IOM Careers – Laboratory Technician at International Organization for Migration

Job Title:    Laboratory Technician
Organization: International Organization for Migration
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Reports to: Migration Health Assessment Officer
Vacancy Announcement Number: SVN 03/06/015
About US:
The International
Organization for Migration (IOM), established in 1951, is the leading
international intergovernmental organization dealing with migration.  IOM works to help ensure the orderly and
humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on
migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration
problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including
refugees and internally displaced people. Since 1988, IOM Uganda mission
performs all of its interventions with the specific mandate to work globally
with migration related issues. We are committed to the principle that humane
and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. IOM Uganda works with the
government of Uganda, NGOs and UN agencies and receives support from donor
governments and UN funds.
Job Summary: The International Organization for
Migration IOM Laboratory Technician
will conduct laboratory procedures as part of the Health Assessment routine
protocols to ensure that identified refugees are medically fit to migrate in
accordance with the medical/health requirements of the resettlement countries
Key Duties and
  • Ensure
    strict adherence to fraud prevention measures in all aspects of work
    performed for refugees/migrants.
  • Ensure
    strict adherence to bio-safety measures during specimen collection,
    laboratory procedures, disposing of, storing and shipping of specimens.
  • In
    charge of collecting specimen for medical screening or treatment follow-up
    of migrants.
  • Follow
    internationally accepted laboratory procedures when processing or sending
    out to other laboratories specimens for HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis,
    Tuberculosis, urine and stool examinations.
  • Ensure
    and maintain high quality of performed laboratory tests.
  • Support
    in encoding, updating, and maintaining electronic laboratory records.
  • Render
    support in the preparation and submission laboratory examination reports
    on a timely basis.
  • In
    charge of the preparation and submitting of stock orders in time, keeping
    stock records and monitoring consumption.
  • Assist
    in managing specimens and laboratory materials shipment.
  • Implement
    and comply with the Internal Quality Assurance System in the laboratory
    for performed examinations.
  • In
    charge of the collection of DNA specimens.
  • The
    Laboratory Technician will be in charge of the preparation and updating of
    standard operating procedures.
  • Performs
    any other duties that may be assigned from time to time.
Qualifications, Skills and
  • The
    applicants for the International Organization for Migration IOM Laboratory Technician vacancy should
    hold a Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology
  • The
    incumbent must hold a valid license to work as Laboratory Technician in Uganda.
  • At
    least four years of relevant working experience in clinical
    laboratory/medical institutions, International Organizations or NGOs
    dealing with refugees.
  • Phlebotomy
    experience required, and should be conversant in biological specimen
    collection, storing and packaging and transporting.
  • Past
    experience in TB culture laboratory an advantage.
  • Computer
    literacy i.e. proficient in Microsoft Windows and Office.
  • Languages: 
    Proficiency in both spoken and written English is mandatory.
    Fluency in Swahili is an added advantage.
Personal Competencies:
Technical Competencies:
  • Effectively
    applies knowledge of health issues in execution of responsibilities at
    appropriate level
  • Maintains
    confidentiality and discretion in appropriate areas of work
Behavioural Competencies:
1. Accountability
  • Accepts
    and gives constructive criticism
  • Follows
    all relevant procedures, processes, and policies
  • Meets
    deadline, cost, and quality requirements for outputs
  • Monitors
    own work to correct errors
  • Takes
    responsibility for meeting commitments and for any shortcomings
2. Client Orientation: Identifies the immediate and peripheral clients of own work
3. Continuous Learning:
  • Contributes
    to colleagues’ learning
  • Demonstrates
    interest in improving relevant skills
4. Communication
  • Actively
    shares relevant information
  • Writes
    clearly and effectively, adjusting wording to the intended audience
  • Listens
    effectively and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience
5. Professionalism
  • Masters
    subject matter related to responsibilities
  • Identifies
    issues, opportunities, and risks central to responsibilities
  • Incorporates
    gender-related needs, perspectives, and concerns, and promotes equal
    gender participation
  • Persistent,
    calm, and polite in the face of challenges and stress
  • Treats
    all colleagues with respect and dignity
  • Works
    effectively with people from different cultures by adapting to relevant
    cultural contexts
  • Knowledgeable
    about and promotes IOM core mandate and migration solutions
6. Teamwork
  • Actively
    contributes to an effective, collegial, and agreeable team environment
  • Contributes
    to, and follows team objectives
  • Gives
    credit where credit is due
  • Seeks
    input and feedback from others
  • Actively
    supports and implements final group decisions
7. Performance Management: Provides constructive feedback to colleagues
How to Apply:
All those interested in
working with the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) should send
their resumes, evidence of previous works and three professional references
electronically via E-mail to:
Please clearly include the POSITION TITLE in the subject line of the email.
Deadline: 2nd July
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