NDSR Lab Surveillance Assistant (NIC)
- Post Date:October 30, 2022
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- Career Level OfficerExperience 4 YearsGender Both
- Industry Health CareQualification DiplomaSalary As per Organization Salary Scale
- Number of Opportunities 1Vacancy Number WHOAFG- 2022-10-102Location Kabul
About World Health Organization:
The World Health Organization (WHO) is the technical and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership in global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical and implementation support and monitoring and assessing health trends. In Afghanistan, WHO works to improve the health and well-being of all Afghans by preventing and reducing mortality, morbidity and disability and strengthening health services in close coordination with national and international partners.
In Afghanistan, National Influenza Centre is the only lab for testing SARI and ILI samples for the diagnosis of Influenza viruses collected by National Disease Surveillance and Response (NDSR) System and functions as National Influenza Center (NIC) for Influenza surveillance. The NIC perform laboratory diagnosis on all specimens by real time RT-PCR, perform virus isolation, and send the specimen/isolates to WHO Collaborating Centre (WHOCC) in timely manner to include them in the global Influenza vaccine component. NIC should be on high alert throughout the year to confirm and/or isolate any type and subtype of Influenza Viruses and to ship specimen of un subtyped Flu viruses to the WHO CC, Atlanta for advanced testing. As a part of the GISRS Laboratory Network, NIC should be able to fulfil all conditions of the GISRS and PIP Program and requires highly efficient laboratory capacity.
Objectives of the Programme and the immediate Strategic Objective (Overview of the programme):
The mission of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme (The Programme) is to help countries, and to coordinate international action, top event, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.
Organizational context (Describe the individual role of incumbent within the team, focusing on the intricacy and difficulty of working environment):
The incumbent will ensure regular updates of the influenza results on the online platform, monitor the weekly epidemiological data in the Emflu system entered by the field staff, and provide feedback to the influenza sentinel sites on the data quality and reporting. The incumbent will be based at the NIC-CPHL and will be directly reporting to the NDSR Lab Surveillance Officer.
Duties & Responsibilities:
The incumbent will perform the following duties:
1. Maintaining the reception area open 7 days a week.
2. Receiving SARI and ILI specimens from the 9 influenza sentinel sites.
3. Checking the specimen transportation condition, packing, labelling, leakage, and other needed information.
4. Registration, arrangement, and storing of samples at the appropriate temperature.
5. Provide timely feedback to the 9 sentinel sites influenza assistants regarding specimen transportation quality or other missing information.
6. Update the influenza regional online platforms (Emflu, FluNet and FluID) on weekly basis.
7. Monitor the weekly epidemiological data in Emflu (from 9 sentinel sites) and update the Lab data for each tested specimen.
8. Provide regular feedback on data quality issues to Influenza assistants.
9. Provision of timely and accurate information to WHO and MOPH whenever required.
10. Managing inventory effectively to ensure availability of sufficient supplies and submit the report to the Lab surveillance Office to share with the PIP focal point at MoPH.
11. Providing technical and activity report to the NDSR Lab Surveillance Officer by the end of each month.
12. Performing any other work/activity assigned by the organization to enhance lab services.
4) Moving forward in a changing environment.
5) Effective use of resources
Functional Skills and Knowledge:
– Sound organization skills
– Stress and time management skills
– Good knowledge of WHO systems, procedures, and practices
Essential: 2-years diploma is required in lab technology or relevant field.
Desirable: Bachelor’s degree in lab technology and or in relevant field will be an asset.
Essential: At least 2 years of experience in lab reception and lab data management.
Desirable: Working experience with WHO/ UN with expertise in laboratory surveillance is an asset.
Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and National Language (Pashto and Dari).
– Good knowledge of Microsoft applications.
– Knowledge of monitoring applications as well as surveillance online platforms
Screening of the candidates;
Long List – The candidates shall be longlisted base on the minimum qualifications and relevant experience to the Vacancy Notice (VN).
Short List – Further shortlist shall be done base on years of relevant experience, higher education and required skills.
WHO may conduct written/presentation and interview or combination of the mentioned mediums to select the most qualified candidate.
Interested applicants (Afghan National) meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit their applications quoting this Vacancy Announcement Number (WHOAFG- 2022-10-102) along with their curriculum vitae, copy of National ID (Tazkira) to below mentioned email:
Applications received after the closing date will not be considered. ONLY CANDIDATES UNDER SERIOUS CONSIDERATION WILL BE CONTACTED FOR INTERVIEW AND TEST.
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