International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP)

Technical Specialist (Population-based Surveys - Associate Research Scientist)

International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP)

Job Description

In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), ICAP will conduct population-based HIV impact assessments (PHIAs) in specific PEPFAR-supported countries. Each PHIA will define the status of the HIV epidemic in their country, guide global and local allocation of funding and resources based on evidence, and integrate Capacity Building of country stakeholders in the Design, conduct, Analysis, and use of PHIAs.

Reporting to the PHIA Project Director, the Technical Specialist, Population-based Surveys is responsible for managing the day-to-day aspects of selected country-specific Population-based HIV Impact Assessments (PHIA) Project survey activities at ICAP. Assists the DPD to ensure the Project achieves its goals and objectives with efficiency and with high quality.

This position is grant funded.

NOTE: Please note that the job title is listed as an “Associate Research Scientist – ICAP” on the Columbia University Job Posting Site.


  • Manages all aspects of planning, developing and implementing up to four concurrent country-specific PHIAs
  • Assists the Project team with the evaluation and dissemination of PHIA results from up to four concurrent country-specific PHIAs
  • Coordinates internally within ICAP on the development of budgets and tracking of finances related to PHIA Project activities
  • Works closely with the DPD and other Project staff to assure that capacity building activities are included in all phases of Project planning and implementation
  • Identifies, prevents and resolves potential operational, strategic and technical problems and reviews outputs for quality control
  • Serves as the technical link with and liaison to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other collaborating local partners to generate PHIA protocols, informed consent forms, Standard Operating Procedures, training materials and training plans, country-specific work plans and corresponding budgets
  • Leads and/or assists the DPD, CDC staff, and local collaborators in the generation and presentation of project reports, publications and presentations
  • Recruits and manages country-project staff and coordinates inputs from ICAP technical staff advising on the country-specific project
  • Provides technical inputs and recommendations on survey design and implementation
  • Performs other related duties as directed


  • PhD degree (or equivalent) in demography, public health, or related health or medical discipline


  • Approximately eight (8) years of experience working on international public health projects either in the headquarters of an international organization or in resource-limited settings
  • Approximately five (5) years of experience in the design, delivery and evaluation of programs and services for HIV care and treatment programs in resource-limited settings with preference for three (3) years based in RLS settings
  • Demonstrated experience designing and conducting population-based surveys
  • Excellent communication, writing, quantitative and Project Management skills including the development of measurable objectives, operational plans and measurable indicators/targets for public Health Programs and projects
  • Demonstrated experience establishing, growing and maintaining effective working relationships with donors, implementing partners and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated experience in working in project-based environments requiring the management of multiple and often overlapping priorities and deadlines
  • Demonstrated experience leading an international and inter-disciplinary team
  • Experience working independently with a minimum of supervision and also working in a team-based environment functioning as part of a technical assistance team
  • Fluency in English (speaking, reading and writing)


  • Fluency and proficiency in French or Portuguese is a strong advantage
  • Experience working with USG funded projects


  • Requires international travel up to 50% of the time primarily to PHIA assessment countries
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