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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Consultant specialized in the programmatic management of drug-resistant TB (PMDT)

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), 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.

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB, the USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burden countries. We lead an international consortium with eight partner organizations. The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and drug-resistant TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.

Purpose of the position

KNCV TB foundation assists the development and implementation of comprehensive, evidence based and country specific packages of interventions on:

  1. Prevention of transmission of TB—drug susceptible and drug resistant TB (DS and DR-TB);
  2. Prevention of progression from latent TB infection to TB disease;
  3. Early diagnosis and effective treatment of all forms of TB disease (DS and DR-TB);
  4. Overcoming barriers to care for special patients’ groups.

Country specific packages are jointly developed with the respective national TB programs, based on epidemiological data, a thorough gap and resource analysis, and in close consultation with stakeholders. Emphasis is placed on rational priority setting, sustainability, and the buy in from relevant stakeholders

The specific purpose of this position is to assist countries, local partners and donors to further develop their programmatic management of drug resistant TB (PMDT) as an integral part of good quality TB control. The consultant will also contribute to the team’s effort in introducing new drugs and regimens for LTBI and for DS and DR TB.

The consultant will engage in the rapidly evolving spectrum of global developments in the field of PMDT and contribute to the Access Care team’s effort to continuously develop the KCNV approach to drug resistant TB, in line with technological developments, through internal and external exchange.

Organizational position
The Consultant PMDT reports to the Technical Coordinator of Team Access Care, based within the Technical Division. The Access Care team aims to improve access to quality prevention, early diagnosis and patient centered care for patients with all forms of TB in the framework of a comprehensive public health approach, to achieve better individual outcomes and public health impact.

Job profile

The consultant for PMDT:

  • Provides regional and country level technical assistance and stimulates innovation in PMDT; importantly, he/she will contribute to the introduction of new treatments for latent TB infection (LTB) and new drugs and regimens for DS and DR-TB in selected countries;
  • Conducts or coordinates projects in his/her specific technical area, in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Participates in country teams, advising the KNCV country/regional directors on country-specific needs and content, and quality aspects of technical areas;
  • Advises local partners on PMDT related issues;
  • Contributes to the development and formulation of KNCV approaches and positions regarding PMDT in the framework of comprehensive TB control;
  • Advises KNCV staff on developments and innovations in PMDT;
  • Encourages and supports in-country operational research;
  • Represents KNCV in international fora;
  • Actively maintains personal in-depth knowledge of PMDT;
  • Contributes to the KNCV knowledge management processes;
  • Identifies and contributes to the development of new funding opportunities for KNCV-led projects, countries and local partners;
  • Contributes to proposal writing;
  • Maintains relations with partners and institutions.

The job requires frequent travel (30%-40% of the time).

Who are we looking for?

Education

  • Medical Doctor with a masters’ degree in public health, epidemiology or other relevant additional education.

Knowledge/Experience

  • In depth knowledge with at least 4 years of post-qualification experience in the clinical and programmatic management of TB, including at least two years working with drug resistant TB;
  • Demonstrated ability to review, analyze and advise all aspects of PMDT at national and international level;
  • Hands-on experience in the clinical and programmatic management of drug resistant TB is an advantage, including introduction of new drugs and regimens;
  • Hands-on experience in the clinical and programmatic management of treatment for LTBI, including introduction and use of newer regimens (e.i. 3HP, 3HR, etc);
  • Up to date knowledge of WHO policies on all aspects of the management of drug resistant TB, especially in relation to vulnerable groups;
  • Up to date knowledge of ongoing and emerging issues in PMDT, including epidemiology, international policy, evidence development and (MDR) TB control strategies, especially regarding shorter MDR regimens, new drugs and new diagnostics;
  • Is familiar with the global support mechanisms for PMDT (GDI, rGLCs, GDF, GFATM, GLI);
  • Experience in developing and managing projects in coordination with Ministries of Health and international partners;
  • Experience in the use of surveillance data for strategy and policy development;
  • Knowledge of electronic tools for (second line) TB drug management;
  • Experience in writing publications;
  • Experience in teaching/training and capacity building;
  • Experience in working in resource poor settings and/or Eastern Europe, Central Asia;
  • Knowledge of relevant software applications;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.

Behavioral competencies and skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team and independently;
  • Ability to cope with a demanding work environment and to organize and prioritize workload;
  • Ability to work in an international team.

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend the contract dependent on funding and performance;
  • An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is the norm;
  • A highly-motivated team of experienced, self-driven colleagues;
  • A competitive 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, including a motivation letter and 3 professional references, via the form below by July 22 2018. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-41672222 or mail to recruit@kncvtbc.org.

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.

 

 

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