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VMAM Code COGR000090-6594

Laboratory Technical Officer

International Specialist
Brazzaville (COG)
01 July 2020
24 months
29 March 2020

Minimum age: 25 years old. Nationals of the country of assignment are not eligible, except the assignments in Headquarters duty stations.

During deployment, the duties may be modified, based upon the technical needs of the Programme.

Supervised by the Head of the WHO Country office or the Director, Technical Cluster at the Regional Office, and working closely with counterparts at the respective Regional Office and HQ, the UN Volunteer will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide technical expertise and operational support 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.
  • Coordinate the participation in Quality Assurance Systems of International Mobile Laboratories deployed in country and National Central Laboratories.
  • Lead 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.
  • 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 duties, as required by the functional supervisor.
Bachelor degree or equivalent


  • First level university degree in life science, medicine or medical virology from an accredited and recognized academic institution.
  • Certified training or qualification in molecular biology, virology, bacteriology, infectious diseases, and/or epidemiology and laboratory techniques, is required.


  • Advanced university degree (Master’s level or above) in public health or health related field, is desirable.
36 Months


  • At least 3-5 years of relevant professional, practical and operational work experience, at the national and international level, in application and management of laboratory services, laboratory diagnosis of communicable diseases.


  • Experience in establishing or improving laboratory infrastructure for microbiology and/or detection of infectious diseases.
  • Past work experience in planning and implementing laboratory trainings at national and regional levels.
  • Previous experience with WHO/UN system, health cluster partners, relevant nongovernmental or humanitarian organizations, particularly in a developing country context, is desirable.
  • English(Mandatory), Level - Fluent
  • French(Optional), Level - Fluent
Medical laboratory testing, Product and industrial safety, standardization and quality assurance

Computer skills:

  • Good computer skills in Microsoft Office, EPI Info, SPSS etc.

Functional Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proven ability to analyse laboratory activities in diagnostic, biosafety and quality management, in order to develop innovative and appropriate solutions for their improvement;
  • Sound knowledge 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.

Accountability, Commitment and Motivation, Communication, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Working in Teams

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This assignment is in the framework of the Africa Women Health Champions to improve health and gender equality initiative. African female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: 29 March 2020