National Professional Officer – Laboratory (NO-C) at World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.We are recruiting to fill the vacant position below:Job Title: National Professional Officer - Laboratory (NO-C)Job ID: 1902833Location: AbujaSchedule: Full-time Contract duration: 6 MonthsOrganization: AF_NGA NigeriaContractual Arrangement: Special Services Agreement (SSA)Purpose of the PositionThe mission of WHO's Health Emergencies Programme (WHE/Nigeria) is to help Nigeria, and to coordinate international action, to prevent, prepare for, detect, rapidly respond to, and recover from outbreaks and emergencies.Description of DutiesSupervised by the WHE Laboratory technical officer, under the supervision of the WHO Country Representative and working closely with WHO country office clusters, WHO counterparts at the Africa Regional Office and HQ, the incumbent will act as the subject matter expert for laboratory within the health operations and expertise team.S/he will support the laboratory component of the incident management system, and provide technical support to the Federal Ministry of Health (MOH) and partners within the health sector.Provide technical support to the National Reference Laboratory to strengthen laboratory capacity for rapid detection and response to priority pathogens: measles/yellow fever, cerebrospinal meningitis, cholera, Lassa fever, monkeypoxDevelop guidelines and other laboratory tools for laboratory performance in line with IDSR and IHR guidelines and establish targets and measurable indicators for the monitoring and evaluation of laboratory services;Develop, plan and implement training workshops to improve sample collection, packaging and shipping at national and state levelsDevelop and monitor the national specimen transportation and referral  system for epidemic prone diseases; To provide oversite of the public health network stock management and supply chain system for laboratory consumables;Work with WHO County office clusters to provide technical and operational support to ensure timely ordering of laboratory reagents and consumables and implementation of laboratory related workplans to strengthen laboratory capacity at public and state laboratoriesEnsure adherence to good laboratory practice and biosafety management at public and state laboratoriesPerform any other duties that may be assigned by his/her supervisor 

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