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Technical Officers

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND), India

1. POSITIONS VACANT:  Technical Officers (TO); 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 Technical Officer (TO) will report administratively, on a day-to-day basis to the Director and Head of the concerned RNTCP TB Laboratory and functionally be under the direct supervision of FIND India’s Technical Team, as well as the TB Lab-in-Charge.

The TO will assist the Technical Team and the Microbiologist in-Charge of Rapid Diagnostics with the implementation of the WHO-approved newer TB diagnostics, including the diagnosis of drug resistance. S/he will coordinate with the Director and Head the of RNTCP TB Laboratory for Culture & Drug Susceptibility Testing (C& DST), concerned national reference laboratories and FIND India’s technical and administrative staff, to ensure the smooth implementation of Rapid TB Diagnostics at the designated TB Lab.

Key Responsibilities:

(1) Providing technical support to assist the C& DST lab in expansion of the full range of newer TB diagnostic activities for rapid diagnosis of TB, including drug resistant TB;
(2) Testing of patient specimens on LPA and LC at the lab in a timely manner;
(3) Managing clinical and laboratory aspects of the lab and ensuring collection, recording and reporting of clean, quality data;
(4) Supporting the Director and Head of TB Laboratory in planning and scaling-up of quality assured Line Probe Assay (LPA) and Liquid Culture (LC) with Rapid Speciation (RS) using lateral flow immune chromatographic assay for MDR-TB diagnosis;
(5) Acquiring expertise in approved newer diagnostics tests such as LPA, LC and RS;
(6) Implementing the 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);
(7) Ensuring proficiency in the identified newer TB diagnostics at the allotted site before they are applied for patient care under RNTCP. Also, maintenance of ongoing proficiency in these diagnostics, ensuring accuracy of results being communicated to the TB patient;
(8) Providing support to the Lab-in-Charge for all laboratory operations, including regular MIS functioning, maintenance of all lab equipment’s, logistics of various lab consumables, etc.;
(9) Supervising and supporting the lab technicians at the lab, in day-to-day activities connected with newer TB diagnostics, ensuring quality control;
(10) Assisting the Lab in-Charge in providing monthly/ quarterly and annual reports in prescribed formats on activities, achievements, challenges and recommendations;
(11) Urgently reporting all adverse events in laboratory functioning to the Lab in-Charge and FIND India Technical Team;
(12) Liaising and facilitating with the FIND India technical team on all technical matters relating to laboratory functioning in consultation with the Lab-in-Charge;
(13) Undertaking any other job assigned by state authorities and the FIND India technical team, as per project needs.

4. QUALIFICATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Qualification:
Master’s in Science with a specialization in Microbiology/ Medical Microbiology/ Applied Microbiology/ Clinical Microbiology/ Biotechnology/ Medical Biotechnology, or higher qualification.

Experience:
Candidates with experience in Rapid TB Diagnostics, or Molecular Techniques, 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 25,000/- 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 TOs at different laboratories across the country, details of which are available at www.sams.co.in

8. REFERENCE:    

TO-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: to-find@sams.co.in

10. LAST DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:

Applicants are urged to urgently 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 to-find@sams.co.in.