ICAP of Columbia University Laboratory Advisor (Kenya PHIA Project) Job in Nairobi

Sep 18, 2016

ICAP of Columbia University is working in partnership with the Ministry of Health, Kenya to strengthen HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment services in Kenya. 

The Ministry of Health (MOH), CDC and ICAP are planning to conduct a Population based HIV Impact Assessment (PHIA) to estimate the population level impact of the national HIV prevention, care end treatment program in Kenya. 

Applications are therefore invited for the following positions under the PHIA project:
 
Job Title: Laboratory Advisor - Kenya PHIA Project
 
 
Location: Nairobi with travel within 47 counties in Kenya to support PHIA implementation
 
Overall Job Function: Reporting to the ICAP Project Director for the Kenya PHIA, the Laboratory Advisor will be responsible for overseeing the laboratory component of the PHIA wthin Kenya. 

The Laboratory Advisor will also work closely with the in-country sub-contracted laboratory organization, CDC, MoH, and survey teams to ensure that laboratory samples are correctly collected, processed and transported and that results are returned in a timely manner.
 
Key Responsibilities:
  • Assist with development of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the implementation of all laboratory related aspects of the PHIA project;
  • Hire, train arid supervise a team of laboratory officers, as needed
  • Review the development and implementation of QA/QC procedures for point of care HIV rapid testing and PIMA CD4 point of care testing conducted by the laboratory subcontractor in the study
  • Review the development and implementation of QA/QC procedures for the collection, processing and storage of other study-related lab specimens by the survey subcontractor in the study including for HIV recency, HIV RNA and HIV DNA PCR for EID
  • Ensure laboratory specimen data are correctly captured in the study database and assist with routine data analysis;
  • Assist with the interpretation of laboratory results from the PHIA project and provide feedback on ways to improve / streamline lab procedures and systems;
  • Assist the PHIA team to develop strategies to ensure timely reporting of results to study participants:
  • Review weekly laboratory reports provided by the laboratory subcontractor, and assist the Project Director with preparing regular progress reports:
  • Represent CAP n discussions with national stakeholders and assess ways in which national capacity to process samples can be developed and strengthened:
  • Liaise with laboratory technical staff in ICAP NY Headquarters (HQs) and CDC Kenya
Requirements:
  • Basic Degree in Medical Laboratory Sciences or its equivalent. Masters degree in a relevant scientific field will be an added advantage
  • At least 5 years’ experience in laboratory practice in the Health Sector preferably at a national level, and with experience in HIV-related assays
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office
  • 5+ years of experience managing a clinical or research laboratory
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in design, implementation and management of laboratory services in HIV programs
  • Knowledge/experience of procurement procedures and equipment/supply/stock tracking and inventory
  • Experience with lab related data management systems
  • High level of proficiency in relevant computer applications, particularly Excel
  • Excellent interpersonal, management, and communication skills
NB: More details on ICAPs PHIA Project may be found HERE

How to Apply

All applications including a current CV, telephone number and referees (either current or former supervisor) should be sent to 

The Director, Human Resources, 
ICAP, 
jobs@ icapkenya.org 

on or before 23rd September 2016. 

Do not send certificates.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ICAP is an Equal Opportunity Employer

icap.columbia.edu




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