Regional DSM Advisor SNNPR, Ethiopia

Regional DSM Advisor

Duty Station: SNNPR, Ethiopia


KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the first deadliest 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. We operate from a central office in The Hague in the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide.

Challenge TB

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB (CTB), the USAID-funded 5-year global program to decrease TB mortality and morbidity in high burdened countries. 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 CTB project in Ethiopia. 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 focuses specifically on four major areas: 1) Technical assistance (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.

Purpose of the position:

The regional DSM advisor promotes interventions related to DSM activities in general and anti-TB drugs supply management, including promoting rational use. The DSM advisor provides TA to the SNNPR RHB and PFSA hubs which includes overall strategic planning, coordination, and technical direction of drug management activities for the project to ensure sustainable availability of anti-TB pharmaceuticals and proper logistics management systems.

Position in the organization:

The regional DSM advisor reports to the regional coordinator and is a member of the SNNPR Challenge TB regional team.

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Addresses identified root causes of systems failures and ensures progress is being achieved towards ensuring quality drug management services
  • Responsible for providing targeted technical assistance to all DSM related activities for the project in the region and work very closely with the regional program and establish relationships with public and private sector representatives in the assigned region
  • Design, and implement DSM related activities including trainings, workshops, manual development, drug management tools and other related documents
  • Train and mentor pharmacists and other relevant health workers on quantification and ordering of anti-TB drugs and TB laboratory supply management
  • Support the implementation of TB patient kits in the region
  • Coordinate with regional, zonal, district and facility level partners on drug supply management
  • Assist RHBs in the implementation of planned need assessments regarding forecasting and capacity building
  • Provide support for supply chain planning and implementation
  • Conduct and support relevant DSM assessments
  • Support the design and implementation of TB drugs LMIS tools, operational guidelines, manuals and procedures at the regional level
  • Coordinate with regional, zonal, and district stakeholders and other partners on anti-TB drugs (first and second lines) and laboratory supplies management activities
  • Provide support to regional, zonal, and district partners in troubleshooting anti-TB drug shortages, supply interruption, laboratory supply and other drugs and supplies, including SOP’s
  • Collect and analyze data for DSM project support areas and work with the project coordinator to contribute to quarterly and annual progress reports in line with the agreed indicators that have to be reported to USAID
  • Support the regional PFSA hubs, collaborate with other international partners on an ongoing basis; with regard to anti-TB drugs quantification, procurement planning, and distribution and associated issues

The job requires frequent travel to the zones, woredas, and facilities

Who are we looking for?


  • Professional Degree in Pharmacy or related discipline.


  • At least 5 years’ of work experience in pharmaceutical/public health management with relevant experience in pharmaceutical management and training
  • In depth knowledge and comprehensive understanding of Ethiopia’s public health and pharmaceutical sector
  • Knowledge on the Integrated Pharmaceuticals logistics system and the NTP policies and guidelines
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to work flexibly in a team-oriented, culturally diverse environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, sound judgment and communication skills
  • Demonstrated computer skills, knowledge of appropriate methods for data analysis and reporting.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously, set priorities, and work independently
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Knowledge and experience working with donors preferably with USAID.

Behavioral competencies and skills:

  • Good interpersonal communication.
  • Ability to cope with stress
  • Good Organizational skills
  • A team player
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated leadership skills
  • The ability to work collaboratively with culturally diverse partners
  • Sound analytical skills.

What does KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation offer?

  • A full time (40 hours) fixed-term contract for a year, with the intention to extend the contract;
  • 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 upon education and relevant working experience;
  • KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation has its own Employment Conditions Scheme.

Application and InformationYou can apply for this position by submitting your CV, including a motivation letter and 3 professional references, before May 21,2018. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in Ethiopia: + 251116673801 or mail to

Please note that we only consider the applications that are received through the KNCV website.