As a laboratory technician on assignment with Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) you might manage the laboratory associated with a tuberculosis (TB) 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.


  • 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


  • 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