|Proposed Start Date||August 2017|
|Assignment Location||Nuku'alofa, Tonga|
An opportunity exists for a motivated individual interested in applying their laboratory skills and knowledge in a development context. The Laboratory Scientist Training Coordinator will assist with management, evaluation and implementation of the trainee program as well as strengthening of the current training and continuous development available to laboratory staff.
The Vaiola Hospital Laboratory is part of the health services provided by the Tongan Ministry of Health (MoH). They provide testing for Haematology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Histopathology, Chlamydia and Blood Transfusion services. There are 30 technical staff members including four trainees and 21 technicians with four on laboratories located on the outer islands. Five of the 30 technicians are qualified medical scientist. Your role will be to assist the qualified technicians, working with the Training and Quality Officers, in the development of a comprehensive trainee program and continuous development for strengthening staff capacity and ultimately providing an improved diagnostic service to the Tongan people.
You will be supporting the current Training Officer and Quality Officer in delivering the trainee program. You will evaluate and work with staff to identify teaching issues and conduct workshops to develop their education and course management skills. You will also assess the continuous development in training currently provided to laboratory technicians, suggest strategies for improvement and assist in implementation of these strategies for delivery of a comprehensive training program in line with the Laboratory Quality Management System.
Through consolidating the local training program for enhanced local skills and employment outcomes, your involvement in this assignment will lead to improved diagnostic services for diseases. This will increase the overall quality of healthcare for community members, including accurate and reliable diagnostic laboratory testing as well as access to safer blood transfusions for local patients.