Consultant Laboratory Services The Hague, The Netherlands

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Consultant Laboratory Services. Duty station: The Hague, The Netherlands

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), still 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. 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.

Purpose of this position

One of the essential factors in halting the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic is ensuring access to laboratories with quality-assured diagnostic tests for TB. It is estimated that 4.1 million people are missed every year – either not diagnosed or not treated for TB. To be able to identify all persons with TB disease in need of treatment, laboratory facilities urgently need to be upgraded and expanded in many countries.  KNCV is embarking on an ambitious expansion and upgrade of laboratory services. KNCV provides broad technical assistance to strengthen laboratories and laboratory networks, together with local and international partners. The Consultant for Laboratory Services is responsible for strengthening of laboratory services and contributes to achieving KNCV targets at global, regional and country level. KNCV’s consultants contribute to laboratory strengthening with expertise that is both technically specialized and holistic-programmatic in approach. Our consultants create linkages between the multiple players and disciplines in the TB diagnostic process.

Organizational position

The KNCV laboratory services consultant reports to the Team Leader of the Health Systems & Key Affected Populations team within the KNCV Technical Division. Our main aim as a Team is to secure guaranteed and affordable access to early detection, quality-assured diagnosis and timely successful treatment of all persons with TB. To this end, the multi-disciplinary team is providing comprehensive health system strengthening support to a whole range of different entities (from policy makers to community organizations) at global, national and subnational level. Intervention areas concern (1) Pathways (integrated services, community systems, and quality systems), (2) Platforms (partnerships, governance, and information & data management), (3) People (people-centered approaches, key affected populations, and workforce, and (4) Protection (human rights & ethics, social support systems, and health financing).


As a KNCV laboratory services consultant you will fulfill:

  • Support multiple countries to build quality TB laboratory services
  • Contribute to, within a team of KNCV TB laboratory and health systems experts, global policy, strategy, guidelines and training materials
  • Contribute to targeted diagnostic strengthening in line with the KNCV Strategic Plan to significantly accelerate diagnosis of bacteriologically-confirmed TB in high burden TB countries
  • Work closely with the Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team to regularly review M&E framework and performance indicators on TB laboratory network development and performance
  • Work closely with the HSS, Access, Evidence and Digital Health team to ensure cross over of lab activities
  • Initiate and support writing of proposals for new potential projects
  • Write technical reports, briefs, guidelines and SOPs

You are expected to travel outside of The Netherlands to countries in development or transition frequently (25-30% of the time).

Who we are looking for?


  • A Master’s Degree or higher in Health Sciences or Public Health
  • A degree in Microbiology and/ or Molecular Biology


  • At least 4-5 years working experience in low or lower-middle income countries (based in country)
  • At least 6-8 years of experience in capacity building on TB laboratory network strengthening, quality control and conventional culture/drug susceptibility testing
  • Experience with rolling-out GeneXpert MTB/RIF testing technology and/or other WHO-endorsed molecular testing in a developing country context
  • Experience in supporting/ conducting major national prevalence surveys (in-country either drug-resistance and or national TB prevalence surveys)
  • English proficiency (both orally and in writing); Fluency in other languages representing high burden TB countries would be an advantage
  • Experience (explicitly demonstrated in your CV and cover letter) in at least 6 attributes listed below in countries in resource constrained settings:
    • Setting up new laboratories
    • Introducing new (novel) laboratory technologies in existing laboratories
    • Supporting laboratory quality management systems and accreditation
    • Developing TB laboratory networks (mapping, designing, and strengthening in resource constrained settings)
    • Strengthening laboratory management information systems or introducing digital health solutions for laboratories
    • Supporting development of TB-specific national laboratory strategic plans
    • Proven expertise in establishing and/or monitoring laboratory bio-safety in a BSL3 containment laboratory
    • Introducing routine maintenance schemes into country laboratory networks for laboratory equipment
    • Monitoring and evaluation
    • Implementation research
    • Training and mentoring

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently
  • Ability to cope with stress and to organize and prioritize workload
  • Ability to work in an international team
  • Ability to analyze and provide accurate recommendations

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend depending on funding and performance
  • 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
  • Full-time employment consists of 38 hours per week

Application and information

You can apply for this position via the form below before 24 February 2019. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228.

Please note that we only consider the applications that are received through the KNCV website. Applicants that are sent to recruit email account are not taken into consideration.