Established in 1951, IOM is the leading inter-governmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental, and non-governmental partners. With 151 member states, a further 12 states holding observer status and offices in over 100 countries, IOM is dedicated to promoting humane and orderly migration for the benefit of all. It does so by providing services and advice to governments and migrants. IOM works to help ensure the orderly and humane management of migration, to promote international cooperation on migration issues, to assist in the search for practical solutions to migration problems, and to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants in need, including refugees and internally displaced people. The IOM Constitution recognizes the link between migration and economic, social, and cultural development, as well as to the right of freedom of movement. IOM works in the four broad areas of migration management: Migration and development Facilitating migration Regulating migration Forced migration. IOM activities that cut across these areas include the promotion of international migration law, policy debate and guidance, protection of migrants’ rights, migration health, and the gender dimension of migration. IOM Nigeria commenced activities in 2001 and focused its interventions on counter-trafficking activities, migration issues, return and reintegration of stranded migrants especially to Liberia, and Voluntary Returns from abroad.

  • Job Position: Laboratory Technologist
  • SVN No. : SVN2021.22
  • Job Location: Lagos
  • Organizational Unit: Migration Health
  • IOM Classification: G4
  • Type of Appointment: Special Short Term (SST), 6 months with possibility of extension
  • Estimated Start Date: As Soon as Possible


  • Under the overall supervision of the Chief of Mission, the direct supervision of the Migration Health Officer, and the technical supervision of the Regional Laboratory Specialist in Nairobi, the incumbent will carry out the following duties and responsibilities:

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure collection of sputum specimens for testing in migration-related health assessments.
  • Prepare specimens and arrange transport for follow-up testing as required.
  • Liaise with approved external/subcontracted Laboratories of Lagos on test requirements and timely result reporting as well as monitor that quality assurance measures are taken for the testing of all specimens accordingly as per the IOM Migration Health Department (MHD) Technical instructions.
  • Follow up on invoice timely submission from external laboratories.
  • Strictly follow all anti-fraud measures for specimen collection
  • Perform serological testing for the migration health programs including both screen and confirmatory testing
  • Carry out the sterilization processes for the laboratory reagents and waste disposal
  • Timely process of laboratory specimens and result posting, including Pre-Departure Medical Screening result posting.
  • Strictly follow all safety guidelines and instructions including the use of PPE.
  • Strictly follow all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for testing conducted
  • Liaise with the Regional Laboratory Specialist to monitor quality assurance measures for the collection and testing of all specimens according to IOM guidelines and inform supervisor of any discrepancy.
  • Maintain an electronic database for all IOM laboratory testing.
  • Liaise with Migration Health Assessment Centre (MHAC) Abuja and Nairobi laboratories to follow up on results and harmonize SOPs.
  • Perform Gonorrhea testing
  • Perform any other duties that may be assigned

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Medical Laboratory with two years of continuous working experience or
  • Diploma in Medical Laboratory Techniques with four years of continuous working experience
  • Applicant must be registered in Nigeria


  • Minimum of two years’ work experience in a Medical Laboratory environment.
  • Training and experience in TB, HIV, STDs, and other communicable diseases testing is an added advantage.
  • Mature individual, able to work independently, effectively, and harmoniously with colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds at all levels.
  • A tolerant individual with the ability to work with migrants of all ages and from different background and with flexibility and ability to work on overtime, when requested
  • Capable of working under stressful and difficult conditions.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain accuracy and confidentiality in performing responsibilities.
  • Previous work experience with an international organization and NGOs dealing with refugees would be a strong advantage


  • Proficiency in computer skills, especially in MS Office (Excel, Word, Access) and experience in working with databases and online applications.


  • Fluency in English and Native Language; Fluency in multiple local languages is advantageous.

The incumbent is expected to demonstrate the following values and competencies:

  • Inclusion and respect for diversity respect and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintain high ethical standards and acts in a manner consistent with organizational principles/rules and standards of conduct.
  • Professionalism: demonstrates ability to work in a composed, competent and committed manner and exercises careful judgment in meeting day-to-day challenges.

Core Competencies – behavioral indicators:

  • Teamwork: develops and promotes effective collaboration within and across units to achieve shared goals and optimize results.
  • Delivering results produces and delivers quality results in a service-oriented and timely manner; is action-oriented and committed to achieving agreed outcomes.
  • Managing and sharing knowledge continuously seeks to learn, share knowledge and innovate.
  • Accountability: takes ownership for achieving the Organization’s priorities and assumes responsibility for own action and delegated work.
  • Communication: encourages and contributes to clear and open communication; explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring, and motivational way.


  • Any offer made to the candidate in relation to this vacancy notice is subject to funding confirmation.
  • Only candidates residing in the country of the duty station within commuting distance of the duty station will be considered.
  • The appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, accreditation, any residency or visa requirements, and security clearances.
  • Women with the above qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Closing Date:
6th April 2021

How to Apply

Interested and qualified candidates should submit their applications via email to: [email protected] indicating the position applied on the subject line.

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Important Information and Notice

  • For the applications to be considered valid, IOM only accepts applications with a Cover Letter not more than one page specifying the motivation for application, addressed to “Human Resources, International Organization for Migration (IOM)” and with a subject line “SVN2021.22 – Laboratory Technologist – Lagos Nigeria”.
  • All applications should include a functional email address, mobile numbers, and detailed curriculum vitae (CV).
  • Please note that this position is open only to Nigerian Nationals


  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • IOM only accepts duly completed applications submitted through the IOM e-Recruitment system. The online tool also allows candidates to track the status of their applications.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
  • No Fees: IOM does not charge a fee at any stage of its recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training or another fee). IOM does not request any information related to bank accounts.

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