Satellite Laboratory Technologist

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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.

Working hand-in-hand with individuals at every level of the health system–from patients to health care providers to government officials–ICAP is dedicated to delivering high-performing health system strengthening initiatives that provide quality and affordable health care. The organization tackles the world’s most pressing health threats and, in collaboration with partners around the world, implements transformative solutions to meet the health needs of individuals.

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JOB TITLE: Satellite Laboratory Technologist – Rwanda PHIA, ICAP Rwanda (21 positions)

LOCATION: Rwanda                                                                                                         

ICAP at Columbia University is an international non-profit organization that aims to ensure the wellness of families and communities by strengthening health systems around the world.

In partnership with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ICAP will conduct Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIA) in specific PEPFAR-supported countries. Each PHIA will define the status of the national HIV epidemic, guide allocation of resources based on evidence, and integrate capacity building of country stakeholders in the design, conduct, analysis, and use of PHIAs.

ICAP, in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is planning to conduct a PHIA to estimate the population-level impact of the national HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in RwandaIn addition to providing important programmatic information to the MoH and relevant stakeholders, this assessment of the national HIV program is of great value to HIV researchers and public health experts around the world.

OVERALL JOB FUNCTION:

Reporting to the Provincial Laboratory Coordinator, the Satellite Laboratory Technologist is responsible for receiving and processing samples collected in the field for the PHIA within Rwanda. The Satellite Laboratory Technologist will also work closely with the laboratory partners particularly those stationed at selected Rwanda Ministry of Health public laboratories to ensure that laboratory samples are received, processed, and transported to Central Laboratory in a timely manner.

This is a grant funded, Nine months, Non-Renewable.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

•    Receive samples from the field survey teams and log them into the Laboratory Data Management System (LDMS)
•    Ensure that samples are processed as outlined in the survey SOP
•    Prepare DBS samples from the whole blood samples and store them in designated freezers using the LDMS in readiness for shipping
•    Conduct confirmatory tests on all HIV positive samples using Geenius Assay
•    Spin and separate plasma from the whole blood samples
•    Process whole blood sample and make plasma aliquots and store them in the designated freezers using LDMS in readiness for shipping
•    Ship specimens to central laboratory using packing instruction guidelines provided in the survey SOPs.
•    Adhere to laboratory health safety practices that strengthen the safety and efficiency of the laboratory equipment
•    Manage supplies following FIFO and FEFO rules of stock management to avoid service  interruption
•    Liaise and work in close collaboration with the project coordination team, laboratory coordinator, community mobilization coordinator, procurement and logistics officer, satellite  laboratory health facility staffs and the field survey teams
•    Prepare, review, and submit the quantitative progress reports as scheduled
•    Performing incidence testing using the limited antigen avidity assay (LAg avidity)
•    Perform Hepatitis B IgM testing in accordance with survey protocol and set Standard Operating Procedures
•    Perform any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Minimum Degree in medical laboratory sciences/ biomedical sciences

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND OTHER SKILLS:

  • Registered with RAHPC with current practicing license
  • Laboratory-based experience (at least 1 year)
  • Those with recent national HIV survey experience will have an added advantage.
  • Strong organizational and good analytical laboratory skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Proficiency in relevant computer applications: MS Word, Excel, Internet, Email, etc.
  • Ability to function independently or with minimal supervision
  • Ability to adhere to medical research ethics as provided
  • Ability to work flexible hours (day and night shifts) as required

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS

  • This position will be based at selected district or provincial laboratories across the five provinces in Rwanda

MODE OF APPLICATION

Suitably qualified and experienced candidates should send their applications, including a detailed Curriculum Vitae (CV) and cover letter to: icap-jobs-rwanda@cumc.columbia.edu. Please indicate position being applied for in the subject line and do not attach certificates. The closing date for receiving applications is June 22nd, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

NOTE: This is a local hire position and the successful candidate will be an employee of ICAP in Rwanda and subject to the local terms and conditions of employment, which includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

ICAP is an equal opportunity employer, values inclusion, and a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment.