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Laboratory Advisor (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 and Child Care (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 ICAP Project Director for the Lesotho PHIA, the Laboratory Advisor will be responsible for overseeing the laboratory component of the PHIA within Lesotho. The Laboratory Advisor will also work closely with the local lab institution, CDC, MoH, and survey teams to ensure that laboratory samples are correctly collected, processed, and transported and that results are returned in a timely manner.

This position is grant funded.


  • Assist with development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the implementation of all lab related aspects of the PHIA project;
  • Hire, train and supervise a team of laboratory officers, as needed;
  • Collaborate with the Project Coordinator to develop a plan for the opening and closing satellite labs according to the deployment plan of the field teams;
  • Participate actively in the field monitoring (regular visits of the field teams and satellite labs during the data collection);
  • Prepare a weekly report of the performance of the satellite labs during the data collection period.
  • Review weekly laboratory reports provided by the laboratory subcontractor, and assist the Project Director with preparing regular progress reports;
  • Review the development and implementation of QA/QC procedures for point of care testing including HIV rapid and any other tests as defined in the protocol and conducted by the laboratory subcontractor in the study;
  • Review the development and implementation of QA/QC procedures for the collection, processing and storage of other study-related lab specimens by the survey subcontractor in the study including for HIV recency, HIV RNA, and HIV DNA PCR for EID;
  • Ensure laboratory specimen data are correctly captured in the study database and assist with routine data analysis;
  • Assist with the interpretation of laboratory results from the PHIA project and provide feedback on ways to improve/streamline lab procedures and systems;
  • Assist the PHIA team to develop strategies to ensure timely reporting of results to study participants;
  • Represent ICAP in discussions with national stakeholders and assess ways in which national capacity to process samples can be developed and strengthened;
  • Liaise with laboratory technical staff in ICAP NY Headquarters (HQs), and CDC Lesotho;
  • Perform other duties, as assigned from time to time.


  • Master’s degree is strongly preferred


  • Minimum 4 years of related experience in providing laboratory technical expertise in HIV surveys.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with partners, staff, and colleagues with a high level of tact, diplomacy and confidentiality.
  • Ability to prioritize, act independently, work under deadlines, and implement several tasks at once.


  • 15+ years of experience managing a clinical or research work;
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in design, implementation and management of laboratory services in HIV programs;
  • Satellite lab QA and QI experience
  • Knowledge/experience of procurement procedures and equipment/supply/stock tracking and inventory;
  • Experience with lab-related data management systems;
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Excel;
  • Excellent interpersonal, management, and communication skills.


  • May require periodic trips to partner sites, conferences and/or off site meetings within Lesotho (requiring overnight stay of up to two days).


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

NOTE: These are local hire positions and the successful candidates will be employees 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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