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Technical 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 country 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 Lesotho PHIA Project Director, the Technical Director will oversee clinical aspects of the PHIA survey ensuring both clinical compliance and regulatory requirements, as well as technical soundness and appropriateness of clinical aspects. As ICAP Lesotho portfolio grows, the Technical Director may also be asked to assist with other work as required by additional grant funded activities.

This position is grant funded.


  • Assist in the development & implementation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) related to blood draw, HIV testing and return of results directly to participants and indirectly through health facilities.
  • Advise on how best to implement the system for referrals to the health system as stipulated in the survey protocol.
  • Work together with MoH, CDC and other ICAP staff to ensure regulatory compliance with respect to ongoing communications and reporting of incidents or adverse events.
  • Advise on compliance with local clinical guidelines and practice.
  • Make periodic site visits to provide oversight, supervision, and technical assistance in clinical issues.
  • Ensure coordination of clinical activities, ensuring consistency with funder and ICAP objectives while avoiding duplication of efforts. Develop collaborative relationships with technical focal points at governmental bodies and external organizations in order to meet mutual goals.
  • Contribute to and in some cases co-lead with MoH the development, review and finalization of quarterly and annual project work plans; monitor progress towards target and address bottlenecks in meeting project milestones.
  • Represent ICAP Lesotho before Government of Lesotho officials, technical working groups and partner organizations.
  • Coordinate provision of technical assistance to MoH and identify and solicit technical resources from different departments within the country office and ICAP headquarters.
  • Actively participate in the development of annual continuation applications, grant proposals, presentations, publications, reports and abstracts.
  • Perform other duties as needed, or as future grant funded activities require.



  • MD, MPH or other professional equivalent required; Doctorate in public health (in addition to professional degree) preferred.


  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in managing public health research programs in areas such as HIV, TB, and maternal child health in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Strong supervisory and management skills for leading teams of clinicians and other public health professionals.
  • Prior clinical research or program evaluation experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working independently.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Previous work in Lesotho and good knowledge of local context.


Knowledge of USG rules and regulation preferred.


  • Travel approximately 25% of time within Lesotho may be required.


Please send an application letter and CV by email with a subject title “PHIA Project – Technical Director” to ICAP-Jobs-Lesotho@cumc.columbia.edu

Please do not attach certificates. Only shortlisted candidates 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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