IOM in Harare is Recruiting Laboratory Officer (Closes 18/7/23)

IOM in Southern Africa

IOM – International Organisation of Migration is Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission (CoM) and direct supervision of the Chief.
Migration Health Officer (CMHO) the Laboratory Officer will be responsible for technical support
and overall supervision of the laboratory services with respect to Migration Health Assessments
(HAP) and other programmes implemented by the IOM Migration Health Division in Harare,

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Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Organize laboratory services and its structure for efficient and optimal service delivery
    adapting to prevailing local conditions, levels of expertise and available technology.
  2. Certify that facilities and bio-safety measures in the laboratory/lies meet international
    standards and country requirements; by actively participating in planning and designing of new
    or upgrading existing facilities.
  3. Guarantee that standards of laboratory services correspond to HAPs and other programmes
    or project requirements via keeping Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) up to date and
    annual review.
  4. Ensure high quality with regards to international standards in all aspects of service delivery
    via internal quality control and organizing and facilitating in external quality assessment.
  5. Verify optimum staffing levels for planned workload. Recruit, train, supervise and assess
    laboratory staff. Ensure staff development and continuous training needs for staff.
  6. Contribute in annual HAP activities planning and budget preparation related to laboratory
  7. Guarantee that the equipment and consumables are sufficient for the anticipated workload.
    Plan and organize procurement, delivery, installation, servicing and operation of all laboratory
    equipment and optimal expenditure of consumables.
  8. Validate system of organized record keeping and information management for timely delivery
    of results, data collection, analysis and reporting for laboratory monitoring and facilitation to
    operational research.
  9. Liaise on laboratory related topics with national laboratories and laboratories in other
    countries, IOM Departments and national relevant entities.

Required Qualifications and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Medical (Clinical) Laboratory Sciences, Microbiology or a related discipline
    from an accredited academic institution with two years of relevant professional experience; or
  • University degree in the above fields with four years of relevant professional experience.
  • Relevant laboratory experience in a busy institution, preferably in a laboratory;
  • Demonstrated experience in clinical laboratory techniques including for TB;
  • Awareness of the laboratory role in health systems, optimal use of resources for quality and
    efficient services delivery.
  • Proven management and/or Supervisory, or organizational and planning skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to implement a laboratory quality management system;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices laboratory biosafety including for a TB
    containment laboratory;
  • Demonstrate effective managerial and leadership skills in the provision of quality laboratory
  • Computer literate with understanding of data collection and analysis for monitoring and
    continuous improvement of laboratory services and performance; and,
  • Effectively applies and transfers relevant technical knowledge and practices to personnel and
    laboratory operations;
  • Organizational skills; and communication skills.
    IOM’s official languages are English, French, and Spanish.
    For this position, fluency in English is required (oral and written).
    Proficiency of language(s) required will be specifically evaluated during the selection process,
    which may include written and/or oral assessments.

Required Competencies:
Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural
    differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
  • Integrity and transparency: Maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner
    consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed
    manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.
  • Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly

Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: Develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve
    shared goals and optimize results.

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