JOB TITLE: Lab Advisor

LOCATION: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The Lab Advisor will provide technical support in the planning and implementation of high quality laboratory services required for HIV / AIDS prevention, care and treatment services within facilities supported by ICAP-Columbia University (ICAP) in coordination with the Tanzania Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) and ICAP staff in Tanzania.


  • Assist with the planning and implementation of laboratory activities required for CU-supported HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment program in Tanzania, including baseline assessment and laboratory capacity development at sites in assigned regions.
  • Provide technical assistance to facility-level lab personnel, including regular and systematic observation of testing procedures and ongoing level supportive supervision and instruction.
  • Provide technical assistance to facility level lab managers, including: establishing routine workflows; developing/refining SOPs, job aids, log books, and referral forms as needed; planning of lab activities to improve tests performance and decrease turnaround time; and developing and implementing an equipment maintenance program.
  • Provide technical assistance in specific techniques like: PCR, CD4 Enumeration, HIV Rapid Tests, HIV Genotyping, drug resistance and mutation, hematologic, clinical chemistry and microbiology tests.
  • Provide technical assistance on the roll out of the accreditation ISO 15189 for the zone laboratories and for regional and district laboratories with the WHO criteria.
  • Provide technical assistance to the MoHSW in evaluation and validation new technologies related to the medical laboratories.
  • Work closely with MoHSW, CDC and other implementing partners on the roll out of the laboratory component of the EID program.
  • Represent ICAP on laboratory related issues at donors and MoHSW meetings as well as work closely with both the donors and the MoHSW in harmonizing lab services.
  • Help implement and monitor efficient documentation of laboratory results at the sites, as well as effective linkage between laboratories and clinical services.
  • Other related duties, as assigned.


  • Candidates should hold at least a bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences with experience of 5 years or a master degree in Medical Biotechnology with at least 2 years experience in a practical setting.
  • Candidate must have a large experience in techniques like: PCR, CD4 Enumeration, ELISA, HIV RT, Haematology and Biochemistry.
  • A valid certificate to practice as a medical laboratory scientist mandatory.


  • Knowledge and experience in the design, implementation and management of laboratory services especially for HIV / AIDS
  • Good written and verbal communication skills in English and Kiswahili

TO APPLY: Please send a Cover Letter and CV with LABORATORY ADVISOR in the subject line to Bernard Lema at bl2357@columbia.edu.

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