World Health Organization, Cairo, Egypt

Skill Required:, Project ManagementResearch and Analysis
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
12th April, 2019

Job Description


Within the framework of the Department of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control, in coordination with other Departments, the Public Health Laboratories (PHL) unit works to provide technical support to Member States in establishing functional national and regional networks of laboratories for communicable diseases. In collaboration with Member States, international organizations, NGOs and other partners, PHL aims to promote and develop regional laboratory capacities for prevention and control of communicable diseases and monitoring of drug resistance; to strengthen laboratory surveillance and response capacities of the Member States; to improve public health laboratories preparedness for emerging or re-emerging infectious diseases; to provide technical guidance and support to safe, accurate and rapid detection and verification of infectious disease outbreaks or any other public health events of international concern, as well as other emerging public health threats; to ensure that the Member States achieve the minimum laboratory core capacities required for strengthening national and regional surveillance alert and response systems in accordance with the International Health Regulations 2005 (IHR, 2005).


The incumbent will perform the following duties:

Build capacities of public health laboratories through assessment, missions and organizing trainings of the following:

  • Laboratory quality management systems
  • National and regional External Quality Assessment (EQA) programmes
  • Biosafety and biosecurity programmes
  • Laboratory Leadership programmes
  • Laboratory exercises
  • Antimicrobial susceptibility testing

Collaborate with member States to address the recommendations and findings of the International Health regulations 2005 (IHR, 2005) Joint External Evaluations and its related national plans of action for health security.

Provide technical guidance to health laboratories with troubleshooting in laboratory work and introduce new methods and techniques.



  • Essential: First university degree in laboratory sciences or Microbiology.
  • Desirable: Doctoral degree in laboratory sciences or Microbiology.


  • Essential: At least five years relevant experience combined at the national and international levels in managing and implementing laboratory projects and activities.
  • Desirable: Working experience with providing technical support to laboratories in limited resource settings.


  • Good knowledge and demonstrable skills in laboratory science with an understanding of resource-limited countries' needs.
  • Ability to assess laboratory capacities and propose solutions to fill gaps.
  • Knowledge of health laboratory systems including its quality management systems and biosafety and biosecurity.
  • Analytical and interpersonal skills.
  • Knowledge and skills in laboratory surveillance and event detection.
  • Effective presentation and writing skills.


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