Challenge TB – COUNTRY DIRECTOR Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


Duty station: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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 excellence for TB control that promotes effective, efficient, innovative and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in a national and international context. Our multidisciplinary team of passionate professionals covers a broad range of expertise such as programmatic TB control, research, clinical management, social science, education, digital health, and project management.

Over the past century KNCV has made a significant contribution to the successful fight against TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s, we have shared our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world. We operate from a central office in The Hague, the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices in Africa and (central) Asia. 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 Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centred care for TB, TB/HIV, and MDR-TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.

Purpose of the position

The purpose of the position is to manage the country office, supervise the KNCV staff, and to represent KNCV and Challenge TB in the concerned country. The Country Director is responsible for the overall implementation of the CTB project as well as other KNCV projects, including the development of annual work plans and budgets, implementation, monitoring, and reporting. The country director coordinates and works closely together with the coalition partners of CTB in the concerned country, the National TB Program, the USAID mission, the Global Fund, project beneficiaries and other stakeholders to successfully implement the Challenge TB country project.

Together with two other key staff (the Deputy Director Operations and the Technical Director), the country director manages a team of 84 staff (31 functioning at central level and 53 at regional or zonal levels).

Organizational position

The Country Director supervises the country office team of international and local staff and reports to the portfolio manager at KNCV’s Head Office in The Hague.


As a Country Director you will:

  • Provide overall technical leadership and management of the projects;
  • Build capacity of the KNCV Ethiopia Team to ensure high performance and technical leadership to enable them to build the capacity of local partners;
  • Lead the project life cycle: from annual planning, implementation to monitoring and reporting;
  • Ensure CTB is at the leading edge of TB programming;
  • Maintain partner relations and coordination among stakeholders;
  • Ensure high quality and timely delivery on all contractual and programmatic obligations;
  • Oversee monitoring, evaluation and learning to ensure project interventions are appropriate and that lessons/experience are shared;
  • Provide technical assistance in your fields of expertise and stimulate innovation;
  • Contribute to national and regional policy fora, guideline committees and TB working groups;
  • Oversee relevant national and regional policy developments in TB control and identify strategic opportunities to contribute to policy development.

Who are we looking for?


  • MD with Masters and/or PhD (medicine, epidemiology, public health);


  • Demonstrated experience managing large complex health programs -ideally TB- in a multi-cultural setting;
  • Proven experience in specific technical areas related to the program;
  • Excellent understanding of annual planning processes;
  • Proven experience with stakeholder involvement, managing donor relations and strengthening partnerships;
  • Knowledge of USAID rules and regulations is essential;
  • Good understanding of Global Fund – Concept Note /Funding Request development and implementation – ability to provide technical assistance/support in this area is desirable;
  • Demonstrated experience in cooperating with governments, the private sector, lobby & advocacy;
  • Experience in developing policies, strategies, (research) projects;
  • Experience in developing budgets and understanding of project finance and operations;
  • Experience in knowledge management;
  • Experience in resource mobilization, proposal writing;
  • Excellent verbal and written skills in English.

Specific areas of programmatic expertise:

  • In depth up to date knowledge of public health systems and aware of ongoing developments in these areas in the country, region;
  • Experience with Public-Private partnerships;
  • Strong facilitation and mediation skills;
  • Experience in conducting training, capacity building;
  • Report writing skills, knowledge of M&E cycles;
  • Strategic planning, demonstrated experience using participatory methods for program review and planning.

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • A strong team leader who is results-oriented and can motivate staff;
  • A strategic thinker;
  • Able to delegate tasks;
  • Able to communicate within the organization and the partnership network;
  • Planning and organizing; helicopter view;
  • Result Oriented;
  • Culturally sensitive.

What do we offer?

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

Application and information

You can apply for this position, by submitting your CV including a motivation letter and 3 professional references, via the form below before 31 August 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-41672222 or mail to

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an equal opportunity employer offering employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, citizenship, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled person.