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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a 

Consultant with experience on MDR-TB Stigma Scale Validation Studies

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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), FHI 360, Interactive Research & Development (IRD), Japan 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.

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

Under the CTB Core Stigma Project a Health Care Working Stigma Scale was developed. The scale will provide facilities with a simple tool to use to monitor the levels of stigma in their facilities and to track improvements resulting from interventions. This scale will be validated at St. Peter’s hospital in Ethiopia. The protocol for this validation has received the required ethical approval and implementation of the protocol will need to start soon.

The consultant is responsible for the overall implementation of technical activities in the study proposal as per the stated time and budget. These activities include, but not limited:

  1. To recruit, consent, conduct in-depth interviews with HCW and patients re: Stigma
  2. To code, analyze the interview transcripts to inform scale development
  3. To organize and lead workshops to engage stakeholders, train data collectors, obtain inputs, and disseminate results
  4. To recruit, consent, administer the pilot of the survey instruments, including cognitive interviewing with respondents
  5. To revise the tools based on the results of the pilot
  6. To train data collectors and skilled transcriptionists in survey scale implementation (on line, self-administered, in person)
  7. Monthly progress updates to co-investigators
  8. Closely guide, mentor and monitor the data collectors.

Reporting lines

The TA individual reports to the Study Coordinator, Amha Fantaye and the Technical Focal Point for this study, Ellen Mitchell.

Requirements

Technical Competencies:

  1. PhD degree in Social Science, Public Health or related field and a minimum of 2 years’ experience in the field of survey research or a Master’s degree and about 5 years’ experience.
  2. Prior research experience on TB stigma in Ethiopia
  3. Expertise in psychometric scale validation techniques, or a willingness to learn
  4. Familiarity with international and Ethiopian research ethics requirements
  5. Fluency in Amharic and English
  6. Demonstrated competence in qualitative data analysis(QDA), including use of  QDA software
  7. Demonstrated competence in TB/HIV epidemiology, survey methodology, biostatistics, stratification, sampling and cognitive interviewing.

Behavioral Competencies:

  1. Able to work effectively with the KNCV/CTB team, the health facility management, the TB program staff, TB patient organizations, international technical assistants and partners
  2. Able to provide supportive supervision and motivation to incentivize quality in field data collection
  3. Ability to juggle competing priorities
  4. Willingness to spend 100% of the time in the field during study implementation
  5. Diplomacy, empathy and tact.

Conditions  

  1. A consultancy contract for a period of maximum eight months (part-time/full-time following discussions with candidate)
  2. An informal work atmosphere in an international environment where initiative is appreciated
  3. A fee that is competitive for the scope of the assignment.

Start Date

As soon as possible/end of November 2017 

Application and information

Your application (curriculum vitae and motivation letter) should be sent to stephanie.borsboom@kncvtbc.org, with subject line: KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation – MDR-TB Stigma Scale Validation Studies Ethiopia.

For more information please contact us: phone (070) 416 72 22. For further information on KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation, please see www.kncvtbc.org.

Deadline for submission

Applications shall be received by Monday, November 27, 5 PM Ethiopia time/East Africa Standard Time.