Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Embassy Dakar
Position Title:
Laboratory Advisor
Open Period:
07/09/2020 - 07/23/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Vacancy Time Zone:
LE - 0515 12
XOF CFA41,127,770 - XOF CFA41,127,770
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Dakar, SG
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
HR Section


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
For USEFM - FP is 03. Actual FP salary determined by Washington D.C. Open to: All Interested Applicants / All Sources
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:


We encourage you to read and understand the Eight (8) Qualities of Overseas Employees before you apply.



The U.S. Mission in Dakar/ Senegal is seeking eligible and qualified applicants for the position of Laboratory Advisor.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Job holder serves as a senior scientific and technical advisor to agency officials, host country Ministry of Health, implementing partners and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the planning and strengthening of laboratory programs and activities.  Responsibilities include program development, monitoring, reporting and close collaboration with partners to ensure that all research and analysis in laboratories is carried out in accordance with program objectives and internationally recognized best practices.  Partners include other agencies, host government ministries, International Organizations (IO) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO).   

Qualifications and Evaluations


EXPERIENCE: A minimum of five years of work in public health laboratory testing procedures and systems is required.  Two additional years of managerial experience is required. Experiences in coordinating laboratory activities for Senegal’s Global Health Security Agenda and knowledge of International Health Regulation Laboratory Technical Area to support the country to detect, respond and prevent infectious disease outbreaks are required. 

JOB KNOWLEDGE: Comprehensive knowledge and experience in advanced laboratory techniques is required including comprehensive knowledge of procedures for laboratory diagnostics and associated technologies.  Thorough public health knowledge of current communicable disease issues is required.  Comprehensive knowledge of the host government laboratory facilities, health care system and structures including familiarity with MOH policies, program priorities and regulations is required.  Good working knowledge of USG public health programs, strategies, methods, processes and techniques used to plan, develop, implement and evaluate results is required. Good working knowledge of team management techniques to plan, organize and direct multi-disciplinary project teams and activities and overall administrative requirements, budgeting and fiscal management in support of contracts/cooperative agreements/ grants/purchase requisitions is required. 

Education Requirements:

Doctoral level degree or host country equivalent in medicine, biology, microbiology, or chemistry is required.



Level IV (fluency-speaking/reading/writing) in English is required.

Level IV (fluency-speaking/reading/writing) in French is required.


SKILLS AND ABILITIES: Strong oral and written communications skills are required.  Ability to analyze, understand and discuss new program design, management and implementation approaches is required. This includes the development of evaluation designs, use of reliable and valid instruments, and methods for data collection, analysis and reports. Ability to lead project teams and workgroups and to develop effective working relationships with national and international working partners is required.  The incumbent will be expected to exercise ingenuity and tact in applying guidelines to unique and different settings, as the work is highly complex and can be threatening to stakeholders.  The ability to influence and persuade others will be required to work collaboratively with organizations engaged in laboratory programs to adopt appropriate strategies for their program activities and to coordinate with partners on national strategic planning for laboratory programs. Intermediate user level of word processing, spreadsheets and databases is required.   Advanced knowledge of statistics and data analysis is required.  


All applicants under consideration will be required to pass medical and security certifications.

Benefits and Other Info

Agency Benefits:

Locally Employed Staff, including Members of Household (MOHs), and Third-Country Nationals (TCNs), working at the U.S. Mission in Dakar, Senegal may receive a 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:

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”), 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

How to Apply:


Create an account on the Electronic Recruitment Application (ERA) Website at:

Choose Announcement Number DAKAR-2020-023 Laboratory Advisor and complete the online application. Upload any additional documentation that supports or addresses the requirements listed above (e.g. degrees certificates, wok permits & SF 50 if applicable) into the Electronic Recruitment Application system.

Required Documents:

  • Copy of Orders/Assignment Notification (or equivalent)

  • Residency and/or Work Permit

  • DD-214 - Member Copy 4, Letter from Veterans’ Affairs, or other supporting documentation (if applicable)

  • SF-50 (if applicable)

  • Diploma

Next Steps:

Applicants who are invited to take a language or skills test, or who are selected for an interview will be contacted via email. 

For further information - the complete position description listing all of the duties, responsibilities, required qualifications, etc. may be obtained by contacting the Human Resources Office.

Thank you for your application and your interest in working at the U.S. Mission in Dakar, Senegal.