UN World Health Organisation (WHO) Jobs – National Professional Officer – Laboratory

Organisation: World Health Organisation (WHO)
Duty Station:  Kampala,
Vacancy Notice No: AFRO/15/TASR30
Grade: NO-C
About WHO:
The World Health Organisation (WHO) is the directing and coordinating
authority for health within the United Nations (UN) system. It is responsible
for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research
agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy
options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing
health trends.
About WHO Programme:
World Health Organization supports Regional, National, and Sub-national
laboratory strengthening efforts to enhance laboratory capacity for
biosurveillance, monitoring of antimicrobial resistance, and detection of
Public Health Events. They also support the implementation of the national
laboratory services policy and strategic plan, coordinate and provide technical
support to laboratory partners towards attainment of the laboratory policy
Job Summary:  The WHO
National Professional Officer – Laboratory will support Ministry of Health and
partners as a Technical Advisor responsible for strengthening the Laboratory
Services in Uganda
Key Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Technically support Ministry of Health to
    raise the profile of laboratory services within the Ministry of Health
    (MOH) in order to provide stewardship, coordination and management of
    laboratory services.
  • Support the operationalisation of an
    effective and functional laboratory network in the country to support
    effective patient management, disease surveillance, epidemic
    investigation, research and other specialized services in line with Uganda
    National Minimum Health Care Package (UNMHCP).
  • Actively promote acceptable safety
    standards within all laboratories in respect of space, personnel, clients
    and the community.
  • Support MoH to establish a system to
    ensure that all laboratories have appropriate functional equipment with an
    effective and sustainable mechanism for equipment maintenance as well as
    safe disposal of obsolete items.
  • Render support MoH to develop/strengthen a
    laboratory logistics system to ensure that an effective supply chain
    management system is in place to provide adequate supplies to support
    uninterrupted delivery of the UNMHCP.
  • Support the establishment of a national
    regulatory system that ensures that all equipment supplies (including
    donations) comply to national specifications and standards and are
    registered by the appropriate regulatory authority
  • Support national development of an
    adequate and skilled human resource to deliver quality laboratory services
    at all levels.
  • Promote and support the establishment of a
    comprehensive national laboratory quality assurance system that will
    ensure quality service delivery through an accreditation system for
    laboratories for different levels of services and participation in
    Internal and External Quality Assessment (EQA) with linkages to
    international recognized EQA bodies;
  • Support laboratories to participate in
    relevant health research, assessments, and monitoring and evaluation
    initiatives to improve patient management, laboratory performance and
    disease control; including supporting laboratories to detect any emerging
    or transmitted resistances to patient medications.
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the
    WHO Representative.
Qualifications, Skills and Experience: 
  • The ideal candidate for the World Health
    Organization (WHO) career placement should have attended basic training in
    Medical Laboratory Technology, that demonstrates the ability to perform
    the duties and responsibilities as described i.e. a Master’s Degree in
    Microbiology or virology or related medical laboratory science. Possession
    of a Masters in Public Health or health services management will be an
    added advantage.
  • A minimum of five or more years’ experience
    in medical laboratory services with a reputable organization with
    acceptable evidence of knowledge, competence and contribution to the
    organization’s goals and acceptable knowledge of the Ugandan National
    Health System.
  • Working knowledge of various data
    management packages such as EPI Info, SPSS, STATA, MS Excel, or SAS.
Languages: Thorough
knowledge of the English language. Working knowledge of French would be added
How to Apply:
All candidates who so desire to join the United Nations World Health
Organisation (WHO) by sending their online applications to enable WHO to store
their personal profiles in a permanent database. Visit WHO’s e-Recruitment
website below and follow the instructions for online application procedures.
NB: All applicants are encouraged to apply
online as soon as possible after the vacancy has been posted and well before
the deadline stated in the vacancy announcement.
Deadline: 21st April 2015

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