Locum Laboratory Technician for the UN Clinic

Location : Harare, ZIMBABWE
Application Deadline :15-May-19 (Midnight New York, USA)
Additional Category :HIV, Health and Development
Type of Contract :Individual Contract
Post Level :National Consultant
Languages Required :
Starting Date :
(date when the selected candidate is expected to start)
Duration of Initial Contract :On call basis over a three-year period
Expected Duration of Assignment :On call basis over a three-year period


The objective of the United Nations (UN) Clinic is to provide primary clinical care and occupational health services to all locally and internationally recruited personnel of the UN Common System and their recognized dependents in Zimbabwe.

Duties and Responsibilities

Summary of Key Functions:

  • Ensure proper management of reagents stock; Keep an up to date inventory records of laboratory supplies and ensures that the supplies are always replenished and adequate;
  • Make arrangements for outside tests for UN staff when required;
  • Keep records of all work done in the laboratory and provide statistical report in regards to laboratory services.

Under the overall supervision of the Medical Doctor or his/her nominee within delegated authority, the Laboratory Technician will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Management of the UN Clinic Laboratory to ensure smooth operation of the day to day functions;
  • Regular maintenance of all laboratory equipment following the technical specifications of the manufacturers of the equipment;
  • Fast and efficient resolution of all problems related to laboratory performance.
  • Proper reporting of problems to manufacturer’s customer service;
  • Proficient communication and coordination with maintenance technician and prompt facilitation of an on-site service needed;
  • Ensure safe handling of bio-hazardous materials in compliance with the international standards and practices;
  • Draws blood samples applying international sterilization and bio safety standards;
  • Collects and labels urine, stool and sputum samples for different tests following international bio safety standards;
  • Perform all laboratory tests as requested by the Medical Doctor in a prompt and professional manner;
  • Autoclave and sterilize the instruments and containers following international standard of bio safely;
  • Assist in organization and implementation of health promotion/monitoring programmes;
  • Perform diagnostic and screening laboratory tests using the available equipment and instruments;
  • Report in a timely fashion results of tests to the Medical doctor;
  • Ensure that the reports are managed in timely, promptly and confidential manner;
  • Ensure the results for the patient using the services of VCT are managed in a confidential manner;
  • Ensure appropriate disposal of hazardous material following international standards of bio safety in coordination with the Medical doctor, Nurse and pharmacist.

Impact of Results

To provide a high standard of medical care to all UN Staff members and their dependents.


Professionalism - Knowledge of the UN systems:

  • Demonstrates ability to manage processes and maintain accurate records;
  • Ability to work independently and to maintain flexibility in working hours;
  • Planning and Organising – Demonstrated effective organisational skills and ability to handle work in an efficient and timely manner;
  • Teamwork – Good interpersonal skills; ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective work relationships with counterparts.

Corporate Competencies:

  • Demonstrates commitment to UNDP’s mission, vision and values;
  • Displays cultural, gender, religion, race, nationality and age sensitivity and adaptability.

Knowledge Management and Learning:

  • Shares knowledge and experience;
  • Actively works towards continuing personal learning, acts on learning plan and applies newly acquired skills.

Development and Operational Effectiveness:

  • Ability to perform work of confidential nature and handle a large volume of work;?
  • Strong IT skills;
  • Ability to write in a clear and concise manner and to communicate effectively orally.

Leadership and Self-Management:

  • Focuses on result for the client;
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude;
  • Remains calm, in control and good humored even when under pressure;
  • Demonstrates openness to change and ability to manage complexities.

Required Skills and Experience


  • Medical Laboratory Diploma required. A degree in a related field would be an added advantage;
  • Computer Literacy.

Work Experience:

  • At least five years of experience as a Laboratory Technician is required;
  • Experience in the usage of computers and office software packages (MS Word, Excel, etc) is desirable;
  • Prowess to produce internationally acceptable reports;
  • Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment and knowledge of another UN language is an added advantage.

Language Requirements:

  • Fluency in written and spoken English and basic working knowledge in both Shona and Ndebele. Ability to speak French an added advantage.

Application procedure

Prospetive candidates should apply as individuals on this platform, uploading the following documents:

  • Application Letter;
  • A CV or P11 Form highlighting the relevant experience;
  • Copies of Certificates / Proof of Medical Qualification;
  • Membership Registration certificates.

Please group all your documents into one (1) single Word or PDF document as the system only allows you to upload one (1) document.

Incomplete applications?will not be given consideration.

Please note that only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.

Requests for any clarification on the position should be submitted to procurement.zw@undp.org. Clarification requests submitted to any other email address will not be responded to.?

UNDP is committed to gender equality in its mandate and its staff, and equal opportunities for people living with disabilities. Well qualified candidates, particularly women and people living with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

Evaluation Process

Award of the contract shall be made to the Consultant whose offer has been evaluated and determined as: Responsive/compliant/acceptable; and having received the highest score out of a pre-determined set of weighted technical and?Interview criteria specific to the ToR.

  • Technical Criteria weight: 70%;
  • Interview Criteria weight: 30%.

Interviews will be conducted to assess the candidates selected after the technical evaluation process.

Note: Only the highest ranked candidates who have obtained a minimum of 49 points (70%) on the technical evaluation will be considered for the financial evaluation / engagement.

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.

If you are experiencing difficulties with online job applications, please contact erecruit.helpdesk@undp.org.

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