Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Laboratory Technician (Molecular Diagnosis)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Job Description

Organizational Setting   This position is in FMD-FAO Project Office Islamabad, Pakistan and the incumbent will be based at National Veterinary Laboratories (NVL), Islamabad. FAO Project and NVL work closely for the diagnosis of FMD in the country. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve Security" id="link" class="link">Food Security and reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and Natural Resources in a sustainable manner.   Reporting Lines   Under overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Pakistan (FAOR), and under direct supervision of the Project Coordinator and Assistant FAOR (Program); the Laboratory Technician (molecular diagnosis) will be responsible for the below mentioned tasks and responsibilities   Technical Focus:  
  • The Laboratory Technician will be a part of the FMD-FAO Project Team.

  • Liaison with Project staff, provincial diagnostic laboratories and relevant stakeholders for smooth implementation of activities

  • According to the needs, prepare detailed implementation plan of the allotted activities (project work plan, procurement plan).

  • Prepare Lab Reports for the Project Coordinator and other Project staff

Tasks and responsibilities:
  • Develop and maintain record of all SOPs being used to process samples in the lab

  • Ensure that all equipment are in good working condition

  • Prepare a list of all expendables for procurement required for routine use in the lab

  • Prepare specifications of all reagents/media for procurement

  • Maintain record of all expendables and non-expendables

  • Keep record of all samples received for molecular diagnosis in the lab.

  • Process samples for molecular diagnosis (PCR) and keep record of results for sharing with the Project staff on regular basis

  • Assist Project Coordinator in the procurement of all expendables and non-expendables as required

  • Assist to organize training workshops for the provincial lab staff

  • Assist the Project staff in the shipment of samples to the FMD-World Reference Lab UK or other reference labs for further Analysis

  • Coordinate with the staff of ELISA and virus isolation labs for sharing samples for further analysis and characterization

  • Assist NFO-Diagnosis and Project Associate in the development of technical material

  • Perform any other duty as required by the Project staff

  • Minimum qualification should be graduation in science. Preference will be given to the candidate having post-graduate research degree.

  •  A minimum of one year of work experience in the field of molecular diagnosis and laboratory work.

  •  A working knowledge of the English language and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams is essential.

  • National of Pakistan

FAO Core Competencies  
  • Results Focus

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Building Effective Relationships

  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills  
  • Experience in the laboratory to handle and process infectious material for molecular diagnosis;

  • Willingness to undertake field visits when required in remote environments and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders for the collection of samples;

  • Experience in similar settings would be considered a distinct advantage

  • Understanding of the purpose and functions of technical programmes, operational guidelines and programme/project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO would be considered an added asset

  • Good knowledge of common administrative and financial rules and regulations

  • Good knowledge of communication and documentation standards

  • Display initiative and take responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set deadlines and closely follow-up until successful outputs are achieved.

  • Continue to seek new, innovative and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work assigned.

  Selection Criteria Candidates will be assessed against the requirements listed above. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
  • FAO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview meeting, processing)

  • Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you need help please contact:

  • Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted

  • Only language proficiency certificates from UN accredited external providers and/or FAO language official examinations (LPE, ILE, LRT) will be accepted as proof of the level of knowledge of languages indicated in the online applications

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