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Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)

  • Organization: WHO - World Health Organization
  • Location: Cox's Bazaar (Bangladesh)
  • Grade: Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Biology and Chemistry
  • Closing Date: 2021-09-24

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Objective of the programme

To provide support to IEDCR Field Laboratory in Cox’s Bazar Medical College, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Purpose of the activity

Under the overall supervision, guidance and monitoring of the Head of Sub Office (HOSO) Cox’s Bazar in consultation with Team Leader (Health Security and Emergency) WCO BAN and direct supervision of Team Lead Health Operations and Technical Expertise, the incumbent ensures systems to take samples and get them tested in field laboratory, from patients (FDMNs and host community) suffering from suspected infectious diseases, are operational

Along with the existing capacity like molecular setup for COVID-19, diphtheria and serology for Rota virus, HCV IgM, dengue NS1 antigen, dengue IgM, HEV IgM, HAV IgM, HBsAg, leptospirosis IgM, Scrub typhus IgM, Japanese Encephalitis (JE) IgM and Pertussis IgM bacteriological culture and antimicrobial susceptibility testing will be implemented.

Spectrum of molecular testing will be expanded for detection of arbovirus, respiratory pathogens and others depending on type of outbreaks.

Description of duties:

The incumbent will provide support through performing of the following duties (not limited to):

  • Supervision and monitoring of laboratory activities both at IEDCR Field Laboratory at Cox’s Bazar Medical College and referring laboratories in Cox’s Bazar
  • Oversee the activities of Medical Technologist (MTs) working in the laboratory
  • Overall management of IEDCR field lab including staff, consumables, equipment, etc. including recording keeping.
  • Use different identification methods (molecular, serology and culture) for detection of infectious agents
  • Interpretation of laboratory results and reporting on regular basis
  • Regular reporting to Director, CSO (Virology) and Public Health Emergency Operation Center (PHEOC) coordinator of IEDCR, and other officials as designated by Government.
  • Maintenance of liaison among stakeholders (Cox’s Bazar Medical College, Cox’s Bazar District Hospital, referring laboratories as well as development partners) with the help of IEDCR, including through Laboratory Committee and Laboratory Core Group
  • Ensure good laboratory practices, biosafety, and biosecurity and proper laboratory waste management.
  • Implement new laboratory techniques as per instruction from IEDCR
  • Prepare monthly work plans, including staffing roster, and share weekly progress report and any ad hoc reports.
  • To perform other jobs as and when necessary as assigned by functional supervisor.

Required Qualifications:


Essential : Medial Degree (MBBS) from recognized university and post graduate qualification in microbiology or related field

Desirable: Training in the relevant field


Essential: At least 5 years of relevant work experience of which at least one year in laboratory setting.


  • Experience in programme or programme support in UN/ International Organization, NGO or Government
  • Previous experience of working in COVID-19 testing laboratory or other high threat pathogens laboratories and or emergency context


  • Teamwork
  • Respecting and promoting individual and cultural differences
  • Communication
  • Moving forward in a changing environment
  • Producing Results


  • Excellent writing/reporting and editing skills, communication and presentation skills in English and Bengali.

Computer Literacy:

  • Excellent knowledge of MS office applications and computer skills including the ability to make high quality technical presentations and data analysis.

Salary & others benefits:

WHO offers locally competitive packages such as:

  • Monthly salary: BDT 144,044.00(SSA 8 Step I) (non-negotiable)
  • Health Insurance; Accident and illness insurance;
  • Annual Leave (18 days per year); Sick leave (12 days per year)
  • Applicable holidays as per WHO rules,

Additional Information:

• This vacancy notice may be used to fill other similar positions at the same grade level
• Only candidates under serious consideration will be contacted.
• A written test or a presentation using computer followed by an interview will be held only for qualifying candidates.
• In the event that your candidature is retained for an interview, you will be required to provide, in advance, a scanned copy of the degree(s)/diploma(s)/certificate(s) required for this position. WHO only considers higher educational qualifications obtained from an institution accredited/recognized in the World Higher Education Database (WHED), a list updated by the International Association of Universities (IAU)/United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) The list can be accessed through the link: Some professional certificates may not appear in the WHED and will require individual review.
• Any appointment/extension of appointment is subject to availability of fund and performance.
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• WHO is committed to workforce diversity.
• WHO's workforce adheres to the WHO Values Charter and is committed to put the WHO Values into practice.
• WHO has a smoke-free environment and does not recruit smokers or users of any form of tobacco.
• This post is subject to local recruitment and will be filled by persons recruited in the local commuting area of the duty station.
• This vacancy is open to Bangladeshi Nationals (all genders) only.

• Qualified female candidates are encouraged to apply.

• Any attempt to unduly influence on WHO’s selection process will lead to automatic disqualification of the applicant.

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