Project Manager

Last date of application
 30-Nov-20 23:59 HR


Project Manager, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India, New Delhi


1. POSITION VACANT: Project Manager, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India, New Delhi



The Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) is an international non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization is dedicated to activities that result in new diagnostic tools, expanded access to the same and strengthened diagnostic testing capacity for poverty-related diseases in low-and middle-income countries.




The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak has highlighted the huge gaps in ability to test and manage wide-spread pandemics globally and in India. There are gaps in both availability of tests and trained laboratory personnel.


The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is taking steps to meet the country’s growing requirement for testing and ramping up the testing rate, by enhancing the capacity of existing labs and rapidly onboarding new labs, in the public and private sector.


The current network of labs needs to rapidly deploy additional lab personnel who may have little or no formal training on critical components like biosafety, sample collection, transportation, testing and reporting. These gaps may not only adversely affect the quality of testing, but also pose a higher risk of infection. In addition, currently, the various sites use RT-PCR testing platforms of widely different makes, each requiring specific and complex training in operations, maintenance and troubleshooting to ensure rapid turnaround and accuracy of test results, as well as optimal utilization of these platforms. Overall, opening of new sites and onboarding of additional manpower to run longer lab shifts needs rapid, comprehensive and continuous training, to successfully and urgently resolve run-time queries and troubleshooting in a systematic manner.


Objective and Primary Outcome

FIND India has received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) to deliver a multi-pronged COVID-19 diagnostic training program to support India’s COVID-19 laboratory network to address the gaps elucidated above. This will be carried out through five workstreams, including training of laboratory personnel via the online course:


(1) COVID-19: Diagnostics and Testing (Workstream 1);

(2) Weekly Mentoring Workshops with Experts from Regional, National Reference Labs, Associations and Manufacturers (Workstream 2);

(3) Upskilling Sessions of Personnel at COVID-19 Testing Sites (Workstream 3);

(4) Pre-Service Training on Basic Molecular Biology to Enable Covid-19 Testing via Partners (Workstream 4); and

(5) Setup of an Online Query Support with Connect to Experts for Troubleshooting (Workstream 5).


The primary outcome of the project will be creation of a laboratory workforce trained to carry out sustained high quality COVID-19 sample processing, testing, and reporting with emphasis on accuracy and biosafety.


FIND India would like to hire an experienced health professional with excellent project management skills, to lead this key initiative to quickly ramp-up the testing capabilities of India’s COVID-19 laboratory network.

For more information about FIND India, please visit



The Project Manager will work closely with the Senior Management of FIND India, as well as sub-grantees, leading implementation of select workstreams under the project and shall be responsible for the following:


Key Responsibilities:
(1) Monitor and supervise all project activities, assist in the evaluation of project deliverables, outputs and outcomes and ensure that the project timelines are met;

(2) Lead the project team, including the Project Coordinator, Microbiologist and Project Assistant;

(3) Plan and allocate project resources appropriately to maximize output

(4) Monitor project activities conducted by sub-grantees including, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), National Institute of Immunology (NII) and PanIIT Alumni Reach for India Foundation (PARFI); Ensure timely progress of activities to achieve milestones and objectives and provide oversight to sub-grantees as FIND India’s principal point of contact;

(5) Assist sub-grantees in coordination and facilitate engagement with various states/ public sector institutes/ state health departments, in sourcing candidates for training and ensuring smooth implementation of project activities;

(6) Identify key public sector institutions, operational in target states and liaise with them for the implementation of project activities;

(7) Provide updates on sub-grantee activities, delays and emerging challenges to FIND India senior management, the donor, as well as the Project Steering Committee and support sub-grantee course-correction;

(8) Ensure process adherence and timely data reporting by the project team including sub-grantees;

(9) Progress tracking, including financial and programmatic reporting to the donor;

(10) Overall monitoring, technical support and coordination with sites, experts, and other stakeholders, as and when required;

(11) Any other tasks assigned from time to time.



Qualifications and Experience:

(1) MBBS/MPH/PhD/MBA from a Tier 1 institute (healthcare specialization preferred) with a minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience in healthcare or National/State public health projects (preferably TB, Malaria, HIV/AIDS, Integrated Disease Surveillance Programs etc);

(2) Experience of working with projects involving public sector institutes/ state health authorities, shall be given preference;

(3) Experience of working with the Government/ Health Department at State/ National level, shall be given preference;

(4) Experience in managing project budgets shall be given preference;

(5) Experience of working in a COVID-19 lab or response team, at the State or National 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 and external stakeholders and on-site teams;

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

(4) Good communications skills and proficiency in basic computer applications like Word, Excel and PowerPoint;

(5) Sound knowledge of data analysis, analytical software and ability to make meaningful interpretations for effective supervision;

(6) Ability and willingness to travel extensively (30%), based on the needs of the job;

(7) Good interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of a team.


5. VACANCY DETAILS: One vacancy.



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. LOCATION(s): New Delhi.



The selected candidate shall be initially offered a short-term consultancy contract for seven months.









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Eligible candidates interested in this position are requested to apply online to by or before November 30, 2020.