Biomedical specialist

Haiti
Apply by 14 August 2018
Posted on 31 July 2018

Job Description

Chemonics seeks a biomedical specialist for the Global Health Supply Chain - Technical Assistance (GHSC-TA) indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract that serves the health commodity technical assistance needs of USAID, other U.S. government agencies, partner country governments, nongovernmental organizations, and other entities across a range of health priorities such as malaria, family planning, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and maternal and child health. Under the GHSC-TA Francophone Task Order, USAID provides systems strengthening technical assistance to in-country national supply chain systems, strengthens collaboration and regional organizations for improved commodity security, and builds countries’ supply chain management capacity in the context of global health security and emergency preparedness. Currently, the Francophone Task Order works to strengthen regional, national, and subnational health supply systems in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Benin, and Haiti and supports the USAID/West Africa Regional Mission in Accra, Ghana, in improving national systems and institutional capacity in the pharmaceutical supply chain. It also develops plans to improve national preparedness to provide commodities needed to manage disease outbreaks with pandemic potential in select Global Health Security Agenda countries.

Working with the GHSC-TA Francophone Task Order team in Haiti, the biomedical specialist will support the maintenance of medical equipment at the central and regional levels, working in close collaboration with Directorate of Health Service Organization (DOSS) technicians and the Ministry of Public Health and Population (MSSP). The biomedical specialist will build on the project’s recent assessment, which culminated in the classification of the existing nonworking equipment available at key hospitals and at PEPFAR sites into different categories. The duration of this position will be up to two months. We are looking for individuals who have a passion for making a difference in the lives of people around the world.

Responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate closely with the MSPP and its relevant departmental and central directorates, administrative and medical staff of relevant health institutions, other USAID-funded, and the technical working group GTMEM throughout the planning and implementation of activities
  • Coordinate with the project’s team of technicians for laboratory equipment and those at the National Laboratory of Public Health (LNSP) to ensure their engagement in the planning and implementation of relevant activities
  • Develop a toolkit inclusive of relevant reference documents and standard operating procedures for medical equipment management and maintenance, based on international best practices but customized to the Haitian context
  • Provide technical leadership in the creation of a medical equipment maintenance plan (based on the inventory recently completed by the project) and support local technicians to successfully implement the plan upon its approval
  • Develop and document in the form of fact sheet/instructions all the maintenance requirements for each identified type of equipment
  • Coordinate a plan for the destruction of obsolete equipment according to approved procedures
  • Capture all maintenance data related to the medical equipment plan into the designated database that will be supported by the project
  • Facilitate the development, adaptation, and adoption of a set of general standard operating procedures to govern biomedical equipment repair and maintenance within the Ministry of Health and support their dissemination and use by ministry staff centrally and at health facilities
  • Develop a list of spare parts and tools to be kept at central and regional levels to support the national maintenance program
  • Attend relevant meetings of USAID and other stakeholders at the direction of the GHSC-TA Francophone Task Order country director.

Qualifications:

  • Diploma in biomedical equipment technology or other relevant field
  • Minimum eight years of professional experience in the maintenance of medical equipment including autoclaves, water concentrators, Doppler Fetoscopy, incubators, and anesthesia machines
  • Ability to write and provide high-quality assessment reports in English and French
  • Proven leadership skills in team management, technical analysis, stakeholder engagement, and the implementation of complex technical tasks
  • Ability to work both on a team and independently
  • Excellent leadership and facilitation skills and ability to take initiative
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Experience working on USAID programs and in Haiti preferred
  • Fluency in speaking and writing in English and French; knowledge of Haitian Creole preferred

Application Instructions:

​​​Send electronic submissions including your CV and cover letter to GHSCTAHaitiRecruit@chemonics.com by August 14, 2018, with the name of the position in the subject line. No telephone inquiries, please. Finalists will be contacted.​

About the Organization

Owned entirely by employees, Chemonics is an ISO-9001 certified international development company. For more than 40 years, we have partnered with local and international organizations to promote social and economic change around the world.

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