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Project Director (Expiration 28/04/2019)


In partnership with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ICAP will conduct Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIA) in specific PEPFAR-supported countries. Each PHIA will define the status of the national HIV epidemic, guide allocation of resources based on evidence, and integrate capacity building of Lesotho stakeholders in the design, conduct, analysis, and use of PHIAs.

ICAP, in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is planning to conduct a PHIA to estimate the population-level impact of the national HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Lesotho. In addition to providing important programmatic information to the MoH and relevant stakeholders, this assessment of the national HIV program is of great value to HIV researchers and public health experts around the world.

More details on ICAP’s PHIA Project may be found at: https://phia.icap.columbia.edu/

Reporting to the Country Director of ICAP in Lesotho, the Project Director, Lesotho PHIA, will lead the implementation of the Lesotho Population-based HIV Impact Assessment (LePHIA) Project. The incumbent will ensure coordination of all facets of the national level impact assessment, which in addition to the MoH and CDC Lesotho, will include the participation of and/or contributions from local institutions.

The Project Director, Lesotho PHIA, ICAP Lesotho will provide oversight and management of key PHIA staff, such as the Project Coordinator, and Laboratory Advisor.

This position is grant-funded.


  • On behalf of ICAP New York, liaise with the key PHIA stakeholders in Lesotho, including the Ministry of Health, Bureau of Statistics, the national reference laboratory, WHO, UNAIDS, CDC, and USAID.
  • Oversee the recruitment, training and day-to-day supervision of ICAP Lesotho PHIA Project staff
  • Participate in protocol development; ethical reviews; Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) & training manual development; staff training; community sensitization; implementation; adherence to protocol/SOPs; data management, analysis, & dissemination in concert with ICAP staff in New York,   CDC, and the MoH
  • Oversee outside sub-contractors and communicate regularly to ensure adherence to protocol/SOPs and timeline
  • Participate actively in the field monitoring (regular visits of the field teams and satellite labs during the data collection)
  • Represent ICAP in discussions about the PHIA Project held with the MoH, CDC and other in- Lesotho collaborators
  • Communicate effectively to various audiences regarding the details of the project and ensure stakeholder participation
  • Track PHIA progress and prepare PHIA progress reports to be shared with the MoH, CDC Lesotho, ICAP HQ, and others
  • Provide the support required for the development and implementation of a data dissemination strategy with CDC & MoH
  • Conduct capacity building workshops, as needed, to support the implementation of the PHIA Project
  • Participate in the preparation of scientific analyses, abstracts and publications.
  • Perform other duties, as assigned


MPH, MD, PhD, or equivalent professional degree.


  • Minimum ten (10) years of research or survey experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing complex multi-organization collaborations, and capacity building of local partner organizations
  • Demonstrated skills in supervising staff, team building and management
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Experience working with statistical packages for data analysis, e.g., STATA and SAS.


  • Demonstrated experience in conducting national-level surveys
  • Demonstrated experience working in low-resource settings with HIV program and research experience
  • Experience with statistical sampling as well as quantitative data collection methodologies and database design and management


Regular domestic travel throughout Lesotho, particularly during data collection, to support the planning and implementation of the PHIA Project


Please send an application letter and CV by email with subject title “PHIA Project – Project Director” to ICAP-Jobs-Lesotho@cumc.columbia.edu . Please do not submit certificates online. Only short listed applicants will be contacted.

NOTE: This is a local hire position (i.e., candidates must be eligible to work in Lesotho) and the successful candidate will be an employee of ICAP in Lesotho and subject to the local terms and conditions of employment which includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

ICAP is an equal opportunity employer, values inclusion and a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.

Columbia University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. It does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, creed, national and ethnic origin, age, citizenship, status as a perceived or actual victim of domestic violence, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran, or any other legally protected status.

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