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Job: Mini-Laboratory Technician at Medecins Sans Frontieres

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Main Purpose

  • The Mini-Lab laboratory technician carries out clinical laboratory operations in accordance with the Mini-Lab protocols and safety and hygiene rules in order to obtain reliable results that allow clinicians to choose patient treatments.
  • He/she will also be involved in various general activities related to his/her role as a laboratory technician.

Job Description (Shortened)

  • Being proficient in good laboratory practices and applying the defined hygiene and biosafety rules;
  • Being proficient in and delivering the whole testing process for each type of sample:
  • Pre‐testing:
    • Receipt and recording all samples.
  • Testing:
    • Performing all examinations and clinical tests according to the defined techniques while following the different standard Mini-Lab protocols and procedures. In particular, this role
    • involves identifying micro-organisms and performing antimicrobial susceptibility testing.
  • Post‐testing:
    • Understanding the interpretation of test results and the returning of results;
    • Keeping bacterial strains and referring them to reference laboratories if necessary.
    • Being proficient in the Mini-Lab computer system (Mini-LIMS) in order to ensure that the data collected at each step is logged;
  • Maintaining the direct work environment (workstation) according to the recommendations and carrying out all the tasks, maintenance and readings by following and complying with the defined work plan;
  • Noting any non-conformities related to tests, equipment or more generally to the operation of the Mini‐
  • Lab as a whole, and reporting these to managers;


  • Specialised Diploma or post-graduate Diploma in Laboratory Technology required.


  • At least 1 year’s experience working as a laboratory technician required;


  • Professional experience in microbiology
  • Computer skills required (Windows, Word, Excel).


  • Fluent English (oral and written English), Hausa, Kanuri


  • Rigour, precision and commitment to work;
  • Willing to follow instructions and apply procedures;
  • Able to work in a team and to cooperate with colleagues; Versatile, flexible and adaptable in a professional context;
  • Adheres to MSF principles;
  • Service ethic;
  • Understands how to manage stress.

Monthly Gross salary according to MSFF salary scale, plus 13th month allowance equivalent to 1 month of gross salary.

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