Current Hiring Practices and Trends in the Development Sector
- BY David Mackenzie
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.
Liaise and provide technical assistance support to private sector laboratories in Mumbai
Facilitate review of PPIA activities and performance
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.