pages) and CV (maximum 4 pages) to volunteer@kslp.org.uk 

Please include the role title in the subject line of the email. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.