Pan African Bioinformatics Network for H3Africa

New-Born Screening for Child Survival – Sickle Cell Disease Project (NBS), Tanzania

The New-Born Screening for Child Survival – Sickle Cell Disease Project (NBS) has received funding from Human Development Innovation Fund (HDIF) to establish a New-Born Screening programme (NBS) to identify children with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) at birth. The NBS programme has exciting employment opportunities for highly motivated and result-driven professionals interested in working in the health sector. The duty station for all these positions is Dar es Salaam.


Reporting to the Laboratory Manager, the job holder is responsible for processing of the laboratory samples received and ensuring they meet the set criteria.
Specific Responsibilities:

  • Performs daily QC runs on all laboratory tests/procedures.
  • Performs testing of all relevant tests for the projects
  • Documentation of daily operation, recalibration, preventive maintenance service and repair of the machines/analyzers in the operational, reagent, calibration, maintenance and corrective action logs
  • Troubleshoot any technical faults of the machine using operator's guide manual and report to the laboratory supervisor in case the problem persists
  • Analyze samples/panels received for external quality control program and submit them within deadline
  • Checking and recording all the laboratory results before validation/verification by a laboratory supervisor/lab director or designee
  • Archive all the source documents after testing in the appropriate files
  • Prepare summary reports of the machines/analyzers at the end of every month
  • Ensures proper repository of specimens as per study protocol
  • Responsible for the daily operation and handling of all data queries, all upgrades and exporting regarding the LDMS.
  • Receives reagents, test kits, controls, calibrators stored for testing
  • Ensures proper storage of perishable supplies in the storage room
  • Documentation such as temperature monitoring charts, maintenance logs of freezers/fridges
  • Ensures proper repository of specimens as per study protocol
  • Responsible for the daily operation and handling of all data queries, all upgrades and exporting regarding the LDMS.
  • Receives, registers, records and logs in specimens in lab registers/computer program.
  • Ensures specimen rejection criteria are followed

Key Qualifications:

  • A minimum degree in BSc in Medical Laboratory or equivalent
  • A minimum of Two (2) years working experience in Clinical laboratory

Other relevant skills experience:

  • Knowledge of current laboratory facilities and best practices in lab operations, methods, equipment, materials and ability to perform standardized biological, chemical, and microbiological examinations independently.
  • Advanced understanding of Good Clinical Laboratory Practise (GCLPs), regulatory/ accreditation agency requirements and lab based Quality Management System (QMS).
  • xcellent Computer literacy with proficiency in Microsoft applications.
  • Good communicator with patients, co-workers, junior and senior staff.


Reporting to the Data Manager, the position holder will be responsible for error free input of gathered data into the set database
Specific Responsibilities:

  • CRFs checking for completeness and accuracy.
  • Record any incompleteness and inaccuracies in the data query register
  • Prepares source data for computer entry by compiling and sorting information; establishing entry priorities
  • Enters data by inputting alphabetic and numeric information on keyboard or optical scanner according to screen format
  • Maintains data entry requirements by following data program techniques and procedures
  • Maintain a Data query register that lists any blanks, inaccuracies, or discrepancies on forms.
  • Present the query register to Data Manager for action.
  • Orderly file all the CRF and safely and securely store them in filing cabinet after entry everyday
  • Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed
  • Any other duties that might be assigned by the Data Manager

Key Qualifications:

  • A prospective candidate for the post should possess a minimum Diploma of Secretarial Work OR Proven 5 Years’ experience as a Data Entry Clerk in a research environment
  • A Diploma in Information Technology, Computer Science, or equivalent from a recognized institution OR Bachelors of Sociology would be an added advantage.
  • Minimum typing speed of 35wppm.

Relevant work experience:

  • This post requires a candidate with at least 3 years experience


Reporting to the ICT Manager, the position holder will be responsible to ensure the NBS ICT systems and services are operating at a level that supports the NBS objectives
Specific Responsibilities:

  • Perform repairs and planned preventative maintenance on NBS systems and services
  • Maintain and update the equipment inventory (including stored faulty equipment) by adding information  on  the  status  of  equipment, maintenance history, where known, routine maintenance requirements and expected timing of replacement of all NBS ICT equipment.
  • Liaise with suppliers and or the procurement unit on the supply of ICT equipment.
  • Maintain the following critical NBS systems :
    • Email system
    • Document storage and retrieval system
    • Issue Tracking system
    • Data management system
    • Lab information system
    • All office and clinic workstations
    • Backend server hardware.
  • Training of staff on the use of NBS ICT.
  • Create and maintain Standard Operating Procedures for the IT department.
  • Any other duties that might be assigned by the IT Manager

Key Qualifications:

  • Diploma in Computer Science or other related field.
  • Bachelor’s Degree or Masters in Computer Science or related field
  • Other professional ICT certifications are an added advantage.

Essential Work Experience (Please Do NOT Apply if you lack this)
Two years or more relevant experience in the following area's:

  • Microsoft Office Applications
  • Managing windows workstations
  • Managing linux servers.
  • Managing network switches and routers.
  • Managing and using issue ticketing systems
  • Managing automated backup systems
  • ICT inventory management
  • Managing email systems
  • Managing web hosted applications
  • Structured cabling
  • ICT hardware diagnosis.


Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator, the Medical Officer is responsible for clinical care to SCD patients and clinical data collection.

Specific Responsibilities:

Health Care:

  • Supervise all activities pertaining to NBS at the allotted site
  • Enable the Nursing Officer in the labour wards to conduct NBS successfully by ensuring that all required consumables are present
  • Countercheck with the Nursing Officer in charge that activities are continuing and tackle any hindrances to NBS
  • Provide healthcare to SCD patients at outpatient clinic and for inpatient in wards.
  • Attend departmental clinical meetings and presentations.
  • Presentations of summary of patients admitted in the ward during the week.
  • Organizing post clinic team meetings and facilitating them in absence of the CC
  • Giving daily or weekly report to the CC and report on progress and barriers faced during our daily activities.
  • To attend patients calls from clinical helpline.
  • Write and maintain duty rosters of clinical staff for daily rotation and through weekends and public holidays and for special duties at the clinic.
  • Also monitors the clinical inventory of furniture and equipment at the site and immediately report on the breakage or loss

Clinical Data collection:

  • Participate in clinical surveillance of screened neonates which involves filling in case report forms (CRF) with clinical and laboratory information, specimen collection and storage.
  • Maintain program log books, files and review completed patient forms.
  • Calling patients who are lost to follow up and performing verbal autopsy from families for patients who have died.
  • Schedule and attend regular program meetings to discuss progress and problems with other members and gives ideas on how to improve systems of data collection, participant’s care and follow up.

Teaching and training:

  • Provide continuing medical education (CME) to program, and hospital staff.
  • Provide support for academic and hospital activities e.g. clinical examinations.


  • Contribute and assist in developing guidelines, manuscripts, etc
  • Educate and counsel patients


  • In bringing about public awareness about the sickle cell disease, you will be expected to be engaged in public awareness campaigns.

Key Qualifications:

  • Degree in Doctor of Medicine.
  • Other professional certifications in areas of medicine and public health are an advantage.
  • Minimum of One (1) Year Clinical experience
  • Experience in a research setting is highly desirable


Reporting to the Clinical Coordinator, the Nurse Officer is responsible for clinical care to SCD patients and clinical data collection.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Give health education to SCD patients , parents and guardians
  • Perform pretest counseling to SCD patients , parents and guardians
  • Supervising and assisting mothers in labour,
  • Participate in DBS collection and storage for NBS screening
  • Participate in filing of NBS CRF s
  • Perform post test counseling to SCD patients , parents and guardians
  • Supervise proper vital sign measurements and recording for SCD patients
  • Supervise proper anthropometric and measurement recording for SCD patients
  • Organization of Outpatient clinics for SCD patients
  • Participate in major ward rounds and ensure all orders by the doctors are executed
  • Attend clinical meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor

Key Qualification(s):

  • Degree in Nursing, Midwifery or relevant qualification(s)

Relevant Work Experience:

  • Minimum of One (1) Year Clinical experience

Full details of the Job descriptions are available on the following websites:

www.muhas.ac.tz and www.muhimbili-wellcome.org

If you believe you are the right candidate for any of the above positions, please send your application letter, detailed curriculum vitae, and photocopies of academic certificates, and names and contact details of THREE referees to the address below. Applications which do not attach all the mentioned dossiers, including three referees, will be disqualified.

Your application should have a title of the position you are applying for. Failure to do this will disqualify the application

Applicants will be sent a fill out questionnaire when they submit, please ensure you use a frequently monitored . They need to submit that questionnaire before the deadline for applications. Failure to do this will disqualify the application.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All applications should be submitted to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 1500 hours on
29th June 2015.

The orginial job posting can be found here.

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