State Lead (Two Vacancies)

Last date of application
 19-Sep-21 23:59 HR

JOB DESCRIPTION

State Lead (SL) (Two Vacancies),

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India

1. POSITIONS VACANT: State Lead (SL) (Two Vacancies), Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), is established in India as an independent, non-profit, created under Section 8 (Indian) Companies Act, 2013, with its office in New Delhi. FIND India is the key implementing partner of Central TB Division, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India, for strengthening and expanding TB laboratory diagnostic capacity under the National Tuberculosis Elimination Program (NTEP) with the support of the Global Fund.

FIND India, the global alliance for diagnostics, seeks to ensure equitable access to reliable diagnosis around the world. FIND connects countries and communities, funders, decisionmakers, healthcare providers and developers to spur diagnostic innovation and make testing an integral part of sustainable, resilient health systems. FIND is working to save One million lives through accessible, quality diagnosis, and save US$1 billion in healthcare costs to patients and health systems. FIND is a co-convener of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator diagnostics pillar, and a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Strengthening and Diagnostic Technology Evaluation.

For more information about the organization, please visit http://www.FINDdx.org/

PROJECT BACKGROUND:

The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic continues to ravage the World and India in 2021 and is a great threat to global public health.  As of 16 August 2021, 205 million cases and >4.3 million deaths have been confirmed globally. In India, ~32 million confirmed cases have been reported so far  with a rapid increase in the number of new cases during the “second wave”  in the last few months. Daily cases touched highs of >300K, the highest in the World, during the last wave with delays noticed in every part of the care continuum including massive delays in testing. The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic highlights huge gaps in the testing capacity - a key element for timely isolation of infected persons and prevention of infection propagation in the community. Current testing challenges include sub-optimal capacity and utilization of COVID-19 testing network, scarcity of efficient models for enhancing lab capacity, inefficiencies within laboratories to facilitate rapid turnaround of quality tests, lack of coordination between public and private sectors to amplify and optimize India’s laboratory capacity and shortage of trained manpower at the COVID-19 labs. This makes delays in diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infections a critical point of failure in the COVID-19 strategic preparedness and response plan.

GOAL OF THE PROJECT:

FIND proposes to provide a comprehensive package of activities as part of the USAID supported Project Reaching Impact, Saturation, and Epidemic Control (RISE) project to systematically address gaps in diagnostic capacity, availability, access and quality of testing as well as implementation of current genome sequencing guidance as issued by the INSACOG.

Project approaches include:

(1) Conducting of a situational analysis to identify key diagnostic needs and conduct a capacity assessment of the states identified under the project;

(2) Technical assistance for effective implementation of ICMR testing guidance around operationalization of ICMR laboratory guidance, including development of documentation and reporting tools, capacity building, implementation of testing & quality assurance (QA) strategies;

(3) Capacity building via a mix of on-site/assisted and online methods for trainings:

(a) Online Learning: training site staff via online courses allowing the project to circumvent effects of COVID-19 pandemic and related travel restrictions. Approaches include assisted e-trainings, webinars and panel discussions;

(b) Onsite/assisted trainings to supplement the online content with a focus around specific aspects of testing, reporting, troubleshooting, preventive maintenance, biosafety, sequencing guidelines/implementation etc as identified as during situational analysis;

(4) Digital Solutions to support automation of testing processes and data management for rapid antigen tests (RAT) testing, the project will deploy open-source digital applications that can be easily transitioned to states;

(5) Advocacy activities for continued testing, private sector engagement approaches and cross-sharing of learning.

Objective and Primary Outcome:

Against the background and rationale stated above, FIND as Sub Recipient to JHPIEGO, will use various technical assistance approaches to implement activities identified under the project. The project will deploy a learning laboratory approach in the 3 intervention states and further propagate learnings and best practices to remaining states as covered by USAID’s RISE project.

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

The State Leads will work closely with the Project Manager at FIND, India, project team as well as the States, sites, other stakeholders to lead implementation of all activities under the project.

Key Responsibilities:
(1) Develop field level strategies and processes in alignment with overall project objectives and activities with an initiative geared towards operational excellence;

(2 Establish linkages  coordinate and facilitate all activities listed in the project in the respective State, in defined areas of the project;

(3) Strengthen networking and liaise with state level RISE hubs, sites, team and state authorities;

(4) Provide technical inputs, support the training lead in identifying training needs and planning capacity building programs for RISE hub laboratories and sites;

(5) Prepare project work plan, budget forecast and manage budget allocation as per the project activities;

(6) Support data collection under various activities;

(7) Facilitate state-level monitoring and periodic review of activities and partnerships with different stakeholders;

(8) Manage project deliverables within stipulated deadlines and monitor engagement activities;

(9) Submit reports and participate in national/state level reviews periodically as per project requirement;

(10) Ensure submission of periodical reports (programmatic and financial) as per organization requirements and donor specifications;

(11) Ensure confidentiality and security of the program data and information;

(12) Any other tasks assigned time to time.

 

4. QUALIFICATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: 
     

Qualifications:

Applicant must be a relevant masters’ degree/ MSW/ MPH/ MBA/ MHA.
 

Experience:

(1) Minimum three years in public health and field implementation (preferably Covid-19, TB, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programs, etc.);

(2) Candidates with experience of working with projects engaging public sector laboratories/state health authorities shall be preferred;

(3) State / National level experience of working with government/ health department shall be preferred;

(4) Candidates with experience of working with ICMR at the national/state level shall be preferred.

Skills and Competencies

(1) Proven ability to work in a public health setup with decision-makers; 

(2) Ability to coordinate with internal & external stake holders and on-site teams;

(3) Demonstrated ability to coordinate between multiple sites and ensure strict adherence to project targets and mandates;

(4) Should have good communications skills and be proficient in basic computer applications like Word, Excel, and Power Point;

(5) Have sound knowledge of data analysis, analytical software, and ability to make meaningful interpretation for effective supervision;

(6) Ability and willingness to travel extensively (50%), based on the needs of the job;

(7) Good interpersonal skills, able to work as part of a team.

6. COMPENSATION OFFERED:

The gross remuneration budgeted for the position is attractive and shall be commensurate with the qualifications, experience, and salary history, of the selected candidate.

7. NUMBER OF VACANCIES AND DUTY STATION(S):

(1) New Delhi (1 vacancy);

(2) Bhubaneswar (1 vacancy)

8. CONTRACT TYPE AND PERIOD:

The successful candidate shall be issued an employment contract for the duration of 13 months from the date of joining and shall be renewable subject to satisfactory performance, project extension and fund availability.

9. REFERENCE: SL-FIND- DL-BR

10. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Team SAMS

Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.

1/1B, Choudhary Hetram House, Bharat Nagar

New Friends Colony, New Delhi 110 025

Phone Nos.: 2684 2162; 4165 3612

10. APPLICATION PROCESS:

Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply online to https://recruitment.samshrm.com/JOBS/FIND by or before September 19, 2021.