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Agra | Lucknow

  • Organization: FIND
  • Location: Agra | Lucknow
  • Grade: Administrative support - FG I, Function Group 1, Contract Agent
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  • Closing Date: Closed
Project: Demonstrating a holistic and sustainable package for strengthening DRTB diagnosis and finding missing DR-TB patients in Agra, Uttar Pradesh (UP)
FIND is accelerating equitable access to reliable diagnosis around the world. We are working to close critical testing gaps that leave people at risk from preventable and treatable illnesses, enable effective disease surveillance, and build sustainable, resilient health systems. In partnership with WHO, other global health agencies, and the G20/G7, we are driving progress towards global health security and universal health coverage. We are a WHO Collaborating Centre for Laboratory Strengthening and Diagnostic Technology Evaluation.
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Project Background:
India is one of the highest tuberculosis (TB) burden country, accounting for an estimated onefourth (estimated TB incidence in India -2950000) 1 of the global incident cases. Drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR-TB) presents a major public health problem in India as the country contributes over 27% of global DR-TB cases.2 It is estimated that around 56% of MDR-TB cases remain undiagnosed in India3 . The remining experience considerable delays in diagnosis and treatment initiation leading to sub-optimal treatment outcomes. In recent decades, India has been proactive in its battle against TB, even implementing a revised National Strategic Plan (NSP) to eliminate TB by 2025. However, to achieve this ambitious goal, the country will need to take a multifaceted approach with respect to its management of DR-TB. Cognizant of the alarming need for strengthening DRTB diagnostic capacity across the country, the NSP (2017-2025) also emphasis on the scale up UDST coverage as key priority for the Nation TB elimination Programme (NTEP)
Against this background, FIND will be implementing a project to effectively understand and address the gaps across the patient care cascade including access to quality diagnosis and subsequent linkages to treatment service to obtain a granular understanding of the key bottlenecks and barriers in existing Universal Drug Susceptibility Testing (U-DST) coverage across both the public and private sectors in a high TB burden district in UP.
Project Goal:
Strengthen U-DST coverage for increasing DR-TB diagnosis and reducing the gap of missing DR-TB patients in identified high TB burden geographies to reduce transmission and for better treatment outcomes.
Project objectives:
  • Identify and quantify key bottlenecks and barriers in the DR-TB diagnosis cascade across public and private sectors. 
  • Develop, implement, and demonstrate sustainable and replicable pilot strategies for strengthening DR-TB diagnosis and treatment linkages across public and private sector.
  • Prepare a guidance document for conducting DR-TB diagnosis cascade analysis at district level and practices and processes for addressing critical gaps and barriers.
Number of Positions: 01
Location: Agra, Uttar Pradesh
Job description:
  • Obtains blood specimens and collects nonblood specimens such as urine, sputum, and throat swabs for laboratory testing.
  • Performs screening tests and reports results.
  • Processes specimens to prepare them for laboratory testing. Prepares specimens for reference laboratory dispatch and testing. Resolves ambiguous and/or unusual test orders by contacting the physician of the order, pathologist, or reference laboratory.
  • Contributes to the general laboratory functions and institutional needs.  
  • Maintains compliance with laboratory and hospital policies and procedures, and safety practices.
  • Collaborate effectively with project team, participate in trainings, and meetings as and when required.
  • Undertake other responsibilities assigned by project coordinator and the FIND technical team, as per project needs.
Skills and experience required:
  • B Sc. with a specialization in Microbiology with/ without Medical Lab Technology, or higher qualification Or
  • Candidates holding a diploma in Medical Lab Technology is considered only if it is done after 12th Standard.
  • At least 2 years of work experience in TB Culture and DST lab Or 
  • Rapid molecular TB diagnostics (GeneXpert and LPA).
  • Experience in research studies, Good Clinical and Laboratory Practices will be an asset. 
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Strong team orientation
  • Ability to work independently with minimum handholding and supervision.
  • Energetic, resilient and passionate
  • Professional, mature and confident
Nature of Appointment:
The selected candidate shall be initially offered a fixed term employment contract until 31st November 2024.
Compensation offered:
The gross remuneration budgeted for the position shall be commensurate with the qualifications, experience, and salary history, of the selected candidate. 
Deadline to send your application:
Please           submit           application           by           30th          November           2023  via


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