Health / Medical

Senior Regional Laboratory Advisor at ICAP (Columbia University)

ICAP (Columbia University) is a global health leader situated at Columbia University, ICAP has worked since 2003 with one central goal: to improve the health of families and communities.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:

Job Title: Senior Regional Laboratory Advisor

Job No: 496096
Locations: Abuja, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Benue, Cross River, Lagos, Niger, Rivers and Taraba
Employment Type: Regular, Full-Time

Position Summary

  • Reporting to the Associate Director of Laboratory Services & Malaria in New York City and the Regional Office Director, ICAP South Africa, the Senior Regional Laboratory Advisor provides support to ICAP country teams and regional partners as well as laboratory systems strengthening activities more broadly.
  • The Senior Regional Laboratory Advisor will assist in the standardization and implementation of a laboratory agenda and strengthening of laboratory networks and quality management systems for clinical, public health and global health security agenda laboratory services. In addition, h/she will provide capacity building for regional and incountry laboratory partners.

Major Accountabilities

  • Provides support and supervision to ICAP laboratory specialists in ICAP-supported countries.
  • Guides the development and/or refinement of laboratory-related policies, strategic plans, guidelines, manuals and standard operating procedures, training materials, quality management systems, specimen referral testing systems, data management systems and the evaluation and establishment of new technologies for clinical, public health and global health security agenda (GHSA) laboratory services in ICAP-supported countries.
  • Provides oversight and technical assistance in strengthening laboratory systems and networking, implementing quality management systems and pursuing local and international accreditation for clinical, public health and global health security agenda laboratory services in ICAP-supported countries.
  • Assists with development and writing of publications, including manuals and journal articles.
  • Represents ICAP regarding laboratory issues with appropriate US government and host country government entities.
  • Actively participates in the preparation of grant proposals and renewals and preparation of donor reports.
  • Performs other duties, as directed.


  • M.Sc (or professional equivalent) in Laboratory Sciences or related relevant Scientific field is required.
  • Master’s Degree in Public Health (in addition to MSc or equivalent in laboratory sciences or related relevant scientific field) preferred.

Experience, Skills & Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience in supporting providing technical assistance and capacity building for international, regional and local/country laboratory programs and partners.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting multicounty laboratory technical assistance programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in strengthening laboratory systems, antimicrobial resistance, and biosecurity and biosafety in relation to the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA).
  • Demonstrated experience in supporting laboratory-based surveillance of diseases of public health importance, including surveillance of HIV recency and drug resistance.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in laboratory management, quality assurance, quality control, biosafety, document development, specimen management, and use of electronic information systems within a laboratory context.
  • Demonstrated technical expertise in developing advocacy documents, operational plans, monitoring and evaluation and communication plans, and organizing and leading consultative meetings.
  • Proven ability to effectively mentor and advise multi-cultural laboratory professionals and national program managers.
  • Demonstrated experience in laboratory techniques such as: serology, immunology, bacteriology, and molecular assays for GHSA priority and public health important clinical diseases assays.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in laboratory services and laboratory management.
  • Previous work experience in sub-Saharan Africa, Central America, South America, and/or Asia.
  • Fluency in English and proficiency in Spanish.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Outlook, Excel, Word, etc.).
  • Demonstrated experience in public speaking on laboratory issues in a manner which reflects subject matter expertise.
  • Proficiency in Spanish is highly preferred.
  • Proficiency in French or Portuguese is a strong advantage.

Travel Requirements:

  • Requires international travel up to 60% of time.

How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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