Job Opening

Posting Title: LABORATORY TECHNICIAN, FS5
Job Code Title: LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
Department/Office: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic
Duty Station: BANGUI
Posting Period: 16 November 2021 - 30 November 2021
Job Opening Number: 21-Medical-MINUSCA-165903-F-Bangui (M)
Staffing Exercise N/A
United Nations Core Values: Integrity, Professionalism, Respect for Diversity

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located in Bangui in the United Nations Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA). The incumbent will perform his/her duties under the overall guidance of the Chief Medical Officer.

Responsibilities

Within delegated authority, the Laboratory Technician will be responsible for the following duties:
The incumbent will ensure smooth operation of the day-to-day laboratory operations, draw blood samples under complete aseptic technique, collect samples of nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal swabs, urine, stool, etc., process and handle specimens considering safety and quality control, perform diagnostic and screening tests, analyze samples with utmost precision, record results clearly and submit results in a timely fashion to the Medical Officer.
• Provide technical support to the Medical Officer:
• Manages the UNOE laboratory to ensure smooth operation of the day-to-day functions.
• Regularly maintains all laboratory equipment following the technical specifications of the manufacturers of the equipment.
• Provides fast and efficient resolution for all problems related to laboratory performance.

•Ensures proper reporting of problems to the manufactures' customer service
• Ensures effective communication and coordination with maintenance technicians and prompt facilitation of on-site service if needed.
• Ensures safe handling of bio-hazardous materials in compliance with international standards and practices.
• Draws blood samples applying international sterilization and biosafety standards.
• Conducts various tests in Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Hematology, Serology, Microbiology, and Parasitology.
• Supports Medical Officers, Nurses, and other medical personnel.
• Ensures cleanliness of all glassware, work counters, and other apparatus.
• Collects and labels blood, swabs, urine, stool and sputum samples for different tests following international bio safety standards.
• Performs laboratory tests as requested by the Medical Doctor in a prompt and professional manner.
• Autoclaves and sterilizes instruments and containers following international standards of bio safety.
• Assists in organization and implementation of health promotion/monitoring programmes.
• Performs diagnostic and screening laboratory tests using the available equipment and instruments.
• Releases reports of tests to the Medical Doctor in a timely manner ensuring confidentiality.
• In close coordination with the Medical Doctors, assists with voluntary confidential counselling and testing (VCT) at the laboratory, following the guidelines of ONUSIDA;
• Ensures that results for patients using VCCT services are managed in a confidential and timely manner;
• Ensures appropriate disposal of hazardous material following international bio safety standards in coordination with the Medical Doctor, Nurses and Pharmacist.

Inventory and Administration:
• Maintains records and inventory.
• Ensures proper management of agents’ stock; oversees and ensures an inventory of laboratory supplies are replenished.
• Keeps records of all work done in the laboratory and provides statistical reports in regard to laboratory activities.
• Compiles on a monthly basis a report on all tests done including inventory of laboratory stock, chemical and reagents to ensure adequate supplies at all times.
• Periodically maintains the number of all patients examined.
• Prepares laboratory SOPs, contributes to other Medical Service Section SOPs as needed.
• Perform other duties as deemed necessary by the CMO or designated authority.

Dispensary:
• Provide full support to the Doctor and Nurse in all Dispensary works.

Competencies

Professionalism: Ability to analyze and produce laboratory results with maximum precision leading to reliable results. Demonstrates initiative and professional judgment in applying SOPs, Rules & Regulations to cover special cases and in exceptional circumstances. Strict adherence to prevailing policies governing UN staff conduct and responsibilities Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Teamwork: Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals. Solicits input by genuinely valuing others’ ideas and expertise; is willing to learn from others. Places team agenda before personal agenda. Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position. Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning and organizing: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies. Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required. Allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work. Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning. Monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary. Uses time efficiently.

Education

High school diploma or equivalent is required.
Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma or university degree in the relevant medical area is required.

Job - Specific Qualification

National Registration and License are required.

Work Experience

At least 8 years of progressively responsible experience in the medical laboratory, including molecular biology techniques (mainly PCR techniques), is required.

Recent dealing with COVID-19 testing is desirable.

Hands-on experience, particularly in support of peacekeeping or a related field mission is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For this posting, fluency in English (both oral and written) is required; knowledge of French is desirable.

Assessment

Previously rostered candidates are not subject to any further assessment and as such, will not be invited for such an assessment.

Special Notice

This "Recruit from Roster" job opening is only open to roster applicants who are already placed on pre-approved rosters, following a review by a United Nations Central Review Body. Only roster applicants who were placed on rosters with similar functions at the same level are considered to be eligible candidates. Eligible applicants receive an email inviting them to apply. Rostered applicants are encouraged to apply only if they are interested and available to take up the position at the duty station/s specified in the Job Opening. Applying to this job opening carries an expectation to accept the offer, if selected.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

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