Call for Volunteers: GHP Mentorship in Democratic Republic of Congo

CLSI requests nominations for a volunteer to serve as a mentor for a Global Partnership program activity in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Through our Global Partnerships training program, CLSI shares tools and training laboratories need to succeed. When labs achieve sustainable quality, they are better able to diagnose and treat patients. CLSI seeks a volunteer mentor who is fluent in French and is able to travel to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The volunteer mentor will work with laboratory management and staff to develop a quality management system (QMS) aligned to the ISO 15189 standard to prepare the laboratory for international accreditation.

The responsibilities of a volunteer mentor may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Conduct gap assessment and situational analysis.
  • Assist with the development of training modules for laboratory staff.
  • Assist the laboratory’s quality manager with meeting requirements for organization, document control and management, manuals creation, and competency assessment to fully implement an intact and operational QMS.
  • Assist the quality manager with following the gap analysis assessment report, developing an action plan for corrective actions, and completing the required internal audit.
  • Train, educate, and orient all laboratory staff in the principles and practices of quality management and other related topics.
  • Provide reports on all activities pertaining to the assigned tasks.
  • Facilitate a workshop on the fundamentals of QMS and ISO 15189.

The volunteer is not required to be a member of CLSI.

GHP is looking for a volunteer with the following skills:

  • Fluent in French
  • Medical technologist or laboratorian
  • Willing to travel to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Africa for a 1-3 week(s) assignment(s)
  • Strong knowledge of and expertise in QMS monitoring activities, such as accreditation requirement preparation (ISO, Joint Commission, SANAS)
  • Knowledge of international laboratory standards highly desirable
  • Experience in application of necessary documents pertaining to laboratory quality assurance, particularly ISO 15189
  • Experience in providing training and educational workshops
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • International experience, particularly in resource-limited countries, preferred
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities
  • Can manage tight deadlines and high stress situations
  • Cultural competence and sensitivity

Ideal candidates would be:

  • Based in Africa.
  • Familiar with SLMTA, SLIPTA WHO-AFRO Checklist, and/or ISO 15189.

Timeline for this project

Late May 2019: Volunteer selection

June to September 2019: Volunteers will be called upon to provide mentorship and training.

Due date for submission of required documentation

Please submit nominations and required documentation on or before May 31st, 2019 to or fill out the form below.


Call for Volunteers: Global Partnerships Mentor

Mentor in Democratic Republic of Congo

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