Employment

JOB TITLE: Lab Advisor

REPORTS TO: Director of Programs

LOCATION: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The International Centre for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP) at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Tanzania to establish HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment and PMTCT-plus services at several referrals, regional and district-level hospitals in Tanzania.  This program is part of a US Government initiative against HIV in Tanzania that receives funding from CDC.

OVERALL JOB FUNCTION:
To provide State-level 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 CU in coordination with the Tanzania Ministry of Health and ICAP staff in Tanzania.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
In coordination with The Regional Lab Advisor (RLA) and Director of Program, the Lab Officer is responsible for the following activities:

  • To assist with the planning and implementation of Laboratory activities required for CU-supported HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment programs in Tanzania, including baseline lab assessments and laboratory capacity development at sites in assigned Regions.
  • To provide technical assistance to facility-level lab personnel, including regular and systematic observation of laboratory testing procedures, and ongoing bench-level supportive supervision and instruction.
  • To 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 test performance and decrease turn around time; and developing and implementing an equipment maintenance program.
  • To provide technical assistance in specifics techniques like: PCR, CD4 counting, ELISA, Rapid Test, hematology and Biochemistry tests.
  • To help implement and monitor efficient documentation of laboratory results at the sites, as well as effective linkages between laboratory and clinical services. To prepare reports on progress of each site on project implementation activities
  • To assist in the implementation of quality management/quality assurance activities

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • For Associate Research Scientist:  Ph.D., Ed.D, or other equivalent.
  • For Sr. Staff Associate:  Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree plus a minimum 8 years related experience in the areas of HIV/AIDS care and treatment, health care programs in resource limited settings.
  • For Staff Associate:  Bachelor’s degree in  or other equivalent degree plus a minimum 4 years related experience in the areas of HIV/AIDS care and treatment, health care programs in resource limited settings.
  • A valid certificate to practice as a medical laboratory scientist is mandatory. Candidates must have experience in techniques like: PCR, CD4 counting, ELISA, Rapid Test, hematology and Biochemistry.
  • Candidate must be prepared to travel out of station frequently and at short notice to different ICAP Tanzania program regions.


PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
A Master’s degree in medical laboratory science or related disciplines with at least 2 years experience in a practical setting. Knowledge and experience in the design, implementation and management of laboratory services especially for HIV/AIDS. Computer skills, including ability to use Word and MS Excel Good written and verbal communications skills in English 
Strong interpersonal skills.

TO APPLY: Please send your cover letter and CV to icap-jobs@columbia.edu. Please indicate you are applying for position #LAB-Tanzania on the subject line of your e-mail.

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