Background & Description

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.


Reporting Lines


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 (virus isolation) will be responsible for the below mentioned tasks and responsibilities.

Technical Focus:
  • 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
Tasks and responsibilities:
  • 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 virus isolation in the lab.
  • Process samples for virus isolation 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 (virus isolates) to the FMD-World Reference Lab UK or other reference labs for further analysis
  • Coordinate with the staff of ELISA and PCR labs for sharing samples (virus isolates) for further analysis and characterization
  • Maintain and preserve all virus isolates (and their record) in the liquid nitrogen for long term storage of the isolated viruses
  • Assist NFO-Diagnosis and Project Associate in the development of technical material 
  • Perform any other duty as required by the Project staff
Requirements and Skills

Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum qualification should be graduation in science including veterinary science. Preference will be given to the candidate having postgraduate research degree.
  • A minimum of one year of work experience in the field of virus isolation and laboratory work.
  • A working knowledge of the English language and ability to work in multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural teams is essential.
  • National of Pakistan
FAO Core Competencies
  • Results Focus
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Knowledge Sharing and Continuous Improvement

Technical/Functional Skills

  • Experience in the laboratory to handle and process infectious material for virus isolation;
  • Willingness to undertake field visits when required in remote environments and interact with different stakeholders, especially primary stakeholders for the collection of samples;
  • Experience in similar settings would be considered a distinct advantage
  • Understanding of the purpose and functions of technical programmes, operational guidelines and programme/project management procedures, preferably those adopted by the United Nations or FAO would be considered an added asset
  • Good knowledge of common administrative and financial rules and regulations
  • Display initiative and take responsibility for achieving agreed outputs within set deadlines and closely follow-up until successful outputs are achieved.
  • Continue to seek new, innovative and improved methods and systems for accomplishing the work assigned.
About Organization

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.