Thinking of a Career in Emergency Management?
- BY Nicole Pelette
Every year, millions of people around the world go missing as a result of conflict, human rights abuses, disasters, organized crime, irregular migration, and other causes. This is a complex global challenge that can be tackled effectively through cross-cutting programs that address a variety of difficult, interconnected issues.
The International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) is the only international organization tasked exclusively to work on the issue of missing persons. It works with governments and other stakeholders, including families of the missing, to help them develop and maintain successful missing persons processes. To learn more about ICMP see www.icmp.int.
The ICMP maintains an accredited high-throughput DNA testing laboratory, specializing in the identification of missing persons, with advanced capabilities in DNA testing of highly compromised skeletal remains. The ICMP DNA identification system makes use of powerful database tools for kinship matching on a large scale, and in addition to standard STR testing has an emphasis on development of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) for missing persons identification. The Head of DNA Laboratory is responsible for the casework laboratory which is supported by a Development and Validation Section, a Training Coordinator, and a mature Quality Management System. In addition to conducting DNA casework from a wide range of contexts, the DNA laboratory engages in many training and capacity building activities with partners.
Under the overall guidance and supervision of the ICMP Director of Science and Technology, the Head of DNA Laboratory duties and responsibilities will include, but will not necessarily be limited to, the following:
This is a full-time professional position(E7) located in The Hague, Netherlands including diplomatic status and generous paid leave and extensive health insurance benefits for the incumbent and any eligible dependent.
ICMP is committed to maintaining an environment of mutual respect, where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. ICMP believes that diversity and inclusion among our staff are critical to our success as a global organization, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented individuals from a thoroughly diverse range of candidates. ICMP is proud to be part of the International Gender Champions network.