Medical Technologist Job Opportunity at US Embassy Dar es Salaam

Job Overview

Medical Technologist
Dar es Salaam

US Embassy Dar es Salaam
The mission of the United States Embassy is to advance the interests of the United States, and to serve and protect U.S. citizens in Tanzania.

Announcement Number:Dar es Salaam-2022-034-RA
Hiring Agency:Embassy Dar Es Salaam
Position Title:Medical Technologist (MT) – (All Interested Candidates)
Open Period:06/27/2022 – 07/11/2022 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:GMT+3
Series/Grade:LE – 0515 8
Salary:TZS TSh38,384,127
Work Schedule:Full-time – 40 hours per week
Promotion Potential:LE-8
Duty Location(s):1 Vacancy in
Telework Eligible:No
Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:Public Trust – Background Investigation
Appointment Type: Permanent
Appointment Type Details:Indefinite subject to successful completion of probationary period
Marketing Statement:We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.
Summary: The U.S. Mission in Dar es Salaam is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Medical Technologist (MT) in the Medical Unit (Health Unit) Section.
Supervisory Position:No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:No
Travel Required:Occasional TravelOccasional Travel


Provides Laboratory Services (35%)

  • Performs waived to high complexity laboratory testing according to U.S. standards specified in Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA ’88) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP) regulations in the areas of hematology, urinalysis, chemistry, microbiology, serology, immunology, blood banking, and parasitology to employees and eligible family members (EFMs).
  • Follows standard operating procedures (SOPs) for the Blood Bank and adheres strictly to AABB regulations.
  • Maintains electronic and paper records of patient’s results, equipment maintenance, and quality assurance documentation for two years and guards information appropriately per CLIA 88 requirements.
  • Performs laboratory procedures to aid in the diagnosis of infectious and tropical diseases (HIV, malaria, schistosomiasis, typhoid, dengue, etc.).
  • Assesses accuracy and validity of test results by applying knowledge of relevant scientific principles and provides detailed information to medical providers.
  • Performs appropriate laboratory testing to gather important epidemiological information from an infectious disease outbreak. Maintains Walking Blood Bank (WBB) database of blood types and potential donors.

Collects, Labels and Processes Patient Specimens (15%)

  • Collects venous and capillary blood specimens from patients of all ages, from babies to adults, without injury to internal structures, e.g. tendons, and nerves. Instructs patient on collection of other specimen types.
  • Knowledge of U.S. Standards for the collection, assures proper collection and processing of PAP and biopsy specimens.
  • Knowledge of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations for the shipment of bio-hazardous, diagnostic and infectious specimens. Instructs HU staff and patients on proper specimen collection.

Manages Quality Assurance Program (10%)

  • Calibrates analyzers as required.
  • Performs quality control as required by CLIA 88 and CAP. Determines events that must be entered into the Quality Assurance database computer programs. Position must maintain and update database continually.
  • Gathers and evaluates data and documents conclusions and corrective actions in the computer program.
  • Adheres to established policies for handling unacceptable specimens due to improper collection, handling, age, storage and notifies providers and patients.
  • Arranges daily, monthly and quarterly maintenance on the laboratory’s electronic equipment, computers, and precision instruments.
  • Troubleshoots instruments, resolves technical problems, and initiates remedial actions quickly to be prepared for urgent testing needs.
  • Evaluates QC data to establish new QC lot ranges to maintain valid test systems. Monitors temperatures of the laboratory, refrigerators, freezers, incubators and heating blocks to assure proper conditions for testing and storage of supplies.

Procurement and Financial Management Responsibilities (10%)

  • Maintains knowledge of Mission’s procurement and cashiering processes and procedures.
  • Determines which supplies are needed for the laboratory and submits purchase orders or purchases items.
  • Manages inventory of the laboratory.
  • Handles cash payments.
  • Collects and holds cash from patients for outside tests, makes change and issues receipts for patient tests sent to an outside laboratory.
  • Maintains inventory of N95 masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Participates in Disease Prevention/Health Education Programs (10%)

  • Assures proper collection and tests samples from Mission’s water supply. Performs food safety inspections of Mission and Mission-related food facilities at the mission cafeteria, Ambassador and DCM residences, and Marine House, to ensure safe food preparation and handling for public events.
  • Performs environmental sampling when requested or uses a RMLS recommended facility that will perform the test.
  • Performs specimen collection for the DOS Lead Survey program.
  • Oversees the Implementation and Adherence to the HU’s Exposure Control Plan for Blood Borne Pathogens

And Hazardous Chemical Control Plan (10%)

  • Responsible for disposal and incineration of all HU medical waste per OSHA regulations.
  • Strictly adheres to policies and procedures established in the Exposure Control Plan.
  • Monitors the HU staff’s adherence to these policies. Creates and submits annual reports on blood borne pathogen training to Occupational Health.
  • Maintains on file Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for all hazardous chemicals used by the laboratory as well as providers.
  • Maintains Working Relationship with the Local Reference Laboratory Directors and Facilities (5%)

Coordinates and Conducts Cross Training of In-House HU Staff (5%)

**Note: This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the incumbent. Incumbent will be required to perform other duties as assigned by the agency.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Experience: A minimum of three (3) years of clinical laboratory experience in a hospital laboratory, health agency or medical research program is required.

Education Requirements:
Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemistry, physical or biological science from a recognized institution is required. Must possess and maintain a current certification as a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist as required from the host nation, country of origin, or the U.S.

Language: Good Working Knowledge (reading, speaking, and writing) in English is required and Good Working Knowledge (reading, speaking, and writing) in Kiswahili is required. “This may be tested”

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO): The U.S. Mission provides equal opportunity and fair and equitable treatment in employment to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation.

All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.
Benefits and Other Info
Agency Benefits:
Benefits: The U.S. Mission in Tanzania offers compensation package that may include health, separation, and other benefits.
For EFMs, benefits should be discussed with the Human Resources Office.

The pay plan is assigned at the time of the conditional offer letter by the HR Office.

Other Information:
For the current COVID-19 Requirements please visit the following link.
HIRING PREFERENCE SELECTION PROCESS: Applicants in the following hiring preference categories are extended a hiring preference in the order listed below. Therefore, it is essential that these applicants accurately describe their status on the application. Failure to do so may result in a determination that the applicant is not eligible for a hiring preference.

1. AEFM / USEFM who is a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran*
3. FS on LWOP and CS with reemployment rights **

* IMPORTANT: Applicants who claim status as a preference-eligible U.S. Veteran must submit a copy of their most recent DD-214 (“Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty”), Letter from Veterans’ Affairs which indicates the present existence of a service-connected disability dated within the past six months, equivalent documentation, or certification. A “certification” is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. The certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. Acceptable documentation must be submitted in order for the preference to be given.

** This level of preference applies to all Foreign Service employees on LWOP and CS with re-employment rights back to their agency or bureau.

For more information (i.e., what is an EFM, USEFM, AEFM, MOH, etc.?) and for additional employment considerations, please visit the following link.

How to Apply:
To apply for this position, applicants MUST apply electronically via ERA.

For more information, visit this link

Required Documents:
To qualify based on education, you MUST submit the requested degree and / or transcripts as verification of educational requirement by the closing date of this announcement. Failure to provide requested information, or the information is insufficient to verify eligibility, may result in disqualification for this position.
All Applicants:
• Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemistry, physical or biological science from a recognized institution is required – Certificate
• Must possess and maintain a current certification as a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist as required from the host nation, country of origin, or the U.S.–
• Proof of Citizenship (Passport, NIDA or Voters Card)
• National Identification Card – Mandatory
• Other Document
• Other Document 2

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemistry, physical or biological science from a recognized institution is required. Must possess and maintain a current certification as a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist as required from the host nation, country of origin, or the U.S.

Next Steps:
What to Expect Next: Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted only via email.
Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Tanzania.

Deadline : July 11 2022


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