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KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is looking for a

Regional MDR TB Advisor,

Duty Station: SNNPR , Ethiopia

KNCV Tuberculosis Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against tuberculosis (TB), the 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 worldwide epidemic of TB 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 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, the Netherlands, a regional office in Central Asia and country offices worldwide. KNCV raises funds from private, institutional, corporate and government donors.

KNCV is the lead partner in Challenge TB, the 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. The overarching strategic objectives of Challenge TB are to improve access to quality patient centered care for TB, TB/HIV, and drug-resistant TB services; to prevent transmission and disease progression; and to strengthen TB platforms.
KNCV operates from a country office in Addis Ababa with sub-offices in other regional states.

Purpose of the job

The MDR TB Clinical Advisor is the senior clinical expert who will provide technical support to the RHB, zonal health departments, and MDR TB Treatment Centers. S/he will also represent Challenge TB in regional MDR TB technical working group meetings. S/he will conduct supportive supervision and provides Continuing Medical Education (CME) for health workers from health institutions supported by the Challenge TB project. S/he will also participate in preparation of work plans, supportive supervisions, monitoring and evaluation of the project.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a resource person for the urban regional team in matters pertaining to clinical and programmatic management of MDR TB using the nationally approved clinic-based ambulatory model of care
  • Support RHBs, zonal health departments and treatment centers in the implementation of innovative MDR TB case finding strategies including screening close contacts of index cases
  • Ensure adequate clinical and laboratory monitoring of MDR TB patients by coordinating regular clinic appointment days (including MDR TB days) through regular in-person and distance based communication with site clinical team and zonal cluster coordinators
  • Coordinate with the GF fund support team to ensure MDR TB catchment area meetings are conducted regularly and patients received nutritional support as per the national standards
  • Work with the other regional advisors and the regional government counterparts to ensure consistent high quality service provision appropriate to the specific tier of services as well as referrals and linkages between each tier, and between the facility/ community.
  • Support the regional team in identifying specific barriers to MDR TB case management including factors contributing to poor adherence to treatment and to clinic appointments
  • Coordinate MDR TB CME activities and cohort review meetings, prepare clinical case studies, present and actively contribute to the discussions
  • Together with the regional M&E team analyze monitoring and evaluation data and track project indicators as the basis for measuring performance and proposing improvements.
  • Participate in the preparation of regional work plans and budgets
  • Perform other activities as assigned by the supervisor

Who are we looking for?

Your Education

  • MD and additional postgraduate qualification in public health or clinical medicine is desired

Your knowledge and Experience

  • Minimum of 5years relevant work experience, including prior experience with MDR TB clinical mentoring
  • Hands-on experience in coordinating MDR-TB trainings required
  • Previous experience with USAID or other USG funded projects is required
  • Operational research experience is a plus
  • Computer literacy; competency with Microsoft Office, internet and email systems.

Your skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to cope with stress, organizational skills
  • Sound analytical skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with colleagues and partners.

You are willingness to travel frequently

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 information

You can apply for this position, including a motivation letter and 3 professional references, via the form below before 31 March 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our HRM Team in Ethiopia: +251 6630145 or mail to recruitethiopia@kncvtbc.org. Applicants that are sent to recruit email account are not taken into consideration.

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.