Consultant Laboratory Services

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a fulltime

 Consultant Laboratory Services

 

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), and related health problems like HIV, antimicrobial resistance and COVID-19. Tuberculosis is the deadliest infectious disease in the world after COVID-19. Being an international knowledge center, KNCV promotes effective, efficient, innovative and situation specific strategies and solutions to eliminate TB and related health problems in a national and international context.

Our multidisciplinary team of passionate professionals covers a broad range of expertise such as quantitative and qualitative research; programmatic prevention and management of TB and related health problems; new diagnostics, drugs and regimens; clinical management, patient support and stigma reduction; laboratory technologies and networks; education; mobile and digital health solutions and surveillance; strategic planning and advocacy; communication and project management.

For over a century KNCV worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by TB, with a leading role in the successful fight against TB in the Netherlands, exchanging knowledge and expertise with other countries. KNCV is a global network organization, consisting of our global office in The Hague, the Netherlands, eight branch offices and four country based KNCV entities in East, South and Central Asia and Africa. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate and government sources.

On the journey towards TB Elimination, in 2020 KNCV has defined nine innovation pathways and pursues the development, demonstration and scale-up of innovations as well as existing strategies that can accelerate elimination of TB and related health problems around the world. To do so, KNCV generates evidence, supports global and in-country policy making as well as strategic planning and supports the development and implementation of supportive systems.

Background
Declared a public health emergency and pandemic in March 2021, COVID-19 has since affected over 184 million people worldwide and caused nearly 4 million deaths so far. This number is in addition to the annual worldwide mortality of more than 8 million people due to existing infectious diseases, including 1.2 million deaths from TB, a quarter of which due to drug-resistant TB. Mortality from infectious diseases, especially TB, is particularly high in developing countries. Most deaths from infectious diseases can be prevented with effective early diagnosis followed by appropriate treatment and infection control. It is estimated that 4.1 million people with TB are missed every year – either not diagnosed or not treated for TB. Ensuring access to laboratories with quality-assured diagnostic tests is one of the essential factors in finding the missing people with TB.

KNCV works on the development, demonstration and scale-up of innovations in diagnostics that will accellerate the elimination of TB and related health problems. At the same time KNCV supports countries to optimize their laboratory networks including the best strategic mix of new and existing technologies, provides technical assistance to capacity building, laboratory quality management and upgrading of laboratory facilities. KNCV laboratory consultants also provide support to the design, implementation and quality assurance of population surveys and a variety of studies.

While providing broad technical assistance to countries strengthening their laboratory networks, KNCV closely collaborates with local and international partners.

 

Purpose of this position and organizational position
The Consultant for Laboratory Services works within a multidisciplinary team of KNCV TB experts. The Consultant is responsible for supporting strengthening of laboratory services in countries and contributes to achieving KNCV targets at global, regional and country level. The Consultant promotes innovation through supporting the evaluation and implementation of new diagnostics for TB, COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, particularly antimicrobial drug resistant (AMR) pathogens by country partners.

KNCV’s consultants contribute to laboratory strengthening with expertise that is both technically specialized and holistic-programmatic in approach. Our consultants create linkages between the multiple players and disciplines in the relevant diagnostic processes. The Consultant for Laboratory Services reports to the manager of the Technical Division and has a functional line with the Director of the Technical Dvision of KNCV.

Duties and responsibilities
As a KNCV laboratory services consultant you will:

  • Support multiple countries to build quality TB laboratory services;
  • Contribute to global policy, strategy, guidelines and training materials;
  • Promote targeted diagnostic strengthening in line with the KNCV Strategic Plan to significantly accelerate diagnosis of bacteriologically-confirmed TB in high burden TB countries;
  • Support the implementation of serological tests for the diagnosis of COVID-19;
  • Support the evaluation of biomarker tests for incipient TB and treatment monitoring or tests for TB infection;
  • Conribute to the evaluation and implementation of new diagnostics for infectious diseases, e.g. AMR priority pathogens;
  • Write technical reports.

You are expected to frequently travel in countries in development or transition.

 

Who we are looking for?

Education:

  • A Master’s Degree or higher in Health Sciences or Public Health;
  • A degree in Microbiology and/or Molecular Biology;
  • Specialization in clinical laboratory diagnostics.

 

Knowledge/experience:

  • At least 4 years working experience in low or lower-middle income countries (based in country), including recent field experience on TB;
  • At least 4 years of experience in capacity building on TB laboratory network strengthening, quality control;
  • Experience with COVID-19 diagnostics, serological tests, biomarker tests and drug-resistance tests;
  • Experience with WHO-endorsed molecular testing in a developing country context;
  • Experience with general microbiology, hematology and clinical chemistry is an advantage;
  • English proficiency (both orally and in writing); fluency in other languages representing high burden TB countries would be an advantage;
  • Experience (explicitly demonstrated in your CV and cover letter) in at least 6 attributes listed below in different countries in resource constrained settings:
  • Introducing new laboratory technologies in existing laboratories
  • Supporting laboratory quality management and supervision
  • Assessing TB laboratory networks
  • Strengthening laboratory management information systems or introducing digital health solutions for laboratories
  • Supporting development of TB-specific national laboratory strategic plans
  • Proven expertise in assessing and/or monitoring laboratory bio-safety and infrastructure
  • Introducing routine maintenance schemes into country laboratory networks for laboratory equipment
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • Implementation research
  • Training and mentoring

 

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently;
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload;
  • Ability to work in an international team;
  • Ability to analyze and provide accurate recommendations.

 

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A full time (38 hours) fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend depending on funding and performance;
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated;
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
  • The salary is dependent upon education and relevant working experience;
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme.

Application and information
Applicants must be a resident of and be eligible to work in the Netherlands. You can apply for this position by submitting your CV, including a motivation letter and 3 professional references, via the link: https://www.kncvtbc.org/en/vacancies/ before 16 January 2022. If you have any questions on the position, please feel free to contact dr dr. Kristin Kremer (kristin.kremer@kncvtbc.org). For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see  www.kncvtbc.org.

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KNCV has been fighting TB since its establishment in 1903. Over the past 117 years, the organization has acquired indispensable knowledge and experience in the field of effective TB control, resulting in pre-elimination in the Netherlands and significant contributions to global evidence generation, policy development and TB program implementation worldwide.

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