Regional Technical Lead NTD, Responsable technique régional MTN, Yaoundé, Sightsavers

Regional Technical Lead NTD, Responsable technique régional MTN, Yaoundé, Sightsavers

Role Responsibilities/ Responsabilités du rôle

Location:      Nigeria/Cameroon/Senegal/UK

Reports to:   Director Lymphatic Filariasis & Onchocerciasis Technical Unit

Contract:      18 months fixed term contract (renewable subject to funding)

Salary:           Local Terms and Conditions apply

Purpose of role as Regional Technical Lead NTD

Currently our drive to eliminate onchocerciasis is hampered by low capacity to conduct entomological surveys as well as limitations by laboratories in endemic countries to provide diagnostic support on collected samples.  We are therefore actively seek to employ a technical adviser to support national NTD programmes in strengthening NTD laboratory capacity, focusing specifically on onchocerciasis and to a lesser degree lymphatic filariasis and other vector borne NTDs. The post-holder will provide technical advice and assistance that further develops regional and global strategies, networks and collaborations to strengthen NTD diagnostic capacity (survey methods, training, data collection and analysis) of laboratories in endemic countries.

About the role Regional Technical Lead NTD

Main responsibilities will include but not limited to:

Lead the development of strategies, training packages, and knowledge transfer initiatives to increase and strengthen onchocerciasis diagnostic capacity in endemic countries and programmes.

Develop standardised training and refresher training packages for use of existing Ov16 and black fly PCR protocols, drawing on existing best practice and laboratory expertise in country

Setting up quality assurance protocols to cover common controls and assay parameters, blind re-testing of randomly selected samples on both ELISA and O-150 PCR within and between laboratories, assay calibration in each lab through running a standardised calibration panel

Champion accreditations across laboratories to meet national standards, for example SLIMTA, SLIPTA and GLP.

Ensure collaborating laboratories complete the laboratory assessment tool and maintain a register of its usage

Coordinate and align technical advice and activities in countries where Sightsavers is not the only source of funding for onchocerciasis laboratory strengthening activities

Support the dissemination and application of best practice for onchocerciasis diagnostic capacity strengthening, in line with global standards and emerging m-Health systems, working closely with Sightsavers Director for Digital Health and Innovation

Support for the development of new funding proposals for onchocerciasis diagnostic implementation or research, ensuring proposals are technically sound, deliverable, and align with WHO guidance and Sightsavers strategic vision and priorities

Knowledge, skills and experience for Regional Technical Lead NTD


Proven work experience in a similar role at Regional level within international development

Laboratory experience working on onchocerciasis diagnosis, particularly Ov16 serological methods and O-150 molecular methods

Tertiary degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline such as biology, molecular biology, biotechnology, or similar

Excellent written and spoken English

First class communication and interpersonal skills

Excellent time management and organisation

Experience designing and delivering training to laboratory personnel

Availability to travel for field visits, attend meetings, workshops and conferences

Strong stakeholder management and engagement

Ability to work independently escalating risks and issues to the wider team and senior members


Understanding of research governance and ethical principles particularly in relation to research with vulnerable people

Knowledge of NTDs and health systems

Experience with GLP, SLIMTA or SLIPTA

The Regional Technical Lead is a highly varied and involved role and the above is not an exhaustive list of duties or required professional skills. Please see the Job Description for full details.

Interviews are likely to take place virtually week commencing 14 November 2022 onwards. This will be a one-stage interview process.

Closing Date: 9 November, 2022

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