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Laboratory Specialist COVID-19

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  • Post Date: June 28, 2020
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Job Overview

National Specialist

Host Entity : WHO
Country : Zimbabwe
Duty Station : Harare (ZWE)
Language Skills : English
Start Date : Immediate
Duration : 3 months
Application Deadline : 30 June 2020

Eligibility criteria

Minimum age: 22 years old. Applicants must be nationals of or legal residents in the country of assignment.

Description of task

Under the direct supervision of the World Health Organization Representative and working within the WHO Health Emergency Cluster, the UN Volunteer – Laboratory Scientist will undertake the following tasks:

  • Provide technical advice and guidance for the development and/or update of national policies and strategies on the diagnosis of COVID-19 including sample collection, handling and testing strategies
  • Conduct trainings and supervise laboratory persons involved in COVID-19 testing
  • Provide technical support for the strengthening of laboratory capacity and expanding access to molecular biology tests for COVID-19
  • Provide technical assistance to integrate new COVID-19 specimen collection or diagnostic options as they become available
  • Conduct support assessments of all laboratories that are involved in the COVID-19 testing
  • Provide support and guidance on implementing quality systems and follow up on quality management in the laboratory by supporting through external quality panels, inter-lab quality checks and sending samples to reference laboratories for quality checks.
  • Provide technical support for strengthening data collection and analysis of information on diagnosis of COVID-19 and in guiding interconnectivity of diagnostic information systems with overall programs or national information systems;
  • Coordinate with Procurement Department for the inclusion of new diagnostics for COVID-19, and review and provide advice on purchase orders of diagnostics received from Member States;
  • Provide technical guidance on laboratory aspects of COVID-19 diagnosis including coordination of technical support for all COVID-19 testing laboratories; develop and/or review technical documents on COVID-19 testing; provide guidance on implementation of COVID-19 diagnostic algorithms, new technologies and approaches;
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned by the WHO.


Required degree level:

  • Master degree or equivalent

Education – Essential:

  • A university degree in biomedical laboratory science and any health- related profession and a master’s degree in molecular biology, virology or any area related to the functions of the position attained from a recognised university


  • Knowledge of molecular biology techniques

Required experience:

  • 60 Months

Experience remark:

  • Minimum 5 years of experience with working with infectious diseases and/or laboratory systems strengthening

Language skills:

English(Mandatory), Level – Fluent

Area of expertise:

  • Public health, Disaster risk reduction, Resource mobilization, partnership and donor coordination

Driving license:

  • No

Competencies values:

  • Accountability,
  • Adaptability and Flexibility,
  • Commitment to Continuous Learning,
  • Communication,
  • Integrity,
  • Planning and Organizing,
  • Professionalism,
  • Respect for Diversity,
  • Working in Teams

Application procedure:

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Application deadline: 30 June2020

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