Laboratory Assistant

  • Full Time
  • Kathmandu
  • Applications have closed

Website International Organization for Migration (IOM)


Laboratory Assistant

Duty Station: Kathmandu, Nepal

Classification: General Service Staff, Grade-3

Type of Appointment: One Year Fixed Term Contract

Estimated Start Date: As soon as possible

Closing Date: May 29, 2024

Established in 1951, IOM is a Related Organization of the United Nations, and as the leading UN agency in the field of migration, 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.

United Nations- International Organization for Migration is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture amongst others. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups are encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence.

United Nations, International Organization for Migration has a zero-tolerance against Sexual exploitation and Abuse (SEA) and sexual harassment (SH). Everyone is responsible for preventing sexual exploitation and abuse (PSEA), and all UN personnel must adhere to the standards of conduct that preserves PSEA principles (both during work hours and outside work hours). All selected candidates will, therefore, go through a safe hiring process.

Organizational Context and Scope

Under the overall supervision of the Chief Migration Health Officer (CMHO) and direct supervision of the Senior Laboratory Technologist, the incumbent will be responsible for technical support to laboratory services with respect to Migration Health Assessments (HAP) and other programmes implemented by the IOM Migration Health Division in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Core Functions / Responsibilities

1.  Perform simple laboratory procedures as assigned by the supervisor for simple specimen collection, reagent, media and test station preparation through the use of the standard relevant equipment.
2. Adhere to standards and the quality measures of assigned laboratory procedures by strictly following SOPs.
3. Adhere to bio-safety measures adopted in the laboratory, minding the safety of oneself and others.
4. Assist technical personnel for accurate, efficient and timely delivery of results by receiving and processing request forms, data entry, scheduling of clients, printing and submitting laboratory test reports.
5. Provide general support to quality control activities undertaken in the laboratory.
6. Monitor and facilitate to laboratory storage (such as refrigerators, incubators, etc.) equipment performance and maintenance.
7. Support the laboratory stock management and monitoring by verifying that equipment and consumables are sufficient for the anticipated daily work.
8. Maintain the established system of organized record keeping.
9. Participate in updating of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) as needed.
10. Participate in the improvement of laboratory services according to an adopted work plan in the laboratory.
11. Perform such other duties as may be assigned.

Required Qualifications and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in science, biology, chemistry or related field with minimum 1 year of work experience.
  • Completed secondary education from an accredited academic institution as per country regulations with three years of work experience in relevant field.
  • Should have valid Nepal Health Professional Council (NHPC) license.


  • Experience working in a laboratory of diagnostic clinic or hospital settings.
  • Experience of handling clients/patients.


  • Effectively applies and transfers relevant technical knowledge and practices to personnel and laboratory operations.
  • Organizational skills.
  • Communication skills.


Fluency in English and Nepali is required (oral and written).

Required Competencies

VALUES – All IOM staff members must abide by and demonstrate these five values:

Inclusion and respect for diversity: Respects and promotes individual and cultural differences. Encourages diversity and inclusion.
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.
Courage: Demonstrates willingness to take a stand on issues of importance.
Empathy: Shows compassion for others, makes people feel safe, respected and fairly treated.

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 actions and delegated work.
  • Communication: Encourages and contributes to clear and open communication. Explains complex matters in an informative, inspiring and motivational way.


The appointment is subject to funding confirmation.

Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment.


Appointment will be subject to certification that the candidate is medically fit for appointment. Only Nepali Nationals will be considered for this position.

How to apply:

Interested Candidates are requested to submit their application indicating clearly the position applied, VN number and CV with three references to the following address: Human Resource Department, International Organization for Migration, P.O. Box 25503, Lazimpat Road, Panipokhari, Kathmandu or email to by 29 May 2024. Only short-listed candidates will be called for interview.

Posting period: From 22.05.2024 to 29.05.2024

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