UN Jobs – Laboratory Technical Officer at World Health Organisation (WHO)

Job Title:       Laboratory Technical Officer
Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Vacancy Notice No: HQ/16/ROST31
Duty Station: Kampala, Uganda
Grade: P4
Reports to: WHO Representative
About WHO:
World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for
health within the United Nations (UN) system. It is responsible for providing
leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda,
setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options,
providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Provide technical expertise and operational
    support for the timely response to outbreaks/epidemics and health
    emergencies, in collaboration with national health officials, including
    laboratory staff, and other partner organizations.
  • Adapt and coordinate the development and
    implementation of technical guidelines and standard operational procedures
    for laboratory testing practices for outbreak detection, including those
    caused by (re-)emerging and other infectious diseases
  • Manage the participation in Quality Assurance
    Systems of International Mobile Laboratories deployed in country and
    National Central Laboratories involved in the event management.
  • Oversee the enhancement of laboratory
    infrastructure and the implementation of standard operating procedures to
    ensure safe collection, handling, shipment, storage and analysis of human
    and environment specimens.
  • Cooperate with partners in improving
    analytical and diagnostics services, quality and environmental management,
    equipment maintenance, safety and bio-safety for laboratories.
  • Manage the implementation, reporting,
    performance assessment and evaluation of the approved activities and
    ensure proper communication with partners as appropriate.
  • Actively contribute in strengthening the
    national capacity at the health laboratories; assess training needs and
    provide training for laboratory personnel in the related technical areas.
  • Oversee updating and maintaining the related
    reporting and information systems, documenting the response and laboratory
    strengthening activities, as and when required.
  • Perform any other related incident-specific
    duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience:
  • The ideal candidates for the World Health
    Organization (WHO) Laboratory Technical Officer job opportunity should
    hold an Advanced University degree (Master’s level or above) in life
    science, medicine or medical virology from an accredited/ recognized
    institute. Certified training or qualification in molecular biology,
    virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, and/or epidemiology and
    laboratory techniques.
  • Possession of a Master’’ level degree in
    Public Health or health related field is desired
  • A minimum of seven years of practical and
    operational application and management of laboratory services, laboratory
    diagnosis of communicable diseases at the national and international
  • Some related experience in outbreaks and/or
    health emergency response of international impact.
  • Previous experience in establishing or
    improving laboratory infrastructure for microbiology and/or detection of
    infectious diseases is desired
  • Previous experience in planning and
    implementing laboratory trainings at national and regional levels is
  • Prior exposure and experience in evaluating
    novel diagnostics assays for emergency use authorization during outbreak
  • Previous experience in UN
    organizations/agencies, international institutions or NGOs, particularly
    in developing countries is desired
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze laboratory
    activities in diagnostic, biosafety and quality management, in order to
    develop innovative and appropriate solutions for their improvement.
  • Broad knowledge and understanding in
    biosafety standards, methodology and techniques in health laboratories,
    including those in molecular biology, virology, bacteriology and
  • Sound knowledge in Quality Assurance Systems
    for laboratories
  • Languages: Excellent knowledge of English or
    French (depending on the country of assignment). Working knowledge of
    another WHO official language would be an asset.
Personal Competencies:
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Producing results
  • Respecting and promoting individual and
    cultural differences
  • Ensuring the effective use of resources
  • Good computer skills in Microsoft office, EPI
    Info, SPSS etc.
How to Apply:
candidates who so desire to join the United Nations World Health Organisation
(WHO) by sending their online applications to enable WHO to store their
personal profiles in a permanent database. Visit WHO’s e-recruitment website
below and follow the instructions for online application procedures.
NB: All applicants are encouraged to apply online as
soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before the deadline
stated in the vacancy announcement.
Deadline: 12th August 2016

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