Laboratory Assistant


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Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners.

With 165 member states, a further 8 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people.

The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement.


Open to Internal and External candidates

Position Title                 : Laboratory Assistant

Organizational Unit        : Medical Department

Duty Station                 : Kigali, Rwanda

Classification                 : General Service Staff, Grade G4 (UN salary Scale for GS staff)

Type of Appointment     : Special Fixed Term (9 months with a possibility of extension)

Estimated Start Date     : As soon as possible

Closing Date                 : October 23, 2017

Reference Code             : VN2017/06 - RW

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, under the direct supervision of the National Migration Health Physician, the incumbent will be responsible performing lab tests for IOM MHD migrants, ensuring quality controls of the tests and liaising with external laboratories for advanced tests.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  1. Ensure collection of sputum specimens for testing in migration related health assessments.
  2. Prepare specimens and arrange transport for follow-up testing as required.
  3. Liaise with National Reference Laboratory of Rwanda on test requirements and timely result reporting as well as to monitor that quality assurance measures are taken for the testing of all specimens accordingly as per the IOM MHD Technical instructions.
  4. Follow up on invoice timely submission from external laboratories( NRL and others)
  5. Strictly follow all anti-fraud measures for specimen collection
  6. Perform serological testing for the migration health programs including both screen and confirmatory testing
  7. Carry out the sterilization processes for the laboratory reagents and waste disposal
  8. Timely process of laboratory specimens and result posting, including Pre-Departure Medical Screening result posting.
  9. Strictly follow all safety guidelines and instructions including the use of PPE.
  10. Strictly follow all Standard Operating Procedures SOP’s for testing conducted
  11. Liaise with the Regional Laboratory Specialist in order to monitor quality assurance measures for the collection and testing of all specimens according to IOM guidelines and inform supervisor of any discrepancy.
  12. Maintain an electronic database for all IOM laboratory testing.
  13. Perform Gonorrhea testing
  14. Perform any other duties that may be assigned by from time to time.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • High school diploma in Medical Laboratory Science with 4 years’ of relevant professional experience; or
  • Bachelor Degree in Medical Laboratory Science with 2 years of relevant professional experience.


  • Minimum of four years’ work experience in a Medical Laboratory environment.
  • Training and experience in TB, HIV, STDs and other communicable diseases testing is an added advantage.
  • Mature individual, able to work independently, effectively and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds at all levels.
  • Tolerant individual with ability to work with migrants at all ages and from different background and with flexibility and able to work on overtime, when requested
  • Capable of working under stressful and difficult conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accuracy and confidentiality in performing responsibilities.
  • Previous work experience with an international organization and NGOs dealing with refugees would be a strong advantage
  • Proficiency in computer skills, especially in MS Office (Excel, Word, Access) and experience in working with databases and online applications.


Fluency in English and Kinyarwanda is required. Knowledge of French and Kiswahili is an added advantage

Required Competencies

  • Accountability – Follows all relevant procedures, processes, and policies;
  • Client Orientation – Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with clients;
  • Continuous Learning- Demonstrates interest in acquiring skills relevant to other functional areas;
  • Communication – listens and communicates clearly, adapting delivery to the audience;
  • Creativity and Initiative - Proactively develops new ways to resolve problems;
  • Leadership and Negotiation - Convinces others to share resources;
  • Planning and Organizing - Sets clear and achievable goals consistent with agreed priorities for self and others;
  • Performance Management – Provides constructive feedback to colleagues;
  • Professionalism - Masters subject matter related to responsibilities;
  • Teamwork – Actively contributes to an effective, collegial, and agreeable team environment;
  • Technological Awareness - Proactively identifies and advocates for cost-efficient technology solutions.


Internals of the Organization will be considered as first-tier candidates. This vacancy is open to first-tier and second-tier candidates.

The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment

How to apply:

In order for an application to be considered valid, IOM will only accept applications which should include a cover letter (not more than one page) and CV.

Interested candidates should submit their applications on not later than October 23, 2017

The subject of your e-mail MUST indicate the Position title and reference code. Posting period: From 09.10.2017 to 23.10.2017

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