Economic Commission for Africa Senior Laboratory Technician Jobs in Ethiopia

Economic Commission for Africa Senior Laboratory Technician Jobs in Ethiopia

Org. Setting and Reporting

ECA's mission is to deliver ideas and actions for an empowered and transformed Africa; informed by the 2030 Agenda and Agenda 2063.

The mission is guided by ECA's five strategic directions which are: advancing ECA's position as a premier knowledge institution that builds on its unique position and privilege to bring global solutions to the continent's problems and take local solutions to the continent; developing macroeconomic and structural policy options to accelerate economic diversification and job creation; designing and implementing innovative financing models for infrastructure, and for human, physical and social assets for a transforming Africa; contributing solutions to regional and transboundary challenges, with a focus on peace security and social inclusion as an important development nexus; advocating Africa's position at the global level and developing regional responses as a contribution to global governance issues.


This position is located in the Division of Administration, United Nations Health Care Centre (UNHCC). The Senior Laboratory Assistant reports to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO). Within delegated authority, the Senior Laboratory Assistant will be responsible for the following duties:

Laboratory Quality Improvement

• Ensures the security and proper maintenance of the laboratory and the equipment.

• Sets up, calibrates, cleans and tests the functionality of the medical laboratory equipment.

• Ensures the maintenance of cold chain/refrigerator and performs necessary measures to maintain an optimal temperature for all reagents, specimens, and materials requiring cold chain in the laboratory.

• Ensures the application of appropriate infection prevention and control standards in collecting specimens for all laboratory tests.

• Performs internal and external quality control tests to ensure accuracy of all laboratory results.

• Ensures safe handling of bio-hazardous materials in compliance with international standards and practices.

• The incumbent would ensure disposals of biohazards.

• Monitors the availability/expiry dates of reagents and proper functioning of laboratory equipment.

Laboratory technical duties

• Performs all laboratory examinations including chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, stool examination, cultures, immuno and molecular assay needed for the diagnosis of patients' medical condition as defined in the laboratory standards.

• Performs lab examinations during field mobile clinics and/or emergency situations and extra working hours if designated by the supervisor.

• Reports urgent test results following clinic protocols and alerts physicians and/or nurses about abnormal results.

• Ensures accurate record keeping of results by entering all results into the Earth Med system.

• Complies with all laboratory policies and regulations and international standards related to safety, cleanliness, and infection control.

• In close coordination with the medical doctors and nursing staff, assists with HIV testing program following up to date international standards and guidelines.

• Provides technical support for lab diagnosis referrals as requested by the Medical Officer/Clinician.

• Assists the organization in the implementation of health promotion/monitoring programs.

Administrative duties

• Prepares job aids, Standard Operating Protocols, Formats, Guidelines and Manuals for the different laboratory procedures following international guidelines.

• Plan procurements, takes Umoja and other relevant actions on time, including preparing annual procurement
plans for the unit.

• Prepares timetable of work including night duty coverage when designated by the supervisor, ready to take additional duties to bridge the man-power gaps that may occur.

• Manages performance of junior laboratory technicians, provides feedbacks, develops performance improvement plans, train the team and share knowledge related to laboratory functions with the team members.

• Prepares the necessary terms of reference for recruitment purpose with the supervisor when required.

• Prepares monthly data report of laboratory activities according to the UNHCC reporting format.

• Identifies training programs and prepares a training plan for the laboratory personnel geared towards maintaining continuous professional development in order to improve quality of services at the UNHCC laboratory and perform other tasks as deemed necessary and assigned by the supervisor.

• Assists with the collection and analysis of data as well as preparation of data presentations and reports for information sharing, responding to queries, knowledge management, planning and decision making.

• Assists with visualizations and updating information material such as web pages or brochures.

• Performs other tasks as deemed necessary and assigned by the supervisor.


  • Professionalism: Ability to analyze and produce laboratory results with a maximum precision leading to reliable results. Demonstrating initiative and professional judgement in applying SOPs, Rules & Regulations to cover special cases and in exceptional circumstances. Ensuring the strict adherence to prevailing policies governing UN staff conduct and responsibilities.

  • Planning & Organizing: 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.

  • Technological awareness: Keeps abreast of available technology. Understands applicability and limitations of technology to the work of the office. Actively seeks to apply technology to appropriate tasks. Shows willingness to learn new technology.


  • High school diploma or equivalent is required. College diploma in laboratory studies/ techniques and/or medical laboratory technology is required. An advanced degree in laboratory studies is an advantage.

    Work Experience

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of progressive working experience in a full-service laboratory or related area is required.

  • Hands-on experience in laboratory service including molecular biology techniques is required.


  • English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the post advertised, fluency in English is required. Knowledge of another official United Nations language is an advantage.

    How to Apply

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