United States of America: Senior Technical Advisor – Laboratory Surveillance

Organization: ICAP
Country: United States of America
Closing date: 31 Jul 2018

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ICAP is seeking applicants for the role of Senior Technical Advisor – Laboratory Surveillance to oversee laboratory aspects of the CDC’s Public Health Surveillance of Recent HIV Infection and Response under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).
This position is contingent upon successful proposal outcome and donor approval.


Reporting to the Project Director, the Senior Technical Advisor will be responsible for the provision of technical direction and guidance of all laboratory related project activities and work closely with the Senior Technical Advisor for strategic information activities in interpreting data captured from the surveillance system. The incumbent will oversee the work of headquarter, regional and country-based laboratory teams and represent laboratory


  • Oversee and provide direction to highly skilled team of laboratory specialists
  • Work closely with strategic information team to manage and analyze HIV recency data
  • Lead the review and approval, ensuring consistency and quality, of the laboratory related aspects of HIV recency testing and counseling, protocol design, training, implementation and evaluation
  • Design and oversee the implementation of strategies to strengthen and enhance laboratory systems infrastructure and capacity within each focus country, including strategies to build the skills of in-country laboratory personnel to manage and participate in data collection and analysis
  • Oversee the development and implementation of standard operating procedures for laboratory components of the project, including but not limited to specimen collection, storage, transport, testing as well as data management and flow, and routine data reviews
  • Oversee the development and implementation of quality control measures that will monitor specimen quality and storage conditions, including temperature and time as well as data completeness and consistency across multiple sources of data including laboratory instruments and routine clinical data at targeted sites
  • Provide technical assistance to establish routine, continuous quality improvement (CQI) processes for rapid recency testing/testing algorithm, including continuous training and quality
  • Oversee provision of technical assistance to the Ministry of Health (MOH) staff on laboratory surveillance domains, including HIV recency testing, quality control, data capture, analysis, and interpretation
  • Represent the project on laboratory surveillance issues
  • Liaise with other members of multidisciplinary project teams, including leadership, strategic information, clinical and procurement and operational staff
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • PhD or MD with MS in laboratory science, epidemiology, or related field


  • Minimum ten (10) years of experience in laboratory services and laboratory management
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in laboratory management, quality assurance, quality control, biosafety, document development, specimen management, and use of electronic information systems within a laboratory context
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in routine laboratory and clinical data driven surveillance activities, including development and use of data systems to support HIV case-based surveillance
  • Demonstrated experience serving as a technical resource and in supervisory roles
  • Proven ability to effectively train and build capacity of local/country partners
  • Fluent English oral and written communication skills; ability to interact professionally in English
  • Previous experience working to support the establishment and operations of laboratory systems in Sub-Saharan Africa


  • Requires approximately one (1) to two (2) international trips per year with each trip lasting five (5) to ten (10) days.
  • Requires one (1) to three (3) domestic (U.S.) trips per year to conferences and meetings with each trip lasting up to five (5) days.

How to apply:

Please send cover letter and CV by email with subject title “1942-Senior Technical Surveillance Lead” to icap-jobs@cumc.columbia.edu.