The MSF laboratory specialist is generally a supervisor and trainer. Their work can be in support of existing government health centres (hospitals and clinics) or within MSF-initiated centres. The specialist is responsible for laboratory and staff management; implementation of national staff laboratory training programs; ordering and distribution of laboratory supplies; data collection and quality control of laboratory testing. Knowledge of parasitology, bacteriology and hematology is necessary, as well as microscopic diagnosis of malaria and tuberculosis.

Essential requirements:

  • Current Medical Laboratory Technologist (MLT) certification with the CSMLS and provincial license as required
  • Minimum two years post-qualification work experience
  • Experience or familiarity with:
    • hematology
    • microbiology
    • parasitology
    • tuberculosis
    • blood banks
    • malaria
    • HIV and hepatitis testing
    • sexually transmitted infections
  • Knowledge and ability in techniques of sample taking (blood, stool, sputum)
  • Knowledge of all basic laboratory techniques
  • Knowledge of laboratory testing quality control methods
  • Available for six to 12 months


  • Experience using laboratory software packages, and carrying out surveys