Job: Health and Safety Advisor – Biological

Title Health and Safety Advisor – Biological
Salary Grade 3, 26 Points
End Date Monday, December 23, 2019
Location Fajara
Job Information

We are looking for a Health and Safety Advisor to assist the Unit’s Biological Safety Office in the management of health and safety issues relating to biological agents/materials including those associated with Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). The post holder will undergo Biological Safety training and thereafter ensure that appropriate risk assessments are conducted for all biological work and that a report is submitted to Biological Safety Committee for review.

Essential requirements

  • MSc in Biomedical Sciences or other relevant area.
  • Significant experience working in biological safety or biomedical laboratory.
  • Working knowledge of molecular biology, microbiology and general biomedical laboratory methods, procedures, latest techniques, facilities & equipment and good microbiological practices.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all relevant local and international laws, legislation and regulations, and standards for the use of biological agents.
  • Knowledge of the transportation of biological materials.
  • Ability to work independently, organize and prioritize work assignments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to gather data, compile information and prepare reports.
  • The willingness and flexibility to manage and respond quickly and efficiently to unanticipated requests.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work within a team as well as a demonstrated ability to interact effectively and collegially with a diverse clientele daily.
  • Ability to develop and deliver training programmes.
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Willingness to travel to upcountry sites when required.
  • Willingness to work flexibly as required.


  • NEBOSH International General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety Management.
  • Good understanding of health and safety management procedures relating to biological safety.
  • Demonstrated computer skills and proficiency with MS Office Suite.

An attractive salary will be paid in MRCG’s Grade 3, 26 Points at a minimum take home pay of 46, 249 Dalasi per month. This is equivalent to $928 take home pay per month using the prevailing USD/Dalasi exchange rate. Please note the salary will be paid in Dalasi and the USD/Dalasi exchange rate is only given as a guide using the prevailing exchange rate.

For displaced staff, the package will include, rent-free furnished accommodation, flights, displacement allowances, contribution to school fees for children and shipment of personal effects.

To apply, please  download the application form and job description.

Completed application forms and documents should be emailed to

The appointment is up to 3 years initially and is subject to a probationary period of 6 months.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 23rd December 2019.

MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM is an Equal Opportunities Employer and operates a strict no smoking policy.

Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.