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Laboratory Assistant (Polio Virus Laboratory)

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N.G.O./Social Services
Health & Medicine
Total Position:
Job Type:
Individual Contractor Agreement (UNOPS) ( First Shift (Day) )
Job Province:
Islamabad Capital Territrory
Job Location:
No Preference
Minimum Education:
Degree Title:
Certificate in “Medical Laboratory Technician”
Career Level:
LICA-5 (equivalent to GS-5)
Minimum Experience:
1 Year(Experience in virology laboratory with discernible experience in virus isolation using in-vitro cell culture isolation system.)
Work Permit:
Apply By:
Jan 23, 2021
Posted On:
Jan 4, 2021
Job Description

Under the overall supervision of the WHO Representative, the incumbent is expected to undertake the following duties at the WHO Regional Reference Laboratory for the Polio Eradication Initiative, Department of Virology, National Institute of Health, Islamabad:


  • Isolation and typing of poliovirus and non-polio enterovirus from stool specimens and environmental sewage water samples
  • Enter all records of Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) cases and environmental samples into the central data base at Regional Reference Laboratory on the basis of investigation forms received from districts of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
  • Responsible for keeping a weekly back-up copy of all electronic data relating to AFP cases and environmental sewage water samples.
  • Pinpoint problems in the laboratory database and share it with Federal Surveillance cell and program partners to resolve the data discrepancies.
  • Prepare and send reports on the results of poliovirus testing on weekly basis to National EPI, Surveillance units and WHO-EMRO


  • Undertake other relevant duties as directed by the supervisor and/or WR

Qualification Required:

·         Higher Secondary School Certificate (Intermediate) from a recognized institute

          ·         Certificate in “Medical Laboratory Technician” 

Experience Required:

·   A minimum of 5 years of work experience in virology laboratory with discernable experience in virus isolation using in-vitro cell culture isolation system.

·         Demonstrable skills in maintenance of cell lines for virus growth


Skills Required:

·         Capable of proper application and use of general laboratory equipment.


·         Practical knowledge and expertise in laboratory data record and maintenance.

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