Challenge TB Project Director The Hague, The Netherlands

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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 TB control strategies in a national and international context. We are an organization of passionate TB professionals, including doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists. We aim to stop the worldwide epidemic of TB and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB.

Over the past century we have built 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, 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 (2014-2019) global flagship program for implementing USAID’s TB strategy to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burden countries as well as contributing to TB/HIV activities under the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). To implement the project, we lead a unique international consortium of eight partner organizations: American Thoracic Society (ATS), FHI 360, Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japanese 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).

CTB is a mechanism for providing technical assistance to the development, piloting and scale-up of innovative strategies for TB care and prevention in over 20 countries and in the East Africa Region. We also conduct global research projects. Supporting countries with their Global Fund application and their successful implementation is another key strategic approach.

The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB 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.

The CTB Project Management Unit (PMU)

As the prime recipient, KNCV established the CTB PMU to manage all operations related to CTB. The PMU facilitates and coordinates the development and implementation of high quality core, regional and country projects, both technically and administratively. PMU does not implement projects but can be directly involved in countries to ensure objectives at country level are met, delays in implementation are prevented, absorption capacity is improved and effective and efficient approaches are developed and shared amongst all CTB partners. The PMU communicates directly with USAID/Washington on behalf of the CTB coalition partners. The PMU ensures that all project work plans, budgets, reports and other deliverables are of high quality prior to submission to USAID missions and USAID/Washington for final approval. The PMU reports to USAID/Washington on the progress of the program quarterly and annually and ad hoc basis when requested and serves as the hub for all Global Fund technical assistance supported by the US Government.

Purpose of the position

The Challenge TB (CTB) Project Director is responsible for the successful implementation of the entire project including managing the PMU’s staff in delivering efficient and effective management of the project cycle, overseeing day-to-day project operations, donor and partner relationship management as well as performance. The CTB Project Director ensures that the CTB project is managed according to the contract specifics and donor requirements. The PMU is subdivided in teams, with their specific areas of work. The Project Director is directly supported by the Deputy Director and the Senior TB Technical Coordinator, and M&E Officer. The other PMU team members (approx. 14 fte) comprise of M&E, operations, financial and knowledge management staff members, who all are all involved in the day to day management and who liaise closely with the CTB Coalition Partners and USAID.

Organizational position

The CTB Project Director reports to the Executive Director.


As CTB Project Director your responsibilities shall include the overall planning, coordination, and technical direction of the entire project including the work of any sub-recipients as well as oversight of the management of all PMU staff. The Project Director shall be expected to have regular and transparent communication with the Agreement Officer’s Representative at USAID/Washington.

The main responsibilities are:

  • Represent the CTB internally and externally
  • Lead and manage the CTB project and provide guidance in management, technical and financial aspects of the project to CTB partner organizations;
  • Lead and supervise the PMU team;
  • Act as the point of contact with USAID/Washington and CTB partners on all matters related to CTB;
  • Create alliances that add value to the implementation of the project.

Who are we looking for?


  • Master’s degree in Public Health or an advanced degree in a related health field from an accredited college or university;


  • At least twelve (12) years of working experience in each of the following areas:
    • Design and implementation of TB prevention, diagnosis and treatment programs;
    • TB technical leadership at global level;
    • Management of similar health projects;
    • Interaction with USAID and/or other donors, technical agencies and host country governments.
  • In depth knowledge of project management;
  • Knowledge of project M&E and project finance;
  • Experience in budget development and management;
  • Experience in working in a multi partner environment;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English.

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Leadership;
  • Relationship management;
  • Analytical;
  • Planning and organization;
  • Result oriented;
  • Problem solving;
  • Culturally sensitive and diplomatic;
  • Strong communication.

You will be based at the KNCV Central Office in The Hague, and must be willing to travel abroad regularly for trips that last one to two weeks

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • 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

You can apply for this position via the form below before the 28th August 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Katja Brenninkmeijer, Head Human Resource Management in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228 or

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.