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District TB/HIV Technical Officers (duty station Swakopmund district)

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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 District TB/HIV Technical Officers report to the National TB/HIV Coordinator.

Duties and Responsibilities

As District TB/HIV Technical Officer you will be responsible for the coordination and technical support to the MoHSS, and implementing partners at district level and duties:

  • Serve as the liaison between the MoHSS and implementing partners/stakeholders including community based organisations, health care facilities, and the CTB National TB/HIV Coordinator on issues relating to the implementation of TB/HIV collaborative activities
  • Document gather, and analyse records of TB/HIV collaborative activities at supported facilities, as well as case-based information in electronic format
  • Provide support to the effective referral system of tuberculosis and HIV patients to ensure integration of TB and HIV services within the district
  • Conduct supportive and supervisory visits to TB and HIV care facilities, prepare reports on supervisory visits, and provide remedial actions on constraints to the district/regional/national and the facilities visited
  • Participate in all TB/HIV forums at local level and provide updates as required.
  • Work with the district TB and leprosy coordinators, HIV focal nurses and other focal persons and support them to provide regular updates to stakeholders regarding implementation of the TB/HIV collaborative activities.
  • Support local training efforts at district and regional level
  • Coordinate and assist with supportive supervision and mentoring of community-based and facility-based Health Care Workers in the day-to-day implementation of TB/HIV collaborative activities.
  • Liaise with Regional and District TB/HIV staff, focal persons, Clinical Mentors, quality improvement focal persons, laboratory technologists and other key staff involved in quality improvement, clinical mentorship and supportive supervision to integrate TB/HIV collaborative activities into existing health service delivery platforms and build sustainable systems for TB/HIV.
  • Compile monthly, quarterly, annual and ad-hoc reports in required formats
  • Provide support for all aspects of data collection and reporting by all stakeholders, and help to identify barriers/challenges and work with the DTLCs and regional TB/HIV Coordinator to address these in a timely manner

Who are we looking for?

Education:

  • A diploma or degree in a health-related field

Knowledge / Experience:

  • At least two years of relevant work experience in the field of TB and HIV control activities with at least one year in a supervisory role
  • Experience with recording, reporting and other monitoring and evaluation activities
  • Computer literate, with high competency in using Microsoft office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Behavioral competencies:

  • Good management and co-ordination skills, as well as eye for detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and good team spirit
  • Passionate about health-service delivery, and a desire to end the suffering of those affected by disease.
  • Ability to meet deadlines, and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills in both spoken and written English;

Who is eligible to apply?

  • For this position, preference is given to a Namibian citizen;
  • You have favorable recommendations from at least two references;
  • You are willing and able to travel frequently, and participate in field activities/surveys in remote areas

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A fixed-term contract for a year, with the possibility 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 via the application form below before the 31th of January 2016. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in The Netherlands: +31(0)70-4167228 or recruitnamibia@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.