Laboratory Specialist

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This is a P-3 contract. This kind of contract is known as Professional and Director staff. It is normally internationally recruited only. It's a staff contract. It usually requires 5 years of experience, depending on education.


The salary for this job should be between 74,649 USD and 97,747 USD.

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The mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to build the capacities of Member States to manage health emergency risks and, when national capacities are overwhelmed, to lead and coordinate the international response to contain outbreaks and to provide effective relief and recovery to affected populations.The Programme supports countries and coordinates international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies. The objectives of the Country Readiness Strengthening Department include the development and strengthening of core national capacities necessary to mitigate and respond to emergency risks and vulnerabilities. The Department prioritizes support to the most vulnerable and low capacity countries. The Public Health Laboratory Strengthening (PHL) Unit develops global strategies, mechanisms, guidance documents, manuals, and learning programmes aiming at strengthening public health laboratory policies,governance and regulations, infrastructure, workforce, networking, quality,safety, and diagnostic capacity for epidemic-prone diseases. The unit provides leadership and coordination across partners and regional offices to propose interventions aiming at ensuring that public health laboratory systems are ready to operate in a safe, secure, timely and reliable manner for the detection of, and response to disease outbreaks and other emergencies.


Under the guidance of the Unit Head, Public Health Laboratory Strengthening and in close collaboration with PHL unit staff members, the incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Provide technical input to the work program in the area of laboratory systems strengthening; 2. Conduct capacity building in the area of public health laboratory strengthening; 3. Support development or revision and dissemination of relevant guidelines, training materials or tools and provide technical expertise for their further implementation at regional and country levels; 4. Support the development of work plans and monitor budgets including resource mobilization for the work programme and follow up on the implementation of planned activities; 5. Respond to inquiries and provide detailed and technical information concerning related principles, practices, issues, techniques and procedures; 6. Participate in outreach activities concerning public health laboratory strengthening; prepareand deliver oral presentations; compile, prepare and distribute related informational materials; 7. Exchange information with counterparts in technical departments at HQ, Regional and Country Offices,and with donor and development partners (UN and bilateral) on implementation of public health laboratory strengthening activities; 8. Review and ensure quality assurance and relevance of contractual engagements with partners and institutions and make recommendations regarding WHO's support; 9. Perform all other related duties as assigned.



Essential: A first level university degree in medicine, microbiology,pharmacy or related life sciences.


Essential: At least five years of experience in clinical, public health or research laboratories, or laboratory capacity building, of which 3 years at international level.

Desirable: Experience of work in an international organization.


Excellent knowledge in clinical or public health laboratory. Knowledge of laboratory and diagnostics systems, especially in developing countries. Knowledge of WHO mandate, policies and processes. Planning and analytical skills, with the ability to foster consensus and team spirit. Interpersonal and diplomatic skills. Strong commitment to international health.

WHO Competencies

Teamwork Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences Communication Building and promoting partnerships across the organization and beyond Moving forward in a changing environment

Use of Language Skills

Essential: Expert knowledge of English. Desirable: Intermediate knowledge of French.


WHO salaries for staff in the Professional category are calculated in US dollars. The remuneration for the above position comprises an annual base salary starting at USD 62,692 (subject to mandatory deductions for pension contributions and health insurance, as applicable), a variable post adjustment, which reflects the cost of living in a particular duty station, and currently amounts to USD 1667 per month for the duty station indicated above. Other benefits include 30 days of annual leave, allowances for dependent family members, home leave, and an education grant for dependent children.


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