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Department of State - Agency Wide

Foreign Service Regional Medical Laboratory Scientist (RMLS)

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Job Location

Baghdad, Iraq

Job Description

The U.S. Department of State is hiring Regional Medical Laboratory Scientists (RMLS). A Recruitment Incentive of 10% of the annual salary is applicable.The salary listed is from theFS Overseas Comparability Pay rate ($61,827 to $80,670). Refer to the Benefits section for more information on recruitment and retention incentives. Joining the Foreign Service is more than just salary. Please visit for information on Foreign Service medical careers.

Location: Baghdad, Iraq

Posted Date: 6/24/2020

Job Requirements

In addition to the Educational requirements and Specialized Experience (see below) requirements, applicants must: Demonstrate completion of a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) Program for a Medical Laboratory Scientist, or Medical Technologist; Must have a current national certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist or Medical Technologist. Specialized Experience Applicant must have a minimum of five (5) years of full-time post-certification laboratory experience within the last seven (7) years in the Chemistry, Hematology and Immunology areas of the laboratory, with experience and working knowledge in, Parasitology, Microbiology, Blood Banking, and Urinalysis, with progressively responsible experience as a Medical Technologist/Medical Laboratory Scientist. Knowledge, Skills, and AbilitiesThe Department has conducted extensive job analysis research to determine KSAs and other attributes conducive to successful performance as an RMLS. An applicant’s education level, work experience, and other qualifications will be considered as part of the hiring decision-making process based on these KSA criteria. Applicant must have demonstrated skill in performing tests with detail and accuracy and providing information to appropriate individuals as necessary. The work involves exercising a high degree of laboratory management and technical expertise. Applicant must have knowledge of the following: Laboratory Science, General Anatomy, Medical Terminology, Quality Control procedures, Quality Assurance plans, laboratory equipment used in performing a variety of laboratory tests, skill in performing preventive maintenance and troubleshooting on laboratory equipment, ability to train other medical professionals in laboratory techniques is required. Applicant must be a skilled and experienced Medical Laboratory Scientist capable of working independently. Experience in performing laboratory techniques to diagnose infectious and tropical diseases is preferred. Applicant must have the ability to develop, coordinate, and administer food and safety programs and procedures, including teaching laboratory and safety topics to both small and large groups. Applicants must be able to organize and supervise a diverse group of health care staff and medical technologists with varying degrees of expertise, education, and command of English. Applicants must understand the unique cultural differences related to laboratory methods and health care delivery in varied countries and address these differences in a positive manner. Applicant must have the capacity to gain the cooperation and confidence of patients, co-workers, supervisors, and subordinates. Individuals must have experience in working in a multidisciplinary setting as well as experience in team building, leadership and management. Effective written and oral communication skills are essential, as well as the ability to present laboratory findings in a clear and concise manner to medical and non-medical personnel. Demonstrated ability to teach or lecture to groups on laboratory issues is preferred. General computer and Microsoft Office skills are required. Applicants must demonstrate a high degree of technical expertise with management experience.The candidate must demonstrate the ability to manage the administrative aspects of a health unit laboratory, as well as the ability to cope with extraordinary issue, which may occur in remote and isolated settings. Previous experience working as a supervisor or section chief, or in an overseas setting, is advantageous.The applicant must be a skilled and experienced medial laboratory scientist with excellent interpersonal skills. The applicant must be able to function well within a complex organization and have experience working in a high stress environment, and recognize and understand the problems of delivering laboratory services to Americans posted in locations where local laboratory resources are limited or non-existent. The ability to objectively evaluate the quality of laboratory services based on observations and open-ended questions, and the ability to provide long distance assessment of issues via electronic communications such as telephone, radio, and email.Knowledge of medical laboratory equipment, the Federal Regulations governing clinical laboratories and testing to include: CLIA 88, OSHA requirements for safety in the clinical laboratory, U.S. accreditation requirements, phlebotomy, Quality Management guidelines, International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations, medical laboratory tests, laboratory management, food safety guidelines, water testing methods and standards, and, Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines for all testing.Personal skills in social perceptiveness, reading comprehension, active listening, critical thinking, active learning, judgement and decision making, complex problem solving, customer service, teaching, leadership, time management, critical thinking, acclimating to different cultures, collaborating, learning strategies, persuasion, and event and project organizing.Other attributes include empathetic personality, self-confidence, firmness of convictions, adaptability, unflappability, creativity, confidentiality, interest in Foreign Service work, loyalty to the U.S., tolerance of non-scheduled work hours and travel, physical endurance, worldwide availability, tolerance of separation from family, and working and living in difficult and/or isolated or high-threat locations.Superior oral and written communication skills: Applicants must demonstrate a strong command of the English language to include grammar, spelling and punctuation. Foreign Service Specialists must consistently meet a high standard for English, both written (overall structure as well as grammar, spelling and punctuation) and spoken (overall structure as well as delivery, clarity and succinctness).Essential Physical RequirementsRMLSs may need to perform essential functions effectively with or without reasonable accommodation, in environments that pose physical or other occupational challenges. These duties may include: Provision of direct patient care that may require heavy lifting, pulling, stooping, bending and twisting in tight and limited spaces. Travelling independently to regional posts utilizing commercial air carriers, military aircraft, or other transportation modalities that may not offer special access accommodations Provision of emergency care in any location following an accident, natural disaster, or attack and emergency care in potentially hostile or physically challenging environments, such as in buildings without elevators or in areas with irregular spaces that require kneeling, bending, stooping, lifting, walking and running on uneven terrain. Transportation of self or patients via small aircraft, helicopters, ambulances, or other non-standard modes of transportation with small entrances and high floors, such as high axle armored vehicles.
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June 24, 2020
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