Forensic Genetic Specialist

წითელი ჯვრის საერთაშორისო კომიტეტის საქართველოს წარმომადგენლობა

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Tbilisi is seeking candidates for the position of: Forensic Genetic Specialist Based in Tbilisi


About us


The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is a Geneva-based humanitarian organization that protects and assists victims of armed conflicts and other situations of violence without discrimination. It has been providing humanitarian aid in Georgia for more than 25 years.


Forensic Specialist, serving as the Forensic Genetic Specialist, supports the ICRC Delegation in Tbilisi in its efforts to clarify the fate whereabouts of persons who went missing in connection to the conflicts of the ’90s and 2008 and their aftermath. Under the support and supervision of the Forensic Genetic Centre, s/he will assist on all matters related to forensic genetics and human DNA identification.



Under the supervision of the Genetic Coordinator, the Forensic Genetics Specialist carries out Quality Control and Quality Assurance (QA/QC) of (i) DNA profiles extracted from post-mortem (PM) samples, (ii) DNA profiles of relatives of missing persons and (iii) statistical analysis, kinship scenarios and DNA matches. S/he supports the Genetic Coordinator in creating and implementing the QA/QC strategy and the Forensic Department in ICRC Delegation in Tbilisi with recording, tracking and checking data regarding samples selected/sent/received for DNA analysis and received DNA profiles (STR and mtDNA data).



Accountabilities & Functional responsibilities

Quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) of genetic data related to the Missing file

  • Supports Genetic Coordinator in designing and planning of a systematic process of QA/QC of DNA profiles obtained by external DNA laboratories
  • Drafts and updates Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), guidelines, policies and forms for QA/QC in human DNA analysis,
  • Implements a systematic review of all available data related to the DNA testing including:
  • QA/QC of PM (bone/teeth) DNA data obtained by external DNA laboratories (including review of available electropherograms and software analysing of raw genetic data)
  • QA/QC of Biological Reference Sample (BRS) DNA data obtained by external DNA laboratories (including review of available electropherograms and software analysing of raw genetic data)
  • Provides training to new staff members in QA/QC of PM and BRS genetic data or other procedures related to the QA/QC process.


Manage all relevant genetic data related to the Missing file

  • Organizes and traces, in close coordination with the Genetic Coordinator the sending and receiving PM and BRS samples, and DNA profiles between the necessary stakeholders (e.g. DNA laboratories and the ICRC).
  • Records and traces a chain of custody for DNA samples and profiling requests
  • Maintains and updates genetic information in the ICRC internal archives.
  • Records and organizes information on kinship DNA matches and re-association cases.
  • In close coordination with the Genetic Coordinator, communicates with ICRC external experts about genetic activities when necessary.
  • Familiarizes and uses all ICRC tools where genetic information is or can be stored.
  • Works closely with BRS focal point to keep donor and profiling information updated.
  • Provides training and guidance to new staff members in processes relevant to the management of biological samples and related data.


Contribute to identification of cases related to the Missing file

  • Participates in the Reconciliation process through review of genetic data.
  • Provides genetic assessment of family pedigrees for missing persons and coordinates their improvement in close collaboration with the Genetic Coordinator and the BRS focal point.
  • Conducts DNA matching and statistical analysis appropriate matching software and kinship scenarios and statistical analysis of DNA based identifications using appropriate software.
  • Provides advice on additional steps required for the improvement of a genetic match to reach the statistical threshold.
  • Assists the Genetic Coordinator during the reconciliation/identification process in managing information and maintaining data flows.



Certifications / Education required

  • Masters' degree or equivalent (e.g., MA, MS, and MSc) in biological, genetic, or forensic sciences.
  • Proven hands-on laboratory experience for at least 5 years in DNA analysis.
  • Experience in forensic DNA analysis and interpretation of STR DNA profiles using GeneMapper ID-X software.
  • Experience and knowledge in statistical evaluation of kinship and direct DNA matches.
  • Experience in DNA Data management (e.g. LIMS, CODIS, etc.)
  • Experience with Quality Management Systems, Procedures and Standards of forensic genetic casework in accredited DNA laboratory,
  • Experience in developing technical and non-technical guidelines and protocols.
  • Dedication towards highest forensic scientific and ethical standards.


Desired profile and skills

  • Strong communication skills
  • Team player
  • Problem analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to plan and prioritize tasks/actions
  • Computer literacy



  • Fluency in English is required
  • Russian language knowledge desirable



Additional information

  • Location: Tbilisi
  • Application deadline: 20.05.2021



If you find yourself to have all the necessary qualifications and the ability to take over the designed tasks, please send your CV and motivation letter in English to the bellow mentioned e-mail address indicating the position you are applying for:


ICRC is the equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and persons with disability to apply.


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სრული განაკვეთი
გამოცდილების დონე: საშუალო
სქესი: ნებისმიერი
გამოქვეყნებუილია: 30/04/2021
ბოლო ვადა: 14/05/2021

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