Community Strengthening Advisor (Lilongwe, Malawi)

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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still the second most deadly 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. 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 new 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), Family Health International (FHI 360), Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japanese Anti Tuberculosis Foundation (JATA), Management Sciences for Health (MSH), Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and the World Health Organization. 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.

Purpose of the job (general)

The main responsibility of the Community Strengthening Advisor will be to coordinate with partner organizations working on community involvement, working in key populations, provide coaching and mentorship and ensure monitoring and evaluation of the CTB-supported community-based activities.

Position in the organization

The Community Strengthening Officer reports to the Technical Coordinator of CTB.

Duties and responsibilities

In the position of Community Strengthening Advisor you will:

  • Coordinate the organization of national, zonal and district-level coordination meetings with partners – including PEPFAR partners – involved in community based approaches relating to TB/HIV prevention and care;
  • Coordinate the standardization of Malawi specific tools and approaches on the involvement of communities in TB/HIV prevention and care.;
  • Coordinate the engagement of larger, established umbrella organizations – via sub-agreements and other collaborative agreements – that have an established track record with the HIV/AIDS community and use them to facilitate communication between the NTP, NAD, and their networks. The umbrella organizations can also represent smaller organizations when developing policy platforms and planning activities via trainings and the direct implementation of community based activities;
  • Oversee the recruitment and subcontract of an umbrella CBO;
  • Coordination the mapping and assessing of assess CBOs already involved in HIV/AIDS programming, the services they offer, their linkages with communities they serve, and their interest in and capacity for working in TB/HIV;
  • Coordinate the involvement of these organizations to determine how they are able to make a contribution to scaling up TB/HIV services with a specific focus on patient centered TB/HIV prevention and care;
  • Ensure CBOs participate in planning from the outset and at all levels to introduce and scale up comprehensive TB/ HIV collaborative activities;
  • Coordinate the involvement of key populations in the rollout of innovative strategies, diagnostics, etc. such as children under five, PLHIV, prisoners and other vulnerable populations, where appropriate;
  • In coordination with the NTP, involve village health committees, communities, patients and providers in the design of interventions;
  • Conduct regular monitoring and evaluation of CTB community based activities at the district level and targeted CTB sites.
  • Organize and support supervision, mentoring and technical assistance to engaged umbrella organizations, CBOs and health care providers in community-based activities.

This function will be based in Lilongwe with frequent duty travel in the country.

Who are we looking for?


  • Masters’ degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Social Sciences or other relevant field.


  • Minimum of 5 years work experience in public health – TB or HIV programs;
  • Proven experience of working with community-based organizations;
  • Experience in teaching and capacity building.

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • An out-of-the-box thinker who can develop innovative ideas towards achieving the objective of increase case finding;
  • Demonstrated facilitation skills;
  • Proven ability to develop effective working relationships;
  • The ability to organize and prioritize with eye for detail.

Duration of the contract

12 months with possible extension, depending on funding and performance.

Application and information

You can apply for this position using the application form below before the 4th of January 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228 or Please note that due to our regulations internal candidates prevail over external candidates.

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.