This position is in FMD-FAO Project Office Islamabad, Pakistan and the incumbent will be based at National Veterinary Laboratories (NVL), Islamabad. FAO Project and NVL work closely for the diagnosis of FMD in the country. The main aim of the FAO country offices, which are headed by an FAO Representative, is to assist governments to develop policies, programmes and projects to achieve food security and reduce hunger and malnutrition, to help develop the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sectors and to use their environmental and natural resources in a sustainable manner.
Under overall supervision of the FAO Representative in Pakistan (FAOR), and under direct supervision of the Project Coordinator and Assistant FAOR (Program); the Laboratory Technician (molecular diagnosis) will be responsible for the below mentioned tasks and responsibilities
The Laboratory Technician will be a part of the FMD-FAO Project Team.
Liaison with Project staff, provincial diagnostic laboratories and relevant stakeholders for smooth implementation of activities
According to the needs, prepare detailed implementation plan of the allotted activities (project work plan, procurement plan).
Prepare Lab Reports for the Project Coordinator and other Project staff
Develop and maintain record of all SOPs being used to process samples in the lab
Ensure that all equipment are in good working condition
Prepare a list of all expendables for procurement required for routine use in the lab
Prepare specifications of all reagents/media for procurement
Maintain record of all expendables and non-expendables
Keep record of all samples received for molecular diagnosis in the lab.
Process samples for molecular diagnosis (PCR) and keep record of results for sharing with the Project staff on regular basis
Assist Project Coordinator in the procurement of all expendables and non-expendables as required
Assist to organize training workshops for the provincial lab staff
Assist the Project staff in the shipment of samples to the FMD-World Reference Lab UK or other reference labs for further analysis
Coordinate with the staff of ELISA and virus isolation labs for sharing samples for further analysis and characterization
Assist NFO-Diagnosis and Project Associate in the development of technical material
Perform any other duty as required by the Project staff
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Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO's efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives.
Our three main goals are: the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; the elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations.