CTB Regional Director (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

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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.

The KNCV office in Addis Ababa is responsible for the overall implementation of the USAID funded Challenge TB project (CTB) (to be significantly expanded in 2016). As lead partner, KNCV implements the project together with MSH and WHO and operates in close communication with the National TB program (NTP), the USAID Mission and other stakeholders.

The project focusses specifically on four major areas: 1) technical support (TA) to the national level of the National TB Program (NTP); 2) TA to two Regions; 3) TA to three urban areas, and 4) tailored support to key populations. In 2016 the CTB Project will be expanded to three other regions, with significant collaboration of MSH. It is expected that at the main office in Addis Ababa, a mix of KNCV and MSH senior technical staff will provide both national TA and policy support and regional/zonal TA.

Purpose of the position

The Regional Director is leading and coordinating the implementation of the CTB interventions in three urban regions and, through the activities of the regional teams, in several zones, reports to the Country Director and is a member of the project management team.

General Duties and Responsibilities

In the position of Regional Director you:

  • Plan, coordinate, and provide technical direction of all activities including the work of sub-recipients in Addis Ababa, SNNPR, Gambella, Harar and DD;
  • Achieve required project results through effective project planning and management, technical advising, administration and oversight, monitoring and evaluation and donor relationship management;
  • Ensure – in consultation with Country Director – a comprehensive approach to institutional development and strengthening, and provides programmatic leadership to ensure seamless planning, implementation of activities and technical support;
  • Coordinate – with the Technical Director and Director Operations – the technical and operational management of the regions in line with CTB approaches and guidelines;
  • Are responsible for the oversight and the management of project staff in the KNCV/Challenge TB regions.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

Planning and project development:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of program work plans and strategies aligned with Government of Ethiopia priorities in KNCV supported regions;
  • Collaborate with counterparts and partner organizations in work planning and project implementation;
  • Develop a network of local TA providers, local organizations, and professional groups to facilitate ongoing work, and ensure clients’ access to high quality technical assistance.

Project management / implementation / delivery of technical results:

  • Contribute to the development of work plans and budgets, ensure the alignment of daily activities with project goals, approved work plans and standards for high quality, within-budget, and on-time product delivery;
  • Contributes to routine systematic risk management review in collaborative with the country-management team;
  • Supervise and oversee Project staff in the assigned regions and coordinate technical assistance to ensure high-quality and timely deliverables;
  • In collaboration with CTB project finance and accounting staff and KNCV Ethiopia, implement finance management systems to administer all project activities, monitor and track expenditures, and prepare regular financial reports for submission to CTB, and KNCV HQ.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting:

  • Oversee the development and ongoing use of a project monitoring and evaluation plan, including indicators linked to results, that meets CTB reporting requirements;
  • Provide appropriate, timely, and accurate monitoring and evaluation of project activities and outcomes, and complete and submit project reports to the Country Director;
  • Oversee documentation of results and lessons learned from this project and the dissemination of this information within, and beyond, the Project and USAID/Ethiopia.

Relationship management:

  • Represent KNCV/Challenge TB in regional and national meetings, Ethiopian government agencies and other collaborating agencies on all technical, administrative and financial matters related to the KNCV regions;
  • Respond promptly to Country Director and other key stakeholder inquiries and concerns;
  • Maintain good working relationships with partners and subcontractors in the KNCV part of Challenge TB project.

Who are we looking for?


  • MD and Masters’ Degree in Public Health or an advanced degree in a related health field from an accredited college or university.


  • At least 10 years of experience in the following areas:
    • Designing and implementing TB prevention and control programs;
    • Providing TB technical leadership;
    • Managing similar health projects;
    • Interacting with, implementing partners and NTP /regional Governments and other stakeholders.
  • Experience with USAID is an advantage.

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Excellent communication, supervisory and interpersonal skills, demonstrated leadership, and the ability to work collaboratively across technical disciplines;
  • Fluency in written and spoken English required;
  • Fluency in Amharic preferred.

This position requires the willingness to locate in Addis Ababa and to travel frequently (30-40%) within Ethiopia.

Application and information

You can apply for this position via www.kncvtbc.org/et1501 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 recruit@kncvtbc.org.

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.