Deputy Director – Operations

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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation (KNCV) is the principal international non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to fighting tuberculosis (TB) worldwide and to strengthening health systems against TB, globally and locally. KNCV is an international center of expertise for TB control that stimulates effective, efficient and sustainable tuberculosis control strategies in national and international contexts. We are an organization of passionate TB professionals; this includes doctors, researchers, training experts, nurses and epidemiologists.

We aim to stop the spread of the worldwide epidemic of the second ‘killer’ infectious disease and to prevent the further spread of drug-resistant TB. Over the past century we have built a wealth of knowledge and expertise, initially by successfully driving back TB in the Netherlands. Since the 1970s we also share our knowledge and expertise with the rest of the world.

We operate from the central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, regional offices and additional country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from individual, institutional and corporate 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), and 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.

Position in the organization

The Deputy Director Operations reports to the Country Representative Officer.

Duties and Responsibilities

As Deputy Director Operations you are member of the Challenge TB Namibia senior Management Team (together with CD and Deputy Director-Technical). You have overall responsibility, under the leadership of the CD for the oversight and management of the operational systems, including:

  • Human resource management and staff safety;
  • Procurement of goods and services;
  • Staff safety and security policy;
  • Office overall security (document filing systems, IT systems, project data);
  • IT systems and project data security;
  • Project transportation and logistics.

You have line management responsibility for the Finance Unit, headed by the Sr. Finance and Admin Officer, and for several of the management and support staff in the Country Office in Windhoek. In particular you will, under the guidance of the CD:

  • Take responsibility for finalization and updating of the Challenge TB Operations Manual, field manual and related standard operating procedures (SOP);
  • With support of the Sr. Finance & Admin Officer, ensure that procedures for procurement, leasing, contracting etc. are in compliance with USAID rules and regulations, and adhered to;
  • Ensure the development and implementation of procedures for the safety and security of staff and operational systems of the Country Office, Regional Offices in the country, and for office/project/USAID equipment and vehicles;
  • Ensure timely and accurate monthly financial reporting, via the CD, to the Challenge TB PMU and USAID, with specific responsibility for monitoring expenditures against the approved budget and pipeline analysis;
  • Support the quarterly and annual reporting process, undertaking specific organisational support as directed by the CD;
  • Support quarterly site visits for project implementation;
  • Take the lead in the annual work-plan development process, supporting the CD’s technical and programmatic leadership in this;
  • Organize and schedule quarterly review meetings and other meetings if needed with external participation as requested by the CD;
  • Ensure that professional human resource management processes are followed and documented in line with KNCV HR policies (recruitment, contracting; for project staff recruitment and appointment, for probationary period and end of probationary period interviews, for periodical staff assessment interviews between project staff and their line managers, and for disciplinary matters);
  • Operationalise performance management for staff.

Who are we looking for?


  • Academic level of working and thinking (preferably Master Degree in Business Administration or a Public Health degree with a focus on project management or equivalent).

Knowledge / Experience:

  • At least 7 years of experience in project and operational management, with a minimum of 5 years at senior level in a USAID funded project;
  • Knowledge and experience working with donors (USAID/GF/EU) is essential;
  • At least 5 years working experience in Africa, preferably in Namibia;
  • Working experience in TB and/or TB/HIV project implementation is an advantage, as is working experience in the public health sector

Behavioral competencies:

  • Leadership and management skills;
  • Organizational and planning skills;
  • Analytical and strategic thinking;
  • Helicopter view with ability to zoom in;
  • Performance and results oriented;
  • Problem solving;
  • Culturally sensitive;
  • Diplomatic;
  • Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written English;
  • Ability to function well in a challenging environment.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • For this position, preference is given to a Namibian citizen upon equal competencies;
  • You have favorable recommendations from at least three references;
  • You will make frequent duty travels within Namibia, and sometimes abroad.

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend the contract up to a total of 4 years. 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 on education and relevant working experience;
  • Medical aid;
  • Pension Scheme with Pension Fund;
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme;
  • Full-time employment consists of 40 hours per week.

Application and information

You can apply for this position using the application form below before the 15th of January 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228 or

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.