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Lab Technicians

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), India

1. POSITIONS VACANT: Lab Technicians (LT); Multiple vacancies, based at different RNTCP TB laboratories being strengthened by FIND India, across India.

2. ORGANIZATION BACKGROUND:

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India is an independent non-profit created under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013. FIND India is a key implementing partner of the Central TB Division, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, GOI, initiative for strengthening and expanding TB laboratory diagnostic capacity under the Revised National TB Control Program (RNTCP), supported by the Global Fund.

FIND India is a subsidiary of FIND, an international, non-profit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organization is dedicated to activities that result in: 1) New diagnostic tools; 2) Expanded access to these tools; and 3) Strengthened diagnostic testing capacity for poverty-related diseases in low- and middle-income countries.

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

3. JOB DESCRIPTION/ RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Lab Technician (LT) will report administratively, on a day-to-day basis to the Director and Head of the concerned RNTCP TB Lab and functionally be under the direct supervision of the TB Lab-in-Charge.

The LT will primarily assist the Lab- in-Charge in the implementation of WHO-approved newer TB diagnostics, including diagnosis of drug resistance.

Key Responsibilities:

(1) Performance of LPA and LC tests on patient specimens at the lab, in a timely manner;
(2) Managing clinical and laboratory aspects of the lab and ensuring collection, recording and reporting of clean, quality, data;
(3) Acquiring expertise in approved newer diagnostics tests such as LPA, LC and RS;
(4) Implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for TB laboratories, including SOPs for specific aspects of LPA, LC and RS and specifications for equipment, infection control, etc., to ensure Good Laboratory Practices (GLP);
(5) Providing support to the Lab-in-Charge for all laboratory operations, including regular MIS functioning, maintenance of all lab equipment, logistics of various lab consumables, etc.;
(6) Conducting day-to-day lab activities connected with the newer TB diagnostics, ensuring quality control;
(7) Assisting the lab in-charge in providing monthly/ quarterly and annual reports in the prescribed formats;
(8) Urgently reporting all adverse events in laboratory functioning to the Lab in-Charge and FIND India Technical Team;
(9) Liaising and facilitating the FIND India Technical Team on all technical matters relating to laboratory functioning, in consultation with the Lab-in-Charge;
(10) Undertaking any other job assigned by state authorities and the FIND India technical team, as per project needs.

4. QUALIFICATIONS, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Qualifications:

Applicant must meet the following qualification requirements:

(1) Bachelors’ Degree in Science with a specialization in Microbiology/ Biotechnology/ Medical Lab Technology, or higher qualification; Or
(2) Diploma in Medical Lab Technology.

Experience:

(1) Applicants with Diploma in Medical Lab Technology must possess minimum three years of work experience in TB Culture and DST or Rapid TB diagnostics;
(2) Candidates with experience in Rapid TB diagnostics shall be given preference.

Skills and Attitude:

(1) Good oral and written communication skills;
(2) Strong team orientation;
(3) Ability to work independently, with minimum handholding and supervision;
(4) Energetic, resilient and passionate;
(5) Professional, mature and confident.

5. COMPENSATION OFFERED:

The remuneration package budgeted for the position is INR 15,000/- per month. Please note that gross compensation is fully taxable.
(Note: Candidates shall be working on the payroll of SAMS, a leading HR Agency for the public health and development sectors in India).

6. NATURE OF APPOINTMENT:

The selected candidate shall initially be offered a consultancy contract till December 31, 2018, renewable based on satisfactory performance.

7. LOCATION:

There are multiple vacancies for LTs at different laboratories across the country, details of which are available at http://www.sams.co.in/find/find_location.php. Blue highlighted vacancies marked ‘Apply’ are already ‘live’. Balance vacancies are expected to materialize within a month or two, once the concerned TB Laboratory becomes fully operational.

8. REFERENCE:

LT-FIND

9. CONTACT INFORMATION:

Senior Consultant
Strategic Alliance Management Services P Ltd.
1/1B (Ground Floor), Choudhary Hetram House
Bharat Nagar, New Friends Colony
New Delhi 110 025
(Landmark: Near Mata ka Mandir)
Phone No.- 011- 26842162; 41653612; 41011564-5
Email: lt-find@sams.co.in

10. LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:

Applicants are urged to fill the ‘online’ application form provided at http://www.sams.co.in/forms/onlineapplicationfind.htm

Applicants who are unable to fill the ‘online’ form may alternately download and fill the standard form available at http://sams.co.in/JAF-FIND-LabStaff.doc and mail it to lt-find@sams.co.in.