|ASO/MCC: Lab Scientist - Nigeria|
|Jos, Plateau State|
|The Federal Republic of Nigeria, with approximately 170 million citizens, is the most populous African nation and the ninth most populous country in the world. While English is its national language, three recognized regional languages and more than 450 other known languages testify to this West African nation's incredible diversity.
Most Nigerians struggle with the tedious tasks of survival. Consumer prices continue to rise, creating increased hardship on the average citizen. The average life expectancy is 52 years. 70% of the population lives below the poverty line.
The internet is full of interesting information/sites about Nigeria. It is suggested that workers learn all they can; they can also feel free to ask questions.
Economically, Nigeria has experienced great fluctuations; the trend in the last 35 years has been downward. Boosted by the oil boom of the 1970's, the economy prospered -- only to plunge as the price of oil bottomed out. Widespread corruption drained off millions of Naira. Nigeria remains almost totally economically dependent on oil, despite its numerous natural and human resources.
While the average Nigerian still holds out hope for things to ultimately improve in their country – serious problems continue. "The government faces the daunting task of reforming a petroleum-based economy, whose revenues have been squandered through corruption and mismanagement, and institutionalizing democracy. In addition, defusing longstanding ethnic and religious tensions are a priority if Nigeria is to build a sound foundation for economic growth and political stability." [CIA World Fact Book]
Nigerian currency comes in Naira. There are Naira notes in denominations of five, ten, twenty, fifty, one hundred, two hundred, five hundred and one thousand Naira. The Naira fluctuates in value.
The largest language groups are Hausa in the north, Yoruba in the west, and Ibo in the east. Hausa is the common trade language throughout northern and central Nigeria, which includes areas with many smaller groups. Members of these smaller groups speak their own language and learn Hausa as a second language to get along socially and commercially. English is the official language in Nigeria. People with a secondary school education know English, whereas less educated and rural people speak only their tribal language and/or Hausa, Yoruba or Ibo.
Nigeria is a tropical country in the northern hemisphere, between four and fourteen degrees north of the equator. In Plateau State there are two distinct seasons: a dry season from October to April, and a rainy season from May to September. During the dry season, harmattan dust fills the air and obscures the sun, lowering temperatures considerably. March and April are the hottest months. The rains bring cooler weather. In Central Nigeria the rainfall is about 40 inches annually. The North receives 10-15 inches annually. In areas where MCC has involvement, temperatures range from 70-115°F or 20-50°C, except on the Plateau. With an elevation of 4000 feet, the Plateau has a temperature range of 55-95°F or 12-36°C.
Religions practiced in Nigeria tend to be regionally and ethnically based. This situation accentuates regional and ethnic distinctions and has often been seen as a source of sectarian conflict among the population. Many conflicts termed “religious conflicts” are in reality political or tribal issues. Christians and Muslims are almost equally divided, together making up about 90% of the total population. [Wikipedia]
Electricity is often sporadic with lengthy blackouts. Electricity is 220 volts, 50 cycle. Rural areas may have no electricity or a generated supply certain hours of the day.
|Jan 07, 2019|
|Ideally, could serve for 2 months|
All MCC workers are expected to exhibit a commitment to: a personal Christian faith and discipleship; active membership or participation in a Christian church; and nonviolent peacemaking. MCC is an equal opportunity employer, committed to employment equity. MCC values diversity and invites all qualified candidates to apply.
Anabaptist Service Opportunities Expectations: Living expenses (food, lodging, in-country transportation, etc.) are provided by MCC. The short term volunteer(s) would cover travel expenses to and from assignment, carry their own health insurance and provide a monthly contribution ($500 suggested donation). Applicants for this position must be legally eligible to be employed in the U.S. (Preference is for candidates age 55 and up.)
- Certification in Laboratory science.
- At least one year of experience in a medical lab.
- Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as be part of a team.
- Invitations to serve with MCC are contingent on the successful outcome of criminal background check(s)
|Faith Alive Foundation (FAF) provides a full range of medical, social & spiritual care and support to those in need, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS. In conjunction with the relevant staff, including volunteers, the short term Lab Scientist will develop and/or provide leadership for implementing more organised laboratory services at Faith Alive Clinic in Jos, Nigeria. This position would be supervised by the Officer in charge of the Laboratory & the Head of Medical Services & Research, though other staff may also provide guidance.|
|High levels of pollution; Limited dental care available; Limited mental health services available; Occasional evening and weekend work; Limited dietary options|
|The short term Lab Scientist would be seconded to Faith Alive Foundation (FAF), an evangelical Christian non-profit organization, established in 1996 in Jos.
FAF envisions a self-sustaining, internationally recognized, medical and social services center which meets the needs of humanity in a holistic way. To be able to accomplish this vision, FAF seeks “to serve humanity by expressing God’s love through compassionate voluntary services and the provision of free holistic healthcare and social services for improved quality of life. FAF provides a full range of medical, social & spiritual care and support to those in need, particularly those affected by HIV/AIDS”. More information about Faith Alive Foundation can be found on their website: http://www.faithalivenigeria.org
Faith Alive operates small satellite clinics in outlying areas so that patients don’t need to travel great distances to receive care at the main hospital in Jos. These sites include Kafanchan and Bakin-Kogi (Kaduna States), Yola (Adamawa State) with Faith Alive clubs in secondary schools, Andaha (Nasarawa State), and Fobur and HwolYarje (Plateau State) Outreach Centers.
The duties for the short term Lab Scientist may include the following:
1) Help prepare, apply and update all laboratory SOPs (Standard and Operating Procedures)
2) Serve as administrative support to the laboratory with regards to documentation of all lab activities, including but not limited to:
a) Consumables/reagents used
b) Inventory of all equipment
c) Total number of assays/investigations carried out
d) Management requirements (Legal entity; Ethical conduct; Quality policy; Identification and control of nonconformities in quality management system)
e) Technical requirements (Competence assessment)
3) Carry out designated laboratory tests; FAF has several labs in the hospital system (some regional) that are set up with Autoanalyzers to do blood analysis and other types of tests.
4) Input data from daily laboratory investigations into the computer system.
5) In addition, FAF provides one to six months training for interns and others willing to learn in a more practical way.
6) FAF offers a voluntary, daily morning devotion, as well as health talks, for patients and staff; the short term Lab Scientist would be welcome to participate in/contribute to this time.
Some possible challenges to be aware of are:
• Jos will be cold and dusty from October to February.
• The local diet would include fish/seafood and, in many homes, there is a heavy use of peanut products in daily food preparation.
• High levels of pollution (from automobiles, burning trash, etc.)
• Outside of Jos, there would be long distances to emergency medical care; long distance walking/biking may also be required.
• North American standard dental care is not available.
• Professional counseling and mental health services are extremely limited.
• There are political instability & security issue, though Jos is very calm now and conditions are improving.