Laboratory Technologist, International Organization for Migration – IOM Vacancy Announcement

Laboratory Technologist, International Organization for Migration – IOM Vacancy Announcement, December 13 2023



Organization: International Organization for Migration – IOM

Position: Laboratory Technologist

Location: Addis Ababa

Employment: Full time

Deadline: December 26, 2023






Job Description



Open to Internal & External Candidates

Vacancy No. IOM-VN/0118/23
Position Title Laboratory Technologist
Duty Station Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Classification G5
Type of Appointment Six months, with the possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date As soon as possible
Posting Period 12.12.2023 – 26.12.2023


Organizational Context and Scope

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants.

Under direct supervision of the Senior Laboratory Technologist and the overall supervision of the Chief Migration Health Officer (CMHO), the incumbent will be responsible for technical support to laboratory services with respect to Migration Health Assessments (HAP) and other programmes implemented by the IOM Migration Health Division in country Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Responsibilities and Accountabilities

1.     Perform laboratory procedures as assigned by the laboratory supervisor for pre-examination, examination, and post-examination activities through the use of the standard relevant equipment.

2.     Contribute to the implementation of laboratory quality management systems under the guidance of the laboratory supervisor. Take on the focal point role for one or more quality system essentials (QSE) as requested by the laboratory supervisor.

3.     Ensure standards and the quality of laboratory procedures by strictly following the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

4.     Adhere to biosafety measures adopted in the laboratory, being responsible for the safety of oneself and others.

5.     Organize and operate activities on assigned station for accurate, efficient and timely delivery of results.


6.     Perform quality control and quality assurance activities for assigned stations and document results as required.

7.     Facilitate laboratory equipment maintenance to ensure these are in good working order and operate equipment appropriately following SOPs.

8.     Facilitate laboratory stock management and monitor that the equipment and consumables are sufficient for the anticipated work.

9.     Alert the laboratory supervisor to any problems related to operations, including equipment, stock management and biosafety.

10.     Facilitate maintenance of established systems of organized record keeping and information management for timely delivery of results, data collection, analysis and reporting for laboratory monitoring and facilitation of operational research.

11.     Develop and/or update SOPs in coordination with the laboratory supervisor.

12.     Participate in the improvement of the service system according to the adopted work plan in the laboratory.

13.     Manage and meet client expectations by prioritising interests and providing services with guiding principles of patients’ dignity, beneficence and non-maleficence in courteous manner.

14.     Ensures compliance with IOM instruction INS 278 and undertakes all designated mandatory trainings


15.     Perform such other duties as may be assigned


Job Requirements


Required Qualifications and Experience



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited academic institution in Medical (Clinical) Laboratory Sciences, Microbiology or a related discipline in countries where the scope of responsibilities are fulfilled according to national regulations.
  • A valid license to practice, if applicable.



·         Three years for Bachelor’s degree holder of relevant clinical laboratory experience in a busy institution, preferably in a laboratory

·         Good awareness of the laboratory role in health systems, optional use of resources for quality and efficient service delivery


·         Knowledge of Technical Laboratory skills and workflow.

·         Knowledge of laboratory quality management systems.

·         Knowledge of the principles and practices of laboratory biosafety;

·         Computer literate with an understanding of accurate data collection and analysis for monitoring and continuous improvement of laboratory services and performances; and,

·         Word processing, spreadsheet management, and database management experience.

·         Trained on ISO 15189, Medical laboratories — Requirements for quality and competence are an added value

·         Very good communication and interpersonal skills.




For this position, fluency in English, Somali and Amharic is required (oral and written).


Working knowledge of other local languages is an advantage.


The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:

Values – all IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these three values:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: Demonstrates ability to work composed, competent and committed and exercises careful judgment in meeting daily challenges.
  • Courage:  Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
  • Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.


Core Competencies – behavioural indicators level 2

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results: produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge: continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.


[1] Competencies and respective levels should be drawn from the Competency Framework of the Organization.


How to Apply


How to apply:

·         Please send your application letter enclosed with your updated CV to Ethiojobs.netby putting the vacancy number, job title, and the duty station you are applying for in the subject line i.e. “Application for  Laboratory Technologist, IOM-VN/0118/2023, Addis Ababa.”

Any application that does not fulfill/attach the below-listed documents will not be considered.

ü  Motivation/Application letter indicating the short vacancy number and position title as mentioned in the short vacancy notice.

ü  CV (written in English) with three professional referees and their contacts (both email and telephone)

ü  Copies of all Academic Certificates from an Accredited University

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

We strongly encourage qualified women to apply!


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