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Job Description

Training Lead

Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics

New Delhi

1. POSITIONS VACANT: Training Lead, Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) India, New Delhi

 

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:

 

(a) Estimation of future demand for COVID-19 testing and visualization of existing labs and capacity.

(b) Predictive modelling of testing demand – multiple scenario generation;

(c) Models of optimized Sample referral system.

(d) Recommendations on rationalisation of equipment – placing high throughput/additional equipment, re-purposing equipment under other disease programs to leverage unutilized capacity etc.

(e) Supplementing RT-PCR testing with Rapid antigen testing 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 Training Lead shall have the following responsibilities:

 

Key Job Responsibilities:

(1) Review existing content for online and onsite/assisted trainings including technical modules, trainer scripts, SOP to customize and update the content as required;

(2) Create (along with the Project manager) a training calendar and ensure adherence of trainings as per schedule with modifications/course-corrections as required, in discussion with donor and states;

(3) Create new content and modules for trainings as required, in collaboration with the project team;

(4) Coordinate (along with the Project manager) with identified RISE hubs and sites (as applicable) and identify participants for online courses, webinars and onsite/assisted trainings;

(5) Lead roll-out of Future learn course runs for the current project as well as tracking of learner progress and score analysis;

(6) Organise webinars and on-site/assisted trainings in coordination with the experts/resource persons, identified labs and other stakeholders;

(7) Ensure that the project activities are conducted as per the workplan;

(8) Compilation and analysis of data related to various project activities and support the preparation of the periodic reports;

(9) Ensure that the activities are conducted;

(10) Any other task assigned time to time.

 

4. QUALIFICATION, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

 

Qualifications and Experience:

(1) Applicants must have Ph.D. in Microbiology, with minimum three years of experience in laboratory especially in a RT-PCR laboratory  

OR

M.Sc. with specialization in Microbiology/ Medical Microbiology/ Applied Microbiology/ Clinical Microbiology/ with minimum five years of experience of leading trainings and/or working in a lab conducting RT-PCR tests.

(2) Prior experience of creating content and leading trainings for lab personnel is strongly preferred;

(3) Experience of working in a lab conducting COVID tests shall be an advantage;

(4) Familiarity with microbiology lab techniques, equipment, and data analysis etc.

 

Skills and Competencies

(1) Good coordination skills;

(2) Good oral and written communication skills;

(3) Strong team orientation;

(4) Ability to work independently, with minimum handholding and supervision;

(5) Computer knowledge (Microsoft Office – Excel and Word);

(6) Energetic, resilient, and passionate;

(7) Professional, mature, and confident;

(8) Willingness to travel if required and at short notice;

(9) Strong interpersonal, negotiation and influencing skills;

(10) Proven analytical, problem solving and organisational skills;

(11) Strong planning skills with the ability to handle multiple projects through to  completion and to manage competing priorities.

 

5. 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.

 

6. NUMBER OF VACANCIES AND DUTY STATION(S): New Delhi (One vacancy).

 

7. 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.

 

8. REFERENCE: TL-FIND-DL

 

9. 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 October 10, 2021.