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Sample collection technical officer (Herat)

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Activation Date: 27 May, 2021   Announced Date: 27 May, 2021   Expire Date: 05 Jun, 2021

Job Location: Herat
Nationality: National
Category: Health Care
Employment Type: Full Time
Salary: NTA Salary Scale, Grade D
Vacancy Number: CRD0077/21
No. Of Jobs: 2
Organization: Cordaid
Years of Experience: At least three years of experience in medical labo
Contract Duration:
Gender: Male/Female
Education: Preferably Bachler/ Institute of Health Sciences
Close date: 05 Jun, 2021

About Cordaid:

Background Information – Cordaid

Cordaid was established in 2000, when several Dutch aid organizations joined forces. But our history goes back more than a century. Cordaid has changed over the years and is more than a donor now. Reducing fragility has become our core priority and we work in all contexts of fragility, from relief, through rehabilitation to longer term development. To do this effectively we seek funds, start partnerships and compete on a global market.

Working in some of the world’s most challenging environments and inspired by compassion, solidarity and subsidiarity, Cordaid’s mission is to reduce fragility and the vulnerability of people where it is most needed and most difficult. We recognize that the overriding challenge in fragile and (post-)conflict countries is restoring trust and social cohesion, at community level and between communities and the state. This is what Cordaid does, right in the heart of communities, by mobilizing global networks, resources and knowledge. By doing this, we help people move beyond survival and live in dignity.

Cordaid does this by promoting equality and social inclusion, by increasing the resilience of people and societies and by strengthening the social contract between citizens and their governments. Wherever we can, we combine lifesaving humanitarian aid with the longer-term improvement of health care systems, economic opportunities and resilience, and the promotion of security and justice.

Background Information – Afghanistan Country Office

Cordaid is working in and on fragility, and has been active in Afghanistan since 2001, aiming at a stable and peaceful country. We work across the triple nexus of humanitarian aid, peacebuilding and development in 6 thematic areas, supported by lobby and advocacy activities. These encompass: humanitarian aid; inclusive peace;  security & justice; health care; resilience & livelihoods; and, private sector development. We provide programmatic leadership and require that our operations and those of our local partners are implemented to the highest standards complemented with knowledge generation that incorporates best practices and lessons learned.

Job Description:

Background Information – Job-specific

The Afghanistan health system has made considerable progress, and the health indicators have also significantly improved between 2003 and 2020. The key enablers for the health sector’s improvements have seen strong local stewardship, sound and stable policy frameworks, prioritization of investments in primary care, and BPHS and EPHS implementation. However, the COVID-19 outbreak poses a significant challenge to the country that is already struggling with deep-seated poverty and long-running conflict, and political instability. The implications of existing conflict and the newly emerged COVID-19 crisis go deeper than stats and figures, resulting in long-lasting damage to the physical, mental, social, and economic well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

To contribute to the health response in mitigating the recent COVID-19 outbreak and reducing related morbidity and mortality, Cordaid has been mobilizing resources to implement cost-effective and high impact interventions in the country. In partnership with Agha Khan Foundation (AKF), Cordaid is initiating an EU Funded Project to strengthen Afghanistan’s COVID-19 response.  The project will cover 16 provinces, while Cordaid, with its local partners, will implement the project planned activities in 8 out of the 16 target provinces.

This position’s incumbent is responsible for the sample collection from the suspected COVID-19 patient coming to health facility as well as at community level, its transfer to COVID-19 testing center and follow up of at district level to ensure the COVID-19 sample transferred, tested and result documented in line with the WHO recommended sample collection, transfer and test procedures.

Functional Responsibilities

  • To collect samples of COVID19 suspected patients aligned with WHO guideline.
  • To transfer and collected COVID19 samples to the nearest diagnostic centers for diagnosis aligned with sample transfer guideline in close coordination with district level rapid response teams.
  • To transfer and collected COVID19 samples to the nearest diagnostic centers for diagnosis aligned with sample transfer guideline in close coordination with district level rapid response teams.
  • To apply and practice infection prevention and control (IP&C) guideline of MoPH at health facility level in coordination with HF manager.
  • To ensure sufficient supply and materials availability at health facility level for COVID19 suspected patients sample collection and maintain proper record of consumption and stock.
  • To support required lab tests and examinations as necessary at health facility level.
  • To conduct outreach sample collection from COVID19 suspected patients at schools/madrassas, universities, and communities as per need to achieve the assigned targets.
  • Record all data and results in specified forms (paper and electronic) with accuracy and responsibility.
  • Maintain equipment and assist in ordering COVID19 necessary laboratory supplies
  • Ensure that all safety guidelines are followed strictly at all times and maintain a clean and orderly environment.
  • Conduct regular awareness to the clients on COVID19 prevention, signs, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment.
  • Ensure all suspected clients referred for lab tests are tested in the best possible quality and recorded and track the referred cases from the reference lab.
  • The lab results of suspected COVDI19 cases are communicated aligned with COVID19 communication guideline in consideration of patient privacy. 
  • Develop and submit all the required reports such as daily, weekly, monthly and progress reports as required aligned with project requirements.
  • To perform any other duties as required by the health provincial coordinator.

Job Requirements:

Education/Experience/Language requirements:

  • Preferably Bachlor/ Institute of Health Sciences
  • At least three years of experience in medical laboratory
  • Good understanding of COVID-19 prevention, diagnosis, and treatment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in local languages and working knowledge of English is preferred.  


  • Ability to seek and apply knowledge, information, and best practices from within and outside of Cordaid,
  • Ability to establish priorities and to plan, coordinate and do sample collection.
  • Spoken and written competence in Dari, and Pashtu. English is preferable.
  • Able to travel freely to project sites at the district level,
  • Good computer skills; including the ability to use MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to collect data, establish facts, define problems, work proactively, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Extremely flexible with the ability to cope with stressful situations


Core Competencies:

  • Excellent interpersonal, coordination, and negotiation skills, and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with people in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic environment with sensitivity and respect for diversity,
  • Strong commitment to integrity, professionalism, creativity and innovation, learning, accountability, planning, organization, result orientation, teamwork and technological solutions.

Functional Competencies

Knowledge Management and Learning

  • Actively works towards sample collection, transfer, test according to WHO and MoPH tsting guideline.  

Coordination and collaboration

  • Coordinate stakeholder engagement and communication through the policy consultation, design, and implementation phases,
  • Builds strong relationships with government authorities, line ministries representatives, and other stakeholders, focusing on projects results and responding positively to feedback,
  • Consistently approaches work with energy and a positive, constructive attitude.

Submission Guideline:

Please submit your CV and cover letter (in one pdf file), with the position name and vacancy number in your email subject or otherwise your email will be rejected from system.

Please note that applications received after the closing date and without Subject line will not be given consideration. Only shortlisted candidates whose application meets the above criteria will be contacted for test/interview.

Note: Only application send to below address will be considered. Applications send to any other address even within the organization cannot be considered.

Submission Email:

[email protected] and cc [email protected]

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