Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance Private Sector Engagement Specialist - India
IDDS India - Private Sector Engagement Specialist
New Delhi India
Infectious Disease Detection and Surveillance (IDDS) is a five-year USAID-funded project with the following overall objectives: (1) Improve the detection of diseases of public health importance and identification of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in priority infectious diseases including Tuberculosis (TB) through an accessible, accurate, adaptable, timely, and integrated diagnostic network system; (2)Improve the quality of real-time surveillance systems for pathogens of greatest public health concern, including AMR and zoonotic diseases, and; (3) Generate evidence-based guidance and innovative solutions to strengthen in-country diagnostic networks and surveillance systems.
In India, the IDDS project will focus on: 1) supporting the National TB Reference Laboratories (NRLs) to develop and operationalize an institutional and functional national and intermediate TB laboratory structure; 2) reinforcing private sector engagement in the TB diagnostic network; and 3) supporting the Central TB Division (CTD) in the design and implementation of research on new TB and drug resistant TB (DRTB) diagnostics tools and equipment, institutional strengthening of public sector network of TB laboratories to improve quality and efficiencies of the TB diagnostics care cascade in NTEP.
ICF is seeking a private sector engagement specialist to reinforce the private sector engagement in the TB diagnostic network. This includes supporting private sector engagement in TB diagnostic network through technical inputs, drafting and developing new approaches for private facilities engagement, framework documents, facilitating capacity building sessions and field visits.
This position reports to the IDDS Team Lead based in New Delhi, India.
- Hold consultative meetings with the NTP, the private sector representatives (for profit and not for profit), and other stakeholders to exchange on new and innovative approaches for TB diagnostics in the private sector and public-private sector collaborative activities.
- Conduct a situational assessment and analysis of private laboratories activities contributing into the TB diagnostic network.
- Review all findings and recommendations from the private sector activities assessment
- Map private sector TB diagnostic network, design deployment and processes by conducting direct discussions and field visits.
- Draft frameworks and terms of reference (TOR) about the private sector requirements and responsibilities in sample referral, data collection, reporting, and quality assurance.
- Develop and implement plans and strategies to engage CTD, State TB coordinating structures etc., other government organizations and stakeholders to support the IDDS activities to foster an inclusive and enabling environment for the private sector in TB diagnostics within the NTEP.
- Develop and implement specific operational guidelines to engage private providers and laboratories within the TB diagnostic network.
- Engage private sector laboratories and clinicians, include them into the TB diagnostic network and provide access to free rapid diagnostics, updated algorithms, registers, tools, training, and supervision.
- Monitor the impact of the scale up of the new diagnostic algorithm in both public and private sectors and revise algorithm if needed to reach targets.
- Expand private sector engagement and ensure the quality of private sector TB laboratory testing (e.g., participation in External Quality assurance (EQA), training, certification) and reporting of TB patients to the TB program.
- Conduct national level capacity building sessions and workshop for the private sector representatives on quality TB diagnosis and accreditation process
- Contribute to compiling and writing of the national workshop report of private sector contribution to India TB diagnostic network.
- Candidates should hold a bachelor’s degree in Economics, Health Management and Administration, Health Financing and other development or related field
- At least three to five years of relevant professional experience in technical assistance support managing public-private sector engagement and multi-stakeholder engagement in India and/or Asia.
- Technical competency in the diagnosis of infectious diseases (including TB) including specific hands-on diagnostics experience.
- Competent in current diagnostic methods for TB including point-of-care tests.
- Knowledge of principles and processes of tuberculosis directly observed treatment short course (DOTS), public and private healthcare systems in India.
- Experience in projects that involve liaising with Government institutions and private sector players/corporates/healthcare providers/NGOs.
- Experience in leveraging private sector partnerships is a must.
- Good verbal and written communication skills in English and Hindi and ability to relate to people from all backgrounds.
- Proven influencing and negotiating skills with internal and external audiences in complex and stressful circumstances.
- Possess appropriate interpersonal coordination skills to satisfy the requirements of the position.
- Willingness and ability to travel up to 25% to field locations.
- Must have legal authorization to work in India (required by federal government for position).
- Postgraduate level, in public health, business administration, social sciences or related fields.
- Familiarity with USG programs
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