Senior Program Officer

Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), Mumbai, India

Skill Required:, Project/ Programme Management
Preferred Experience: 
5 years
Closing Date for Applications: 
31st January, 2018


Job Description

PATH is an international organization that drives transformative innovation to save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms-vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations-that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity. By mobilizing partners around the world, we take innovation to scale, working alongside countries primarily in Africa and Asia to tackle their greatest health needs. Together, we deliver measurable results that disrupt the cycle of poor health.

PATH began its work in India in the late 1990s, bringing governments, communities, private-sector companies, and experienced public health practitioners together to address some of the country’s most crucial health problems. In early 2000, the scope of our India program expanded with a major immunization initiative for the state of Andhra Pradesh. Today, PATH’s India projects focus on TB, immunization, HIV/AIDS, injection safety, maternal health, and more.

PATH is currently recruiting for a Senior Program Officer - Laboratory to provide support to PATH’s Tuberculosis and HIV projects and ensure project success through activities such as tracking deliverables, coordinating efforts, and identifying and managing critical risks.

The Senior Program Officer - Laboratory will have a background in medical microbiology and will assist the City TB Officer (Mumbai) and provide technical assistance to State TB Cell (Maharashtra) in engaging the laboratories across the public and private sector for TB control in Mumbai. The Senior Program Officer will liaise with public sector laboratories to streamline and increase test throughput for the TB program in Mumbai. The specialist will liaise with laboratories engaged by ‘Private Provider Interface Agency’ (PPIA), and IPAQT to help facilitate accreditation as per RNTCP standards so as to increase capacity of Mumbai to diagnose drug sensitive and resistant cases in the public and private sector. The Specialist will also provide inputs (and develop action plans subsequently) in engaging private sector laboratories for activities outside the realm of the PPIA.

The SPO will also be responsible for providing strategic direction and implementation of research and project(s) design for public sector, guide develop and execute project(s) strategy and work plan. Policies and  manages critical relationships with stakeholders. May serve as subject matter advisor for other programs and projects. Performs a project management role for ensuring the delivery of successful projects in accordance with project deliverables and success criteria.

Responsibilities:

  • Liaise with public sector laboratories in tertiary care hospitals across Mumbai to ensure protocols for TB diagnostics are followed
  • Liaise with laboratories engaged by ‘Private Provider Interface Agency’ (PPIA) as well as IPAQT to help facilitate accreditation as per RNTCP standards 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 outside the network of IPAQT and PPIA to facilitate accreditation (wherever there is interest) or ensure notification and adherence to standards as per RNTCP guidelines
  • Support existing laboratories to ensure performance to standards

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

  • Liaise with laboratories engaged by ‘Private Provider Interface Agency’ (PPIA) as well as IPAQT to help facilitate accreditation as per RNTCP standards 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 outside the network of IPAQT and PPIA to facilitate accreditation (wherever there is interest) or ensure 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
  • Support State in monitoring of Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) Culture & Drug Susceptibility Testing (C&DST) laboratories by participating in state evaluations/State Supervisory visits to ensure that Labs follows Standard Operating Procedures and maintain quality as per guidelines of RNTCP.
  • Support State in Supervision & Review of RNTCP C&DST Laboratories by participating in State level review meeting.
  • Support State in capacity building of staff of C&DST Labs by participating in state level trainings
  • 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
  • Participates in developing and managing the budget for diagnostic services, if required.
  • Oversees project(s) and program evaluation ensuring compliance with partner organization protocols applicable government regulations and organizational protocols.

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.

Required Experience

  • Post graduate degree in Medical Microbiology
  • Minimum five years of experience in technical assistance support to government and private health care institutions
  • 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.

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