Regional NDSR laboratory Focal Point

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Regional NDSR laboratory Focal Point

  • Post Date:October 30, 2022
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  • Career Level Officer
    Experience 4 Years
    Gender Both
  • Industry Health Care
    Qualification Bachelor Degree
    Salary As per Organization Salary Scale
  • Number of Opportunities 6
    Vacancy Number WHOAFG- 2022-10-103
    Location Paktya, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balkh, Herat, Kunduz
Job Description

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.

Job Summary:

Afghanistan has experienced outbreaks of COVID-19, measles, Cholera, Dengue, and other epidemic prone diseases in the past year. These outbreaks are attributed to a weakening health system due to protracted conflict, poverty, and returnees from neighboring countries. As there are many opportunities for communicable disease like COVID-19, measles, Dengue, CCHF, etc. to strike and cause epidemics of disease spreading across the country, the National Diseases Surveillance and Response (NDSR) System within Monitoring & Evaluation and Health Information System General Directorate (M&E-HIS GD) needs to rapidly detect the outbreak at the early stage in coordination with disease control department and other stakeholders, apply/advise timely public health interventions to stop disease transmission and reduce morbidity and mortality that could result from the spread of the epidemic.

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):

Confirmation of the diagnosis of high threat pathogens is one of the main functions of the surveillance, that is needed to rapidly respond to outbreaks and institute the appropriate control measures. To undertake this assignment, Regional NSDR Laboratory Focal Point will be recruited to build the capacity of the surveillance staff (RRTs, SSTs) on sample collection and the Public Health Laboratories staff to conduct testing of COVID-19, CCHF, Dengue, AWD, and other epidemic prone diseases. The incumbent(s) will be based at the Regional Reference Laboratories (RRL) and will be directly reporting to the NDSR regional coordinators and the WHO office.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The incumbent will perform the following duties:

1. Act as the link between the NDSR and Public health laboratories (CPHL, IDH, RRLs and Provincial Labs) to ensure that all surveillance and lab procedures are in place to meet the requirements for confirmation of priority diseases.

2. Draft and update the SOPs for proper specimen collection, storage, transportation, and processing by labs following WHO guidelines.

3. Provide on the job training to the RRTs, SSTs on proper specimen collection, labeling, packaging, storing, and transportation.










4. Provide on the job training to the lab staff on sample receiving, arrangements, processing and result reporting.5. Ensure that samples are collected, transported, processed and results and data are shared timely with the regional NSDR coordinators.6. Support in strengthening biosafety and biosecurity practices in lab and field including proper handling of specimens.

7. Managing inventory effectively and efficiently to ensure availability of sufficient supplies including VTM, RDTs, glove, other reagents and consumables and submit the report along with request to regional NDSR office.

8. Providing activity report to the regional NDSR and WHO sub-office by the end of each month.

9. Perform any other duties that may be assigned by the supervisors.

Job Requirement:


1) Producing results

2) Fostering Integration and Team work

3) Communicating in a credible and effective way

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: Bachelor’s degree in medical laboratory technology, Pharm D (Clinical Biology) or relevant field.

Desirable: Master’s degree in the relevant field will be an asset.


Essential: At least two years of work experience in laboratory training, evaluation, planning and management.

Desirable: Relevant experience in the UN system.

Languages: Excellent knowledge of English and National Language (Pashto and Dari).

IT Skills:

– Proficiency in the use of Microsoft applications (Excel, Word, power point, etc)


 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. Assessment method: WHO may conduct written/presentation and interview or combination of the mentioned mediums to select the most qualified candidate.

 WHO is an equal opportunity employer and qualified women are particularly encouraged to apply and equally qualified female candidate will be given preference.

Job Location:

Afghanistan, Paktya, Nangarhar, Kandahar, Balkh, Herat, Kunduz

Submission Guideline:

Interested applicants (Afghan National) meeting the above qualifications are requested to submit their applications quoting this Vacancy Announcement Number (WHOAFG- 2022-10-103) 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.

WHO is a smoke free environment.

Submission Email:

  [email protected]