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Short Term Technical Advisor for the Challenge TB Tanzania Project

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Short Term Technical Advisor for the Challenge TB Tanzania Project

Developing local capacity for analyzing and utilization of diagnostic data provided by GxAlert to ensure sustainability and contribution to programmatic impact.

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the deadliest infectious disease in the world.

KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context. We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists and laboratory scientists. We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB.

Over the past century we have built up a wealth of knowledge and expertise, initially by successfully controlling TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have also shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate, and government donors

Challenge TB

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB (CTB), the USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. We lead an international consortium with eight partner organizations: American Thoracic Society (ATS), FHI 360, Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), PATH, The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The overarching strategic objectives of CTB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.

Purpose of the Assignment

As part of the Year 5 Tanzania work plan under the laboratory strengthening, CTB intends to conduct training and data-analysis sessions to enable local team to acquire skills and expertise to eventually become TB data analysts and allow real-time analysis of national data to improve TB epidemiological surveillance. The consultant is expected to support the ongoing deployment, promote further in-country utilization and improve local capacity of GxAlert platform. The short-term TA will:

  • Assess to evaluate the current impact of implementation
  • Highlight challenges, opportunities and next steps, considering sustainability post-CTB
  • Organize a workshop to generate useful information and insights from the GxAlert data.
  • Define workflows and informational needs for decision making – this will lead to defining custom fields, reports and notifications.

Eventually, this will promote the consumption of this information in the GeneXpert program management. Based on the outcomes of this workshop, a training and sensitization activity should be organized on the features, use and data collection components of GxAlert. This will further support program staff to be sufficiently equipped and trained to absorb GxAlert usage into existing workflows.

The consultant will also explore various aspects of the Tanzania Xpert® MTB/RIF programmatic implementation including:

  • Patient centric data
  • Quality Assurance
  • EQA
  • Supply Chain Management and logistics
  • Research
  • System Administration
  • Ad-hoc analysis
  • Device management (national inventory, warranty and service management, calibrations, relocations, routine error report and troubleshooting
  • Global Health Metrics (Routine surveillance and research)

A 1-week in-country visit preferably from 25th March to 4th April 2019 plus preparation, report writing, and backstopping.

Deliverables

  • Debrief PowerPoint presentation
  • Summary mission report
  • Plan of action for implementation

Reporting Channels

The consultant or organization operates under the supervision of the Country Director and the Deputy Country Director and reports directly to the Country Director. The consultant will work closely with the Challenge TB Laboratory Technical Officer and CTRL Manager. All reports on the mission process and deliverables should be shared also with KNCV HQ for final approval. Submission of the report is due within 2 weeks of completing the mission.

 

Timeframe (8 days in total)

  • 2 days preparation including backstopping
  • 5 days in country activities
  • 1-day report writing.

Location

Central Tuberculosis Reference Laboratory, at Muhimbili National Hospital in Dar es Salaam.

Who are we looking for?

  • A Master’s degree relevant to the assignment or equivalent experience;
  • At least five years of experience in a mycobacteriology laboratory and/or rolling out Cepheid Xpert® MTB/RIF
  • Extensive knowledge on GxAlert software and its implementation
  • Knowledge of current WHO policy recommendations on the use of new TB diagnostics, TB laboratory biosafety, standard operating procedures for TB laboratory methods, and specifications for TB laboratory equipment
  • Knowledge of high-burden, resource-constrained countries and organization of national TB programs based on practical experience preferably in Tanzania
  • Excellent oral and writing skills in English
  • Self-starter, team player, flexibility, integrity, organizational and cultural awareness.

This assignment is to be completed within a total of 8 payable consultancy days, which will include days in-country, preparation and report writing.

Application and information

Your application (including your curriculum vitae, a motivation letter, proof of prior experience, and 3 professional references and a proposed fee) can be sent to Irene Mauya (e-mail address irene.mauya@kncvtbc.org) before 15th March 2019.

Please include “Developing local capacity for utilization of diagnostic data provided by GxAlert” in the subject line and please note that incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.