Consultancy Assignment Co-Editor/Instructional Designer

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Consultancy Assignment Co-Editor/Instructional Designer 

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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 Assignment

After many years of relative scientific stagnation and a lot of descriptive studies, stigma is back on the global agenda. There is a growing appetite among stakeholders to know if TB Stigma is impeding the hunt for the missing TB cases and whether TB stigma increases loss to follow up.

KNCV has been a key player in the global dialogue on Stigma and has received funding to develop two important manuals and a Web-based Tool Box.

  • TB Stigma Measurement Guidance (funded by CTB). The proposal to develop “TB Stigma measurement guidance” was born from the deliberations of a three-day TB Stigma Measurement Experts meeting in May 2016 in The Hague, The Netherlands, organized by KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, supported through USAID’s flagship program Challenge TB. Attended by over fifty Social Scientists, NGOs, donors, and partners, the meeting brought stakeholders from across the world to debate TB Stigma measurement papers and to grapple with the best means to define, capture, and report TB Stigma in a variety of settings and populations. Their conclusion was that if a proper guidance manual (and accompanying competency-based Curriculum) were developed, TB stigma measurement could be carried out by trained community-based organizations with research backgrounds and national TB program staff. This guidance for rigorous and valid TB stigma measurement and companion curriculum will serve as essential tools. The target audiences for this TB stigma measurement manual and curriculum are: national TB program staff, implementing agencies, NGOs, CBOs, USAID technical staff, WHO, partners and advocates. The chapters include:
    • Chapter 1: Introduction to TB Stigma Measurement
    • Chapter 2: TB Stigma Theory – Applications for Measurement
    • Chapter 3: Ethnographic methods for identifying domains and drivers
    • Chapter 4: The mechanics of TB stigma survey measurement
    • Chapter 5: Measuring TB Stigma in the general population
    • Chapter 6: Measuring TB stigma as a ‘compound stigma’
    • Chapter 7: Measuring Structural Stigma – human rights and legal discrimination
    • Chapter 8: Measuring TB stigma among TB patients using scales
    • Chapter 9: Measuring TB among health care workers
    • Chapter 10: Measuring TB stigma in hard to reach populations
    • Chapter 11: Measuring resilience, resistance, and deflection
    • Chapter 12: Measuring Discursive TB Stigma
    • Chapter 13: Measuring TB stigma for advocacy purposes
    • Chapter 14: Costing Stigmatization
  • Companion Curriculum to the Measurement Guidance (C TB) The Companion Curriculum is intended to transfer the skills and core competencies in TB stigma measurement to technical assistance providers to widen the pool of stakeholders that are competent to roll out TB stigma measurement globally. The training materials will include more in-depth coverage of challenging topics requiring strong research skills. The audience for the curriculum is Technical Assistance providers in the GF, STP, CTB, WHO, sphere – persons who are involved in Concept Note and National Strategic Plan writing, particularly those advising on M&E plans. Additionally, we would seek to train staff at ORC Macro (DHS), MEASURE Evaluation staff, and other USAID and PEPFAR partners who may be interested in incorporating TB stigma into surveys and M&E activities. Each chapter of the Guidance will be mirrored in the Curriculum with very pragmatic teaching materials– offering step-by-step instructions – with limited jargon and lots of intuitive graphics – to build competencies. The curricula will include ready -to-use power points, training exercises, pre/post-tests, – that can be leveraged as part of Union post-graduate course or combined with an M&E workshop. The curriculum contains sample agendas, audiovisual materials, sample data sets, and links to recommended readings.
  • TB Stigma Reduction Tool Box (funded by KNCV). The TB stigma reduction intervention toolbox will provide theory-driven and pragmatic combinations of activities that address TB stigma in specific settings and groups. The toolbox will also provide skills to embed interventions in an implementation science envelope so effectiveness can be measured. The target audiences for this TB stigma reduction toolbox are: national TB program staff, implementing agencies, NGOs, CBOs, USAID technical staff, WHO, partners and advocates. In 2017, we would also hold a workshop on TB stigma reduction to launch the new toolbox. The meeting would convene experts to preview the modules in the new toolbox. KNCV and collaborators intend to develop and articulate a novel approach to stigma reduction that recognizes the societal spaces(levels) where stigma operates, and the need for audience-segmentation and calibrated interventions.


Co-Editor/Instructional Designer Role

The process of creating the measurement manual, companion curriculum, and reduction tool box will be coordinated and managed by the Co-Editor/Instructional Designer. The technical content of individual chapters will be drafted by TB stigma experts chosen by KNCV. The Co- Editor/Instructional Designer will coordinate the timely production of the drafts, ensure content and copy editing, and ensure accessibility, consistency, coherence, and audience-appropriate framing of the concepts. Therefore, the Co-Editor/Instructional Designer does not need to be an expert in TB or stigma, because the technical content will be provided. However, a psychology, social work, sociology, evaluation, human rights, or public health background would be advantageous.

To help reach NGOs and NTPs to reach competency in the material– the Co-Editor/Instructional Designer will guide the development of the three deliverables to foster use of adult-learning principles and evidence-based knowledge transfer techniques. The Co-Editor/Instructional Designer will refine the author guidelines and chapter formats to make sure they are not overly academic or obtuse. A key challenge of the ID role is keeping authors to the timelines. The ID copy edits the drafts after their technical sign-off, and coordinates the revisions process for all work products.

 Specific Activities

  • Finalize and circulate Author Guidelines and chapter templates for Measurement Guidance
  • Manage the authors respectfully to help them succeed (i.e. ensure adherence to author guidelines, timeliness, rapid feedback).
  • Manage the editorial review process to ensure quality (e.g. identify and coordinate with technical reviewers of each chapter).
  • Copy edit drafts of chapters for syntax, grammar, and word choice to ensure ease of understanding and uniformly accessible U.S. English
  • Develop a Companion Curriculum for the TB stigma measurement text – using adult-learning principles and evidence-based knowledge transfer techniques.
  • Help to facilitate a 2-day meeting in The Hague on TB Stigma Reduction (review agenda, facilitate decision making and consensus)
  • Manage the USAID branding, references, front matter, authorship to ensure proper attribution of scientific contributions and use of copyrighted materials. This includes proper acknowledgement and thanks for voluntary contributions.


 TB Measurement Guidance 

 Copy-edited final drafts of 14 chapters – ready for branding and lay out

  1. Front matter: Table of Contents, acknowledgements, intended audience, instructions for the use of the Guidance, text linking readers to the tool box
  2. Appendices – Glossary,
  3. Complete Bibliography (in agreed upon format)

TB Stigma Measurement Companion Curriculum

  1. An appropriate array of audio-visual teaching tools for each of 14 main chapters (e.g. handouts, ppt slides, case studies) of the TB Measurement Guidance to be determined with authors.
  2. An appropriate array of exercises for developing competency in the core TB stigma measurement skills (e.g. exercises using sample data sets, exercises for sensitization) to be determined with authors
  3. Facilitator’s Notes and sample training agenda
  4. Learners Competency Assessment (e.g. pre-test and post-test, with answers)
  5. Front matter: Table of Contents, acknowledgements, intended audience, use of the curriculum
  6. Appendices- Glossary
  7. Complete Bibliography (in agreed upon format)

TB Stigma Reduction Tool Box (Website)

  1. Copy-edited final drafts of 11 modules of the tool box – ready for branding and lay-out for the website
  2. Front matter: Table of Contents, acknowledgements, intended audience, instructions for the use of the tool box, text linking readers to the measurement guidance
  3. Appendices- Glossary
  4. Complete Bibliography (in agreed upon format)

The Co-editor/Instructional Design consultant will report to Ellen M.H. Mitchell, Sr. Epidemiologist (KNCV) for technical matters.

Benchmarks & payment schedule


Technical skills and proficiencies

– Proven experience in curriculum development – developing effective teaching tools for adult learners
– Understanding of evidence-based adult learning principles
– Basic grasp of behavior change theories and elementary statistical concepts used in public health
– Excellent editorial skills in U.S. English – detail-oriented, meticulous, clear
– Knowledge of open source reference software (E.g. Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote, Ref Manager)
– knowledge of Tuberculosis and stigma dynamics helpful

Soft skills
– Skillful at setting boundaries to keep projects focused and finite.
– Competent at juggling simultaneous processes with overlapping stakeholders
– Patient and diplomatic in dealing with delays and set-backs.
– Able to motivate busy people to uphold commitments and timelines
– Able to keep open and respectful channels of communication with an array of stakeholders
– Able to give and receive technical and writing feedback in ways that foster collaboration.
– Meeting facilitation


  • A consultancy contract for maximum 47 days LOE
  • A fee that is competitive for the scope of the assignment;

Application and information
Your application (to include curriculum vitae and letter outlining prior experience and proficiency in the stated assignment) should be sent before January 15th to:
KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, Email: For more information please contact us: phone (070) 416 72 22. For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see

Deadline for submission
January 15th, 2017