02 August 2016

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:
The 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 trends.

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 levels.
  • 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 desired  
  • Prior exposure and experience in evaluating novel diagnostics assays for emergency use authorization during outbreak response.
  • 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 biosafety.
  • 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:
All 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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