Job Title: Regional Laboratory Advisor

Reports to: Director/Chief of Party for Central Asia

Almaty, Kazakhstan (preferably)or Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan or Dushanbe, Tajikistan

Program Description

In the Central Asian region, ICAP receives PEPFAR funding from the U.S. Government (USG) through the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for implementation of the SUPPORT Project aimed to strengthen HIV-related strategic information systems and to build capacity for the provision of HIV prevention, care and treatment services.

Overall Job Function

The Regional Laboratory Advisor will provide technical and programmatic support in implementing laboratory part of the SUPPORT project, including coordinating and conducting laboratory assessment activities, as well as follow-on technical assistance activities. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work in close coordination with the SUPPORT regional team, CDC/Central Asian Republics (CAR)  and ICAP-NY to plan and implement laboratory capacity building activities including improvement of CD4 enumeration, HIV viral load, HIV resistance testing, and laboratory tests for diagnosis of opportunistic infections, standardization of laboratory equipment and reagents for these tests, HIV and related co-infection laboratory testing procedures, on-going bench-level supportive supervision and instruction.
  • Work with the technical working groups in the countries to develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for CD4 count and viral load testing;
  • Coordinate in-service trainings for laboratory specialists on the newly developed SOPs and other HIV-related lab topics as needed based on the assessment results;
  • To work with the care and treatment specialists to ensure improved linkages between laboratory and clinical services;
  • To work with the strategic information and care and treatment specialist on the regional and national level to further expand and improve electronic HIV case management system. 
  • Other duties as assigned by the Director for Central Asia.

Required Qualifications

  • Candidates must hold at least a Master’s Degree in medical laboratory science or related disciplines, with at least four years of experience in a hands-on laboratory setting
  • Candidates must have  at least 2 years’ experience in HIV-related laboratory services: PCR, T-lymphocyte subset enumeration, ELISA, rapid testing, hematology and biochemistry.
  • Practical experience developing guidelines, training curricula and standard operating procedures for lab-related programs;

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Experience in health care program development and project management including training or mentorship experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in managing several major activities simultaneously;
  • Knowledge and experience in the design, implementation and management of viral laboratory services, especially for HIV and AIDS.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills;
  • Fluent in Russian with a strong command of the English language;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a team environment within the complexities of a multi-national organization as it undergoes the growing pains of a new organization.
  • Have legal ability to be employed and work either in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan or Tajikistan and/or hold citizenship of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Russia or Belarus.

TO APPLY: Detailed CVs accompanied by a cover letter should be sent to ICAP office in Almaty by email at or by fax at +7 727 2631572.  Applicants must indicate the title of the position they are applying for in their email subject line or cover letter.  Positions remain opened until filled, however all applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as soon as possible, preferably by March 1, 2011.

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