Lab Specialist

India
Mumbai
Type
Full Time
Business Unit
Country Programs - Country Teams

Overview

Founded in 2002, by President William J. Clinton and Ira C. Magaziner, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Inc. (“CHAI”) is a global health organization committed to saving lives, reducing the burden of disease and strengthening integrated health systems  in the developing world. 

 

In March 2013, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) released an ambitious “Mission for TB Control”, a comprehensive strategy that aims to tackle the rising incidence of tuberculosis (TB) and drug resistant TB in the city. MCGM’s strategic vision for TB control in Mumbai over the next two years is “To achieve Universal Access to early TB and multi-drug resistant (MDR) TB diagnosis and appropriate TB treatment in public and private sectors.” Seven strategic focal areas as a part of the MCGM plan comprise of:

 

  1. Mission Mode Slum TB control
  2. Ensuring access to Rapid TB diagnosis and MDR TB
  3. Improving access to effective Treatment
  4. Extending services and support to providers and patients in private sector
  5. Airborne Infection Control
  6. Building informed and empowered community
  7. Organizational Strengthening (MDTCS)

 

A technical support group (TSG) constituting a team of specialists in specific fields will be established to provide technical and strategic support to the MCGM for the implementation of the “Mumbai Mission for TB Control”. The Lab specialist will be a part of this TSG.

 

The specialist will work out of the MCGM City TB office in Mumbai. The specialist will be expected to travel for meetings within the city and, occasionally, to the partner offices in New Delhi [if required]. 

Responsibilities

The Laboratory Specialist is expected to have a background in medical microbiology and will assist the City TB Officer (Mumbai) in engaging the laboratories across the public and private sector for TB control in Mumbai. The Specialist will liaise with public sector laboratories to streamline and increase test throughput for the TB program in Mumbai. 

 

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

Facilitate MCGM’s engagement and support to Public Sector Laboratories in Mumbai

  • Liaise with public sector laboratories in tertiary care hospitals across Mumbai to ensure protocols for TB diagnostics are followed
  • Identify laboratories that can be accredited for Gene X pert and liquid culture accreditation for the RNTCP program
  • Provide technical assistance support to laboratories to facilitate their accreditation to RNTCP standards for liquid culture diagnostics (for those that do not have accreditation) through proficiency testing
  • Ensure adherence of accredited laboratories to quality standards in order to maintain throughput of testing
  • Identify efficiencies to increase ability of laboratories to increase quantum of test done over a period of time
  • Support existing laboratories to ensure performance to standards

 

Liaise and provide technical assistance support to private sector laboratories in Mumbai

  • Liaise with private sector laboratories engaged  to help facilitate accreditation as per RNTCP standards (wherever there is interest) so as to increase capacity of Mumbai to diagnose drug sensitive and resistant cases in the public and private sector
  • Liaise with private sector laboratories to facilitate notification and adherence to standards as per RNTCP guidelines

 

Facilitate review of PPIA activities and performance

  • Assist City TB Office in reviewing the activities / performance of laboratories across the city through monthly operational dashboards and periodical reports

 

Extend support to other TSG specialists

  • Work in close coordination with the WHO RNTCP Consultant as also other specialists at the Technical support Group at the MCGM
  • Coordinate with the ICT Specialist at the City TB Office and the PPIA staff, to facilitate information flow and case notification from laboratories in the private sector to Nikshay (government’s TB notification database) system

Other responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications

  • Medical degree with Post-graduate degree in Medical Microbiology
  • Experience in projects that involve liaising with Government institutions and private sector players/corporates/healthcare providers/NGOs
  • Demonstrated professional leadership and ability to coordinate with a team of professionals in the implementation of development efforts
  • Capacity to think creatively in dealing with policy and operational issues while maintaining a strong client and results orientation
  • Knowledge of principles and processes of tuberculosis, DOTS, public healthcare in India & conducting environmental and social impact assessments is preferable but not a must
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of Marathi and Hindi in addition to English will be preferred
  • Demonstrable problem-solving and analytical skills

Preferred qualifications

  • Around five years of experience in technical assistance support to government and private health care institutions

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