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  • Organization: FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Location: Monrovia
  • Grade: NPP - National Project Personnel - Local Contractors Agreement - All levels
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2019-07-23

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National Consultant/Laboratory Technician

Monrovia (Liberia)

IMPORTANT NOTICE\: Please note that Closure Date and Time displayed above are based on date and time settings of your personal device

FAO seeks gender, geographical and linguistic diversity in order to best serve FAO Members in all regions.

Qualified female applicants are encouraged to apply.

People with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply.

All applications will be treated with the strictest confidentiality.
Organizational Setting

The post is typically located in Montserrado County under the Office of the FAO Representation in Liberia of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Reporting Lines

The incumbent will work under the overall supervision of the Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO)/Chief, Animal Health Service (AGAH)/, the functional and administrative supervision of the FAO Representative in Liberia, and the direct supervision of the ECTAD Country Team Leader in Liberia, and in collaboration with the ECTAD regional team for West and Central Africa.

Technical Focus

The Laboratory Technician will work closely with the NPC to implement the project within the framework of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Disease Operations

Tasks and responsibilities
  • Contribute to the preparation of country strategies and programs for the diagnosis and management of high impact emerging and re-emerging zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease in line with the national priorities and FAO’s Strategic Objectives
  • Participate in and support the design and implementation of national strategies and programmes/projects following EMPRES/ECTAD strategies, in line with the FAO/ OIE Global Framework for the Progressive Control of TADs and Regional priorities
  • Establish a functional national laboratory network and collaborative linkages with epidemiology network
  • Support the design, coordination and implementation of laboratory activities relevant to emerging and re-emerging zoonotic and non-zoonotic diseases at the livestock-wildlife-human interface to mitigate the high (current/potential) impact of diseases in Liberia. These include\:
    • Supporting appropriate stakeholder workshops and facilitate discussion and development of policies and diagnostic strategies that address national and regional priority diseases targeted in the national surveillance program
    • Contribute to development and implementation of laboratory diagnosis and surveillance protocols from livestock in targeted livestock farming systems, value chains and at domestic animals-wildlife interfaces
    • Support technical capacity development and build competence of in-service laboratory technicians and other professionals through in-service on-bench training and mentorship activities
    • Support the maintenance and preservation of lab. equipment and reagents for sustainability and proficiency
    • Contribute to improved skills in sample collection and diagnostic capacity at the human/livestock/wildlife interface and supervise in-country expert missions on epidemio-surveillance to ensure that high quality samples are collected.
  • Contribute to laboratory networks and information management systems at National and Regional levels
  • Contribute to the organization of stakeholders meetings and the development of animal health and related policy instruments in Liberia
  • In close consultation with relevant sectors and stakeholders, initiate a national zoonotic disease control program to serve as an entry point for a functional inter-sectoral One Health collaboration
  • Facilitate closer linkages of the GHSA FAO animal health program with relevant Ministries and other technical partners
  • Work with MoA to provide regular weekly updates of laboratory activities and reports in the country, monthly project activity updates, and prepare draft web/newsletter articles on technical accomplishments as needed
  • Participate in animal health emergency preparedness and contingency planning exercises, or table top scenarios
  • Assist in the organization of planned training workshops, simulation exercise and technical meetings
  • Provide immediate notification to the Country Team Leader, of any significant laboratory/epidemiological events
  • Contribute to the preparation of regular reports on the progress of the implementation of projects implemented by the ECTAD Liberia, for FAO, donors or other stakeholders
  • Submit a final technical report upon completion of the assignment to the ECTAD Liberia Team Leader and the FAOR
  • Perform other related duties as required by the CTL and the FAOR
Working Relationships

The Laboratory Technician interacts with the variety of colleagues from within the immediate work unit and entire FAO Liberia Units to exchange information and provide Laboratory support.

Impact of work

The incumbent interacts with colleagues from within the work unit and with immediate clients from within the Organization, providing a wide variety of routine Laboratory support services. The impact of work usually is on the quality, timeliness and efficiency of FAO’s Programme operations.

Minimum Requirements
  • University Degree in Animal Health/Laboratory Science/Lab technology or related fields;
  • A minimum of three years of relevant experience on laboratory activities in animal/wildlife/human health laboratory or related field.
  • Working knowledge of English and technical report writing skills
  • National of Liberia
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Relevance and extent of experience in operations;
  • Organizational & communication skills, computer literacy, teamwork skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with people of different national and cultural backgrounds;
  • Extensive knowledge and hands-on experience in the main aspects of laboratory diagnostic technics and tools for high impact emerging and re-emerging zoonotic and non-zoonotic disease including wildlife diseases
  • knowledge and experience in laboratory equipment, instrumentation and protocol development
  • Knowledge and experience in Laboratory Quality Management Systems
  • Knowledge and experience in Laboratory Biosafety and Biosecurity Management systems
  • Computer knowledge and skills in data base management, laboratory data management systems
Selection Criteria
  • Knowledge and experience in Human Resources/Travel support services and administrative processes associated with project implementation
  • Independent worker and excellent skills working as part of a team;
  • Fluency in reading, writing and communication skills in English
  • Very high skills/knowledge of background related to the ToR’s Requirements
  • Experience with UN, and other international Organizations would be an asset
  • Past experience working in the UN/FAO and other international systems preferred


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  • 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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