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  • Organization: UN - United Nations
  • Location: Tripoli
  • Grade: Administrative support - GS-5, General Service - No need for Higher Education - Locally recruited position
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Biology and Chemistry
    • Technology, Electronics and Mechanics
  • Closing Date: Closed

Org. Setting and Reporting

This position is located within the Medial Unit in the Mission Support Service (MSS) of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). The post is located in Tripoli, Libya. The incumbent will report to the Chief Medical Officer.

On 28 October 2022, the Security Council, by its resolution 2656 (2022) extended the mandate of United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) until 31 October 2023, as set out in resolution 2542 (2020) and paragraph 16 of resolution 2570 (2021). The Security Council, in resolution 2542 (2020), tasked UNSMIL, as an integrated special political mission, in full accordance with the principles of national ownership, to exercise mediation and through its good offices to: (i) further an inclusive political process and security and economic dialogue; (ii) further the continued implementation of the Libya Political Agreement; (iii) help consolidate the governance, security and economic arrangements of the Government of Libya, including support for economic reform in collaboration with international financial institutions; (iv) help to achieve a ceasefire and, provide appropriate support to its implementation; (v) support subsequent phases of the Libyan transition process, including the constitutional process and the organisation of elections; (vi) coordinate and engage closely with international actors including neighboring countries and regional organisations; (vii) provide support to key Libyan institutions; (viii) support, on request, the provision of essential services and delivery of humanitarian assistance, including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in accordance with humanitarian principles; (ix) monitor and report abuses and violations of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law, including sexual violence in conflict, notably through the effective deployment of women and child protection advisers; (x) provide support in securing uncontrolled arms and related materiel and countering their proliferation; and (xi) co-ordinate international assistance, and provision of advice and assistance to Government-led efforts to stabilise post-conflict zones, including those liberated from Da'esh. The Security Council, through resolution 2570 (2021), tasked UNSMIL to provide support to the Libyan-led and Libyan-owned ceasefire monitoring mechanism including through the facilitation of confidence-building measures and the scalable and incremental deployment of UNSMIL ceasefire monitors.


Within delegated authority, the Laboratory Technician at this level will be responsible for the following duties:
• Performs all pertinent laboratory examinations needed for the diagnosis of patients as defined in the laboratory standard operations procedure and as referred by the Medical Officer/Clinician planning and advice and in reference within the UN medical diagnosis and treatment protocols. This includes the RT-PCR, Rapid Tests and other activities related to the epidemic of communicable diseases such as COVID-19, Flu, MERS-CoV, Cholera and Ebola.
• Ensures the security and maintenance of laboratory and the equipment.
• Performs lab examinations if there are field mobile clinics and/or emergency during extra working hours if designated by the CMO.
• Provides technical support for lab diagnosis referrals as requested by the Medical Officer/Clinician.
• Monitors, assesses, and evaluates the completion of laboratory registration book with laboratory results according to the guidelines, and reports the laboratory results, as well as makes this available upon official request to the Clinician/Medical Officer.
• Ensures confidentiality and keeps relevant information of all laboratory registry.
• Monitors consumption of material and reagents on a weekly basis and prepares monthly orders with sufficient advance information to the designated Pharmacist/Medical Supply Officer based on consumption needs. This includes the supporting activities to the unit’s logistics of consumption monitoring, acquisition planning and stock management of laboratory, blood transfusion and other medical items.
• Ensures the maintenance of cold chain/refrigerator and perform necessary measures to maintain optimum temperature of all reagents, specimens, and materials requiring cold chain in the laboratories.
• Ensures and supervises the performance of laboratory procedures concerning emergency blood transfusion and cross matching and the implementation of the agreed protocols.
• Prepares monthly data report of lab activities according to mission reporting format. This includes the recording and processing of the UNGU Cost Recovery.
• Prepares the dispatch and results of monthly Internal and External Quality Control specimens for submission to Reference Labs and ensure the follow up of tests results.
• Attends and participates in mission’s Medical Services staff meetings.
• Conducts in the in-service training of all mission medical staff on laboratory standard operating procedures, laboratory waste management, bio-safety rules, and other relevant subjects. This includes the activities as a focal point of medical waste management, coordination and liaison between the UN medical facilities and the service providers of medical waste management in Tripoli and other team sites.
• Participates and attends Lab Officer/Supervisor’s required lectures and/or in-service trainings and participate in evaluations of learned knowledge and/or skills. This includes the participation in the health awareness campaign that contains rapid tests such as Blood Glucose and other examinations.
• Calibrates complex and sensitive electronic laboratory equipment such as spectrophotometers, ph. meters, centrifuges, and computers.
• Performs other duties as required.

Physical requirements: Lifting of medical assets, equipment and supplies during receipt, storage, and organization. Walking, standing, and sitting while carrying out medical procedures and administrative work.


Professionalism: Shows pride in work and in achievements. Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter. Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results. Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns. Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

Communication: Speaks and writes clearly and effectively. Listens to others, correctly interprets messages from others and responds appropriately. Asks questions to clarify, and exhibits interest in having two-way communication. Tailors language, tone, style and format to match the audience. Demonstrates openness in sharing information and keeping people informed.

Teamwork: 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.


High School diploma or equivalent diploma in Laboratory Studies/ Techniques.

Job - Specific Qualification

National registration and license is required.

A diploma in Laboratory Studies/ Techniques is required.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in a full-service laboratory or related area is required.

Experience of RT-PCR and Rapid Tests of COVID-19 is required.

Experience of working with the United Nations and/or International Organization is desirable.


English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in English and Arabic is required.


Evaluation of qualified candidates may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by competency-based interview.

Special Notice

Applicants must ensure that their name in the application matches the name on their national passport or Government provided national Identification Document (ID). A discrepancy between the name in the applicant's application and national ID/passport may impact the recruitment process.

The United Nations Secretariat is committed to achieving 50/50 gender balance and geographical diversity in its staff. Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply for this position.

This position is subject to local recruitment pursuant to staff rule 4.4 of the United Nations Staff Rules. Applicants for positions in the General Service and related categories must be authorized to work for the United Nations in the duty station where the position is located. Eligible applicants selected from outside the duty station are responsible for any expenses in connection with their relocation to the duty station. Staff members subject to local recruitment are not eligible for allowances or benefits exclusively applicable to international recruitment.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of international human rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee


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