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Laboratory Technician with UN CLINIC

Sanaa (Yemen)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Sanaa (Yemen)
  • Grade: GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position - Administrative support
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Operations and Administrations
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: 2020-10-25

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The UN Clinic laboratory Technician performs His/her functions under the direct supervision of the UN Physician/Health Manager. The UN Clinics operate under the general supervision of UNDP with regards to administrative matters.

The technical supervision of the UN Physician and the medical personnel in the field and the performance evaluation will be executed by the UN Medical Director or his nominee. To ensure that, UNDP should be granted access to DHMOSH (Division of Healthcare Management Occupational Safety and Health, for its performance appraisal report.


Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions: 

Clinical Duties:

Under the overall supervision of the UN Physician or his/her nominee within delegated authority, the Laboratory Technician will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Management of the UN dispensary laboratory to ensure smooth operation of the day-to-day functions;
  • Regular maintenance of all laboratory equipment following the technical specifications of the manufacturers of the equipment;
  • Fast and efficient resolution of all problems related to laboratory performance;
  • Proper reporting of problems to the manufactures' customer service;
  • Proficient communication and coordination with maintenance technician and prompt facilitation of an on-site service if needed;
  • Ensure safe handling of bio-hazardous materials in compliance with the international standards and practices;
  • Draws blood samples applying international sterilization and bio safety standards;
  • Collects and labels urine, stool and sputum samples for different tests following international bio safety standards;
  • Perform all laboratory tests as requested by the Medical Doctor in promptly and professional matter;
  • Autoclave and sterilize the instruments and containers following international standard of bio safety;
  • Assist in organization and implementation of health promotion/monitoring programmes;
  • Perform diagnostic and screening laboratory tests using the available equipment and instruments;
  • Report in a timely fashion results of tests to the Medical Doctor;
  • Ensure that the reports are managed in timely, promptly, and confidential manner;
  • Ensure that the results for the patient using the services are managed in confidential and timely manner;
  • Ensure appropriate disposal of the hazardous material following international standards of bio safety in coordination with the Medical Doctor, Nurse and Pharmacist.

Administrative duties:

  • Ensure proper management of reagents stock; Keep an inventory of laboratory supplies and ensures that the supplies are always replenished and adequate;
  • Plan for outside laboratory tests for UN staff when required;
  • Keep records of all work done in the laboratory and provide statistical report regarding laboratory activities.

The incumbent of the position should avoid any kind of discriminatory behavior including gender discrimination and ensure that;

  • Human rights and gender equality is prioritized as an ethical principle within all actions;
  • Activities are designed and implemented in accordance with “Social and Environmental Standards of UNDP”;
  • Any kind of diversities based on ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, disability, religion, class, gender are respected within all implementations including data production;
  • Differentiated needs of women and men are considered;
  • Inclusive approach is reflected within all actions and implementations, in that sense an enabling and accessible setup in various senses such as disability gender language barrier is create;
  • Necessary arrangements to provide gender parity within all committees, meetings, trainings etc. introduced.



Core Competencies:

Innovation: Ability to make new and useful ideas work;

  • Level 2: Analyzes complex technical materials (including data) and makes concise, relevant recommendations.

Leadership: Ability to persuade others to follow;

  • Level 2: Proactively identifies new opportunities and challenges.

People Management: Ability to improve performance and satisfaction;

  • Level 2: Takes ownership of responsibilities.

Communication: Ability to listen, adapt, persuade, and transform;

  • Level 2: Understands, explains and shares information on assigned tasks with accuracy and clarity.

Delivery: Ability to get things done while exercising good judgement;

  • Level 2: Meets goals and timelines for delivery of products or services.

Technical/Functional Competencies:


Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work

  • Demonstrates competence in laboratory testing and modern laboratory technology;
  • Commits to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Client Orientation:

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work;

  • Reports to internal and external clients in a timely and appropriate fashion;
  • Organizes and prioritizes work schedule to meet client needs and deadlines;
  • Establishes, builds, and sustains effective relationships within the work unit and with internal and external clients;
  • Responds to client needs promptly. 


Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work;

  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to achieve organizational goals.
  • Solicits input by genuinely valuing others' ideas and expertise.
  • Is willing to learn from others.
  • Places team agenda before personal agenda.
  • Supports and acts in accordance with final group decision, even when such decisions may not entirely reflect own position.
  • Shares credit for team accomplishments and accepts joint responsibility for team shortcomings.

Planning & Organizing:

Level 2: Execute & Learn: Performs defined tasks efficiently and deepens knowledge of area of work;

  • Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies.
  • Identifies priority activities and assignments.
  • Adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work.
  • Foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions, as necessary.
  • Uses time efficiently


Required Skills and Experience


  • Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma is required.
  • University Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences would be desirable, but it is not a requirement.


  • Five years of relevant experience with Medical Laboratory Technician Diploma or two years of relevant experience with bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc.) is desirable.
  • Previous UN Experience is desirable
  • Experience in EarthMed usage is highly desirable.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in both oral and written English and Arabic


Important applicant information

All posts in the GS categories are subject to local recruitment.

Applicant information about UNDP rosters

Note: UNDP reserves the right to select one or more candidates from this vacancy announcement.  We may also retain applications and consider candidates applying to this post for other similar positions with UNDP at the same grade level and with similar job description, experience and educational requirements.

Workforce diversity

UNDP is committed to achieving diversity within its workforce, and encourages all qualified applicants, irrespective of gender, nationality, disabilities, sexual orientation, culture, religious and ethnic backgrounds to apply. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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