Laboratory technicians

Laboratory techs play an important role in running our laboratories and monitoring outbreaks of disease and the impact of our responses

*** Local Caption *** Depuis 2010, MSF soutient le Programme Nationale de lutte contre la Tuberculose dans la ville de Buenaventura pour améliorer le diagnostique et le traitement de la tuberculose régulière et résistante. En 2012, MSF importe pour la première fois un traitement contre la tuberculose résistante et soutient le programme municipal pour la gestion de la tuberculose résistante (en matière de conformité, de formation du personnel de santé et de suivi de dossiers). Sur l?année 2012, 285 nouveaux patients atteints de tuberculose régulière ont été admis dans le programme alors que 60 patients atteints de tuberculose résistante et multi-résistante étaient sous traitement à la fin de l'année (dont 31 nouvellement admis en 2012). <br/> Since 2010, MSF supports the National Programme against Tuberculosis in the city of Buenaventura to improve the diagnosis and treatment of regular and resistant tuberculosis. In 2012, MSF imports for the first time a treatment against drug-resistant TB and supports municipal program for the management of drug-resistant TB (for compliance, training of health personnel and monitoring records). On the year 2012, 285 new patients with regularl tuberculosis were admitted to the program, while 60 patients with drug-resistant and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis were under treatment at the end of the year (including 31 newly admitted in 2012).
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As a laboratory technician on assignment with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) you might manage the laboratory associated with a tuberculosis treatment program, training the technicians you supervise in sputum microscopy. Alternatively, you might find yourself tasked with establishing a laboratory facility, introducing quality control to an HIV laboratory, or testing people for sleeping sickness in an outdoor mobile clinic.

MSF laboratory technicians are primarily responsible for management of the laboratory, supervision of laboratory personnel, and implementation of laboratory training programs for locally hired staff. Responsibilities could also include the ordering and distribution of laboratory supplies, data collection, and quality control of laboratory testing.

Requirements

  • Must meet general requirements
  • Minimum commitment of 9 to 12 months
  • Must have one of the following credentials:
    -  Degree or diploma in laboratory technology
    -  Degree in microbiology with applied medical parasitology, bacteriology, and immunology
  • Experience with sample-taking (blood, stool, sputum)
  • Knowledge of laboratory testing quality-control methods

Assets

  • Knowledge of epidemiology
  • Familiarity with tropical and/or infectious diseases (especially HIV/AIDS, TB)
  • Experience using laboratory software packages and carrying out surveys
  • Work in a hospital setting
  • Medical degree

How to apply