Laboratory Supervisor

Open to Internal and External Candidates
VN 2019/10 (GS-HCMC)

Position Title : Laboratory Supervisor
Duty Station : HCMC, Vietnam
Classification : General Service Staff, Grade 5
Type of Appointment : Fixed term, one year with possibility of extension
Estimated Start Date : As soon as possible
Closing Date : December 20, 2019

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. 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 is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment. Internal and external candidates
are eligible to apply to this vacancy. Internal candidates should meet the minimum of time
in post requirement of six months or more.


Under the overall supervision of the Chief Migration Health Physician (CMHP) in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam, in coordination with the Regional Laboratory Manager (RLM) in Bangkok, Thailand for technical matters and the supervision of the Head of Office (HoO), Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam for administrative matters, incumbent will be responsible for provision of laboratory services with the respect to migration health assessments of the IOM Migration Health
Department (MHD) in Vietnam.

Core Functions / Responsibilities:

  • Ensure adherence to fraud prevention measures in all aspects of laboratory work performed for service beneficiaries in Migration Health Screening.
  • Ensure adherence to biosafety measures during specimen collection, laboratory procedures, disposing of, storing and shipping of specimens.
  • Ensure that standards of mycobacterium laboratory services correspond to requirements of resettlement countries.
  • Make procedures for prevailing local conditions, levels of expertise and available technology.
  • Maintain optimal workflow to ensure that laboratory services and reporting are provided in a timely manner.
  • Facilitate/organize procurement of consumables required by IOM service laboratories.
  • Liaise with other IOM MHD members for relevant HAP laboratory examinations.
  • Collect and analyze laboratory data for statistical, reporting and planning purposes.
  • Provide monthly statistical reports to CMHP, Regional and Global Laboratory Managers.
  • Maintain a system of laboratory performance indicators with regular monitoring, analysis, and reporting these indicators.
  • Maintain the accuracy and flow of informatics through the laboratory information management system.
  • Oversee the serology and haematology laboratory performance.
  • Communicate with national partners in relation to laboratory services for IOM HAP.
  • Facilitate in training of partner laboratory personnel.
  • Facilitate in updating of standard operating procedures.
  • Facilitate in managing specimens and laboratory materials shipment.
  • Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Vietnamese nationals;
  • Graduate of microbiology or laboratory school;
  • High school degree with five years' experience or bachelor's degree with three years’ experience;
  • Working experience in a microbiology laboratory; Laboratory experience in tuberculosis is required as well as HIV and syphilis;
  • Good communication skills; Good organizational and planning skills;
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team-oriented environment;
  • Ability and willingness to work in difficult areas/situations; Ability to work effectively and harmoniously within a team of colleagues from varied cultures and professional backgrounds; Personal commitment, efficiency, flexibility, drive for results, creative thinking;
  • Good level of computer literacy, database management is an advantage.


  • Fluency in English and Vietnamese is required.

Required Competencies

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


  • Inclusion and respect for diversity: respects and promotes individual and cultural differences; encourages diversity and inclusion wherever possible.
  • Integrity and transparency: maintains 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 – behavioural indicators (level 1)

  • 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.


Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment, security clearance and verification of residency, visa and authorizations by the concerned Government, where applicable.

How to apply:

All interested candidates should download and complete an IOM Personal History Form from the IOM Viet Nam website at

Completed applications, including IOM Personal History Form, application letter, and copies of diplomas and certificates, recommendation letters, etc. may be delivered to the IOM Sub-Office in Ho Chi Minh City at 1B Pham Ngoc Thach, District 1, or submitted electronically to [email protected].

Job Details
Organisation Name: 
Ho Chi Minh
Application Deadline: 
Fri, 2019-12-20