JOB TITLE: Regional Laboratory Technical Advisor, ICAP

LOCATION: Johannesburg, South Africa

REPORTS TO: ICAP Regional office Director, with additional reporting to ICAP Senior  Regional Laboratory Advisor and Program Director, UTAP

The Regional Laboratory Technical Advisor for ICAP will serve as a full-time regional expert based in ICAP’s Regional Office (Johannesburg) to help standardize and implement the laboratory agenda in ICAP country programs.  This individual should have a solid understanding of laboratory systems, policy processes (both domestic and foreign), and public health laboratory practices.


  • Participate in the development of a comprehensive laboratory strategy specific to ICAP programs in Nigeria, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and other countries as needed.  This strategy should, in general, include the use of the laboratory network model and reflect the priorities of both ICAP and the country MOH.  This work should be, as much as possible, in concert with the efforts of other implementing partners and major donor organizations (i.e. where possible leverage other resources).
  • Spend approximately 50% of the time in the field (22-24 weeks/year), serving as a technical resource for both central technical and site level ICAP laboratory activities and assisting with training as needed.
  • Provide technical advice to ICAP-supported laboratories and serve as a resource  regarding quality control and quality assurance, development of policies and procedures, training activities, data management systems and the evaluation and establishment of new technologies.
  • Facilitate communication among ICAP programs and with funding agencies on laboratory issues, in particular regarding standards of service, training, and quality assurance. 
  • Develop effective working relationships with host government laboratory authorities and project trust and a “can do” attitude to the country counterparts.
  • In concert with the ICAP-NY and the ICAP country teams develop an annual schedule for regional laboratory technical assistance for ICAP-supported programs in each country.  The plan should reflect the effective use of all ICAP laboratory expertise as well regional CU staff. 
  • It is anticipated that the Regional Laboratory Technical Advisor will initiate regular country calls with his/her counterparts.  These calls may be necessary at a minimum of twice per month and will occur more frequently as needed.
  • The Regional Laboratory Technical Advisor should also be able to represent ICAP regarding laboratory issues with appropriate US government and host country government entities, and on country team calls involving other programs such as strategic information, prevention, care and treatment as needed
  • The Regional Laboratory Technical Advisor will assist with the implementation of important laboratory programs essential to the success of the ARV treatment such as infant diagnosis, CD4 enumeration, HIV viral load, HIV resistance testing, etc.
  • Assist with the timely development and writing of ICAP publications, including manuals and journal articles, on topics such as infant diagnosis, rapid HIV testing, HIV viral load, etc.
  • Report to Regional Director for work planning and day-to-day supervision
  • Report to Senior Regional Lab Advisor Program and to Program Director of UTAP for technical guidance and for the development of specific work plans

This project is expected to last for a period of 24 months, contingent upon continued available funding and satisfactory performance


  • For: Associate Research Scientist: MD, Nurse Practitioner or Physician’s Associate degree plus related experience, preferably in developing-country health care programs

  • For Sr. Staff Associate:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 8 years related experience, preferable in health care delivery or programming and/or significant experience in developing-country health care programs

  • For Staff Associate:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent plus 4 years experience in health care delivery or programming, with significant experience in developing-country health care programs


  • Candidates should hold at least a doctoral degree in medical science, laboratory science or related disciplines with at least 3 years experience in HIV-related clinical laboratory technology and applications in resource-limited settings
  • Experience in CD4 enumeration, ELISA and HIV rapid test algorithms, PCR-based assays such as HIV RNA and HIV DNA diagnostics, hematology and biochemistry
  • Have prior laboratory management and technical advisor experience
  • Be able to advise small working groups and teams in diverse situations
  • Have the time and resources to dedicate to country needs and be able to meet and communicate regularly with other ICAP  team members to facilitate synergy in efforts
  • Be able to speak appropriately on behalf of ICAP on laboratory policy and technical issues in a manner suitably reflects an understanding of subject matter expertise.
  • Recognize the expertise of others (both within ICAP-NY and ICAP country staff) and be able to delegate responsibility as needed to successfully achieve common goals 
  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including computer skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Should be prepared to travel frequently and at short notice to different ICAP program countries and regions.

Please send cover letter and CV to icap-jobs@columbia.edu. Please indicate you are applying for position #RLA-SA in the subject line of your e-mail.

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.