FAQs How do consultants help?
ASCP members who serve as consultants on Global Outreach projects, notably the PEPFAR initiative, contribute their expertise and experience to assist in laboratory improvement and capacity-building worldwide. As demand, innovation and new dynamics present themselves, ASCP members continually maintain an important role in this outreach.
Where does ASCP work?
ASCP works in 17 countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean, and Southeast and Central Asia. These countries include: Botswana, Cambodia, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Guyana, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Ukraine, and Vietnam.
What do ASCP consultants do?
ASCP consultants contribute in many different ways. Often consultants are enlisted to travel to one of the many countries we work in to deliver one or two week trainings. They will deliver the course materials, assist in hands-on practice with the participants, work in small groups with participants to create training or course content, or travel to different sites to conduct assessments. These consultants will often travel in a group with an ASCP staff member.
At other times, consultants are needed to perform long-term technical assistance duties or mentorships. In these cases, the consultant travels on his or her own and works with partners on the ground to complete the assigned scope of work.
Finally, consultants are occasionally needed to create content for new trainings or update established training packages. These consultants can work alone or with a work group, depending on the scope of the project.
What subjects do the trainings cover?
These trainings can take place in one of several areas: in-service, pre-service, or accreditation.
In-service trainings are subject-specific trainings that provide both theoretical knowledge and hands-on training in areas such as hematology, clinical chemistry, CD4 testing, or phlebotomy.
Pre-service activities are part of a comprehensive pre-service program, which aims to improve and revise existing course curriculum and provide training for medical laboratory faculty.
Accreditation programs aim to improve laboratory management, processes, and quality systems to meet the standards of international accrediting bodies.
Why should I get involved in Global Outreach with ASCP?
Becoming involved with Global Outreach is a rewarding adventure you will never forget. In addition to providing meaningful service to people in need, you will receive unique training and experiences that nurture your professional and personal growth.
What costs are covered by ASCP?
Airfare, meals, lodging, transportation, immunizations, travel insurance, and visa fees are covered by ASCP.
Can I choose to work in a specific country?
No. Consultant assignments are determined based on individual skill sets and in-country requests for specific trainings. However, applicants’ prior experience in specific regions is taken into consideration when determining consultant assignments.
How long do consultants have to prepare for an activity?
Consultants will be invited to participate in an activity 5 and 12 weeks prior to an event. This time frame varies by country and activity, based on when training dates are confirmed with in-country partners.
Will I have an opportunity to sightsee?
The training days are very long and ASCP cannot guarantee free time in the evenings or on the weekends. Many consultants have an opportunity to spend a morning or afternoon before or after the training visiting the city where they are located; however, this is dependent on travel plans and training schedules.
What opportunities are available?
Currently ASCP Global Outreach is looking for individuals with the following skill sets:
How do I apply for Global Outreach?
- Foreign language ability: We are looking for individuals fluent in Russian, French, Haitian Kreyol, Portuguese, Vietnamese, or Khmer who are able to conduct laboratory-related trainings in these languages,
- Pre-Service programs: We are looking for individuals who currently work in or have experience working with medical laboratory educational programs, especially university-level programs.
If contributing to ASCP’s efforts is within your personal and professional interests, please complete the online application form.