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Job Title : : Laboratory Technical Advisor
Job Reference : : Gaborone-2018-12
Location : : Gaborone, South-East District, Botswana
Salary : : P411,784 p.a
Posted on : : Fri Aug 10, 2018
Apply before : : Fri Aug 24, 2018
Job Type : : Full-time
Experience required : : 7 years
Job category: : Public Health
 Job Description


  • The Laboratory Technical Advisor serves under the direction of the Laboratory Team Lead to provide scientific and technical laboratory support to the Botswana Ministry of Health (MOH) and other partners for programs under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).  The job holder:
  • Provides comprehensive technical, administrative and managerial advice and assistance in support of laboratory capacity, including training and mentoring of laboratory staff, establishing and expanding internal and external laboratory quality assurance programs, establishing and implementing Laboratory Information management systems, strengthening the laboratory infrastructure, monitoring and evaluating progress in meeting laboratory program goals and objectives.  
  • Collaborates with partners to establish quality management standards for public health laboratories in Botswana and standardized operating procedures for conducting laboratory tests used in diagnosing and monitoring treatment for HIV infection and related infections.
  • Provides advice and technical assistance to the MOH and other USG partners in developing laboratory regulations and policies and conducting public health evaluation, research and surveys.
  • Facilitates and teaches training sessions for laboratory staff supporting HIV care and treatment projects in Botswana as well as monitoring and evaluation of laboratory support for HIV/AIDS activities provided by CDC.
  • Recommends improvements, as needed, and works with MOH to implement recommendations from evaluations and site assessments.
  • Serves as the Point of contact for the DGHT lab program thematic area (e.g. laboratory informatics,  Quality management systems,  Quality testing,  supply chain equipment, and waste management,  infrastructure, biosafety & biosecurity,  policies, strategies, standards, and innovation). 
  • Serves as the Activity Manager for CDC cooperative agreements to support HIV laboratory programs and activities in Botswana.  

Qualifications and Evaluations


BS/BSC or equivalent from a recognized college or university in Medical laboratory sciences/clinical laboratory sciences/Biomedical sciences or related clinical lab sciences is required



Seven years of experience in medical/clinical laboratory sciences, registration with the Botswana Health Professions Council, a current practice license and at least two years of supervisory experience is required.


The position requires:

  •  An advanced knowledge of laboratory procedures and methodologies, used in testing for HIV infection, staging HIV diseases, and laboratory monitoring for response to ART as well as an understanding of procedures and equipment used for specialized laboratory procedures.
  •  A comprehensive knowledge of the host country operational environment, including a detailed knowledge of the structure and operations of the Ministry of Health, the public health laboratory environment at the national, regional, district and community level in Botswana and the activities of collaborating and other donor agencies in Botswana with respect to HIV laboratory support program activities.
  •  A full understanding of the structure and functions of CDC Botswana including detailed knowledge of CDC’s role and function in support of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).; CDC and USG policies, guidelines and procedures for administration of cooperative agreements.



Level IV (Fluent) speaking/reading/writing of English is required.


The position requires well-developed skills in applying complex laboratory procedures and methodologies in support of HIV prevention and care programs. The incumbent must also have good interpersonal and communication skills for establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a variety of collaborating partners in laboratory technical positions. The incumbent must have sound judgment and well developed analytical skills to independently resolve problems, overcome barriers to program implementation, and make appropriate decisions and recommendations related to program implementation. Program implementation, management, and evaluation skills are required for the position. Basic skills in Microsoft power point and excel are needed for the position. 


Local prescriptive privileges must be acquired.  All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.  

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO):  The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. 

Other information:


Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below.  Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.


(1)        Appointment Eligible Family Member (AEFM) / U.S. Citizen EFM (USEFM) who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*

(2)        AEFM / USEFM

(3)        Foreign Service (FS) on Leave With Out Pay (LWOP) and Civil Service (CS) with reemployment rights **


Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), equivalent documentation, or certification.  A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service.  Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given. 

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with

re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link: 


How to Apply: 

The HR Office uses http://talentwiz.net, to advertise its positions.  At this site you will find a list of U.S. Embassy’s vacant positions and instructions to log on and apply.  Candidates interested in applying for these positions must apply to admin@peopleconnections.co.bw

Required Documents: 

Please provide the required documentation listed below with your application:

  •          DS-174
  •          BS/BSC or equivalent from a recognized college or university in Medical laboratory             sciences/clinical laboratory sciences/ Biomedical sciences
  •          Degree with transcript
  •          SF-50 (if applicable)
  •          DD-214 and supporting documentation (if applicable)
  •          Botswana Health Professional Council Certificate

What to Expect Next: 

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

For further information:  the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Gaborone, Botswana.

Security Clearance Required: 

Local Security Certification or Public Trust

Supervisory Position: 


Duration of Appointment:


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We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees at https://careers.state.gov/downloads/files/eight-qualities-of-overseas-employees before you apply.

Apply before : Fri Aug 24, 2018
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