Medical Laboratory Technician

MINUSCA - Mission intégrée pour la stabilisation en République centrafricaine

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Application deadline in 4 days: Wednesday 12 May 2021


This is a UNV International Specialist contract. This kind of contract is known as International UN Volunteer. It is normally internationally recruited only. More about UNV International Specialist contracts.

Eligibility criteria

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

Description of task

Under the overall direction of the MINUSCA Medical Officer/ Chief Medical Officer, the UNV Laboratory Technician will perform the following tasks:

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 an 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 bio safety standards.

• Conducts various tests.

• Supports Medical Doctors, Nurses and other medical personnel.

• Carries out accurate blood tests for complete blood count – Hematology, clinical chemistry and serology etc. and also handles tests for urinalysis, stool parasitology providing results to the doctor for further action.

• Ensures cleanliness of all glassware, work counters and other apparatus.

• Collects and labels urine, stool and sputum samples for different tests following international bio safety standards.

• Performs all 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 program.

• 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 (VCCT) program, following international standards and guidelines.

• 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.

• Is responsible for organizing and supervising GS staff.

• Prepares laboratory SOPs, contributes to other Medical Service Section SOPs as needed.

• Perform other duties as deemed necessary by the CMO or designated authority.


Required degree level:

Technical/Vocational diploma

Education - Additional Comments:

Degree level: Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma or University degree in the relevant medical area is required. National Registration and License are essential.

Type of Degree: A fully registered Medical Laboratory Technician a Diploma or University degree in the relevant medical area is required.

Required experience:

60 Months

Experience remark:

Years of work experience: At least 5 to 8 years of progressively responsible experience in medical matters. Hands-on experience, particularly in support of peacekeeping or a related field mission is desirable. The minimum years of relevant experience is reduced to 3 to 5 years for candidates who possess a first level university degree.

Also required:

- Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate orally effectively;

- Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint);

- Knowledge of electronic medical records is desirable;

- Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team of international and national personnel.

Language skills:

  • English(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge
  • French(Mandatory), Level - Working Knowledge

Area of expertise:

Medical laboratory testing, Healthcare administration, Inventory, asset and warehouse management

Area of expertise details:

Knowledge of electronic medical records is desirable.

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Competencies values:

Adaptability and Flexibility, Building Trust, Client Orientation, Communication, Judgement and Decision-making, Planning and Organizing, Professionalism, Self-Management, Technological Awareness, Working in Teams

Application procedure:

* Not yet registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first register your profile at Important: After creating your account, complete all sections of your profile and submit it. Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink. Lastly, select the special call to which you would like to apply.

* Already registered in the UNV Talent Pool?

Please first update your profile at Then go to ‘My Page’ at and click on the ‘Special Calls’ hyperlink to select the special call to which you would like to apply.

Application deadline: 12-05-2021

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